While reading a contemporary suspense recently in which the hero and heroine were immediately attracted to each other and making love by the end of the first chapter, I couldn’t help but think, "But where’s the romance in that?"
Color me silly but I want a hero to have to chase a heroine to ground, or see a heroine long for a man she can’t/or shouldn’t have for whatever reason and then watch her struggle.
I want to be there when heroines and heroes come to the realization that their lives will be poorer should they give in to their fears--or external forces--and that giving up on the chase would mean losing half of themselves. I want to be there when they say to themselves, "I don’t care what it takes. We love each other and will be together."
Perhaps this is why the "chase" is at the heart of the stories I write.
Am I being greedy wanting a compelling plot and the chase? What are you looking for when you open a Romance? Sandy will be giving away a hardbound, autographed copy of A THIEF IN A KILT.