5 Romance Sub-Genres You Need To Read!

Searching for your next read? Check out one of these oddly specific romance subgenres. Once you try one, you won’t be able to get enough of it.

With romance books taking over social media by storm on platforms like TikTok and Twitter, now more than ever, niche subgenres are getting the attention and love they deserve. Here are five surprisingly big subgenres of romance that you definitely should check out if you’re between books.

Hockey Romance

Hockey players are known for more than just the way grueling ice skating practice makes their butts the center of attention. In terms of romance novels, they’re also brooding, with a soft side that comes out for the main character. If you want to read about a professional hockey player Maria Luis’ Power Play is for you, with a feisty main character and lots of steamy romance. If college hockey is more your level, then Elle Kennedy’s The Deal is exactly what you’re looking for. Honorable mentions include For The Boys by Amanda Chaperon and Icebreaker by Hannah Grace.

Summer at the Beach Romance

If you’re looking for adult romance, Emily Henry’s Beach Read has been taking the romance novel world by storm for its adorable beach town setting and broody writer as a male lead. In terms of young adult romance, if you’re looking for something a little more lighthearted, The Summer I Turned Pretty is an adorable first book to a trilogy by Jenny Han that was also turned into an Amazon Prime Show. The Summer of Broken Rules by K.L. Walther is an especially great recommendation if you are a Taylor Swift fan, as this book is chock-full of references to her music and feels like a romance taken straight out of one of her songs.

Career-Focused Woman Searches For A Man

A lot of romance authors have been using their work to speak out about the double standards that come with career and family for women, especially in high-profile jobs. Book Lovers by Emily Henry follows a woman struggling between her big-city job and her small-town romance, while Nisha Sharma’s Dating Dr. Dil is a modern take on a Shakespearean romance with enemies-to-lovers and a twist. Both books have a woman who struggles to balance her career and her love life but don’t worry; there are happy endings ahead.

They Were Roommates Romance

With rent only seeming to go up in every whimsical city that book characters love to live in, it’s easy to understand why suddenly a lot of books about roommates are cropping up; who can afford to live alone these days? The American Roommate Experiment by Elena Armas is a spinoff from her popular novel The Spanish Love Deception and comes with a hot leading man with an irresistible accent and lots of shenanigans. If you’re looking for something even more raunchy, the male lead in Rosie Danan’s The Roommate is in the adult entertainment business with a reluctant roommate in the main character who was expecting to be rooming with her childhood crush.

Farm/Cowboy Romance

If you need a little yeehaw in your life, then this romance subgenre is for you. If you’d prefer to just dip your toes into cute ranch romance, try reading The Bodyguard by Katherine Center, where the main character is assigned to protect a famous actor with farm roots. If you’re looking to dive right in Staci Hart’s Bet, The Farm features a lactose-intolerant dairy farmer for a leading lady in an enemies-to-lovers small-town romance.

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About the Author

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Kaitlin D'Souza

Kait D’Souza is a senior at Emerson College majoring in Journalism with minors in Fiction and Public Relations. She’s from Seattle, but grew up in Toronto, so sometimes she spells words kinda silly. Kait loves superheroes, is a die-hard Swiftie, and strongly believes that being short is a personality trait. If she’s ever lost, she can probably be found at the movie theatre or digging through the fridge.