My daughter and her boyfriend broke up a couple weeks ago.
They seemed so perfect together. So much in common. Both are serious, hard-working people. They both love family, horses, dogs. They were both 4-H members, went the same number of years to college. Neither makes a of money and they both live at home because of it. The both drive pickups and wear baseball caps.
They seemed perfect for each other.
But that may have been the problem. They're too much alike. There wasn't really any spark. At least not to the naked eye
Can you love someone, marry someone, without passion? Of course.
But in the fiction we all write, it's vital. It's what makes our books what they are--romances. You don't have a book without conflict. It's the key that turns the lock. And conflict leads to passion. And for our books, passion turns to HEA.
For me, the keepers, the re-reads, are the ones where the author has brought those elements out in a unique way. And it's what I aspire to do.
Tell me what makes a romance for you...