As the film premiere looms of Fifty Shades of Grey, sending fans of the book into a frenzy, it seems as if the romance genre is stronger than ever. Or do the 100 million E.L. James books sold worldwide mean that this phenomenon extends only to those who like their heroines wearing handcuffs?
The answer is a resounding no. Romance novels of an amazing variety are selling like mad, to the tune of an estimated total sales value of more than $1 billion. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we picked out five appealing books that are sure to suit all sorts of tastes.