Reading romance novels is a favorite pass time. So what's the REAL appeal other than erotic lust?
Both characters are laying everything on the table, talking about what’s wrong and negotiating how to make things right again.
Powerful commitment- Along with strong communication, there’s this feeling that giving up on this love experience is not even an option. That’s not to say you’re trapped and can’t get out but that the both people have found something, know it’s value and feel that it’s worth having and, if needed, fixing.
Feeling of Home – The days of “You complete me” are (thankfully) gone but the feeling of having that soft place to fall is far from extinct. Home is more than just four walls and a roof; it’s that combination of all the other traits that make up that intense romantic love experience plus that feeling of peace that comes with being loved completely.
The romance stories I’ve read has all of these underlying themes in addition to full blown toe-curling love scenes. Maybe it’s just age talking but once I understood why I had become addicted to romance novels, I allowed myself to indulge in that one luxury we single people feel we need to deny ourselves: Hope.