I would say the best romance stories don’t.
“The course of true love never did run smooth” by William Shakespeare in his play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
I like this quote. I find that it relates very well to how I see writing romance novels. A romance story is never direct. If it were, it would be a very dull story. You imagine a guy meets a girl, they fall in love, and that’s it? Where is the story, right? Where is the adventure? Where is the fun?
The best stories are the ones that have lots of twists and turns, where you want to know what happens next. I think this is what makes a great romance novel, to have the two main characters go through many perils to ultimately end up together despite all that was thrown against them. This can come in different forms. Sometimes situations are thrown their way they have to endure together. Other times it is one angled at one character, yet the other is there for support. I love writing books that have a lot of things that happen. Because life is messy, life is not easy, life will take you through many adventures (small and big), but when true love is involved, it always finds a way. And that is how I write.