Writing is hard. Period. But when writing romance, reality sets in. It does not matter whether you are talking straight romance or any of the sub-genre's, there still has to be a thread of reality. While we write to give our readers an escape, I think as writers, we have a duty to still 'keep it real'.
We can take our readers to far away places, let them go on exciting adventures, dark heroes, mysterious scenarios in lavish settings but when we get down to brass beds, our readers still want passion, commitment, love. On the journey they will experience the highs and lows of any relationship. But we have the opportunity to promise them something that in real life they feel may be beyond their grasp - A Happy Ever After.
As we write, let's be prepared to give our readers the Valentine they most want - the security in knowing that regardless of the roller coaster ride, LOVE will win in the end.
Love and Blessings!