Reader Expectations for a Romance Novel

By Leslie Wainger

Part of Writing a Romance Novel For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Writing a romance novel is a creative process and far from formulaic. But romance readers pick up each and every novel with certain expectations firmly in place. To write a winning romance, you have to meet these expectations each and every time:

  • A sympathetic heroine

  • A strong, irresistible hero

  • Emotional tension

  • An interesting, believable plot

  • A happy ending