What’s Your Favorite Genre?

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It’s Contemporary Romance Month over on our Embracing Romance Facebook page!

Bonington Amy Robsart and the Earl of Leicester
I write historical romance, but I love a good contemporary romance. I think romance is romance, regardless of the era. Men and women are, at their core, the same in any time period. We laugh, love, cry, hurt, want to bang our husbands over the head with frying pans and get that flutter in our bellies when we kiss that special someone.


As readers, we can sigh right along with the heroine as her knight in shining armor braves the dragon, and we can sigh when a firefighter hero rescues a kitten from a tree. A Navy SEAL, an earl, a millionaire, a medieval knight, a spy, a small town chef, a NYC stockbroker, a Tudor courtier—I love reading them all!


So my question to you, Dear Readers, is what time period do you love to read? And, if it’s contemporary, what’s on your TBR pile?



Painting: Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester and his wife Amy Robsart
by Richard Parkes Bonington via Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain



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Despite being a native Michigander, Alyssa Alexander is pretty certain she belongs somewhere sunny. And tropical. Where drinks are served with little paper umbrellas. But until she moves to those white sandy beaches, she survives the cold Michigan winters by penning romance novels that always include a bit of adventure. She lives with her own set of heroes, aka an ever-patient husband who doesn’t mind using a laundry basket for a closet, and a small boy who wears a knight in a shining armor costume for such tasks as scrubbing potatoes. Alyssa’s debut release, THE SMUGGLER WORE SILK, was awarded 4.5 Stars and Top Pick, nominated for 2014 Best First Historical by the Romantic Times and Best First Book in the Romance Writers of America RITA contest. Her second book, IN BED WITH A SPY, released in December 2014 from Berkley, and received a Starred Review from Publishers Weekly and 4.5 Stars and Top Pick from Romantic times. She has been called a “talented newcomer” and “a rising star you won’t want to miss.”
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13 Responses

  1. Barbara Monajem

    My favorite genre in romance is historicals. I am more likely to read contemporary mysteries than romances (but I read a lot of historical mysteries, too). I think I prefer historical because it takes me away from the present-day world.

    That’s such a romantic painting, and yet Amy Robsart lived away from her husband for the most part and died under mysterious circumstances. Many people suspected Robert Dudley of having her murdered so he could marry Queen Elizabeth. Which just goes to show that appearances are deceiving, because the painting makes me heave a romantic sigh in spite of the historical stuff. (I don’t believe he had her killed, btw…and I don’t want to go back in time to find out, either. Scary times!) It’s interesting to me that the painter is Regency era. I’m not a historian, but I’d like to know whether historians at that point thought it a love match…? Or is this where he was courting her (assuming there was courting involved)?? LOL, can’t help but speculate. It’s so true that a picture is worth a thousand words. Better stop before I get to 1000.

    • Alyssa Alexander

      Barbara, I thought that was interesting too, that the painting was Regency but the subjects Elizabethan. I wondered whether the painter studied contemporary paintings for accuracy of their faces (I didn’t do a comparison) and how much he knew about the couple and their history. A long, long time ago I had to write a paper on Elizabeth I, and I remembered Dudley’s wife being mostly out of the picture. Again, that was a long time ago, though, and I’ve never gone back to review the facts. Still, the painting is lovely!

  2. Violetta Rand

    I love MC romances and small town for contemporary. For historicals, Vikings and Highlanders are my favorites. Thanks, Alyssa.

  3. ki pha

    It’s a wide range of eras for me. I do tend to stick with historicals: late Georgian to late Victorian, plus steampunk and time travel. But contemporary is also one I jump into when I need a break or something more modern. I have Kelsey Browning’a A Love to Last, Renea Mason’s Dr. Vincent trilogy, Tracy March’s Ask Me Again, and Jay Crownover’s Leveled, and Currently I’m reading Anna Banks’ new release How to Lose A Bachelor and Maggie McGinnis’ new release Forever This Time.

    • Alyssa Alexander

      You know, I have never read a steampunk. I keep thinking I should, and then one thing leads to another and I don’t get to it. I’m going to have to give it a try! And it looks like you have a great line up on your TBR pile!

      • ki pha

        Whoops hit sent before I could finish, but yes, steampunk. It’s can also be difficult to find a really good steampunk novel. There are so many to choose from and sometimes, some of them don’t hold up to the name. But some of them can be very dark and gritty while others has the elements and fashion. Meljean Brook and Kate Cross does a great job in the adventure of steampunk and Karina Cooper and Bec McMaster  does a fabulous job in the darkness and paranormal.

  4. Donna Bayar Repsher

    I like so many subgenres, but most of my over 15,000 TBRs in romance are contemporary cowboy and Navy SEAL romances. I’m also a fan of romantic suspense, Amish fiction, erotic romance, and American historical romance, and I’ve recently become a fan of paranormal romances as well. I tend to pass on Regency and historical romances set outside of the U.S.

  5. jessicajefferson

    I’m really starting to dig Victorian (when I’m not reading Outlander). Contemporary is tough for me – I started really getting into Terri Osburn and now I’m kind of a mega-fan. And I love Lisa Renee Jones for her contemporaries. And of course – the ER authors 🙂