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THE ROMANCE GENRE

Romance fiction is smart, fresh and diverse. Whether you enjoy contemporary dialogue, historical settings, mystery, thrillers or any number of other themes, there's a romance novel waiting for you! 

Two basic elements comprise every romance novel: a central love story and an emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending. Romance novels may have any tone or style, be set in any place or time, and have varying levels of sensuality — ranging from sweet to extremely hot. These settings and distinctions of plot create specific subgenres within romance fiction.


ROMANCE AUTHORS

BEST-SELLING ROMANCES

HONOR ROLL

  • RWA Honor Roll Authors
    Best-selling romance authors who hit the NYT, Publishers Weekly, or USA Today top 50 list or have sold 100,000 copies in a single language.

HALL OF FAME


LEARN MORE ABOUT ROMANCE FICTION

  • About the Romance Genre
    Learn more about romance subgenres, the basic elements of a romance novel, and romance novel formats

INDUSTRY STATISTICS

READER STATISTICS

Review the results of the our most recent Nielsen Romance Buyer Survey

ROMANCE SUBGENRES

All romances have a central love story and an emotionally satisfying ending. Beyond that, however, romance novels may have any tone or style, be set in any place or time, and have varying levels of sensuality. Romance fiction may be classified into various subgenres depending on setting and plot elements.  Click here to learn more about Romance Subgenres.