Harlequin To Publish Its Most Explicit Romance Line Yet

Harlequin announced today, at the London Book Fair, the official launch of Harlequin DARE, a new romance series featuring strong, independent women and sizzling hot heroes. With its first title to be released in January 2018, Harlequin DARE will deliver riveting, irresistible romance stories featuring highly explicit sexual encounters, making it the publisher’s sexiest series ever.

“Harlequin is for readers who are looking for intense, sexually charged reading experiences,” said Dianne Moggy, Vice President of Editorial for Harlequin. “These stories will capture the imagination by balancing graphic sex scenes with relatable dilemmas and challenges faced by the characters. They are the perfect quick, escapist romance fix for 21st century women.”

“It’s the searing sexual relationships between incredibly alluring characters that really set Harlequin DARE apart,” said Kathleen Scheibling, Senior Editor. “The heroes are the ultimate embodiment of women’s sexual fantasies. There are bad boys and gritty antiheroes, as well as billionaires and other powerful men. The heroines are empowered, independent, fearless women who don’t need a man in their lives—but when they choose one, it’s on their terms.”

Harlequin DARE titles play out in an array of international settings, from glamorous urban centers (Paris, London, New York, Rome) to sensually exotic locations (the Amalfi Coast, Hawaii, the Caribbean). The global backdrop reflects the international makeup of DARE’s editorial team, which is actively acquiring manuscripts for the new line from its offices in London, New York and Toronto.

Four Harlequin DARE titles will be published each month in print and ebook formats in the UK and Australia and digitally in North America. Each fast-paced, plot-driven title will be approximately 50,000 words in length.