I'm doing what I hope is the final structural edit for my WIP, and you'd think that by now I'd know my characters and what they'd do in any situation. But as I tart up the first fourth of the story, I'm running up hard against what I feel are reader expectations. First Expectation: Give us a main character who has flaws, but make sure those flaws are excusable or spectacular, nothing in between. If you want your character to be likeable, don't show him committing ordinary sins of shortsightedness and egotism. Don't make us think that sometimes he can be a pain to have around, especially if you want your heroine to see anything in him. Second Expectation: In your romance novel, yes, we understand that there is a time Before the couple get together and confess their love. But we really want to think they've both been in love with one another all along, though it was a secret even from themselves. If the strong, silent, brooding hunk is being a jerk to the FMC, don't tell us what he's really thinking. Let us believe that he's acting that way because he doesn't yet know his own heart. Whatever you do, don't show us the stage where he likes her well enough but it genuinely would make no difference if she walked out of his life forever. You do that, we might think this love wasn't Inevitable. And we romance readers demand that love be Inevitable. I could give examples, but you get my drift. Now you can start telling me I'm wrong. At least, I hope you'll tell me I'm wrong.