This week on instagram, I posted a cute little video where I talked about what I am looking for in a romance. I thought I’d take that concept here and flesh it out in more than a hundred words and 15 seconds of me lip-syncing to a sitcom.
So – here are my Top 6 ingredients for a perfect romance novel.
My number one requirement for a romance is that there are no bedroom scenes! I want chemistry — but not *too* much emphasis on physical attraction. I love a good kiss in a romance novel. But I also have to know that is as far as the physical relationship will progress. And I want to know that the hero and heroine are attracted to one another’s character and personality, not just their body!
I want the characters to have a satisfying faith arc. I know that whatever the problem is, the answer is found in the gospel. So, I want characters to grow in their walk with Jesus as they navigate whatever else is happening.
Speaking of the characters – I really want to read about characters who are realistic. Some people want characters to be “likeable,” but I don’t necessarily look for that. But if they are caricatures of stereotypes… I don’t want to read it.
I really want those characters to walk through a really solid storyline. I want to see them be challenged, respond, and grow. I enjoy all kinds of stories but if there is nothing at stake, I’m going to get bored!
The icing on top:
Now, if I’m building *my* perfect romance, I’m going to add a few more ingredients… Specifically, I want a romance to happen in a charming small town that makes me want to live there. I want the neighborhood coffee shop and the cooky mayor or the busybody neighbor. I want the crazy festivals and the
And if I can find this perfect romance and then binge-read an entire series in that same place… I’m totally sold. I’ll add it to my ereader right now!
There you have it — my list of ingredients for a perfect romance novel. The truth is, I love all kinds of romance, but I definitely tend toward certain types. Of course, it’s no wonder that these are the kind of stories I write: small towns, realistic characters with interesting storylines and a prominent faith arc. And lots of good kissing scenes for good measure.
If you haven’t read my books, you can check out my most recent series here.
So tell me, what would you add or take away to make this your perfect recipe? I’m going to give one commenter a $5 Amazon giftcard!