Sweet Savage Flame wants to know: what line or series of category romance novels do you read or enjoy? We need our readers’ help!
Research Into Category Romance
The history of series romances goes back roughly a century to 1909. Since the rise of paperback publishers, many romance lines have come and gone. Still standing are Mills & Boon and its parent company, Harlequin Enterprises Ltd.
Bantam and Dell no longer publish category romance, nor do Signet, Zebra, or Simon and Schuster. The latter formed Silhouette Books in 1980. However, Harlequin famously purchased that line, eventually folding it into its own.
We have dedicated pages for romance authors, cover artists, and publishing houses. You can access them from the top menu.
The history of publishing houses and imprints can be convoluted, with frequent buyouts and resales among the companies.
While delving into the world of paperback romances of yesteryear, I have observed that the quantity and quality of information obtainable are highly contingent on the source. My intention is to carry out more comprehensive research on each line.
However, I often encounter captivating historical nuggets that steer me towards an entirely different line or publisher, sending me down a rabbit hole worth exploring.
Which is all a rather tortuous way of saying I’m stuck.
Who We Are
Sweet Savage Flame isn’t just a blog where we share our opinions on books. We are dedicated to providing accurate information about vintage historical and category romance.
It’s also a place where we encourage viewer feedback and input. Your knowledge as a romance reader is as valuable as the information we obtain from research.
We’re lucky to have followers who know more about specific genres or artists than we do. Sweet Savage Flame values those historical insights.
Questions For Our Readers
Would you like us to immediately assign a page to each contemporary category line and then add information as we come upon it? We could write regular articles that will show up in your feed (only if you subscribe via e-mail, though).
Or, we could also just the pages as we come upon more information and announce any changes via general monthly updates.
Alternatively, would you prefer us to publish completed pages with as much information as possible, even though it means slower output?
And lastly, which lines would you like us to prioritize? What are your preferred series or imprints?
I have a deep affection for vintage Harlequin Presents! However, I also have a sentimental attachment to Harlequin Romances and Temptations, as they were my initial introduction to the genre.
Best Category Romances Lines
I wanted to run a poll on this topic, but WordPress—or my tech skills—isn’t cooperating today if you would leave a comment saying your favorite line of romance, that would be much appreciated!
Below is a concise list of category romance novels to choose from.
- ECSTASY SUPREME
- AMERICAN ROMANCE
- BLUE FIRE
- INTIMATE MOMENTS
- SPECIAL EDITION
For a more comprehensive list of series romances, you can view this great site:
If you can let us know which imprint of romance books you read, it would be of tremendous help. We’re asking for your opinion to provide the content you love.
As always, please drop a comment, and let’s talk romance!