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February 9, 2011

Sucker for Love by Lauren Fraser

Filed under: Who we are — dangerouslysexy @ 04:00
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Well with Valentine’s Day quickly approaching love is in the air, the stores are filled with hearts, chocolates and flowers and it’s got me thinking about what it is that makes a great love story.

Now as a romance writer, I have to admit I’m always thinking about love in all it’s forms. I’m sure it’s pretty obvious that I’m a HUGE sucker for a happy ending but for me, part of the fun of a love story is watching the couples journey to their Happily Ever After. Following the journey from those initial sparks and zings of attraction all the way to the big L-O-V-E, through all the ups and downs of should we or shouldn’t we. How they handle all that sexual tension and angst.

Although I am a sucker for the happy ending, I have to admit I do enjoy when it’s a bumpy ride to get to the admission or realization that this is the person they are supposed to be with.

I think part of why I enjoy love stories that have some bumps to them is it makes the characters more real for me, more human. I feel like I can connect with characters so much better when they are at least a little flawed, like me. LOL

For most of us the road to finding our partner was a little bumpy. They don’t say you’ve got to kiss alot of frogs to find your prince for nothing.

Then you have to factor in can you see past all your own crap to realize that the person standing in front of you is the perfect person for you. Oy, sometimes it’s amazing we get it right. LOL But when they finally realize and everything comes together. It’s magic. Yep, a bumpy ride is a beautiful thing.

Now don’t get me wrong, I do like my fair share of fantasy in my romances but I like a little reality woven in.

What about you? As a reader do you prefer the romance in your stories to be a bit smoother, more of a fantasy rather than reality or are you like me and like when the couple has to work at least a little to find “The ONE”?

Read about what else Lauren is thinking on her website


  1. Oh, they have to work at it. There has to be an obstacle or six to overcome. Makes the reward that much sweeter.

    Comment by KevaD — February 9, 2011 @ 07:32 | Reply

  2. Good post Lauren!

    One reason I write fantasy is I can make things go my way. LOL I agree there needs to be some ups and downs in a relationship for it to seem real, but I can’t abide angst that goes on for chapters. Maybe because I have had enough in my own life? Conflict is necessary but I prefer external forces the couple must overcome, to misunderstandings and internal issues. But heh, that’s just me.

    Comment by Debbie Vaughan — February 9, 2011 @ 07:37 | Reply

  3. Good post, Lauren! I like both types of conflict–a little bit of the world is keeping them apart and something inside they have to overcome. And I like each one to have something to work out in order to accept.

    What I have trouble with is the stories where the h/h bicker through the whole thing and suddenly are in love at the very end…and you wonder how they’ll possibly make a relationship last. Then again, I have friends who I wonder the same thing about and they’ve been married for years. LOL

    Comment by Cherise Sinclair — February 9, 2011 @ 08:49 | Reply

  4. The harder it is the better I say!

    Comment by jerridrennen — February 9, 2011 @ 11:08 | Reply

  5. Yeah I’m not a big fan of lots of couple bickering either. I certainly don’t want to be wondering “why are they even together?” through the whole book. LOL

    Comment by Lauren Fraser — February 9, 2011 @ 11:17 | Reply

  6. I definitely like it when things are hard on the h/h. It makes it more interesting and I start rooting for them to get their HEA. Part of the reason I enjoy romance so much is because I like the fact that no matter what happens in the book (the pain, the anger, the emotional drama), they will wind up together in the end.

    Comment by Delaney Diamond — February 9, 2011 @ 11:52 | Reply

  7. For me the journey has to be fraught with issues. It can’t be too easy. I like stories where the attraction is pretty fast but the softer things take some time. I’m a firm believer in initial attraction so it’s hard for me to get invested in a story where it takes the characters a while to figure out there’s physical attraction present. As a reader, stories have to have what I call ‘belly tugs’ – kicks of emotion you feel deep in your gut. It could be a line of dialogue, a touch, a description, something that’s a bit unexpected but packs a powerful punch. I try to bring that to my own writing.

    Great post!

    Comment by Kaily Hart — February 9, 2011 @ 12:05 | Reply

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