The Carina Press Romance Promise



The Carina Press team all have one thing in common: we are romance readers with a longtime love of the genre. And we know what readers are looking for in a romance: a guarantee of a happily-ever-after (HEA) or happy-for-now (HFN). With that in mind, we’re initiating the Carina Press Romance Promise. When you see a book tagged with these words in our cover copy/book description, we’re making you, the reader, a very important promise:

This book contains a romance central to the plot and ends in an HEA or HFN.

Simple, right? But so important, we know!

Look for the Carina Press Romance Promise and one-click with confidence that we understand what’s at the heart of the romance genre!

We’re starting by adding frontlist, and backlist will be added as we’re able to update.

Click here to see a list of reads. Look for this line in Carina Press book descriptions:

One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!

Romance Promise FAQs

What do you mean by HEA/HFN?

Our definition of a happily-ever-after or happy-for-now means two or more people living in a committed relationship with the implied promise of ongoing happiness together in the future.

If a book doesn’t have Carina Press Romance Promise in the description, does that mean it doesn’t end in an HEA/HFN?

We’re applying this to books starting with releases in June 2016. So anything prior to June 2016 releases won’t have this included at this time.

Romance trilogies where each individual book ends in a cliffhanger will not get the Romance Promise until book three, though we still consider the trilogy as a whole a romance and it will eventually end in an HEA/HFN. We just want to make it perfectly clear it will take three books to get there.

Why are you doing this? Do you publish romance that doesn’t end in an HEA/HFN?

No, we’ve always been a publisher that believes romances should include HEAs/HFNs, but we also realize the current publishing landscape means that some books might market themselves as romance without delivering on the romance promise. So we wanted to make it clear to our readers that’s not something we will ever do!

Will you still call it a romance if there are multiple people in the relationship?

A Romance Promise can be given to ménage books or erotic romances where couples invite others into intimate moments. This might mean a HEA involving multiple people together in a relationship.


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