Top Ten Tuesday #2 - Top 10 things I like/ dislike when it comes to romances in books

Top Ten Tuesday is an original/weekly meme hosted by The broke and the bookish . 

This weeks topic: Top 10 things I like/ dislike when it comes to romances in books

Romance in books is my favourite thing! I am a total sucker for romance. If a book doesn't have some romance in it I don't like it as much. Below is my top 5 things I like in romances and top 5 things I dislike in romances.

Top 5 things I like in romances

I love a love triangle and I think I may be the only one who does. However usually I love one of two of the guys and have a major fit if the girl doesn't choose who I want. Maybe I don't like love triangles :/

I like the "tortured guy" or the "issue guy" I love a guy in romances to be 3D not 2D, to have his insecurities.

I like geeky romances, the girl picking the geek, the geek winning over the jock or bad boy but in the other hand I like the jock/bad boy to fall for the geek girl.

I like friendship romances. Friends to romance seems more real.

I like insta love, depending on the genre of the book. Contemporary romances need to be real, insta love doesn't really work well in them but in a PNR a little insta love is alright,/it's usually because of some prophecy.

Top 5 things I dislike in romances

I don't like guys to be mean for just being means sake. If theres a reason, if he's the issue guy thats kinda OK but if theres no reason, I tend to want to hit him :)

I don't like when it's so obvious the main characters like each other but dance around each other for the whole bloody book a really really slow burn romance is not for me.

I don't like romances where it's all about sex. There's more to romance than that however as I am currently reading 50 Shades and loving it maybe am contradicting myself LOL.

I don't like guys who are 2D who think they are perfect and amazing and flawless. Argh!

I can't think of a fifth,  coming up with 4 dislikes was hard enough LOL.

I have to say I found this weeks top ten hard I have never really though of what  I like and dislike in romances. I tend to just pick up the books that have similar romance feels to the other books I read not thinking oh may be I don't like that aspect of romance or I love that aspect of romance.

So what do you like or dislike in romances leave me a comment below and if you have a top ten this week leave me a link :)

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  1. You're not the only one, I don't mind love triangles! When they're well written, then can be fabulous and really entertaining... it's just a shame the bad ones seem to have taken over :( I love friendship-to-love romances, too. Great list!

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    1. Agreed done right they are great :) friendship to love is the best :)

  2. I'm not a big fan of the love triangle or insta-love but I do think insta-love gets a bad name. To me there's a difference between an instant connection or an instant attraction and true insta-love which doesn't work for me. But you are right that even that works fairly well in historicals! I don't mind low heat or fade to black heat in romance but I think that's because I'm reading the romance for the relationship. However, if I'm reading 50 Shades I'm looking for something different!

    1. Totally agree. I am on a bit of a 50 Shades craze at the minute I haven't read it before but reading it before I see the movie this weekend!

  3. I totally agree with all of your points. I often don't romance because the things that you discussed just ruin it for me. My number one thing I dislike in romances is unnecessary love triangles. Too many authors rely on them as a plot device and really over use them when something else could work a lot more effectively in it's place.