If you’re visiting the Brava blog, then I know you love romance, just as I do. There are so many varieties, aren’t they? We’ll certainly never get bored!
There’s beauty and the beast, opposites attract, marriage of convenience, secret baby, second chance at love . . . I could go on and on. There’s a romance for everyone’s taste.
As a reader, I enjoy all of them. As a writer, I naturally gravitate more often to certain kinds of romance. Whatever the type of romance, I see the romantic journey as a vehicle for two characters to have their lives shaken up and experience some epiphanies. The heroine and hero come out at the end of the book not only in love, but as better, stronger individuals. They face personal demons and learn things about themselves, and that’s part of their struggle to win and be worthy of love.
Often, I write about romances between strangers, where two apparent opposites are powerfully attracted and, in a relatively short period of time, go through all the stages of falling in love: lust and liking, respect, trust, and love. It’s a challenge to make all of that believable in a short time frame, so that the reader truly believes the couple has forged a bond that’s deep and true, and strong enough to survive the challenges that lie ahead of them.
Two of my Wild Ride to Love books, Sex Drive and His, Unexpectedly, are those kinds of romances. They are the “planes” and “automobiles” instalments of the “planes, trains, automobiles, and a cruise ship” series in which three older sisters travel home for their baby sister’s wedding.
The “trains” book, Love, Unexpectedly, is a type of romance that’s more unusual for me, a “friends to lovers” story. How does a guy who’s in love with a woman get her to stop viewing him as just a friend? Well, playing a sexy stranger on a romantic train trip, sure did the trick!
Merilee and Matt have loved each other from the age of seven. They turned from friends to lovers before the book began, and got engaged, believing their love would last forever. But when Merilee sees her older sisters coming home with passionate new romances, she realizes that things between her and Matt aren’t anywhere near as exciting. In fact, they’re in a comfortable rut—and that’s not how Merilee wants to live the rest of her life. Two days before the wedding, she calls it off. Needing time by herself to think, she decides not to let their non-refundable Mexican Riviera cruise go to waste—not realizing Matt has the same idea. Will a change of scene bring a fresh perspective for both of them, and a new lease on love?
Well, it’s a romance, so you can guess the answer. And I think it’s a good example of what often happens with a long-term relationship, and of why it’s so important to keep growing, both as individuals and a couple.
Now, how about you? What’s your favorite type of romance plot? Why does it resonate with you?