Contemporary romances that sizzle with
sensual tension and bring to life a world of wealth, glamour and high stakes
The stories feature strong-but-vulnerable alpha heroes and dynamic,
successful heroines. Falling in love for these characters often means difficult
choices and conflicts that aren’t easily resolved.
Desire reads are powerful,
passionate and provocative with intense, soap opera-like plots.
We look for Desire novels that have:
dramatic soap opera-like story lines
romance hooks mixed with juicy, unique elements
- Sizzling sensual tension between the hero and heroine
conflicts (emotional and/or external) drive the plot
story includes the sense of a bigger world—extended families,
corporations, brotherhoods, best friends, partners, secret societies
story should sweep the reader into a wealthy world with details about parties,
houses and clothing
are primarily set in North America and should not feel exotic
unique author voice that sets the tone for each story
language that leans more euphemistic and romantic rather than explicit
emotional roller coaster ride for the reader—from sizzling sensuality to
surprise to laughter and tears
with believable, sympathetic motivations
big emotional payoff
paranormal or romantic suspense elements, and no sheikhs or royalty at
- 50,000 words in length
Featured in Harlequin Desire:
A powerful and wealthy hero—an alpha male with a sense of
entitlement, and sometimes arrogance. Beneath his alpha exterior, he displays
vulnerability, and he is capable of being saved by the heroine. The Harlequin
Desire hero often has fewer scenes from his point of view, but in many ways, he
owns the story. Readers should want to fall in love with and rescue the
Harlequin Desire hero themselves!
The Harlequin Desire heroine knows who she is and what she
wants. She is complex and can be vulnerable herself. She is strong-willed and
smart, though capable of making mistakes when it comes to matters of the heart.
The heroine is equally as important as the hero, if not more so.
Harlequin Desire stories should take place against the dramatic backdrop
of wealthy settings and sweeping family saga. The hero and heroine are not
isolated from outside influences, even in forced proximity stories. External
factors impact the relationship. Their loyalties, goals and personal lives
affect their emotions and influence the development of the romance.
Harlequin Desire is…
Revenge or Scandal or Blood and Oil or Billions or Empire for their
wealthy and glamorous settings, intense story arcs that sometimes span
generations and highly dramatic, larger-than-life conflicts that characters
address in a believable way.
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STAR LOVERS by Jessica Lemmon
Senior Editor: Stacy Boyd
Editor: Charles Griemsman
Assistant Editor: Tahra Seplowin
Editorial Office: NY, NY