Protective heroes, strong heroines, rescue stories, bad boys with hearts of gold, unresolved sexual tension, good writing and snappy, realistic dialogue.
What I Hate About a Romance
Dirty talk and overly-descriptive sex scenes, too-stupid-to-live heroines, Big Misunderstandings, babies and kids, orgasmic virgins, and body piercings.
A Bit More About Me
Every summer, I enjoy back-to-back all-nighter binge viewings of The Lord of the Rings trilogy (extended diretcor's cut) and the BBC miniseries Pride and Prejudice. I believe that Collin Firth is THE quintessential Mr. Darcy, but I didn't hate Matthew MacFadyen. I've been on the Oprah show. I hoard books and yarn and my dear husband, bless his soul, has never once complained about that. I love the Chicago Blackhawks and find all sports other than ice hockey to be painfully slow and boring. I might agree with Dabney Grinnan that there's never been a better show than Buffy, but I might argue for The West Wing as a hard choice for Desert Isle viewing. After saving my children and pets, I'd probably grab my iPad on the way out of a burning house.