For me, that’s an easy question to answer. My perfect romance ends with two people so in love they live and breathe for each other. The attraction and adoration is mutual. The relationship is 50/50 and no one person controls it all. Everything is balanced and fair in the end, regardless of how they got there.
As an author, I’ve learned over the last few years that some people don’t appreciate what they’re calling “insta-love” or love at first sight. They don’t believe people can feel that undeniable need to be close to someone from the moment their eyes meet, and they definitely don’t want it in their romances. Now, while I appreciate a good, blossoming romance or a turbulent “let’s see who breaks down and admits their love first,” I also appreciate a well-written “insta-love” story.
For me as a reader, the bottom line is:
a.) Do the characters have the kind of chemistry that makes their love at first sight viable and believable?
b.) Do I get the warm and fuzzy feeling from their connection?
If the answer is yes to both, then the book is a win in my mind, despite how the characters got from perfect strangers to bedfellows.
Now, that’s not to say I don’t appreciate a good fight for the heart. Trust me when I say I very much love the emotional tug-of-war of two people who don’t want to fall in love. One of my favorite authors, JR Ward, is infamous for this kind of romance and she pulls it off so very, very well.
But I’m curious, what kind of romance do people truly appreciate? How do they want the relationships to develop? Does the characters’ personalities play a role in how their journey on the path of the heart plays out? I really, really want to know. So please, feel free to comment and give me some feedback on this!