Actually, I don’t feel so guilty about it. I love romance books. Reading about some fictional character’s happily ever after gives me a bunch of warm and fuzzy feelings. The sex scenes don’t hurt either.
It is true that romance novels, usually, are quite formulaic. Generally it goes something like this:
Step 1: Create a heroine, either a virgin or a widow, who is emotionally damaged in some way.
Step 2: Create a hero, usually a known rake or single father, who does not believe in love.
Step 3: Create a back story that gives the hero and heroine reason hate each other. Alternatively, have the heroine run to the hero to make some sort of bargain.
Step 4: Hero and heroine fight their attraction to one another, unsuccessfully.
Step 5: A misunderstanding or crisis creates drama for the hero and heroine and so they are separated…
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