While we are still in our February-is-romance-month, I'd like to remind you just what it is about a romace story that is different than other fiction, and why we are so attracted to, that's right--romance. (Can I say it? Okay, maybe just once... Be still my heart...)
Basically, a mainstream novel works around a plot, often with a romance in the background; a romance works around a love story, with a plot in the background. It's that simple, folks. And that's why we love romance!
So if your dream is to write romance (or read a good romance novel) just keep that in mind. It works every time.