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This week's topics: Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike When It Comes To Romances In Books
1. Instant love stories: Some authors do this very well. Most don't. There is just nothing truly believable to me about love at first sight. Sure, you can instantly fall in love with someone, but you still have to take time to build a relationship!
2. Controlling hero/heroine: There is nothing AT ALL romantic about being controlled or manipulated. Which brings me to my #3...
3. Hero/Heroine with NO back bone: Come on, stand up for yourself every now and then. There is no need to let your significant other tromp all over you all the time.
4. "Steamy" romances: Let's face it. It's not real life. I feel like reading them sets unrealistic expectations on your spouse and if he/she doesn't read, then they don't even know it! Also, there is more to love than physical attraction.
5. Rushed/Forced Romances: This is a HUGE pet peeve of mine. I do not like it when the romance seems forced or rushed. Don't put romance where there is none. Period.
6. Friends turned "lovers": (I don't mean lovers in the physical sense). I love it when the hero and heroine start out as friends. It always provides for an interesting story and deep love.
7. Second Chance Love: There is nothing more encouraging or special than a couple who blew it the first time, giving love another try and succeeding.
8. Enemies turned "lovers": (ok, so maybe lovers isn't the best word, but you get my point!). The banter and sometimes friction between a hero and herione who are fighting their attraction for one another because they are supposed to be "enemies" is so exciting. I love it!
9. Comedic Romance: This is one of my favorite types of movies, so it stands to reason that "rom-coms" would be great books too!
10. Christ-Centered Romance: I don't always read Christian Fiction, and I understand secular novels aren't going to have a "godly" romance, but I love reading a good romance where Christ is the center of their lives. In a secular book, I just look for a clean romance, where their feelings run deeper than their physical connection/attraction.
That's it for me. What about you?!