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2021 ARR Awards: finalists announced

15 March 2022

Voting has opened today for the 2021 Australian Romance Readers Awards. Below are the finalists in each of the nine categories, as well as finalists in our three special Members’ Choice categories. ARRA members will now vote for their favourite in each category. (The voting link is available to members in the March newsletter.) Voting will close on 17 April.

Here are the finalists:

Favourite Paranormal Romance 2021

  • A Labyrinth of Fangs and Thorns by Lana Pecherczyk
  • All the Colours of Night by Jayne Ann Krentz
  • Death by Laura Thalassa
  • Devil in the Details by Savannah Blaize
  • Last Guard by Nalini Singh
  • Lover Unveiled by JR Ward
  • Pride by Lana Pecherczyk
  • The Darkest Destiny by Gena Showalter
  • The Dreams of Broken Kings by Lana Pecherczyk
  • The Secrets in Shadow and Blood by Lana Pecherczyk
  • The Wolf by JR Ward

Favourite Sci Fi, Fantasy or Futuristic Romance 2021

  • A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas
  • A Shadow in the Ember by Jennifer L Armentrout
  • Archangel’s Light by Nalini Singh
  • Ballgowns and Butterflies by Kelley Armstrong
  • Beguiled by Darynda Jones
  • Guild Boss by Jayne Castle
  • Kingdom of Shadow and Light by Karen Marie Moning
  • Magic Misled by Keri Arthur
  • The Adversary by Thea Harrison
  • The Gravedigger’s Son by Darynda Jones
  • The Virgin Hunt Games, Volume 1 by Mel Teshco
  • Wicked Words by MJ Scott
  • Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs

Favourite Historical Romance 2021

  • Devil in Disguise by Lisa Kleypas
  • King of Rogues by Sasha Cottman
  • One Wicked Wish by Anna Campbell
  • The Codebreakers by Alli Sinclair
  • The Highlander’s Rescued Maiden by Anna Campbell
  • The Lady Has a Past by Amanda Quick
  • The Scoundrel’s Daughter by Anne Gracie
  • The Unworthy Duke by Charlotte Anne
  • The Valkyrie’s Rule by Tanya Nellestein
  • The Valkyrie’s Viking by Tanya Nellestein
  • Two Secret Sins by Anna Campbell

Favourite Contemporary Romance 2021

  • A Good Life by Leanne Lovegrove
  • Fake by Kylie Scott
  • Magpie’s Bend by Maya Linnell
  • Must Love Christmas by Kelly Hunter
  • Outback Secrets by Rachael Johns
  • Playing it Safe by Amy Andrews
  • Snowy Mountains Daughter by Alissa Callen
  • The Forever Place by Michelle Montebello
  • The Garden of Hopes and Dreams by Barbara Hannay
  • The King’s Cowboy by Madeline Ash
  • The Vet from Snowy River by Stella Quinn
  • When Stars Collide by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • You Had Me at Chocolate by Amy Andrews

Favourite Short or Category Romance 2021

  • A Consequence Made in Greece by Annie West
  • Billionaire’s Road Trip to Forever by Michelle Douglas
  • Cinderella and the Brooding Billionaire by Michelle Douglas
  • Dare to Tease by Carly Phillips
  • From Bridal Designer to Bride by Kandy Shepherd
  • Off-Limits to the Crown Prince by Kali Anthony
  • Pregnant in the King’s Palace by Kelly Hunter
  • Pregnant with His Majesty’s Heir by Annie West
  • Secret Billionaire on Her Doorstep by Michelle Douglas
  • Sweet on You by Stefanie London
  • The Rhythm Method by Kylie Scott
  • The Sheikh’s Marriage Proclamation by Annie West

Favourite Romantic Suspense 2021

  • A Good Day for Chardonnay by Darynda Jones
  • A Stranger in Town by Kelley Armstrong
  • Crackenback by Lee Christine
  • Defy the Storm by Leah Ashton
  • Faithless in Death by JD Robb
  • Feral Fate by Kendall Talbot
  • Hidden Valley by Annie Seaton
  • Legacy by Nora Roberts
  • Murder by Numbers by Megan Mayfair
  • Osprey Reef by Annie Seaton
  • Savannah’s Secret by Mandy Magro
  • Something to Hide by Fleur McDonald
  • The Spaniel’s Secret by Megan Mayfair
  • Wild at Heart by Leesa Bow

Favourite Continuing Romance Series 2021

  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
  • A Scandal in Mayfair by Anna Campbell
  • Black Dagger Brotherhood by JR Ward
  • Bunyip Bay by Rachael Johns
  • Elsie Creek by Mel A Rowe
  • Lizzie Grace by Keri Arthur
  • Sydney Smoke Rugby by Amy Andrews
  • The Lairds Most Likely by Anna Campbell
  • The Valkyrie of Birca by Tanya Nellestein

Favourite Debut Romance Author 2021

  • Alison L Robson
  • AN Verebes
  • Ella McLaughlin
  • Hellucy Howe
  • HM Hodgson
  • Julie Weaver
  • Kristen Dovnik
  • Mary Campagnolo
  • Melody Beckett
  • Paula J Beavan
  • Vipra Jena

Favourite Australian Romance Author 2021

  • Alissa Callen
  • Amy Andrews
  • Anna Campbell
  • Anne Gracie
  • Annie West
  • Keri Arthur
  • Kylie Scott
  • Lana Pecherczyk
  • Leanne Lovegrove
  • Lee Christine
  • Maya Linnell
  • Megan Mayfair
  • Michelle Montebello
  • Rachael Johns
  • Stella Quinn

And the finalists for the Members’ Choice categories are …

Favourite Australian-set romance of 2021

  • A Good Life by Leanne Lovegrove
  • Magpie’s Bend by Maya Linnell
  • Meet Me in Bendigo by Eva Scott
  • Murder by Numbers by Megan Mayfair
  • Osprey Reef by Annie Seaton
  • Snowy Mountains Daughter by Alissa Callen
  • Starting from Scratch by Penelope Janu
  • The Alice Equation by Davina Stone
  • The Vet from Snowy River by Stella Quinn

Favourite romance anthology of 2021

  • Sweet Christmas Secrets by Joanne Austen Brown, Susanne Bellamy, Catherine Bilson, Erin Grace, Isabella Hargreaves, Stephen Hart, Fiona M Marsden, Clyve Rose, Ebony Oaten, Heidi Wessman Kneale
  • Baby, It’s Hot Outside by Bronwen Evans, Anna Foxkirk, Annie Seaton, Kendra Delugar, Jacqueline Lee, Ray Collet, Megan Mayfair, Susanne Bellamy, Sofia Grey, Jayne Kingsley, Kris Pearson
  • Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Suzanne Enoch, Amelia Grey, Anna Bennett
  • Love in a Sunburnt Land by Susan Mackie, Rhonda Forrest, Louise Forster, Leanne Lovegrove and Emma Powell
  • Sweet Treats—Chocolate by Toni D’Alia, Cordelia Fox, Arietta Richmond, Stephanie Ashton, Frances Dall’Alba, Caroline Deness, Louisa Duval, Amy Hutton, Kylie Jacobs, JA MacNally, Fiona M Marsden, Clare Miles, Valerie Miller, Georgia Moore, Kristin Silk
  • Secrets of the Soho Club by Joanne Austen Brown, Renée Dahlia, Theresa Fuller, Pamela Hart, Fiona Marsden, Beverley Oakley, Ebony Oaten, Clyve Rose, Linda Rae Sande, Heidi Wessman Kneale
  • Mermaid Kisses by Jacqueline Hayley, HM Hodgson, Melanie Pickering, Jennifer Westgarth
  • Scouts by Abigail Davies, Yolanda Olson, Penelope Douglas, Cole Denton, Measha Stone, Andi Jaxon, Vicki James, Natasha Preston, Samantha Towle, Ally Vance, JM Walker, Jennifer Bene, Kamisa Cole, Claire C Riley, Ellie Meadows, Shane Starrett

Favourite romance cover of 2021

  • Archangel’s Light by Nalini Singh (Berkley)
  • The Alice Equation by Davina Stone
  • The Secrets in Shadow and Blood by Lana Pecherczyk
  • The Forever Place by Michelle Montebello
  • Snowy Mountains Daughter by Alissa Callen
  • The Vet from Snowy River by Stella Quinn

Congratulations to all the finalists!

Winners will be announced at a special Awards Dinner in Sydney on Saturday 30 April 2022. Tickets for the ceremony will go on sale soon.

  1. Alison L Robson permalink
    16 March 2022 9:28 pm

    Thank you so much to everyone who nominated me! Favourite debut romance author, such an amazing surprise.

  2. susanmackieauthor permalink
    15 March 2022 9:29 pm

    Proud of our collaboration for Love in a Sunburnt Land Anthology. Thank you for nominating us.

  3. 15 March 2022 6:19 pm

    What a lovely surprise to wake up to! Thank you to everyone who nominated my stories, and a huge congratulations to all the other wonderful authors!

  4. 15 March 2022 1:30 pm

    I wanted to Vote on Outback Secrets but I can’t find anywhere to do so

    • arrawebmaster permalink*
      15 March 2022 1:35 pm

      Are you an ARRA member Christine? The link to vote is in the March member newsletter

  5. 15 March 2022 11:55 am

    I am so honoured to be nominated. Thank you to all my readers who nominated Wild at Heart ❤

  6. 15 March 2022 11:17 am

    I’m so honored to be nominated! Thank you, ARRA!

  7. 15 March 2022 11:15 am

    Reblogged this on Regency Romance… with a Twist.

  8. 15 March 2022 9:02 am

    So excited for all the nominees! Congratulations!

  9. 15 March 2022 8:30 am

    Such lovely news to wake up to, and such a great list of authors. Many thanks ARRA!

  10. 15 March 2022 8:28 am

    Wow, what an amazing list and I”m tickled pink that I’m on it with all those great authors. Thank you so much to ARRA and to everyone who voted for me and good luck to everyone at the awards night!

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