What are something’s you think are necessary for a romance book?
Compatibility, reasons for the characters to realistically like each other, a test of some sort (most romances don’t get together right at the beginning so there has to be something else going on before the happy ending, unless they go for the tragic ending that doesn’t let them get together), and actual likeable characters.
Oh, this is two-tiered: there’s what I want from a romance and what an audience expects from a romance.
I don’t mind formulaic, but I want something that is different about this story, like a reason to remember this story after I finish.
I grew up on Regencies, another group of books that aren’t memorable quite often. Contemporaries rarely stick out, either. I remember books that stick out, often remember the author. It’s been a little off with 3 kids, but the rate I read books under “more freedom”, they would always get lost if they were the same thing over and over.
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