Wealth, status and determination: these heroes have everything…except the right woman! Enter their world, where bold encounters, sizzling chemistry--and secrets--keep the pages turning! Their stories are passionate and intensely emotional. 

Harlequin Desire Key Elements: 

• A strong, yet vulnerable hero who is wealthy, ambitious, hardworking and sexy as sin. The Desire alpha hero always has a heart of gold, no matter how flawed he may seem. 

• A Desire heroine is independent and smart. She has her own goals and dreams, which may not include looking for Mr. Right. Falling in love might complicate everything. 

• The Desire couple lives in a world of family, friends and colleagues. Secondary characters never steal the spotlight from the couple, but are integral to the plot, the conflict and the hero’s and heroine’s romance.  

• High-stakes conflicts, situations and set-ups bring a unique quality to every Desire novel.   

• Whether sleekly urban, high-end rustic or somewhere in between, these stories are believable fantasies set in North America and they always convey the luxurious details that let readers feel like they are there.  

• The chemistry pops! High sexual and emotional tension pushes the reader through the twists and turns of the story. The anticipation sizzles, and the sex is hot but not graphic. 

• The tone should be dramatic, sizzling and affluent with a touch of down-to-earth familiarity. 

• No paranormal, romantic suspense or historical elements, and no sheikhs or royalty at this time.   

Featured in Harlequin Desire: Harlequin Desire novels are intensely emotional from start to finish. Fast-paced, with just enough detail to sweep the reader into a believable fantasy of wealth, passion and high stakes conflict. Classic romantic themes are the backdrop for the sensual tension that pushes the reader through the story. The world of the hero and heroine feels relatable and real as they navigate the interference of family, friends and colleagues—sometimes well-meaning and sometimes not! Loyalties, motives, ambitions—desires!—affect the hero’s and heroine’s emotions and how their romance develops.  

What to Submit

  • Your full manuscript
  • A 3-5 page synopsis describing your story, including plot outline, character development and conflict resolution/ending.


Harlequin Desire is…  

• A window into a luxurious world

• High-stakes conflicts and situations that make every book unique 

• Intensely sensual—from the romantic conflict to the world-building details 

• A cast of sympathetic, relatable characters who bring this world to life   

We’re actively seeking books from authors of underrepresented backgrounds – if you feel that’s you, and you’re ready to create a sensual world of luxury, passion and drama, we’d love to hear from you!   

Find out more about Harlequin Desire before you submit by: 

• Interacting with authors, editors and readers on the Desire Authors Facebook Page

• Read what we’re publishing. Here are some recently published recommendations: 

  • SECRETS OF A ONE NIGHT STAND by USA TODAY bestselling author Naima Simone 
  • RANCHER'S FORGOTTEN RIVAL by New York Times bestselling author Maisey Yates 
  • ONE WEEK TO CLAIM IT ALL by Adriana Herrera
  • JUST A LITTLE MARRIED by Reese Ryan  

Our editorial office is located in New York, NY: 

• Senior Editor: Stacy Boyd 

• Associate Editor: John Jacobson 

• Assistant Editor: Errin Toma

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