Awards

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Award trophiesEach year ARRA holds awards for the best romance books in a number of categories.

The ARR Awards recognise favourite romance fiction for the previous year as chosen by ARRA members.

Winners from previous years can be found here:

The 2016 award winners were announced on 25 February 2017 at our awards dinner. The winners are highlighted below with pink.

Favourite Paranormal Romance

  • Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh
  • Bay of Sighs by Nora Roberts
  • Blood Vow by JR Ward
  • I Dream of Dragons by Ashlyn Chase
  • Moonshadow by Thea Harrison
  • The Undoing by Shelly Laurenston
  • Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh

Favourite Sci Fi, Fantasy or Futuristic Romance

  • A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
  • Archangel’s Heart by Nalini Singh
  • City of Light by Keri Arthur
  • Feverborn by Karen Marie Moning
  • Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs
  • Kings Rising by CS Pacat
  • Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews
  • The Dirt on Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones
  • Wickedly Powerful by Deborah Blake

Favourite Short or Category Romance – proudly sponsored by Harlequin Australia

  • A Deal to Mend their Marriage by Michelle Douglas
  • A Vow to Secure His Legacy by Annie West
  • An Unlikely Bride for the Billionaire by Michelle Douglas
  • Crown Prince’s Chosen Bride by Kandy Shepherd
  • Down and Dusty: Casey by Rachael Johns
  • Down and Dusty: Frankie by Jackie Ashenden
  • Greek Tycoon’s Mistletoe Proposal by Kandy Shepherd
  • It’s Not You, It’s Her by Rachael Johns
  • Melting Mr Frosty’s Heart by Liz Fielding
  • Playing by Her Rules by Amy Andrews
  • Playing it Cool by Amy Andrews

Favourite Historical Romance – proudly sponsored by Hachette Australia

  • A Match Made in Mistletoe by Anna Campbell
  • Exile’s Return by Alison Stuart
  • Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas
  • Mistletoe and the Major by Anna Campbell
  • My American Duchess by Eloisa James
  • Pursuing Lord Pascal by Anna Campbell
  • Stranded with the Scottish Earl by Anna Campbell
  • Tempting Mr Townsend by Anna Campbell
  • The Master of Strathburn by Amy Rose Bennett
  • The Summer Bride by Anne Gracie
  • Winning Lord West by Anna Campbell

Favourite Contemporary Romance – proudly sponsored by Hachette Australia

  • Dirty by Kylie Scott
  • Escaping Mr Right by Avril Tremayne
  • From a Paris Balcony by Ella Carey
  • Outback Sisters by Rachael Johns
  • Santa and the Saddler by Cathryn Hein
  • The Art of Keeping Secrets by Rachael Johns
  • The House by the Lake by Ella Carey
  • The Score by Elle Kennedy
  • The Three Miss Allens by Victoria Purman
  • The Wife’s Tale by Christine Wells
  • Wayward Heart by Cathryn Hein
  • Whispers at Wongan Creek by Juanita Kees

Favourite Erotic Romance – proudly sponsored by eXtasy Books

  • Big Rock by Lauren Blakely
  • Bossman by Vi Keeland
  • Dirty Sexy Cuffed by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde
  • Dirty Sexy Inked by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde
  • Dirty Sexy Saint by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde
  • Husband Heel by Louise Cusack
  • Husband Sit by Louise Cusack
  • Husband Stay by Louise Cusack
  • Mister O by Lauren Blakely
  • The Sexy One by Lauren Blakely

 

Favourite Romantic Suspense

  • Apprentice in Death by JD Robb
  • Bound to the Bounty Hunter by Hayson Manning
  • Brotherhood in Death by JD Robb
  • Deep Under by Lisa Renee Jones
  • Festive Deception by DB Tait
  • Legacy of Hunters Ridge by Sarah Barrie
  • Shadows of Hunters Ridge by Sarah Barrie
  • Sunset Shadows by Bronwyn Parry
  • The Obsession by Nora Roberts

Favourite Continuing Romance Series – proudly sponsored by Harlequin Australia

  • Bunyip Bay by Rachael Johns
  • Captive Prince by CS Pacat
  • Chance Sisters by Anne Gracie
  • Dark Mountain by DB Tait
  • Dashing Widows by Anna Campbell
  • Dive Bar by Kylie Scott
  • In Death by JD Robb
  • Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs
  • Off-Campus by Elle Kennedy
  • Secret Confessions: Down and Dusty by Various
  • Sydney Brides by Kandy Shepherd
  • Sydney Smoke Rugby by Amy Andrews

Favourite Australian Romance Author 2016 – proudly sponsored by Booktopia

  • Amy Andrews
  • Anna Campbell
  • Anne Gracie
  • Annie West
  • Avril Tremayne
  • Cathryn Hein
  • Kandy Shepherd
  • Kylie Scott
  • Michelle Douglas
  • Rachael Johns

Favourite Cover from a romance published in 2016

  • Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh (Berkley)
  • Archangel’s Heart by Nalini Singh (Berkley)
  • Circus Games by Lilliana Rose (Less Than Three Press)
  • Every Breath You Take by Christina Phillips (Tule Publishing)
  • Flash Burned by Calista Fox (St Martin’s Griffin)
  • Idolize by Maggie Mundy (Evernight Publishing)
  • Lady in Red by Mel Teshco (Tule Publishing)
  • Make Me by Cathleen Ross (Self-published)
  • Under the Spanish Stars by Alli Sinclair (Harlequin Mira)
  • Wayward Heart by Cathryn Hein (Harlequin Mira)

Favourite Heroine from a romance published in 2016

  • Annika in Bay of Sighs by Nora Roberts
  • Cat Fisa in A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
  • Daisy Chance in The Summer Bride by Anne Gracie
  • Dina DeMille in One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews
  • Elena in Archangel’s Heart by Nalini Singh
  • Harper Nugent in Playing it Cool by Amy Andrews
  • Kate Daniels in Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews
  • Matilda Kent in Playing by Her Rules by Amy Andrews
  • Piper Thomas in Every Breath You Take by Christina Phillips

Favourite Couple from a romance published in 2016

  • Angelina and Haithem in Didn’t I Warn You? by Amber Bardan
  • Cat and Griffin in A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
  • Daisy and Flynn in The Summer Bride by Anne Gracie
  • Damen and Laurent in Kings Rising by CS Pacat
  • Elena and Raphael in Archangel’s Heart by Nalini Singh
  • Harper and Dexter in Playing it Cool by Amy Andrews
  • Kate and Curran in Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews
  • Lucy and Joshua in The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
  • Matilda and Tanner in Playing by Her Rules by Amy Andrews