Harlequin Romance stories are all about real, relatable women and strong, deeply desirable men experiencing the intensity, anticipation and sheer rush of falling in love!

Harlequin Romance Key Elements

  • A Romance novel is all about the heroine, she is key in this series! Our heroines need to be real and relatable, and her story should make the reader wish they were in the heroine’s shoes!
  • We need a hero we can immediately trust, who is worthy of the heroine. Not all our heroes are super rich international tycoons (although some might be!) but they’re successful in their own right and should be a strong man our heroine would aspire to be with. 
  • Gorgeous and glamourous settings are encouraged and international settings also work well to add the aspirational element to our romances.
  • We welcome heroes and heroines from all backgrounds and nationalities.
  • Low sensuality: these stories are high on emotional and sensual tension but have no explicit sexual detail.
  • Captivating internal emotional conflicts that will sustain the story over 50,000 words.
  • Delivers a fresh take on classic romance themes.
  • This is the home of feel-good, entertaining and fresh paced romance.
  • Just because these romances are sweet, it doesn’t mean they can’t be edge-of-the-seat exciting! Throw your reader straight into the story!

Harlequin Romance is…

One Fine Day for its warmth and tear jerking properties. The Notebook for its emotional depth, The Vow for its emotional conflicts, Dear John for its focus on the central relationship, Life as We Know It, The Proposal and The Back-Up Plan for their storylines.

Featured in Harlequin Romance

Falling for the Boss, Weddings, Boss, Office Romance, Couples Reunited, Royalty, Rags-to-Riches, Friends to Lovers, Secret Babies/Pregnancy, Aristocracy, Mediterranean Heroes, Seasonal (e.g. Christmas). Harlequin Romance no longer features Western or Cowboy themes.

Did You Know?

•Harlequin Romance was the very first Harlequin series
•Harlequin Romance has published two new authors in 2016 - Katrina Cudmore and Bella Bucannon!
•There are four new Harlequin Romance books available each month.

Senior Editor: Sheila Hodgson
Editor: Carly Byrne
Editorial Assistant: Charlotte Ellis

Editorial Office: London, UK

N.B. Please note that as per current editorial policy we ask that you do not submit more than one manuscript at a time for our consideration. Please be patient and wait for feedback before submitting your next project.

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