If You've Never Read A Romance Novel Before, Try One of These

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You'll love these romance novels if you've never read one before!

Romance To Help Get Your Feet Wet

If you've never read a romance book before and want to, it can be a little intimidating to just find a book and jump in. It may seem obvious what a romance book is - those books at the grocery store where a white, heterosexual couple is wrapped up in each others arms - but the definition is more complex than that. The Romance Writers of America defines states:

Two basic elements comprise every romance novel: a central love story and an emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending.

Romance books aren't just limited to Harlequin, though they do put out some incredible books. Dozens of publishers publish romance nowadays and romance books are more diverse than ever.

You may not know what your romance tastes are yet, so we selected a few romance subgenres for you to check out if you're new to romance. A good place to start is try something similar to what you already read. For example, if you like science fiction, try starting with a science fiction romance.

Historical Romance:

1. Destiny's Surrender by Beverly Jenkins

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If you're new to romance books, then you need to know Beverly Jenkins is an author you need to be aware of. While she writes contemporary fiction too, she's known for her incredible historical fiction romances featuring Black heroines.

In Destiny's Surrender, book 2 in the Destiny series, hero of the book, Andrew Yates, has finally decided to give up his philandering ways to look for a woman to settle down with. But most of the women he knows just don't feel like the right fit for him. That's when Wilhelmina "Billie" Wells shows up at his Destiny Ranch with a child in her arms. Andrew's child.

It was a hard decision for Billie to decide to leave their child with Andrew, but she wanted him to have a better life than she could provide. Before she knows it, Andrew proposes and they've entered into a marriage of convenience. Will the heat that drew them together in the first place work its magic once again?

2. Willful Depravity by Ingrid Hahn

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Ingrid Hahn's Willful Depravity is an erotic historical romance about the Marques of Ashcroft, Giles Warrington Hale, an artist who enjoys painting sensual portraits of women as much as he enjoys having sex with them. His newest inspiration is Patience Emery, a woman he can't from his mind.

As a fuller-figured woman, Patience has spent her entire life trying to make herself appear smaller than she is, to attempt to blend into the crowd. Now she's reached a point in her life where she doesn't care what people think of her anymore, though she still believes she'll only ever have a man in her deepest dreams. Out of the blue, Lord Ashcroft propositions her, and Patience is given the chance to fulfill every fantasy she's every had.

Thriller:

3. Pink Slip by Katrina Jackson

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The first novel in Katrina Jackson's four-book The Spies Who Loved Her series, Kierra wants nothing more than to be a published poet. But for now, she's poor and needs a job and somehow because the personal assistant to a pair of married spied. She works for them for three years, not-so-secretively lusting after them the entire time. Eventually, Kierra knows she needs to move on and gives her notice.

Her bosses have other plans. In Kierra's last week, they inform her they need her help with a mission in Serbia, something only she can do. While ridding the world of a nasty European dictator, Kierra's deepest fantasies are finally fulfilled.

Science Fiction:

4. After the Fall by Robin Summers

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Taylor Stone has been alone since the plague began in Robin Summer's After the Fall. Her survival depends on her three rules: always keep moving, keep to yourself, and don't get involved. The plague hit women the hardest, making life difficult for those that remained. Taylor keeps going, headed toward the farm outside of Pittsburgh that is waiting for her.

When she encounters a group of survivors who offer resources, Taylor decides to stick around a few days to gather what she needs and take off as she always does. But there's something about this group that's different, offering her much more than just resources. She also meets Kate, a woman who makes Taylor realize love is still alive even during the end of the world.

Gay:

5. Of Sunlight and Stardust by Christina Lee and Riley Hart

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Of Sunlight and Stardust is a heartfelt romance co-written by Christina Lee and Riley Hart, and is the story of two men finding the ability to heal in each other. Tanner Rowe's wife always dreamed of owning a certain house with a dilapidated barn in Red Bluff, up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She passed away, Tanner still wants to make her dream come true and buys the house, though he makes little progress in the year he's owned the house.

Cole Lachlan has just gotten out of prison and is broke and homeless. As a felon, he doesn't have many options. He winds up in Red Bluff and meets Tanner, a man with lonely to match his own. They make an arrangement in which Cole will help rebuild the burned out barn in exchange for room and board. In the barn, they discover a journal from 1948 and spend their evenings reading it. The pages are filled with a man in love with his best friend and the affair between them. As their own relationship shifts, they become determined to find out what happened to them men and what happened on that fateful night so many years ago.

Contemporary:

6. Not Another Family Wedding by Jackie Lau

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Jackie Lau is known for her diverse comedic romance series. Not Another Family Wedding is the first book in the Chin-Williams and features Natalie Chin-Williams, a complex climatology professor. For as cranky as she is, she's also a big believer in love. Though maybe not for herself. Because she doesn't want kids, she's had a lot of relationships go sour in the end.

At thirty-six, she knows she's going to get hounded about her love life (or lack of one) during her younger sister's upcoming wedding. Plus, there's the family drama that always seems to creep up. To get through the weekend, she asks her friend, Dr. Connor Douglas, to go wither her.

As suspected, drama ensues when a drunk aunt tells everyone a family secret that throws Natalie for a loop, further testing her faith in love. Thank goodness Connor is there for her. But her head ends up spinning when they kiss. Is there something going on between them, something Natalie's never picked up on before?

7. Tikka Chance on Me by Suleikha Snyder

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Suleikha Snyder's novella, Tikka Chance on Me, is a contemporary romance about two very different people, totally living up to the trope of opposites attract. After her mom got diagnosed with cancer, good girl Pinky Grover decided to drop out of grad school and return home to help out in her family's Indian restaurant.

Meanwhile, bad boy Trucker Carrigan has returned home too, for reasons he can't talk about. He's involved with some notorious bikers, but that doesn't stop Pinky from staring at him each time he comes into the restaurant. Which is a lot. It turns out they have a lot more in common than either of them ever would have realized, and that includes more than just incredible sex.

Paranormal:

8. American Witch

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In Thea Harrison's American Witch, strange things have been happening around Molly Sullivan. Weird visions. Cars breaking down. Electrical surges. It makes her start wonder if it's her fault. Her life gets tricky when she finds out her husband cheats on her again and that she's a witch.

Josiah Mason is also a witch and leader of a coven hellbent on taking down an enemy who has ruined the lives of countless people. He's come up contingencies for everything. Except for the gorgeous new witch filled with raw power. During their divorce, Molly discovers her ex has a secret he'll kill to protect. She has no choice but to ask Josiah for help, and uncover a life-changing connection between Molly's ex and Josiah's enemy.

Molly and Josiah's attraction grows as they work together, but with Josiah's obsession with revenge, Molly isn't sure they can be together. She's done compromising. Will they be able to figure things out before it's too late?

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