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RoNA Award
Awarded forExcellence in romance novel
CountryUnited Kingdom
Presented byRomantic Novelists' Association
First awarded1960
Websiteromanticnovelistsassociation.org/awards

The Romantic Novel of the Year Award is an award for romance novels since 1960, presented by Romantic Novelists' Association, and since 2003, the novellas, also won the Love Story of the Year (now RoNA Rose Award).[1]

In 2018, awards were given to men under their own names for the first time in the organisation's 58-year history[2]

Romantic Novel of the Year a.k.a. RoNA Award

This award recognises the long romance novels, the categories of the Romantic Novel of the Year (RoNA) are:[clarification needed]

  • The RoNA for a Contemporary Romantic Novel
This category is for mainstream romantic novels set post 1960 and includes chick-lit, beach reads and genres such as paranormal/fantasy/time slip/romantic suspense.
  • The RoNA for a Historical Romantic Novel
The Historical category is for romantic novels set in a period before 1960. Time slip novels may be included.
  • The RoNA for an Epic Romantic Novel
Romantic novels containing serious issues or themes, including grittier fiction such as sagas, multi-generational tales may be included in this category, which may also include time slip novels.
  • The RoNA for a Romantic Comedy Novel:
Romantic novels intended to be consistently humorous or amusing may be entered for this award.
  • The RoNA for a Young Adult Romantic Novel
This category is for romantic novels where the main characters are teenagers/young adults.

Winners

Love Story of the Year a.k.a. RoNA Rose Award

This award (formerly the Love Story of the Year) recognises the best in category and shorter romance, serials in magazines are also eligible.

Winners

  • 2018: Christmas at the Little Village School by Jane Lovering (Choc Lit)
  • 2017: Christmas in the Boss’s Castle by Scarlet Wilson (Harlequin Mills & Boon)
  • 2016: Doctor... To Duchess? by Annie O'Neil (Harlequin Mills & Boon)
  • 2015: Scandal’s Virgin by Louise Allen (Harlequin Mills & Boon)
  • 2014: Bound by a Baby by Kate Hardy (Harlequin Mills & Boon)
  • 2013: Beneath the Major's Scars by Sarah Mallory (HMB Historical Regency)
  • 2012: The Dangerous Lord Darrington by Sarah Mallory (HMB Historical Regency)
  • 2011: The Piratical Miss Ravenhurst by Louise Allen (Harlequin Historicals)
  • 2010: Animal Instincts by Nell Dixon (Little Black Dress)
  • 2009: Mistress: Hired for the Billionaire's Pleasure by India Grey (Harlequin Mills & Boon)
  • 2008: Breakfast at Giovanni's by Kate Hardy (Harlequin Mills & Boon)
  • 2007: Marrying Max by Nell Dixon (DC Thomson)
  • 2006: Contracted: Corporate Wife by Jessica Hart (Harlequin Mills & Boon)
  • 2005: A Family of His Own by Liz Fielding (Harlequin Mills & Boon)
  • 2004: A Damnable Rogue by Anne Herries (Harlequin Mills & Boon)
  • 2003: Illusion by Julia Wild (Heartline)

Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year

This award recognises the best in category for mainstream romantic novels set post 1960. This category can include romantic suspense and erotic romance.

Winners

, Contemporary Romantic Novel winner; , Epic Romantic Novel winner; , Historical Romantic Novel winner; and, Young Adult Romantic Novel winner.

Historical Romantic Novel of the Year

This award recognises the best in category for a romantic novel set pre-1960.

Winners

  • 2018: The Designer by Marius Gabriel (Lake Union Publishing)
  • 2017: It Was Only Ever You by Kate Kerrigan (Head of Zeus)
  • 2016: Letters to the Lost by Iona Grey (Simon & Schuster)
  • 2015: The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor (William Morrow)
  • 2014: The Gilded Fan by Christina Courtenay (Choc Lit)
  • 2013: The Apothecary's Daughter by Charlotte Betts
  • 2012: Highland Storms by Christina Courtenay (Choc Lit)

Epic Romantic Novel of the Year

This award recognises the best in category for romantic novels that have a broad and sweeping scope. May be either contemporary or historical and may include time-slip.

Winners

  • 2018: This Love by Dani Atkins (Simon & Schuster)
  • 2017: Little Girl Lost by Janet Gover (Choc Lit)
  • 2016: The Secrets We Share by Emma Hannigan (Headline Review)
  • 2015: Pieces of You by Ella Harper (Avon)
  • 2014: The Fever Tree by Jennifer McVeigh (Penguin)
  • 2013: Dearest Rose by Rowan Coleman
  • 2012: The Kashmir Shawl by Rosie Thomas (HarperCollins)

Romantic Comedy Novel

This award recognises the best in category for a romantic novel intended to be consistently humorous or amusing.

Winners

  • 2018: The Summer Seaside Kitchen by Jenny Colgan (Sphere/Little, Brown)
  • 2017: Out of Practice by Penny Parkes (Simon & Schuster)
  • 2016: Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Cafe by Milly Johnson (Simon & Schuster)
  • 2015: Just a Girl, Standing in Front of a Boy by Lucy-Anne Holmes (Sphere)
  • 2014: It's Raining Men by Milly Johnson (Simon & Schuster)
  • 2013: Welcome to Rosie Hopkin's Sweetshop of Dreams by Jenny Colgan (Sphere, Little Brown)
  • 2012: Please Don't Stop The Music by Jane Lovering (Choc Lit)

Young Adult Romantic Novel

This award recognises the best in category for a romantic novel in which the main characters are teenagers or young adults.

Winners

  • 2018: Ten Birthdays by Kerry Wilkinson (Bookouture)
  • 2017: Love Song by Sophia Bennett (Chicken House)
  • 2016: Crow Mountain by Lucy Inglis (Chicken House)
  • 2015: Struck by Joss Stirling (Oxford University Press)
  • 2014: Linked by Imogen Howson (Quercus)
  • 2013: Witchstruck by Victoria Lamb
  • 2012: Dark Ride by Caroline Green (Piccadilly Press)

Paranormal or Speculative Romantic Novel

This award recognises the best in category for a romantic novel that may be paranormal, fantasy, science fiction, time-slip etc.

Winners

  • 2018: The Other Us by Fiona Harper (HQ)
  • 2017: Max Seventeen by Kate Johnson (Independent)

References

  1. ^ Awards by the Romantic Novelists' Association, 2012-07-04
  2. ^ Singh, Anita (March 13, 2018). "New romantics: after 57 years, men break through at the Romantic Novel Awards" – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  3. ^ "Atkins wins Romantic Novel of the Year accolade | The Bookseller". www.thebookseller.com.
  4. ^ "Romantic Novel of the Year goes to YA title Love Song | The Bookseller". www.thebookseller.com.
  5. ^ "Iona Grey wins Romantic Novel of the Year | The Bookseller". www.thebookseller.com.
  6. ^ "Stirling's Struck is Romantic Novel of the Year | The Bookseller". www.thebookseller.com.
  7. ^ "Henry wins Romantic Novel of the Year Award | The Bookseller". www.thebookseller.com.
  8. ^ Stock, Jon (May 17, 2013). "Romantic Novel of the Year 2013: Jenny Colgan wins" – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  9. ^ "Colgan wins at RNA awards | The Bookseller". www.thebookseller.com.
  10. ^ "Choc Lit scores two at the Ronas | The Bookseller". www.thebookseller.com.
  11. ^ "Jojo Moyes wins RNA Romantic Novel of the Year | The Bookseller". www.thebookseller.com.

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