Romantic Wednesday: Our Romance Genre Challenge heads to YA and new adult romance

by Selby G.

Part 5 of our  Reading Challenge focusing on subgenres of romance.

The late teen years and early 20’s are times in life when things change rapidly and emotions run high. To appeal to these audiences, romance publishers have added a label between young adult (YA/teen) and general romance: New Adult.

Young Adult Romance novels have protagonists still in their teen years and generally still in school. There may be some sex in these books, but the relationship is the real focus. For the 18- to 25-year-old, who are off to college or living on their own, there are the New Adult novels. These books focus on issues pertinent to the age group, which includes physical relationships. Continue reading “Romantic Wednesday: Our Romance Genre Challenge heads to YA and new adult romance”

Romantic Wednesdays: Can’t-Miss Contemporary Series

Waiting on You by Kristan Higgins book coverWaiting on You by Kristan Higgins

Higgins is one of my go-to authors for smart and humorous contemporary romance, and I find myself suggesting her books to a wide range of readers. Once you start one of her warm, character-rich stories, you’ll be laughing, crying, cheering and swooning – sometimes on the same page! This is the latest in her new Blue Heron series, so be sure to pick up The Perfect Match as well.


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Romantic Wednesdays: What Makes New Adult New?

losing it by cora carmackBefore answering that question, some definition may be required. After all, “New Adult” is a fairly new fiction genre. As in 2009 new.

New Adult has been described as an older YA book, but that doesn’t quite capture it. For this reader, New Adult fiction is all about people who are college-age or early 20s facing real life decisions that will affect their lives as adults. So the crisis is not about who will take whom to the prom, it’s about how to afford college, or success on that first job, or choosing marriage and family over career. Continue reading “Romantic Wednesdays: What Makes New Adult New?”