I was chatting with a non-writer friend of mine this morning and she said she’d heard on a radio show somewhere a discussion about ebooks being on the rise and how many people are reading things they wouldn’t read before because they aren’t being judged by the cover. And one of the genres mentioned was growing was romance novels for men.
This was a Christian radio show, so I guarantee they weren’t talking about the growing popularity of m/m romance (which is still apparently predominantly written by women, for women–I don’t get that, but we’re moving on).
I’ve heard of men writing romance under a female pseudonym. But I’ve never heard of an actual romance genre for men. A quick google search didn’t do me any good, so I put the question to you, dear readers:
Have you heard of a romance genre for men?
I’m very curious about this. What would romance for men look like compared to the genre conventions we are accustomed to for women? Given the different psychological wiring, I would expect that men reading romance would have some different expectations. What does a man’s man in a romance novel written for men look like compared to our alpha heroes with heroine tunnel vision? Would romance novels for men still focus on the equality and partnership of the hero and heroine?
What do you think?