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.