Scenes from St. Augustine -- I think this is one of the many B&B's in the city. I snapped a lot of architecture and atmosphere photos during ghostly carriage tour. This is one. Wouldn't you love to be sitting on that upper porch, taking in the sea-scented air?
Carol teased me last night with the beginning of her western romance. I say teased, because after reading those first few pages, I am in love and want more. We talked about why I'm in love and a big part is the hero. He's great and he's been lost in unrequited feelings for the heroine for a long time, it appears.
Let me tell you, I love me some good pining.
Here's my list of the elements I love in the romance novels I read (some of these you may never find in a Linda Winfree novel, though):
1) Pining. (See above)
2) Alphas who are alpha, but not above groveling to win the heroine back.
4) A Big Mis plot, if it's really well done and I can suspend disbelief.
5) Relationship in jeopardy plots.
6) A strong heroine. I don't like whiny women in real life, why would I want to read about one?
There's more, of course, but that's a start. What are your favorite romance elements?