Romance

In Defense of Bad Sex (Awards) and Sexy Literary Fiction

In Defense of Bad Sex (Awards) and Sexy Literary Fiction

The Erotic Review, an English website “committed to giving sex a good name,” recently announced its intent to introduce an award for good sex in fiction, called the Good Sex in Fiction Award, to combat The Literary Review’s annual Bad Sex in Fiction Awards. At a festival hosted by The Times of London, Erotic Review publisher Lisa Moylett, along with UK journalist Mariella Frostrup, […]

Fantasy, Free Me: Romances That Do the Time Warp

Fantasy, Free Me: Romances That Do the Time Warp

Traveling through time has always had a certain appeal. One can leave behind all their troubles and start over—or discover that there’s no running water. Hot guys, however, can be found in all centuries. Pack your bags, and get ready to take a romantic flight backwards—or forward—in time. Geek Girl and the Earl, by Gina Lamm Comic-book […]

Careless Whisper: Romance Novels that Cheat

Careless Whisper: Romance Novels that Cheat

Heroes and heroines who cheat tend to be an automatic turn-off for most readers of romance. Even if we haven’t experienced infidelity in our own lives, we all know someone who has been affected by it, and as a result, we tend to have strong feelings about it. In some of the following romances, the main […]

Buzzworthy Erotic Audiobooks

Buzzworthy Erotic Audiobooks

On the heels of #SeptemberRomance comes a slightly NSFW innovation that I just have to share: this Daily Mirror story, “Literature with an Added Buzz: Company Creates Vibrator that Works in Time with Erotic Audiobooks. . . and It Can Even be Controlled Remotely by a Partner.” With a title like that, I don’t have much more to […]

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A Mega-List of Lovely, Lusty Librarian Romance

A Mega-List of Lovely, Lusty Librarian Romance

A note from the editor: This is the final entry in #SeptemberRomance, our month-long celebration of romance novels. For more—way more!—great romance coverage, click here. Twenty years ago or so, my friend Debbie Mazoyer and I decided to team up and try our hand at writing romances. We chose the nom de plume Deborah Shelley, […]

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 […]