Romance is always a busy genre to analyse, with fluctuations and changes often by the day and even by the hour. But I’ve given it my best shot this week and I hope you find the new romance niches and trends in the bestselling romance eBooks charts interesting.
First off, there are a lot of books on the charts this week which are mystery novels and thrillers first and foremost, but with a subplot of romance running through them. For example, The Dark Bones by Loreth Anne White or Pandemic by A. G. Riddle. Neither of these are what anyone would picture as their mental ideal of a romance, but they are getting a lot of books sold all the same. Kendra Elliot’s Mercy Kilpatrick series is also doing well, with multiple books from the series in the charts.
Also, Women’s Fiction style books with Romantic plots are still doing really well in the Romance charts. Plenty of books and some in particularly high spots, like What the Wind Knows, by Amy Harmon, which uses time travel to pull her heroine back in time to Ireland in the 1920s. There is also The Overdue Life of Amy Byler, by Kelly Harms, and Winter Cottage, by Mary Ellen Taylor. These books are plot and character heavy, and for some of them the romance angle may merely be in addition to the story rather than the focus.
This week a small number of books from a single niche are really hitting above their weight, Teardrop Shot, by Tijan, The Locker Room, by Meghan Quinn, and The Friend Zone, by Sariah Wilson, are the highest scoring examples. They are all sports romances, featuring professional and college level sportsmen. They are all set in contemporary America, but they have differing levels of heat from Clean and up.
As well as this niche the following are also clearly being used, and often are being blended with other niches and trends to add to their desirability;
- Enemies to Lovers
- Accidental Pregnancies
- Arranged Marriages,
- Relationships with your best friend’s ____ (father and sister are both represented),
- Relationships with your boss/’s _____ (with the boss themselves, generally male , or with your boss’s daughter),
- Second Chance Relationships,
- Alpha Males,
- Bad Boys,
- Marriage of Convenience,
- Dark Romance,
The overwhelming majority of the books in this week’s Romance Charts are contemporary novels and set in the US.
However, there is a bit more variety in setting in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Romances, of which there are quite a few.
Sci-Fi Alien Romances are doing well, with shorter novels and novellas doing especially well.
Paranormal Romance has a lot of niches and trends working especially hard to crawl up the charts this week. Some of them are;
- High School Romance
- Reverse Harem
- Fated Mates
- Bully Romance
Plus plenty of the niches and trends from the general romance section are repeated in this sub-genre, such as accidental pregnancies and marriages of convenience.
As always, almost all of the best selling books combine more than one of the trends and niches I have mentioned in this post. If you think of a combo it’s probably on there, if it isn’t it probably will be soon – especially if you write it!
Good luck to you all with the romance writing and tell us if you feel we missed anything or could do anything differently. (Also saying we did something right would be greatly appreciated too!) If you end up writing something you might not have thought of because of this post, tell us, we love to hear that more than anything!
Adding this as a postscript at the end of the week, but there are now posts looking at several sub-genres and trends in the Romance Genre. Here are the links to the posts;