Looking to Dive Into a New Romance Genre? Start Here!
by Karen Green
We all like what we like for a reason, but there are also many gifts to be gained when we try something new.
For readers, taking a chance on a new-to-you genre yields little risk and big potential rewards. And for romance readers, it could mean a whole new world to fall in love with.
But even if you’re not ready to dive right in, there’s no harm in getting your feet wet. Check out these tips for wading into a new genre.
Follow the author
You may know an author from reading her fantastic contemporary series—but look a little deeper and you may find that she has also written romantic intrigue novels or has a new paranormal series coming out. You already know that you love this author’s voice, so stepping into a new subgenre with her is a very low-risk way to discover something new.
Heather Graham is the perfect author to test this theory on—if you love her psychological thrillers, like The Finnegan Connection miniseries, why not give paranormal romance a try with her Krewe of Hunters books?
Hit the stacks
We know you don’t need another excuse to visit your local library (or access your public library’s digital lending space), but it really is the perfect place to try something new. There’s no downside to borrowing a book you’re not familiar with, and you have built-in experts to help you decide where to start your foray into a new genre.
Have you ever thought of reading any inspirational romance? Your library is sure to have titles from popular authors like Ruth Logan Herne and Patricia Davids.
Judge a book by its cover
See it? Like it? Try it!
If you’re looking for something new, start with the looking part—trust your eyes to lead you to the genre that will appeal to you. And when you look carefully, you’ll see that each romantic subgenre has its own evocative cover style, offering a glimpse of the kind of story and mood you can expect. From there, it’s easy to drill down to the exact book that satisfies your curiosity.
Thinking of trying out some historical fiction? Covers and titles reveal so much about what era, characters and relationship dynamic to expect!
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Email newsletters and blog posts are a great way to discover new genres and get recommendations for books you may never have thought to pick up otherwise. Goodreads, the New York Public Library and of course the Harlequin Blog and Harlequin News will introduce you to something new and wonderful, and ensure that you never miss a must-read again!
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Have you tried out a new romance genre recently? Let us know what book you last read in the comments below!