Best Romance Novels for New Readers to the Genre

Are you new to the romance book genre and wondering which romance novels are the best?

If you’re struggling with where to start to explore this genre when there are billions of romance book titles to choose from, I’ve got you covered.

This book list will give you the best romance novels worth reading in the most popular romance categories. Start with a category that most intrigues you and give a title a go!

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Book list of the best romance books for first time readers.

Romance books are a billion-dollar industry so it’s safe to say that there are MANY books to choose from, but if you’ve never read a romance before, it can be a bit daunting to know where to start!

That’s why the Romance Book Starter Kit is here to help.

I LOVE reading romance so I want to help others fall in love with this genre as well. That means getting one of the best books possible into your newbie hands so that you’ll be hooked.

Nothing would be more disappointing than trying out a new genre and really not liking it and assuming that all books would be the same or similar.

The thing about the romance book genre is that there are many sub-categories within it to meet a variety of tastes and interests.

You have contemporary romance, historical romance, sports romance, erotic romance, romantic comedy, romantic suspense, new adult romance and gay romance to name a few.

Even within sub-categories are different romance tropes! So essentially the scope of what is considered a romance book is wide with the options for reading almost endless!

Even if one sub-category doesn’t interest you, there are many others to choose from.

According to the Romance Writers of America, “Two basic elements comprise every romance novel: a central love story and an emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending….Romance novels may have any tone or style, be set in any place or time, and have varying levels of sensuality—ranging from sweet to extremely hot.”

In this Romance Book Starter Kit, I have outlined some of the most popular categories or sub-genres of romance books and given two book recommendations for each.

If the category of romance book interests you, pick one of the titles to check it out.

These recommendations are not only some of my most favorite romance books, but I chose them because they represent the category best and can give you a true picture of what other books may be like in that same category.

I cannot wait for you to dive into the romance book genre!

Happy reading and be sure to let me know what you think about any of these books after you read it in the comments below!

Contemporary Romance Recommendations:

Contemporary romance books are those set from 1950 to the present.

After We Fall is one of the best romance novels of all time.
Paradise is one of the best romance novels of all time.

Historical Romance Recommendations:

Historical romance books are set prior to 1950.

What I Did for a Duke is one of the best romance novels of all time
Devil in Winter is one of the best historical romance novels.

Erotic Romance Recommendations:

Erotic romance are books in which the sexual relationship between characters is integral to their love story, character growth and relationship development. Removing the sexual relationship would ruin the story line of the novel.

My Personal Bad Boy is one of the best romance novels of all time.
Wicked Envy is one of the best romance novels of all time

Sports Romance Recommendations:

Sports romance books feature athletes or sports teams as a central component to the story.

Changing the Game is one of the best sports romance books.
The Hook Up is one of the best sports romance books.

Romantic Comedy Recommendations:

Humor is a central component to romantic comedy books. The book recommendations below fit other romance book sub-genres but are full of hilarious banter!

Dirty is one of the best rock star romance books worth reading.
The Lineup by Meghan Quinn and the book review by She Reads Romance Books

Romantic Suspense Recommendations:

Romantic suspense books contain an aspect of suspense, thrill or mystery central to the overall plot line of the story in addition to the romance.

Something About You is a romance novel optioned for a movie on Passionflix.
Wicked Sexy is one of the best romance novels of all time.

New Adult Romance Recommendations:

New adult romance books feature characters within the 18-30 year old age range.

The Guy on the Right by Kate Stewart. A book review by romance book blogger, She Reads Romance Books.
Making Faces is one of the best romance novels

Gay/MM Romance Recommendations:

Gay or MM romance books feature romantic relationships between male characters.

Him is one of the best MM gay romance novels worth reading
Red, White and Royal Blue is one of the best romance novels of all time.

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