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Happy Tuesday everyone! It’s that time of the week again where the lovely ladies at the Broke and the Bookish give us topics and we make lists 😀 Today’s topic is “Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike When It Comes To Romances In Books.” insert evil laugh here…I’m not much of a romance reader. That being said I like my fantasy, sci-fi, dystopians, whatever I’m reading at the moment to have a little romance. Isn’t love the spice of life? Didn’t someone say that at some point? 😉 This week I’ve decided to break my list up into likes and dislikes.
5 Must-Haves When It Comes to Romance
Fated Love – As I mentioned earlier I read a ton of fantasy and sci-fi books. With them comes the characters that are fated to be together. You know the ones I mean…the characters that as you read about them you just KNOW the author will put them together because it’s up to them to save the planet or defeat the evil in the book. They have to do it together and they just fit so nicely as a couple that romance blossoms. Think Peeta and Katniss, Perry and Aria, Devilyn and Caroline. There is no other match for these people!
Commitment – This is a must for me. No cheating, no backstabbing, no going out with other girls/guys. If you are in a relationship be committed to that person. I think this goes for real life as well. There is nothing that annoys me more in a book than reading about a couple that isn’t committed to each other.
Sweetness Factor – If I’m reading a romance book, then I want a sweet romance. One that sweeps me off my feet, leaves me breathless, and at the end of the book I’m laughing, crying, and saying awe all at the same time 😉
First Love – I read a lot of young adult and there’s nothing better than reading about first love. I love it! There’s something sweet and innocent about it that I can’t resist.
Humor – I’m a sucker for a good romantic comedy. One of my favorites happens to be about two gamer nerds who meet fighting over who will get the last copy of a new game. It’s hilarious. A little humor is perfect to break up the drama of a romance book and it is a must have.
5 Things I Could Do Without When It Comes to Romance
Sex Scenes – My husband always laughs at me when I’m reading. When I get to a sex scene, I tend to grumble and my cheeks turn a lovely shade of scarlet. Call me a prude but I could do without all the steamy, detailed sex scenes. My imagination can fill in the blanks, thank you very much 😉
Love Triangle – Could you, for just a second, see my eyes rolling? I HATE love triangles. The only point is to create unnecessary drama and if you are like me leave you feeling sorry for the character that isn’t chosen. Why do authors do this to us?! I like both boys, can’t you please give a nice girl to him too instead of killing him off or maiming him?!
Wishy-Washy Feelings – This kind of goes hand in hand with the Love Triangle. Just choose already! I hate reading a romance book or any book for that matter where the character can’t make up his/her mind on who to love. Not only is it annoying, but it leaves me wondering how well I should trust this character’s decisions.
Drama – Okay I know that a little drama is necessary to drive the plot. However I when reading, especially young adult, there tends to be a lot of unnecessary he said/she said drama or mean girl drama or he’s mine you can’t have him drama. You know what I mean? Maybe it’s just that I’m getting old and I’m slightly more mature, but even so I don’t remember EVER acting like some of the characters I read about. At least I hope I never did 😉
Pining – Again I know that sometimes this is necessary for the plot, but when it’s drawn out for several chapters or even worse the whole book it really grates my nerves. I mean seriously if the guy didn’t want you and chose another over you….GET OVER IT!!! Maybe that’s harsh but it’s true and look there’s a really great guy just waiting in the wings hoping to get your attention….I always feel so bad for this guy!
Now it’s your turn! What do you like/dislike when it comes to romance in your books? For me a little of my dislikes is okay, it’s when it turns into the plot of the story that it annoys me and I’ve been known to stop reading a book because of it. Also I can’t help it, when I reach for a contemporary romance, I seem to gravitate towards those ooey-gooey books that are sisters to Hallmark movies. I love them 😉 What’s some of your favorite things about romance novels?