2013 R*BY – Finalists

2013 R*BY – Finalists

The Romance Writers of Australia has announced the finalists for the Romantic Book of the Year awards, more commonly known as the R*BY. The winners will be announced on August 17 at an awards gala at RWA’s annual conference. The RB*Ys are one of the few literary awards determined by readers—members of the RWA are ineligible to judge the entries. This always makes the results very interesting, I feel.

I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t read most of the books nominated, and I’m going to try and rectify this. However, it seems unlikely that I’ll get through the list by mid-August. So I’d like to propose a challenge: I’ll send you a free copy of one (or more—but one at a time) titles listed below in exchange for your guest review at Book Thingo. You have to pick a title that hasn’t already been reviewed, and you need to send me the review by the end of July (this gives me time to post them before the awards night). The review should reflect your opinion, and yes, by all means dnf it if it’s not working—and say why in your review—but I ask that you read at least 50 pages before giving up. If you’re interested, leave a comment below or email me at kat@bookthingo.com.au.

And now, the finalists…

Long Romance

Anne GracieBride by Mistake (Booktopia | KoboAmz | TBD) — azteclady’s review
Helen LaceyMarriage Under The Mistletoe (Booktopia | KoboAmz | TBD) — Michele’s review
Sarah Mayberry — More Than One Night (Booktopia | Kobo | Amz | TBD) — Envyious’s review
Stephanie Laurens — The Lady Risks All (Booktopia | Kobo | Amz | TBD) — TBR by Sel

Romantic Elements

Elise K AckersSmall Town Storm (Kobo | Amz | ebooks.com) — TBR by Rudi
Fiona McCallumWattle Creek (Booktopia | Kobo | Amz) — Bec Brown’s review
Helene YoungBurning Lies (Booktopia | Kobo | Amz) — Kat’s review
Tricia StringerQueen of the Road (Booktopia | Kobo | Amz) — Bec Brown’s review

Short Sexy

Anne OliverThe Morning After The Wedding Before (Booktopia | Kobo | Amz | TBD) — TBR by Envyious
Melanie MilburneEnemies at the Altar (Booktopia | Kobo | Amz | TBD) — Jodi’s review
Nicola Marsh — Marrying the Enemy (Booktopia | Kobo | Amz | TBD) — TBR by Roz
Yvonne LindsayA Forbidden Affair (Booktopia | Kobo | Amz | TBD)

Short Sweet

Alison RobertsSydney Harbour Hospital: Zoe’s Baby (Booktopia | Kobo | Amz | TBD) — TBR by Jen
Emily ForbesSydney Harbour Hospital: Bella’s Wishlist (Booktopia | Kobo | Amz | TBD) — Jen’s review
Fiona LoweNewborn Baby For Christmas (Booktopia | Kobo | Amz | TBD) — Rebeca Troubetas’s review
Madeline AshUncovered by Love (Kobo | Amz | ebooks.com) — Kat’s review

What do you think of the finalists? Are there any books that stand out, good or bad? What books do you think are missing from the list?


  1. Bec Brown says:

    I’m happy to do a review of either
    Fiona McCallumWattle Creek
    Tricia StringerQueen of the Road
    (I already have a copy of both so that’s ok)
    I would do one of Burning Lies (I have a copy of that too) but I’m waiting for the first two books before I read it.
    Do you mind if I put my review on Goodreads and by (little) blog as well?

  2. azteclady says:

    *bouncing up and down* me too, me too!!!
    Any (or all) of these three: Helene Young’s Burning Lies, Sarah Mayberry’s The Lady Risks All and Anne Gracie’s Bride by Mistake

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