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Top 10 Things I Like/Dislike in Book Romances


Ah, romance! That...thing. >.>, here are 5 things I (generally) like in my book romances and 5 things I don't like (with very, very few exceptions).

Subplot: unless I'm in a very particular mood, I like romance as a subplot, not the main plot.
Slow burn: relationships that slowly, believably develop. Slow burn or no burn.
Friendship: romances that start as and continue to be strong friendships
Choice: the couple is together by virtue of a mutual commitment to one another as opposed to "until I 'fall in love' with someone else." There's often a sense of finality to it, like a choice has been made and that's that.
Humor: super serious romance runs the risk of becoming "Romeo & Juliet." Make 'em laugh!

Communication: really, the lack thereof. If two sentences will resolve all the conflict and tension and uncertainty, why wouldn't you say them?! We don't always communicate well in real life, but come on. Complete failure to communicate (for a whole book) often results in contrived conflict adn doesn't reflect well on the characters or the author.
Love triangles: get you burned at the stake.
Insta-love: no trial, no jury, no quarter.
Lust-love: a.k.a. lust that gets called "love." Call it what it is: hormones.
Obsession: Obsessive, stalkish behavior does not a romance make. You hear that, Twilight!

That's it for this round of 10! Thanks for stopping by and check back tomorrow for this week's Updates! In which I'm going to law school. :)


  1. Great list!! I love romances with tons of humor and wit, really makes the story more enjoyable... and lately the super serious ones just end up giving me a case of the serious eye rolls. Love triangles seem to be mentioned as a dislike in every TTT I've seen today... I mean, why are this still a "thing"?!?!

    Hope you have an awesome week, and Law school?! How awesome!! :D

    1. Thank you! Oh yes, there has been much eye rolling of late. ^^; I'm not sure why love triangles are still so prominent when we all say we're sick of them. I can only guess they're still selling well.

  2. I forgot about some of these in my list. Obsessive behavior is very off putting to me. I do love humor too and great dialogue/banter between the characters. Great list :)

    1. Thank you! I know teenagers can have an "all or nothing" mentality, but I'm not a fan of the obsessive relationships in YA. Give me humor and wit over that any day! :)

  3. I love a good slow burn with funny humor!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  4. Everything you listed in your dislikes are the most commonly found in YA these days. Or at least, that is what it feels like :(

    1. I know. :( I can only surmise either it sells well, I'm not the average customer, or both.