Five Musts Every Romance Should Have
We speak as avid romance Readers with the following:
1. Mutual attraction between heroine and hero that fully overwhelms them despite their intentions, emotional baggage or common sense.
2. Emotional resonance – sorrow, humor, sadness, elation, love, hope, etc.
3. A logical, cohesive plot based on credible behavior. Behaviors can be fantastical and wildly fictional, i.e. paranormal romance. But the romance should immerse the Reader in the author’s world so much, he/she believes in the behaviors of witches, warlocks and other fantastical creatures the author creates.
4. Twists, turns, highs, lows – as Debra Dixon explained in a wonderfully informative workshop we attended, the plot arc must take the Reader on a roller coaster ride.
5. An unpredictable happily ever after. By definition, a romance novel graces the Reader with a satisfying ending. But we love it when an author keeps us waiting on the edge of our seats for that “ah” moment.
Veterinarian Matty Connors’ visions lead her to homicide detective Brian Sullivan once again despite her resolve to remain anonymous the past four years. Her official work with the police in California resulted in the brutal murder of her fiancé, and since, a recurrent nightmare she barely survives. Brian, the reputed ladies man of the Sullivan family, has yet to give his heart to a woman until Matty lays claim to it. His black-and-white approach to solving crimes doesn’t jibe with Matty’s spooky pronouncements or her reputation for alleged infallibility. A wild goose chase searching for a murder weapon casts doubt on Matty’s “truths” and threatens their smoldering romance. Is Brian her nightmare slayer and ultimate truth? When the puzzle pieces fall in place for Brian, will it be too late to save Matty?