Romance

Romance Unbound: Romantic Novels in Other Genres

Romance Unbound: Romantic Novels in Other Genres

Some great love stories may not be classified as romances, even though they richly convey the same appeal. What’s more, many romantic novels in other genres are series, so readers are privy not only to the courtship and wedding, but also to the pleasures of living out the happily ever. These titles will get you started—and […]

The Mechanics of Love: 22 Tales of Handyman Romance

The Mechanics of Love: 22 Tales of Handyman Romance

We can’t explain why men who work with their hands and know their way around a toolbox are so sexy, but there’s no denying that they are. This list contains more than 20 hunky men—and a couple of talented women—who know what to do with a hammer. Gimme Some Sugar, by Kimberly Kincaid Being one half of a celebrity […]

New Adult Romance: An Introduction

New Adult Romance: An Introduction

New Adult is a romance subgenre that has become increasingly popular over the last few years. Despite this popularity, the phrase “New Adult” leaves most people scratching their heads. The basic, underwhelming criteria for New Adult is that the style falls somewhere between the Young Adult and Adult genres, and the age of the protagonist is between 18 […]

Love through the Generations: Series Romance about Families

Love through the Generations: Series Romance about Families

There’s nothing romance readers love as much as a series, and there’s something especially warm and comforting about reading a series books with characters from the same family. You get to know them as secondary characters in one book, and cheer for them when they get their own book, with their own Happily Ever After. Here’s a trove of […]

21 Tales of Chocolate-Themed Romance

21 Tales of Chocolate-Themed Romance

In a romance novel, love can be all sweet and smooth, like a fine Lindor Truffle. But where’s the conflict? A good romance needs a little Rocky Road. Sometimes, like an Almond Joy, it needs to have a little nuttiness. No matter the flavor, chocolate-themed romances are a delicious treat for readers. Here are some of […]

Ridin’ Dirty: Biker Romance

Ridin’ Dirty: Biker Romance

What is it about a biker romance that gets women’s panties in a bunch? Is it the roughness around the edges? That bikers follow the rev of their own engines? The strange moral code they follow? The tattoos?  Whatever may appeal to you about bikers, make no mistake: they’re here to stay. While we pine for the return of Jax Teller and the […]

Sex and Swashbuckling: Pirate Romance

Sex and Swashbuckling: Pirate Romance

Shiver me timbers and batten down me hatches, today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, and have we got some great pirate romances for you! We’ve highlighted a few of our favorite female pirate heroines, but there are lots of other books from which to choose—including present-day pirates and sexy steampunk pirates on airships. Destiny’s Captive, by Beverly […]

The Perfect Romance

That which appears perfect can act as a stumbling block on the road to happily ever after. These romance novels, each strongly recommended by Booklist reviewers, play with readers’ notions of perfection—always with sexy results. The Perfect Bride, by Brenda Joyce After her father’s death, Blanche knows she must get married, but she believes she is damaged. She has no […]

Sex in YA: What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why It Matters

Sex in YA: What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why It Matters

There are romance novels, and there are novels with sex in them, and only sometimes do the categories intersect. Few people know this better than YA authors Christa Desir (Bleed like Me, Other Broken Things) and Carrie Mesrobian (Sex & Violence, Cut Both Ways). They cohost the Booklist-sponsored Oral History Podcast, a hilarious and often […]

Forgotten Master of Romance: Joan Aiken Returns to Print

Forgotten Master of Romance: Joan Aiken Returns to Print

Joan Aiken, who died in 2004, wrote more than 100 books over the course of her career. Today, she is best known and loved for her children’s novels, including the classic The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, which launched a series of popular and award-winning alternate history books set in nineteenth century England, in which the Stuarts […]