Today we arrive at that essential element of the romance novel called the Attraction. According to Regis, the Attraction is “a scene or series of scenes scattered throughout the novel” that “establishes for the reader the reason that this couple must marry.” It is this attraction, as Regis points out, that “keeps the heroine and hero involved long enough to surmount the barrier.”
There are many aspects of attraction, including physical attraction, friendship, shared interests, societal expectations, and monetary concerns. When creating your heroine and hero, be sure to include the element of attraction. It will serve you well not only in helping your main characters overcome their barriers, but it will also help you to remain true to the genre of the romance novel.
Source Cited: Regis, Pamela. A Natural History of the Romance Novel (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003), pp. 33-34.