What Kinds Of Romance Novels Are There?

Posted on: 24 February 2020

Romance novels have a major place in the literary world right now. When paired with the suspense and thriller genres, romance novels are elevated to new heights. No longer is the story revolving around a love affair; instead, the story involves something that thickens the plot. Things get heated.

In fact, there might be a few genres you have not associated with romance. Want to know what kinds of romance novels there are? Here's what you should know:

Contemporary Romance Novels

Contemporary romance novels are those that are set in more recent times. Right now, some novels set in the 1950s and 60s are still considered contemporary. The main point is that the novel is focused on the romance itself, not on another major plot point.

Science Fiction & Fantasy Romance Novels

These types of novels are quite popular. Science fiction and fantasy romance novels may involve space travel, time travel, and even magic. Fantasy romance often pairs with historical fiction, perhaps being set during Medieval periods.

Paranormal Romance Novels

Paranormal romance novels are those that involve supernatural creatures and intrigue. The characters involved could be vampires, ghosts, or werewolves -- they could even be werecats or zombies. There are also some cases in which paranormal extends into genres like science-fiction romance and fantasy romance.

Erotic Romance Novels

Erotic romance is a growing field lately. These novels tend to focus on the steamier aspects of romance. Many of these stories are oriented toward the physical aspects of love, and they may overlap with other genres. For instance, some erotic novels have paranormal romance elements as well.

Historical Romance Novels

Historical romance novels are those romances that are set prior to the 1950s or 1960s. Of course, the bar changes as time goes on. Eventually, novels set in the 50s and 60s will be considered historical rather than contemporary novels. In fact, some might already make that designation.

Romantic Suspense Novels

Romantic suspense novels are those that have an intense plot. The plot gets your heart pumping, and the setting is typically modern. The suspenseful part of the plot often revolves around a crime or a mystery.

Adult romantic suspense novels are a great read for a day out at the park or a quiet evening in. These genres are all great for those times you need something more in your life, whether it is a taste of romance to spice things up or just a little entertainment.