How to Get Started in a New Romance Genre

by Karen Green

If you’ve been thinking of expanding your romance-reading horizons but you’re not sure how or where to start, there are easy ways to seamlessly transition from one genre to another.

The catalog of romance novels available to readers these days is vast and varied, just like our personal tastes. If the choice of genres feels overwhelming, here are four ways you can expand your romance palate and discover a new category of love stories you’ll love reading.

Explore your options

Romance has diversified a lot recently, with the category expanding far beyond the usual tropes and storylines. From urban fantasy to erotic, romance genres can be very specific, catering to readers with a huge variety of interest and preferences. There truly is something for everyone so don’t be timid when searching for your next read.

Three Part Harmony (Plot Twist) by Holley Trent explores micro-genres like multicultural, queer and erotic romance. These are themes you may not be familiar with in romance novels, but they add depth and diversity to our reading choices.

Three Part Harmony by Holley Trent

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Follow your favorite authors

Like readers, authors also enjoy diversifying their collection and though you may know an author as someone who writes your favorite contemporary romance novels, she may also have written a paranormal series. Take a look at your favorite author’s entire catalog and try something unfamiliar next. You already know you love that writer’s style, so chances are you’ll love it in any genre.

The Lawman’s Romance Lesson (Forever, Texas). Marie Ferrarella is a master of romantic suspense but also pens sweeping contemporary romance—not a bad guy in sight!

The Lawman's Romance Lesson by Marie Ferrarella

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Author Marie Ferrarella

Look for recommendations

Blogs and review websites are a great place to start when thinking about diving into a new genre. They have already read and curated titles for readers to try, so the vetting process is well established by time you find a book that looks interesting. Harlequin.com, Amazon and other book purchasing sites, as well as review sites like Goodreads almost always include a guide to similar books, so if you’re not quite sold on the title you are exploring, there are many threads to follow to find another book that looks interesting.  

Wrath of the Goddess (Goddess with a Blade) by Lauren Dane is a paranormal urban fantasy romance that has made it to the top of many must-read lists this summer!

Wrath of the Goddess by Lauren Dane

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Match your interests

We rarely limit ourselves when it comes to the other kinds of media we consume, so why impose those limits on our reading material? If you enjoy shows about true crime, check out a romantic intrigue title. Have a favorite team you always root for? Try a sports romance novel. Consider your interests outside of reading when looking for your next pick.

A Cure for the Vet (Must Love Dogs), featuring stories by Ann Roth and Julie Benson is a contemporary romance collection that’s perfect for readers who love their pets!

A Cure for the Vet by Ann Roth, Julie Benson

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Ready to try out a new genre? Let us know where you’ll be headed!

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