What Does Adult Readers Look For In A Romance Novel

A good way to learn what readers want it is to ask questions. I can not say it’s easy to get answers but it’s worth the try. I asked the question:

What Does Adult Readers Look For In A Romance Novel?

When reading a grown romance I look for characters sounding like real people with real people’s problems, i.e., not stereotypes.
   I look for some form of conflict beyond sexual tension. After two or three kids, believe me all the sexual tension is gone.

   I look for real emotional and psychological situations the hero and heroine need to or have overcome to commit to a long term relationship. Not the dramatic spoiled brat scenario of creating a problem out of nothing.

   I’m not into the childish mind games so popular in today’s romance novels. It’s a good way to end up by your lonesome self.

   I like happy endings. But it doesn’t always have to be a happy ending. Love can have existed between two people but it simply didn’t work out. It doesn’t there was no love there. It can be a romantic story without someone dying. Gee, why in all the so-called best selling romantic stories someone always has to die?It can be a great love story without death. I’ve always viewed this as a cop out ending.

  Thanks for asking my opinion.

About unholypursuit

A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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