Feb 28 2014 8:10am

What Traditional Romance Books Would You Recommend to New Adult Readers?

Here at H&H, we embrace an inclusivity policy. If you've got a relationship front and center, and there is a Happy Ever After (or at least a Happy For Now), we want to read you. And we cover all of that on our site.

It seems, however, as though some newer readers who came in through the New Adult portal aren't necessarily (self-identified) romance readers, even though they like the hot guy, the sex, and the relationship drama.

So if a New Adult reader wants to dive into romance, what traditional romance novels would you recommend as being most similar to the newer New Adult genre?

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1. Scarlettleigh
I am not good with labels and maybe Grace Grows by Shelle Sumners is a New Adult novel, but it is a favorite book.

I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella is marketed under Chick-Lit, but it is both humorous, and touching

Sarah Mayberry, Kristan Higgins both publish books that I think would appeal to individuals that enjoy New Adult.
Megan Frampton
2. MFrampton
@Scarlettleigh, those are great recs (of the ones I know--I've never heard of Shelle Sumners!).
3. keen23
Susan Wiggs, maybe because I have a real soft spot for the Lakeshore Chronicals.

Susan Mallery's Marcelli series is a pretty good transitional from Young Adult to traditional romance. I also really loved the Lear Sister trilogy that Julia London put out about 10 years ago (OMG- I had no idea that those books really were that old!).
Traci Wallace
4. tracilynn
Off the top of my head maybe The Travis Family series by Lisa Kleypas. HEAs with enough drama and laugh out loud moments that would draw in the NA genre lovers.
5. Kareni
Given the angst that often plays a role in New Adult novels, I'd suggest Jennifer Ashley's The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie and Laura Kinsale's Flowers from the Storm.
6. lauralee1912
I second keen23 on The Lakeshore Chronicals.

The Animal Attraction series and the Wilder series from Jill Shalvis both have laugh out loud moments and some drama, too.
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