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”

Adult Summer Reading Challenge: Paranormal Romance

– posted by Selby G.

Part 4 of our Adult Summer Reading Challenge focusing on subgenres of romance.

This week’s romance subgenre is a doozy and, admittedly, the reason I started reading romance novels. Paranormal romance is all the weird stuff. Men (and women) who can shape-shift into tigers (or just about any other animal you can think of), angels who fall in love with demons and naughty little mermaids. The creativity in this genre blows my mind and I am forever searching for the strangest mixture I can find.

Heart of the Highland Wolf in the Library catalogTiger Magic in the Library catalogLove in the Time of Dragons in the Library catalog

Continue reading “Adult Summer Reading Challenge: Paranormal Romance”

Adult Summer Reading Challenge: Amish and Christian Romance

Posted by Selby G.
Part 3 of our Adult Summer Reading Challenge
focusing on subgenres of romance.

Inspirational or religious romance novels are a hot commodity these days, particularly books featuring the Amish. With no sex, and a lot of God, the focus is more on finding love that nurtures one’s soul than a steamy romance.

The Last Bride in the Library catalogGoodbye to Yesterday in the Library catalogA Season for Tending in the Library catalog Continue reading “Adult Summer Reading Challenge: Amish and Christian Romance”

Adult Summer Reading Challenge: Historical Romance

Posted by Selby G.

Part 2 of our Adult Summer Reading Challenge focusing on subgenres of romance.

Historic romance novels run the gamut of time and place. Pick up one and you could be transported to the bedchamber of a Tang Dynasty courtesan or the castle of a noble lord. Either way, historical romances are filled with drama and delightful details about what it was like to live in the past. The following time periods and regions are particularly popular with romance readers:

The Escape in the Library catalogThe Perfect Wife in the Library catalogMiss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel in the Library catalog
Regency – Pomp and circumstance prevailed in this time period when Napoleon was trying to take over Europe but all of the women were apparently trying to bed Dukes. If you like to read about scandalous rogues and fashionable ladies then a regency romance might suit you. Try Mary Balogh, Victoria Alexander or Samantha Grace. Continue reading “Adult Summer Reading Challenge: Historical Romance”

Reading challenge for adults: How many romance genres can you read this summer?

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Posted by Selby G.

How many genres of romance novels can you read this summer?

Romance novels make up roughly 30 percent of the books sold in the U.S. They range from sweet stories about small town girls finding the perfect cowboy to plaid-clad highlanders seducing innocent heiresses and shape-shifting dragons fighting demons and finding love. If you can think of a premise in which two characters might be thrown together and fall in love, then it is probably out there waiting to be read. Continue reading “Reading challenge for adults: How many romance genres can you read this summer?”