1- Every romance must have a compatible couple.
Even when the forces around them are breaking down heaven and earth to keep them apart, the main characters must complement each other. She should be what he needs to bring serenity to his chaotic world, metaphorically speaking. For me, if you’re half way through my book and you’re not thinking, “Man, I hope this guy gets his stuff together so he can get his girl” then it’s time for a re-write.
2- Every romance must have a ‘tangible’ female lead.
The characteristics of the leading lady have to be real enough for the reader to connect with on some level. Each reader is looking to lose herself in the story and, when she can, connect to the heroine. Once she becomes a part of the story she is more invested in the heroine's journey and becomes much more interested in her happiness.
3- Every romance must have a great leading man.
Once the reader is invested in the female she wants her to be happy. The male main character has just become super important. Now that she is a part of the heroine she wants ‘them’ to fall in love. Handsome, heroic, honorable are just some of the things that come to mind; the fact that he is a mess to begin with and has to grow to become all of that just makes him that much more appealing.
4- Every romance must a problem for the couple to overcome.
There has to be a problem for the couple to overcome for all to be well in the universe. That’s probably the only thing from the real world that makes sense in a romance. LOL The drama is the best part! He has to do something crazy or some fool who wants to keep them apart frames him so she can be all like, ewww and then he spends the rest of the book trying to win her over. Once she’s all like, aww, he really does love me, then they can live happily ever after. :-)
5- Every romance must have a happy ending.
No matter how much interference, drama, or chaos happens between the two lovers in question there has to be a happily ever after or at least a happy for now at the end to make it all worthwhile. After you have invested so much time reading and getting to know the people you want them, and expect them, to make it.
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Her father’s outlook for his children’s future was much less intense. Jade let her mother set her up with an extremely handsome tech sergeant, just as she met the very interesting Mike Davis.
Having spent time with both men Jade can’t help but wonder if her mother finally got lucky in choosing Steven Jones for her…or was Mike Davis a better match for her after all?