Romance novels have predictable endings (happily-ever-after for old-timey ones and happy-for-now in contemporaries), but they still should contain solid writing, and that precludes older than dirt cliches. Some romance novelists are much better writers than others ~ one way to tell right off the bat is if they avoid cliches and keep their writing fresh as a daisy.
It’s so off-putting to see the hero lazily described as having a chiseled jawline or with hair black as night. Ugh! And I don’t want to read that the heroine grows weak in the knees when he kisses her, nor do I want the kisses to be described as soul-shattering. It’s so boring I’d rather watch paint dry.
This stuff just gets on my last nerve.
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