10 Things I Hate & Love in Book Romances

Y’all know I love romances in books. Who doesn’t, right? But I’m also incredibly picky about the romances that get my heart goin’!


Things I Hate & Love in Book Romances

Let’s start with … HATE:

Bella and Edward

C’mon, people!

10. Insta-love.

9. Douchebags. I’m talking about the douchebag-to-nice-guy character arc where there’s no actual change in character. You know the one—where you want to scream at Miss Lovestruck: “HE’S STILL A JERK!”

8.  Girls who don’t know how pretty they are. There’s nothing wrong with having self-esteem issues. But listening to Supermodel Susie whine about her looks isn’t my idea of a good time.

7. Guys who kiss girls when they don’t want them to. This is a horrifying trend in young adult fiction. A boy should not forcefully kiss a girl if she doesn’t want him to!

Whose preschool teacher didn’t give that lesson on day one?

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I like a man who’s afraid of horses!

6. Cowboys. Unpopular opinion, I know.

5. Ambiguous millionaires. Ugh. Talk about tired trope. If he’s gonna be a millionaire, at least have a good reason.

4. Millionaire cowboys. Seriously, you guys?

And now let’s move on to … LOVE:

Pride and Prejudice

Actual character arcs.

3. Characters who don’t get along at first. Make ’em work for that romance! (*Disregard millionaire slam above.)

2. Funny guys. I am a huge sucker for the class clown.


1. Sweet guys. Being a “man” doesn’t have to mean being a macho jerk. Can we please have some more sweet, dare I say timid, guys like Peeta?!


Now tell me in the comments, what do you hate and love to see in book romances??

Annie Cosby

P.S. Don’t forget to check out my post Every Girl’s First Book Boyfriends over at Alba in Bookland!


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  1. Addie says:

    I HATE when the guy is a real creeper and the girl thinks it’s cute. No it is not! He is stalking you! If he wasn’t so hot you would be like get away dude.
    I also HATE when it is so obvious two ppl are going to end up together. We were bffs since we were kids…so obvious.
    I LOVE when a guy shows his sensitive side. That is what a lot of girls like, I mean being hot and funny helps:)

    • Annie says:

      Totally agree! I want to see more sensitive guys! Especially in YA.

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