There has never been a time in my life, since age 4, when I wasn’t an avid reader. Of course, a reader’s tastes change with time, and I’ve gone through a lot of phases over the years.
Back in the late 1980s, I began working in the Indianapolis Public Library system, which opened up a new world of constant and endless reading options. It was interesting to see the trends develop and evolve. There was a time we couldn’t keep any vampire books on the shelves, along with gothic horror. At one point, I read every single time travel romance I could find. For a while, it was historical romances involving pirates, cowboys, or Scottish lairds.
In recent years, I’ve gone through times when I read sexy ménage erotica, shifter romances, or post-apocalyptic and dystopian fiction. I’m currently deep in urban fantasy, a longtime favorite.
No genre has more sub-genres than romance, though. If a person can fantasize about it, it’s out there. Clean, steamy, erotica, bad-boy, second chance, young adult, new adult, chick-lit, dark, suspenseful…you name it, someone is writing it.
The variations seem endless. Stepbrother, May-December, reverse harem stories in which the heroine is involved in a consensual relationship with three or more men, even male-male alpha romances featuring male pregnancy!
Some of the popular recent trends include mafia/organized crime romantic suspense, rock star romances, sports romances, and motorcycle clubs.
I still love a good paranormal romance, or urban fantasy with romantic elements. How about you? What have been your favorite past trends, and what romance sub-genre are you binge-reading right now?
Lori Whitwam, Managing Editor, Limitless Publishing, LLC