Well, the votes are in! It was an incredible night, with dozens of fantastic books getting awards. I’m thrilled to announce all three of my entries — Blowing It, Balls Up, and The Slave — were all finalists. BI and BU got two honourable mentions each, The Slave got three. Here’s how it went down in my categories:

Gay Romantic Comedy


  1. Love Me Tomorrow, by Ethan Day
  2. Candy Man / Bitter Taffy, by Amy Lane
  3. Played!, by JL Merrow
  4. Lone Wolf, by L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov
  5. Blowing It, by Kate Aaron


The Bobby Michaels Award for Best Gay Erotic Romance


  1. For Real, by Alexis Hall
  2. The Slave, by Kate Aaron; A Forbidden Rumspringa, by Keira Andrews
  3. Breaking the Habit, by J.P. Bowie
  4. Unfortunate Son, by Shae Connor
  5. No Place that Far, by L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov


The Williams Neale Award for Best Gay Contemporary Fiction


  1. Beneath the Stain, by Amy Lane
  2. Knights of Ocean Avenue, by Tara Lain
  3. The Butterfly King, by Edmond Manning; We Found Love by Allison Cassatta and Kade Boehme
  4. A New Man, by P.D. Singer
  5. The Deep of the Sound, by Amy Lane; Trust the Focus, by Megan Erickson

Best Gay Book


  1. Beneath the Stain, by Amy Lane; The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal, by KJ Charles
  2. Restless Spirits, by Jordan L. Hawk
  3. Fool’s Gold, by Jess Faraday
  4. Knights of Ocean Avenue, by Tara Lain
  5. Semper Fi, by Keira Andrews

As always, a massive thank you to Elisa Rolle for her tireless work and dedication to a genre we all love, and special thanks to the judges, and all the readers for making the Rainbow Awards the one authors want to win!

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Kate Aaron

Born in Liverpool, Kate Aaron is a bestselling author of LGBT romances. Kate swapped the north-west for the midwest in October 2015 and married award winning author AJ Rose. Together they plan to take over the world.