Okay, I'm ranting. You have been warned! :) Been reading a LOT of romance novels these past few weeks - while on a break between writing books. Some of them grabbed my attention, some of them made me mad. In turn it got me thinking about what is absolutely essential in a romance novel. So, I'm making a list! This is just my own personal rant, I don't expect you to agree with everything. If you have anything to add, let me know!
So here we go. Six things a romance novel must have:
Seriously, people, I've read so many books recently where there is little, if any, actual
romance in the book. Sure there's lots of sex (and we all love that) but
it isn't romance. I miss the seeing the sparks fly between the couple and witnessing each glancing touch. I want to read about those thoughts you never thought you would have, but find they run riot in your head. Or even more delicious, that first look. The moment when
you know, without any way to back it up, that that person is meant for
you. Sigh. You can keep your whips and chains, I want more romance in my
- Sexy men!
- Believable heroines!
- A happy ever after!
Okay, just read through my rant and it looks like I hate sex! :) I'm laughing as I write. Who doesn't love a good sex scene? But I'd like the rest of my romance novel too please! So what do you think? Am I right, or have I gone overboard again? Let me know! :)