Thursday, January 14, 2016

2015 Swoony Award Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Swoony Awards! The Swoony Awards were created to recognize excellence in clean fiction. We wanted a reference for all those out there looking for a clean swoony romance. We also wanted to recognize and show our appreciation to all these great authors who write the kinds of books we love. We couldn't be more pleased with all the participation and great book nominations we received. I know I've found a lot of great books on this list and even found some new authors to try! So, without further ado, here are the winners...

Best Novel of the Year
My Fairly Dangerous Godmother by Janette Rallison

Best Contemporary Romance
Professional Boundaries by Jennifer Peel
Best YA Contemporary Romance
The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

Best Novella
My Pride, His Prejudice by Jenni James

Best New Adult Novel
Royal Date by Sariah Wilson

Best Paranormal Romance
Undeniable Chosen by Shelly Crane

Best Regency Romance
A Heart Revealed by Josi S Kilpack

Best Western Romance
The Romancing of Evangaline Ipswich by Marcia Lynn McClure

Best Medieval Romance
  The Lady and the Minstrel by Joyce DiPastena

Best High Fantasy
Rumpelstiltskin by KM Shea

Best Dystopian
The Heir by Kiera Cass

Best Mystery
Web of Deceit by Susan Sleeman

Best Christmas Romance
Cookie Girl Christmas by Christene Houston

Kathy's Choice Award
Royal Date by Sariah Wilson

It was super hard narrowing down my number one pick this year. I guess that's a good problem to have. I ended up choosing Royal Date, because I just really loved this book. The writing and characters grabbed me, I loved the setting and just everything about it. It's one of those books where you get a reader's high, you get sucked in and don't want the story to end. I read Sariah's YA novel awhile ago and when I heard she had a new book coming out I couldn't wait to read it. I am so happy she has more great books like this in store for us.

Kathy Jo's Choice Award
Jessie Belle by Jennifer Peel

There were so many amazing books published in 2015 that narrowing down my choices was just a tad bit difficult. After re-reading all my reviews there was one book that just stood out among the rest... Jessie Belle by Jennifer Peel. This book was seriously AMAZING! I had a very hard time putting it down! Jennifer has an amazing ability to suck you in from the very beginning and refuses to let you go until the very end. Her writing has me feeling like I am right there with the characters, living their lives right along with them. Jessie Belle is filled with unconditional love, second chances, courage, strength, hope and even a bit of humor. And of course we can't forget about the Swoonworthy moments throughout the book. I found myself letting out little dreamy sighs along the way. I loved every minute of it! <3 nbsp="" p="">

Katie's Choice Award
The Kiss that Launched 1000 GIFs by Sheralyn Pratt
I chose The Kiss That Launched 1000 GIFs by Sheralyn Pratt because I loved the cleverly written story and the characters! Grace and Ashton have personality galore and they are strong, yet perfectly imperfect. I adored the supporting characters as well--especially Esme, Grace's best friend, and Megan, Ashton's niece. Both say it like it is and are totally sassy spitfires. I felt like I was watching this story unfold on social media, right along with the rest of the world--the book world, that is (sometimes I forget these people and places aren't real). I love a good, clean romance and this one had that with an added dash of spice, which made it even better.
Heidi's Choice Award
Free Fallin' by Shannon Guymon
We are looking forward to the 2016 Swoony Awards and hope that you will be joining us again this year! Please feel free to join our groups (Goodreads and Facebook) and follow us on Twitter (@swoonyawards)! Help us spread the word about good, clean, swoony romance books!

Happy New Year and Happy Reading!


  1. Oh my goodness, thank you! I didn't think I was even seriously in the running. Thank you so very much!

  2. This is awesome! Thank you for honoring Cookie Girl Christmas!

  3. wow, what fabulous company to be in. Thank you so much for the award and for the info on so many other great clean books. Best of luck to you guys in 2016, I so appreciate what you do for the reading/writing community!


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