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According to the Romance Writers of America, every good romance needs these two things:
A Central Love Story: The main plot centers around individuals falling in love and struggling to make the relationship work. A writer can include endless subplots, as long as the love story is the main focus of the novel.
An Emotionally Satisfying and Optimistic Ending: In a romance, the lovers who risk and struggle for each other and their relationship are rewarded with emotional justice and unconditional love.
On this page, you'll find plenty of books that match this description. For each subgenre (YA, Historical, Contemporary, Paranormal, and Romantic Suspense) you'll find a short description as well as several books that are representative of the subgenre.
Call Number: TV OUT
Based on the bestselling book series Claire Randall is a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743. When she is forced to marry a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited that tears Claire's heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
The Fault in Our Stars by
Call Number: PZ7 .G8233 FAU 2012 / AUD GRE
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.
Eleanor and Park by
Call Number: FIC ROW
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits-smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you'll remember your own first love-and just how hard it pulled you under.
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Listed below are links to the webpages of some of the most popular romance writers.
Writes romances in series and trilogies. She also writes mysteries under the name J.D. Robb.
Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Writes contemporary as well as historical romance.
Created the Regency romance subgenre in the 1930s. She also wrote mysteries.
Jayne Ann Krentz
Writes historical romance under the name Amanda Quick, contemporary romance under the name Jayne Ann Krentz, and futuristic romance under the name Jayne Castle.
Writes romance as well as suspense.
Writes as both Elizabeth Lowell and Ann Maxwell. Has written contemporary and historical romance, romantic suspense, mystery, and science fiction.
Writes historical and contemporary romance as well as suspense.