Long before I started writing romance, I was (and still am) an avid romance reader. I’d like to share some of my favorite elements from romance novels and the reasons why I think they work so well.
Lately I’ve found myself thinking about a favorite falling-in-love combination: dreamers and cynics. There’s something magical about it. Logically, that personality combination shouldn’t work. Dreamers are eternal optimists, always ready to grasp hope, while the cynic is always preparing for the worst. In real life, the two tend to irritate one another more often than they fall in love.
But that’s the beauty of a romance story. The main characters transform to become the best possible version of themselves. The dreamer’s faith in hope gets tested (and eventually confirmed), leaving them grounded and stronger. The cynic has to shed their protective armor to allow the dreamer into their heart but maintains their ability to act decisively. They get the best of both worlds and maintain their own inherent personalities. Plus orgasms and a happily ever after.
The gruff, laconic, protective cynic is one of my favorite types of heroes (you can check out my previous post about bodyguard romances for more details on why). When I see a story with one of them, I know I’m going to get a moment when that character will throw aside everything because they’ve realized that the other main character means more to them than anything else in the world. Those moments of ultimate realization are catnip for me because it’s the moment of no return for the character. From now on, they can no longer lie to themselves.
But I also love a dreamer, someone who is unashamed to be passionate and eager about their life and interests. Too often, dreamers get battered down by others who see their joy as immature or dangerous, so it’s wonderful to see one who has survived that with their hope intact. They have so much to offer, both to the world and in a relationship. They deserve to be cherished and protected by those who love them.
Maybe that’s why this combination means so much to me. Hope should be nurtured and protected. The world is scary and it grinds people down, so having a protector who is willing to do whatever is necessary is an appealing option. Being loved so completely and thoroughly is a beautiful way to experience life.
I write paranormal romance full of suspense, action, and adventure. My first book with Soul Mate is Deadly Potential (Federal agent Ben will do anything to protect songwriter Katie from a supernatural stalker who can hide in plain sight), available on Kindle Unlimited. Or there’s my original series about a secret society of superheroes living among us. Begin with Revelations for free!