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Initial post: Aug 10, 2010 3:11:14 PM PDT
MOM2JTV says:
I have recently expanded my reading to include many YA romance novels which are usually fun and quick reads. These novels have a h/h who are both in high school.

I have also read many mainstream romance novels where the h/h are late twenties, early thirties.

But where are novels where the h/h are in college? Do these exist?

Posted on Aug 10, 2010 3:36:40 PM PDT
The Best Girl

Posted on Aug 10, 2010 7:54:18 PM PDT
Stacia says:
I'm not sure about mainstream or contemporary romance novels with that age range, but there are a few paranormal romance and urban fantasy series with college age main characters.

Posted on Aug 10, 2010 8:18:32 PM PDT
katieV says:
The Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost is paranormal (vampire and other) and the main female character is in college.

Posted on Aug 11, 2010 5:15:11 AM PDT
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Cloud says:
I'll recommend Kristan Hoffman's Twenty-Somewhere, though it's not strictly about boy meets girl.

Posted on Aug 11, 2010 11:58:56 AM PDT
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Oh wow, thanks foreverjuly!!

I was just going to add that that age range (18-26) is not highly developed in contemporary fiction, but at least one publishing house (St. Martin's Press) is working to find new authors and books writing about that time of life. They are considering my story (Twenty-Somewhere) for publication, and they are putting out Sweet Valley Confidential, which is about the beloved Sweet Valley twins Jessica and Elizabeth 10 years later.

The only other book I can think of (at least right now) that fits what you're looking for is Stay by Allie Larkin.

Hope that helps!

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Posted on Aug 11, 2010 4:06:28 PM PDT
B. Larson says:
It does seem like most romance stories are either about High School aged characters or people in their late twenties/early thirties. That does seem strange, since most of us know that serious romance happens quite often in the early twenties!

This goes for my own romances as well, the only one have with mostly college-aged characters would be: Lost Shores.
-BVL

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Posted on Aug 13, 2010 1:48:06 PM PDT
MOM2JTV says:
Thanks for the suggestions. I guess it's not just my imagination that this age range is overlooked. Some of the best romances come out of college, don't they? Many of my friends met their spouses in college, I know that.

Posted on Aug 13, 2010 7:45:52 PM PDT
Try _Tam Lin_ by Pamela Dean, and _A College of Magics_ & _A Scholar of Magics_ by Caroline Stevermer. College, has a flavor of a girl's finishing school, but the sequel's setting feels more like Oxford or Cambridge. _Tam Lin_ is set in an American college.
Oh, and _The Thirteenth Child_ by Patricia Wrede has a 19th century land grant college setting. No romance for the heroine in this one, she's too young(faculty brat) but I think sequels are planned.

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Posted on Aug 15, 2010 5:48:40 AM PDT
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C. Hall says:
"late twenties, early thirties" plenty of those, but in college?

I think you are pretty much out of luck. Except for ...The Ishbane Conspiracy by Randy Alcorn, Angela Alcorn, and Karina Alcorn,The Stars for a Light (Cheney Duvall, M. D., Book 1)by Lynn Morris,Gilbert Morris,
and Until Tomorrow (Christy and Todd: The College Years #1) by Robin Gunn.

Contemporary(modern day)...

Freefall by Kristen Heitzmann
The Edge of Recall by Kristen Heitzmann
Halos: A Novel by Kristen Heitzmann
Texas Cooking (Texas Hill Country Series #1) by Lisa Wingate
Lone Star Cafe (Texas Hill Country, Book 2) by Lisa Wingate
Over the Moon at the Big Lizard Diner (Texas Hill Country Series #3)by Lisa Wingate
Stand-in Groom (Brides of Bonneterre, Book 1) by Kaye Dacus
Menu for Romance (Brides of Bonneterre, Book 2) by Kaye Dacus
Secrets (Glenbrooke) by Robin Jones Gunn
A Cry in the Night by Mary Higgins Clark
Pretend You Don't See Her by Mary Higgins Clark
Double Trouble (PJ Sugar) by Susan May Warren
Licensed for Trouble (PJ Sugar) by Susan May Warren
Arkansas: In Search of Love/Patchwork and Politics/Through the Fire/Longing for Home (Heartsong Novella Collection) by Christine Lynxwiler
Sushi for One? (The Sushi Series, Book 1) by Camy Tang
Plain Perfect (Daughters of the Promise, Book 1) by Beth Wiseman
Along Came a Cowboy(The Pinky Promise Sisterhood, Book 2) by Christine Lynxwiler
The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks (and several others contemporary and historical)

Historical...
A Proper Pursuit by Lynn Austin
Brides O' the Emerald Isle: by Linda Windsor(combo contemporary and historical)
Awaken My Heart (Avon Inspire)by Diann Mills
The Accidental Bride: A Romantic Comedy by Janice Harayda
The Stars for a Light (Cheney Duvall, M. D., Book 1)by Lynn Morris,Gilbert Morris

Loving Liza Jane (Little Hickman Creek Series #1) by Sharlene Maclaren
Sarah My Beloved (Little Hickman Creek Series #2)365 pages by Sharlene Maclaren
The Peacemaker (Men of the Saddle #1) by Lori Copeland
some by Nicholas Sparks

Posted on Aug 15, 2010 11:45:23 AM PDT
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Posted on Aug 16, 2010 8:38:26 AM PDT
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Nicholas Sparks is a good recco too. I've heard good things about Last Song, for example.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 16, 2010 10:47:29 AM PDT
Angela Finch says:
Great thread topic - thanks for posting. I´ve found the same trouble looking for easy reads, yet not quite wanting to go back to high school.

I´ve read most of the Nicholas Sparks novels and they are really very good. They do focus on young adults in their late teens, early twenties and deal with quite complex emotions. Some have been screen-played and are definite tearjerkers.

Any suggestions of Authors who cover this age range in the mythology/sci-fi/paranormal genre would be well appreciated.

Thanks!
Angela

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Posted on Aug 17, 2010 10:40:06 PM PDT
Gwenn Wright says:
If anyone should consider sampling or buying Filter, please wait a day or two.
I found a few more typos (complete whackjob typos, must've been half asleep for those) and have uploaded the newly edited version for your reading pleasure.
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Posted on Jun 2, 2011 4:35:02 PM PDT
Seriously!! I am currently having the same problem...I'm looking for deeper romances without all of the overused high school drama themes, and also books which are more mature, for my age level.
I guess I'll just have to start writing them! :)

Posted on Jun 2, 2011 10:03:28 PM PDT
Louise says:
There are a few:

secret society girl by diana peterfreund-- the series of 4 books is about a girl in -you guessed it- a secret society at college... very very good!
The morning Gift by Eva Ibbotson -- set back in time-- but heroine goes to college also.

Posted on Jun 2, 2011 11:54:07 PM PDT
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Posted on Jun 3, 2011 1:16:03 AM PDT
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Iola says:
If, by 'college age girls' you mean young women aged 18-22, there are books around, but I haven't really noticed any in contemporary fiction. Having said that, at 40 I go through phases in my romance reading, and while I don't mind the younger heroine in historicals, I often find them TSTL in contemporaries.

Most heroines in historical romance (especially Regency Romance) are in your stated age group (22 was practically on the shelf back then), and Chris H (above) gave you a comprehensive list of Christian titles, many of which do feature this age group.

As to your question of why aren't there more romance books in this genre, I would have to assume it's because the publishing powers-that-be think that you young ones are too busy having lives and meeting nice young men to have time to read romance novels. Therefore they write books featuring older heroines, because I think they assume us oldies (ha ha) don't want to read about people young enough to be our children. However, I can quite see your point that you don't want to read a romance about people old enough to be your parents.

ETA: Sweet Valley ten years later? And the rest! I remember reading the first SVH books in about 1985, which means that Jessica and Elizabeth must have turned 40 at least a year ago!! Jessica's first child should be starting at SVH any day now.

Posted on Jun 3, 2011 1:33:15 AM PDT
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