Awards

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Award trophies

Each 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.

The 2023 awards finalists were announced on 15 January 2024. Winners will be announced at our gala awards dinner on Friday 8 March 2024. (Tickets available here.)

Here are the finalists:

Favourite Paranormal Romance 2023

  • A Relic of Magic and Frankincense by HM Hodgson
  • A Witch’s Guide to Fake Dating a Demon by Sarah Hawley
  • Lassiter by JR Ward
  • Love Potion No. 9 by Shannon Curtis
  • Resonance Surge by Nalini Singh
  • The Sinner and the Gunslinger by Lana Pecherczyk
  • The Sinner and the Scholar by Lana Pecherczyk

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Favourite Sci-Fi, Fantasy or Futuristic Romance 2023

  • Both Feet in the Grave by Jeanine Frost
  • Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros
  • How to Defy a Vampire by Alice Winters
  • Iron Flame by Rebecca Yarros
  • Magic Claims by Ilona Andrews
  • Magic Tides by Ilona Andrews
  • Ring of Ruin by Keri Arthur
  • The Finding by Angelica Grymm

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Favourite Historical Romance 2023

  • A Most Unsuitable Countess by Amy Rose Bennett
  • Curled Up with an Earl by Amy Rose Bennett
  • Her Worthy Rake by Charlotte Anne
  • Snapshots from Home by Sasha Wasley
  • Tall, Duke and Scandalous by Amy Rose Bennett
  • The Bride Wore White by Amanda Quick
  • The Heiress Swap by Maddison Michaels
  • The Homecoming by Alison Stuart
  • The Vagabond Viscount by Sasha Cottman
  • We’ll Meet Again by Cheryl Adnams

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Favourite Contemporary Romance 2023

  • A Country Vet Christmas by Alissa Callen, Pamela Cook, Penelope Janu, Lily Malone, Stella Quinn
  • A Home Among the Snow Gums by Stella Quinn
  • Breaking All the Rules by Amy Andrews
  • Confessions of a Canine Drama Queen by Stefanie London
  • Happy Place by Emily Henry
  • Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Second Chance Love in Point Perry by Joanne Speirs
  • Talk to the Heart by Rachael Johns
  • The Colour of Winter by Michelle Montebello
  • The Doctor’s Homecoming by Fiona Marsden
  • The Grumpy Billionaire by Annika Martin
  • The Sister Trip by Mel A Rowe
  • With You in Wild Orchards by Rania Battany

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Favourite Short or Category Romance 2023

  • A Cattle Dog for Christmas by Stella Quinn (in A Country Vet Christmas)
  • Cinderella and the Outback Billionaire by Kelly Hunter
  • Cinderella’s Secret Fling by Michelle Douglas
  • Coffee is My Calling by Susan Mackie
  • Crowned for the King’s Secret by Kali Anthony
  • Harper and the Single Dad by Amy Andrews
  • Second Chance for the Prince by Darcie Morgan
  • The Best Man Next Door by Stefanie London (in Suddenly This Summer)
  • The Housekeeper and the Brooding Billionaire by Annie West
  • The Playboy Prince by Darcie Morgan
  • The Princess and the Alpha by Darcie Morgan
  • Unbuttoning the Tuscan Tycoon by Michelle Douglas
  • Waking Up Married to the Billionaire by Michelle Douglas

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Favourite Romantic Suspense 2023

  • Doctoring Dust by Mel A Rowe
  • Identity by Nora Roberts
  • Kakadu Dawn by Annie Seaton
  • Need You Tonight by Leisl Leighton
  • One in Vermillion by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer
  • Rest in Pink by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer
  • Shadow Mission by Kendall Talbot
  • Sleep No More by Jayne Ann Krentz
  • Tessa’s Trust by Rebecca Zanetti
  • The Cottage at Whisper Lake by Phillipa Nefri Clark
  • The Lonely Hearts Detective Agency by Megan Mayfair
  • The Protector’s Heart by Leah Ashton

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Favourite Continuing Romance Series 2023

  • Behind the Palace Doors series by Kali Anthony
  • Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward
  • Bundilla series by Alissa Callen
  • Dirty Martini Running Club series by Claire Kingsley
  • Elsie Creek series by Mel A Rowe
  • Hockey Guys series by Sarina Bowen
  • Rose Hill series by Rachael Johns
  • Royal Redemption series by Darcie Morgan
  • Seasons of Belle series by Michelle Montebello
  • With Love, From Kurrajong Crossing series by Dakota Harrison and Fiona Marsden
Favourite Debut Romance Author 2023

  • AL Rojo
  • Carrie Clarke
  • Clarissa Morgan
  • Iola Goulton
  • Jade May
  • Jer’tarme Williams
  • Joanne Speirs
  • Julie Soto
  • Lucy Lever
  • Renae Black
  • Simone Kamfonas

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Favourite Australian Romance Author 2023

  • Alissa Callen
  • Amy Andrews
  • Anne Gracie
  • Kelly Hunter
  • Megan Mayfair
  • Mel A Rowe
  • Michelle Douglas
  • Michelle Montebello
  • Penelope Janu
  • Rachael Johns

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MEMBERS’ CHOICE AWARDS

Favourite couple in a romance 2023

  • Addison and Stefano (Mine to Promise by Natasha Madison)
  • Adeline and Holden (Talk to the Heart by Rachael Johns)
  • Belle and Andre (The Colour of Winter by Michelle Montebello)
  • Carter and Tommaso (I’m Your Guy by Sarina Bowen)
  • Claire and Jake (With or Without Panties by Karen Lieversz)
  • Cyn and Rohan (A Relic of Magic and Frankincense by HM Hodgson)
  • Erin and Gaharet (Wolf’s Keep by KE Turner)
  • Erin and Tom (Second Chance Love in Point Perry by Joanne Speirs)
  • Eve and Rourke (Payback in Death by JD Robb)
  • Gigi and Ryder (The Graham Effect by Elle Kennedy)
  • Harriet and Wyn (Happy Place by Emily Henry)
  • Jake and Sienna (The Station by Mel A Rowe)
  • Lexi and Daemon (Need You Tonight by Leisl Leighton)
  • Lulu and Nick (The Art of Falling in Love by Carrie Clarke)
  • Millie and Max (Be My Baby by Dakota Harrison)
  • Poppy and Adrastros (Twelve Nights in the Prince’s Bed by Clare Connelly)
  • Primrose and Blake (Sunshine through the Rain by Penelope Janu)
  • Ruby and Luis (Waking up Married to the Billionaire by Michelle Douglas)
  • Sam and Jonathan (10 Things That Never Happened by Alexis Hall)
  • Sloane and Lucian (Things We Left Behind by Lucy Score)
  • Tia and Lewis (Broken Bridges by Tania Joyce)
  • Violet and Xaden (Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros)

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Best banter in a romance 2023

  • 10 Things That Never Happened by Alexis Hall
  • After Tomorrow by Jacqueline Hayley
  • Cinderella Assistant to Boss’s Bride by Ally Blake
  • Doctoring Dust by Mel A Rowe
  • Dreadful Desires by Lucy Lark
  • Embers by Louisa Duval
  • Flirting with Forever by Claire Kingsley
  • Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros
  • Happy Place by Emily Henry
  • Iron Flame by Rebecca Yarros
  • Playing it Tough by Amy Andrews
  • Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • The Art of Falling in Love by Carrie Clarke
  • The Grumpy Billionaire by Annika Martin
  • Waking Up Married to the Billionaire by Michelle Douglas
  • With or Without Panties by Karen Lieversz

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Favourite romantic comedy 2023

  • 10 Things That Never Happened by Alexis Hall
  • Anger Bang by Avery Flynn
  • Breaking all the Rules by Amy Andrews
  • Confessions of a Canine Drama Queen by Stefanie London
  • Embers by Louisa Duval
  • Happy Place by Emily Henry
  • Love, Theoretically by Ali Hazelwood
  • Mail Order Minotaur by Lilith Stone
  • The Felix Factor by Davina Stone
  • The Grumpy Billionaire by Annika Martin
  • With or Without Panties by Karen Lieversz

Winners from previous years can be found here: