Romance and Me: How Sweet Do You Take Your Romance?

Filed in Romance and Me , The Latin Lover Posted on June 1, 2011 @ 2:00 pm 7 comments

Hey Everyone!

Today I would like to talk with you about how sweet is too sweet?We all love to read romances because we want to read about HEA stories, stories that make us sigh with contentment at the end when putting down the book.

We want the story to be romantic and touching, but how much romance is too romantic and becomes syrupy sweet and cheesy?

I am a very romantic person yet I like my romance novels to (usually) be beliavable. And nothing ruins that better than a too gushy alpha male who suddenly cannot stop declaring nonstop his undying love for the heroine. Sure, I want him to have a gentle and sensitive side, but I feel like this too much gushing isn’t really in his original character.

Realistic storyline and more importantly credible characterisations are important to me, even if I’m reading a romance novel. I mean, come on, can you not roll your eyes when the big muscled biker gang member bad boy hero invites the heroine over to his place and surprises her with rose petals thrown over the bed, floor, candle light dinner and soft violin music in the stereo? Really?! These make me snort at the story, and not in a good way. Sure even bad boys can fall in love and become a bit softer, but to this extent? Hardly. *eyeroll*

So tell me: how believable, realistic do you like your romance to be? Do you prefer for it to be complete fairy tale with fairy dust and rosy hue, or do you want it to be like an everyday story but with a happy ending? 

And what kind of hero do you like? Is there such a thing as a too sappy hero?

Can’t wait to hear your thoughts! 😉

About Stella

Stella is a proud bookaholic and a self-taught multilinguist in training. Besides reading, her other great passions are travelling and baking. When she is not globetrotting she lives in sunny Budapest, where she loves to spend her free time preparing (and feasting on) delicious cookies or devouring equally yummy books. Her favourite genres are urban fantasy and romance and she couldn't live without her daily dose of sunshine. Besides being the Latin Lover on BLI Stella also blogs about books and a bookish life on Ex Libris.

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  • Sascha Illyvich - The Dark Wolf Lord June 1, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    I've never been one for ultra sappy or sweet heroes. My heroines on the other hand and the ones I like tend to be on the sweeter side as it allows me to feel more in touch with my inner sap.

    I'm a romantic at heart but a realist unfortunately and in most of what I read a sappy hero isn't feasible. He'd get killed. But in much of the contemporaries I enjoy, a little sweet and sap goes a long way.

  • Jessica Subject June 1, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Guys can have a sensitive side, but some take it over the top. In my writing, my hubby will tell me whether a guy would think or do something. If not, I change it. He knows guys better than I do. LOL.

  • caffeinejunkie June 1, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    That pic is funny. Lol, I don't like reading about a sappy man. I like believable romance w/ a happy ending.

  • CK June 1, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Candles, flowers, sunsets…that's Hollywood's version of romance that's been force fed to us. I prefer someone who listens. When Eric had Sookie's driveway paved, now that was romantic. He listened to what she needed. Grand romantic gestures are overrated. It's the everyday little things that really count. Sappy is not a hero. He's the comic relief. LOL.

  • Sheree June 2, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    There's a fine line between sappy and really romantic. Of course, I give the heroes in books a lot more leeway than I would in real life. After all, most men in real life are not so eloquent, especially if they've been the brooding alpha type for too long. In books though, it's fine for him to spout off to the heroine.

  • Sharon June 2, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    I love forbidden romances where the couple must fight for what they want. I don't want sappy crap in my UF and PNR, but…when it comes to my m/m I want it so sappy and sugary my teeth rot .

  • Sheree June 3, 2011 at 1:50 am

    @Sharon, LOL!!

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