Romance to me is…

Romance is the expressive and pleasurable feeling from an emotional attraction towards another person associated with love (from wikipedia)

I read many books and I love a “good” romance book. However, some things in romance books make me cringe. I dislike acts that are sappy and cliche.

My 2 Cents: Reader Bias and Emotion

How much does our emotions and current state of mind affect how we feel about a story, what we put into our stories and our reviews. Sometimes when starting a book, it grabs me from the first line and I am truly invested until the end. Other times it takes me chapters into the book before I am vested in the characters and stories. Sometimes I think it’s me. Maybe I don’t feel good, or something is bothering me and I don’t connect with a character or the voice of the story. But I feel badly sometimes because it’s no fault of the author, it’s me so I continue reading. Will a great book break through your personal fog regardless of how you are feeling if it is to be considered a great book, or do you miss out on a good story because of your state of mind. For instance, When I read Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh I was hooked from the first line. I mean couldn’t put it down, loved it so much I re-read it. But when I read Visions of Heat by Ms. Singh the second psy/changeling novel it rubbed me the wrong way at the beginning. I plowed through it because I liked the premise of the story and I enjoyed Ms. Singh’s writing and I’m happy I did because it got good. How about small biases to certain types of characters. Does that affect how much you like or dislike a book. What if in high school the popular prom queen stole your high school crush from under your nose, how...