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Romance is a literary genre that focuses on the romantic relationship between the hero and the heroine and ends in a "happily ever after," often with the marriage of the two main characters. An important principle in romance is "the obstacle," a conflict between the two characters that will keep them apart until the very end of the novel. Romance has many different subgenres, categorized by setting (contemporary, gothic, historical, regency, western) or content (erotic romance, F/F romance, M/M romance, paranormal, and romantic suspense).

The romance subgenres seen here reflect most, but not all, of what's being published today. Book Country's genre map will continue to change as new literary categories emerge and others fall out of fashion. If you write romance novels, explore the different subgenres to connect with other like-minded writers, workshop, and publish your book.


  • Contemporary Romance
  • Erotic Romance
  • F/F Romance
  • Gothic Romance
  • Historical Romance
  • M/M Romance
  • Paranormal Romance
  • Regency Romance
  • Romantic Suspense
  • Western Romance

Landmark Romance Titles

Here are select romance must-read titles:

  • COME UNDONE by Jessica Hawkins is a Landmark Romance Title on Book Country.  
  • LAY IT DOWN by Cara McKenna is a Romance Landmark Title on Book Country.  
  • THE WOLF AND THE DOVE by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss is a Historical Romance Landmark Title on Book Country.  
  • Contemporary Romance Book - My Sunshine  
  • Erotic Romance Book - 50 Shades of Grey  
  • F/F Romance Book - Snow Falls  
  • Gothic Romance Book - Rebecca  
  • Historical Romance Book - This Is All I Ask  
  • M/M Romance Book - Lover Eternal  
  • Paranormal Romance - Fantasy Lover  
  • Regency Romance - Cotillion  
  • Romantic Suspense - Dark of Night  
  • Western Romance - Morning Comes Softly  

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