Romance, you irk the very core of my being. You're all I find in small bookstores. Your covers make me cringe. You've dug your claws into shape shifters and won't let them explore other roles. Nay, this isn't the time for all that. What I'm really peeved about is how romance is introduced. Even in novels where romance is a sub-plot, and not essential to the main. Why do the protagonists always have to note how attractive the other is on first meeting? Maybe this is my asexual side screaming here, but shouldn't relationships be based on emotional attraction? Shouldn't they first consider a relationship because they really connect that way, and not because "Look at her saunter away, a black beauty." It just seems so false, sorry I just can't understand how a healthy relationship can be based upon that. Whats so difficult about having the mains realize their love after they've actually spent time together? It ruins the "Does she love really him?" Seriously, be subtle people, be subtle..... Thoughts?