3. Romantic Interlude
5. Romantic Interlude
6. Resolution and forgiveness
7. Romantic Interlude
8. Happily Ever After
That about sums up every romance I've ever read, regardless of genre. So, here is my question. What is your favorite part of a romance novel? I have a few favorite authors that I go to for certain types of entertainment to accompany my Romance.
Stephanie Laurens - 1st Lady of Drama & Suspense
Sabrina Jefferies - Mistress of Intrigue and Hilarity
Nora Roberts - Queen of Mystery
I could go on but think I've made my point. Notice a pattern yet? My favorite romance writers all have a sub-plot. As a reader I need a bit more entertainment than the 'he loves me, he loves me not' merry-go-round. Anyone else share my complexity out there?
Now, don't get me wrong. Sometimes I want to put on the swimsuit, pick up a book, then lounge in my backyard carefree for an hour or so before I'm thrown back into the chaos of my life. Those times, though few and far in between, I do want a quick read. But, by and large, I prefer to be invested in the main characters of any novel I read. I want to feel their need for each other grow as much as I want to solve the mystery.
This is a personal preference, of that I am aware. I'm just wondering if I'm as much in the minority as I feel. I'm not saying I don't love reading through the sensual scenes, but I don't always want an entire book of them. See list of favorite authors above as proof.
So, sound off. What is your favorite part of a Romance? Pet peeves??? General thoughts?