What is Romantic Adventure Fiction?
When I say I write contemporary Romantic Adventure, I find that many people don’t understand what that is exactly, so I thought I would use this opportunity to talk about it. On one hand, it’s exciting to know I may be writing something new and different, but on the other hand, I wonder why there aren’t more books for readers who enjoy this subgenre. I think there are plenty of women like me who enjoy watching a good action/adventure movie, especially when it includes a romantic subplot… Some movies that come to mind include: Mr. Right, The Spy Who Dumped Me, True Lies, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, any Indiana Jones film… I could go on. The Romantic Suspense genre fills the void to some extent, but sometimes I want something more. Something not so dark or harrowing. Something that gets my adrenaline pumping but, in moments, also makes me chuckle. Something fun and slightly over the top, like a good action/adventure movie.
Amazon’s “action and adventure romance” fiction category is all over the place ranging from romantic fantasy novels to dark romantic suspense. I rarely see any true Romantic Adventure books listed in this category. As a reader, these are the types of books I’m looking for and want to read.
Romantic Adventure falls under the umbrella of Romantic Suspense, but it’s lighter and often humorous. The characters are relatable, but the situations they find themselves in may be out of the ordinary. Romantic Adventure fiction are adventure stories centered around a romance. To use movies again for comparison, think Romancing the Stone, Six Days Seven Nights, or Knight and Day. The romance wouldn’t have happened without the adventure, but the romance is the story.
LitteraryTerms.Net describes Adventure Fiction as “a genre of literature that features stories of adventure, such as world travel, difficult quests, voyages of discovery, and other journeys. They might involve things like pirates and buried treasure, the search for a secret place or object, or a quest or expedition whose success is crucial for personal or societal reasons.” Romantic Adventure blends the genres of Adventure Fiction and Romance to create a fun, exhilarating story where romance is the central focus.
Thanks for having me.
About the author:
TRICIA LEEDOM enjoys traveling to exotic destinations and having torrid love affairs with hot, dangerous men… even if it’s only in her own mind. When she’s not writing romantic adventure novels, she reads voraciously, tweets compulsively, and fangirls over a TV show based on her favorite book series. Tricia earned her BA in Creative Writing from The University of Tampa and her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Her favorite authors include Diana Gabaldon, J.R. Ward, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Karen Robards, and Johanna Lindsey. She lives in Southwest Florida with two very spoiled dogs. Follow Tricia on Twitter and Instagram @tricialeedom
Pieces of Eight
(Lost Souls’ Treasure, #1)
Published by: Firefly Hill Press
Publication date: July 13th 2021
Genres: Adult, Adventure, Romance
From the author who whisked you away on a wild escapade in The Key West Escape Series comes a sexy, adventure-packed spin off. Follow Mitch Thompson and his team of misfits as they find danger, intrigue, and romance on the hunt for the legendary Lost Souls’ Treasure…
Former special ops aviator Griffin Dodge spent two years working on a marine salvage crew based out of Key West after his military career abruptly ended.
The only person he let himself get close to on the Salty Dog Crew was a woman called “Bug.” They couldn’t have been more different – the former all-star golden boy from the Midwest and the scrappy French circus performer turned salvage diver – but she became his best friend. Griff was happier than he’d been in a long time, but when his first love called to say she wanted him back, he caught the next flight out of town.
A year later, Bug still resents Griff for ghosting her and the crew after he left. She’s furious when he shows up out of the blue to do a favor for her boss. It doesn’t matter that Griff is single again or that he’s sorry, she hates that she’s stuck flying shotgun to Martinique beside the guy who abandoned their friendship and betrayed her trust.
The trip was supposed to take two days tops. Just enough time to meet with an artifact collector who claims to have the missing pages of a diary that could lead them to The Lost Souls’ Treasure. But when the deal goes south, and Griff and Bug are caught breaking and entering, they’re forced to escape up the side of a volcano where the lava isn’t the only thing about to bubble over. The tension between them erupts into an unexpected night of passion that leaves them both uncertain about what comes next.
While Griff starts to question if settling down in the suburbs still fits the man he’s become, Bug isn’t so sure she’s willing to open her guarded-heart to the only man who’s ever broke it.
When a rival treasure hunter hellbent on beating the Salty Dog Crew to the treasure takes Bug hostage, Griff realizes his future plans won’t matter, if he can’t bring his best friend home alive.