I often wonder what draws you into a romance or what do you like or not like to read that involve a romance.
For the most part I am not a romance reader in the traditional sense. Sure, I can enjoy romance within a book I read but typically, not a traditional reader of romance. Paranormal being the main exception. I guess I should state I don't usually like contemporary romance or historical romance. Those Avon books with the bosom-busting women being swept off by the Fabio-type guys are an instant NO for me. I don't even bother with the summary. But every now and then, a romance sneaks by me.
Ways to sucker me in: Family. Especially single parentage. Cliche is some stories but I enjoy them. Especially if the story focuses on the family aspect not just the couple in question. Another is amnesia cases. I would think I hate these stories being it hits a bit close to home but I am often drawn to them. Finally is a bit of comedy or lighthearted stories. Losing It by Cora Carmack (which I am currently re-reading) is a particular favorite for this.
On romances, I am very picky about the summary or subject. If the romance is all there is and the rest of the story gets lost it often is not something I will pick up. I want more from the story. And general life drama often does not cut it! I get enough of that in real life I don't need to read about someone's fictional life! Give me something I can question or something very unusual and I will read it. So many traditional romances are not my thing. And New adult romances are just too standardized for me. Many seem to sound the same.
Mind you, this is just me. What about you? Do you read romance? What to you tend to prefer or avoid? Favorite authors or recommendations?