#SaturdaySeven #LASReviews

I’m at a conference this weekend, so I’m going to make this short and sweet.

The 7 elements I think are essential in any great romance story.

  1. a heroine with backbone that I can imagine myself being
  2. a hero I can fall n love despite foibles and flaws
  3. a villain/protagonist who isn’t a characature
  4. a plot that is plausible with conflict that is real not contrived
  5. a setting that is real
  6. an HEA ( duh!)
  7. secondary characters that are more than just walk-ons and that enrich, contribute to, and foster the h/h’s journey to love

Check out the other authors in this hop to see some of their favorite “7 things” Seven Saturday




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5 responses to “#SaturdaySeven #LASReviews

  1. lydiaschoch

    I couldn’t agree with you more on all of those points. I’ve read a few romances that didn’t have a HEA, and I wasn’t quite sure what to think of them. They were well written….they just really threw me for a loop there with how they ended. 🙂

    My Saturday Seven post: http://lydiaschoch.com/saturday-seven-my-favourite-langston-hughes-poems/


  2. Poinsettia

    Nice list! I really enjoy well developed secondary characters as well.


  3. IMHO, “romances” without a HEA aren’t romances. They’re fiction with romantic elements. Period. Nicholas Sparks is the reason I have trust issues and started reading the end of books before I bought them at the store… also re: heroes — they need faults and foibles. I swear I hate reading books where the hero is 100% perfect. Have fun at your conference!


  4. Short, but a great list.
    I’m a bit more demanding. For me to really love a romance, the conflict has to be sufficiently difficult and compelling that it’s hard to believe the HEA will ever occur. I really hate romances where it’s all too easy and predictable.

    My Saturday Seven is here:


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