I have a feeling I'm about to get jumped. My ballot read pretty close to the winning one - I know, I'm sorry but, you've been here, right? You knew I loved Mr. Impossible and well, Anne Stuart fangirl, 'nuff said.
Here's the damage I did.
Best Romance Mr. Impossible Loretta Chase
It's official. You can blame me. I voted for this one. For me, it blew most of it's competition out of the water. Rupert was just *sigh* and Daphne was sweet and I liked it, so, you know, there! I will tell you that I read this book way back when and I can still remember moments from the story that gave me that sweet tummy sensation. I'm lucky if I can remember what I had for lunch so I knew this book had a hold of my heart.
Favorite Funny Match Me If You Can SEP Hon. Mention To Die For Linda Howard
I'm one of those reader's who don't get the SEP love even though she did write one of my favourite books. I'm not sure I found LH's To Die For all that funny. It was cute and quirky but the hero pissed me off and I don't really love first person POV.
I put Undead and Unappreciated by MJD as funny. I'm sorry, but she still cracks me up and her editor has begun to whip her into shape. There is actually some character growth going on now and well, her humour works for me in the laugh out loud kinda way.
Most-Hanky Read - tie A Breath of Snow & Ashes DG and Till Next We Meet Ranney
Hon. Mention Passion Lisa Valdez
My vote was Mr. Impossible. Easy! I'm just getting started with the votes for this one. Yeah, if you over it, scram!
I read Passion but I don't remember tearing up. Never read Gabaldon and Till Next We Meet is in the TBR pile.
Most Luscious Love Story Passion Lisa Valdez
You know I voted for this one.
Best Cabin/Road Romance Mr. Impossible Loretta Chase
Okay, if I had read Ride the Fire by Pamela Clare before I submitted my ballot I sooo would have voted for it. No, really. It was one of the votes I would have changed.
Best New Author Lisa Valdez
Hon. Mention Lydia Joyce
I would have put JR Ward but LLB said because she had been published before she didn't count so I voted Valdez. I haven't read Joyce because I have heard the word 'gothic' too much and I am worried that you only get the story from the heroine and not so much the hero. I'm over those kind of books.
Best Buried Treasure The Music of the Night by Lydia Joyce
Hon Mentions to Passion by Valdez and The Perfect Rake by Anne Gracie
I apparently left this one blank. I'm not sure I read enough outside of the box to know a buried treasure.
Guiltiest Pleasure Passion Lisa Valdez
Uh, no. Not guilty in the least. I voted for Hello, Gorgeous by MaryJanice Davidson because it was short on character but I loved that the boss the heroine hated ended up falling in love with her best friend. It was short on everything but the evil boss made me happy. That's a guilty pleasure!
Author Most Glommed - tie Anne Stuart & Mary Balogh
Hon. Mention Loretta Chase
Being the Anne Stuart fangirl I am I was damn happy to see her in this category. I voted for Julia Quinn.
Best Medieval/Renaissance Return of the Warrior by Kinley MacGregor
Hon. Mention Warprize Elizabeth Vaughan
I haven't read a medieval in years because I can't find them. I guess they are out there.
Best European Historical Mr. Impossible Loretta Chase (set in Egypt)
You already know I did it. No use pretending.
Best Traditional Regency Dedication Janet Mullany
*hangs head in shame* Can't read 'em.
Best Amer Hist/Frontier A Breath of Snow & Ashes Diana Gabaldon
I saw this title and almost choked. Had no clue they were in the west now - ugh. Anyways, I left this blank because I hadn't read Ride in Fire but if I had, I soooo would have voted for it.
Best Contemporary Match Me If You Can Susan E. Phillips
Holy Crap!! I voted for Brockmann's Hot Target. I guess I couldn't escape the fact that I loved the book before the Max and Gina disaster.
Best Series Novel - tie (Series = Category Novel) The Mysterious Miss M Diane Gaston
With Child Janice Kay Johnson
I have the Gaston in the TBR but I'm not sure I would have known I could vote for it in this category. Good to know for next year.
Best Romantic Suspense Black Ice by Anne Stuart
Hon Mentions To Die For by LH and Hot Target by Suzanne Brockmann
Anne Stuart, Anne Stuart, Anne Stuart.
Best Alt Reality/Paranormal Dark Lover J.R. Ward
You know it!!
Best Chick Lit/Women's Fiction The Givenchy Code by Julie Kenner
Hon Mention To Die For Linda Howard
Left it blank. However, now that I see how other people classify To Die For I understand why I wasn't overwhelmed ;)
Honorable Mention - Short Story Falling for Anthony Hot Spell Meljean Brook
Yep, I voted for this one. It really was the best!
Most Tortured Hero Bastien Toussaint Black Ice Anne Stuart
I can honestly say that if I had read Ride the Fire, the hero from that book would have been my vote for most tortured because, he was literally tortured. But, alas.
Strongest Heroine Eve Dallas Survivor in Death J.D. Robb
Hon Mention Blair Mallory To Die For Linda Howard
I'm probably the only person on the planet who is sick to death of 'Eve and Roarke'. Now there is a series I don't get. Couldn't get past the first page of book 2. As for Blair Mallory being strong? No. I put Passion by Lisa Valdez because she went through hell and back and would have made the sacrifice.
Best Hero Rupert Mr. Impossible.
Best Heroine Blair Mallory from To Die For
Hon. Mention Daphne Pembroke Mr. Impossible
I voted for Daphne.
Best Couple Rupert & Daphne Mr. Impossible Loretta Chase
Okay, now I'm just starting to feel awkward.
Best Villain (unnamed to avoid spoilers) It Happened One Autumn Lisa Kleypas
I never vote in this category unless I fall hard for the villian and that usually means that they are somehow redeemable.
Most Annoying Lead Blair Mallory To Die For Linda Howard
Nope. Didn't vote. Although I had Blair Mallory down but I scratched the category out. I guess I decided that I have indeed read more annoying characters in years past but I guess I should have put her in because it was about books from this year. Boy, I blew it!
Author You Gave Up On Julie Garwood
(Dis) Honorable Mention Stephanie Laurens
I put Suzanne Brockmann and you know why.
Author Others Love/You Don't Nora Roberts
This should be more of a 'which author did you try this year that you just didn't get'
Any number of authors fit here for me but I don't know if I put the one in because I have it crossed off. Weird. Anyways, I was going to put Sherilyn Kenyon but I guess I figured I should give her another shot. *shrug*
Most Disappointing Read It Happened One Autumn Lisa Kleypas
(Dis) Honorable Mentions Breaking Point Suz Brockmann Killing Time Linda Howard
I *should* have voted for the Max and Gina book but I totally blocked it from my mind because I put Wanting Something More by Kathy Love. I was so not happy that the author took the easy way out with the hero being an ass. Oh! I know, give him a head trauma that changes his personality forever. Yetch.
Worst Read - Tie Passion Lisa Valdez
What Do You Say to a Naked Elf? Cynthia Sterling
Passion!? I guess I do read outside of the box seeing as how I loved it. I voted for Killing Time by Linda Howard. It was horrible, and boring and blech and I wish I had never read it!
Purple-est Prose Passion Lisa Valdez
'kay, whatever. I'm beginning to think people are confusing purple prose with frank sexual descriptions. Again, I may be biased because I loved Passion but, purple? I think not.
I didn't vote in this category. I hear that Galen Foley can be quite purple so I am looking forward to reading some of her stuff to see if it works for me or not. As long as there is no 'purple warrior of love' hanging about I should make it.
Wow, this was a long one to pull together. Next year I am copying someone elses blog post and just filling in my stuff ;)