What are your thoughts on reading a story of character who does not have any romantic relationships? Is it a big deal or no as far as readability of the story goes? To you does a romance, make a character and/or a story better? I am trying to figure out my protagonist and I honestly don’t believe she’s willing to have a romance or a deep relationship with someone. She’s pretty much a workaholic and gives her everything into her career, so literally doesn’t have any free time. She likes to keep to herself, a bit of an introvert though when she’s working or out-and-about she will display the opposite, but she enjoys her alone time and needs it because her life is a stressful one outside her house. Truly not a people person and she doesn’t like dealing with other people’s shit or drama. The loves living the single life, she is fiercely independent but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t like hanging out with friends or family. She enjoys going home and getting a good night’s sleep without anyone having to interrupt her. I know she’s probably not your typical heroine, perhaps a little bit of an oddball. But there are people out there in real life that really enjoy being single and not having a romance. For my character, a romance is not her thing given her busy lifestyle. Maybe in her story some of her allies/friends will have a romance. One thing thought is my protagonist has a lot of strong and complex relationships/friendships with others in her story. She is extremely tough and a hard exterior but she does have a heart and is a really nice person. To you, is it a big ‘make-or-break’ deal for you if the lead character of a story you’re reading doesn’t have a romantic relationship? If they have strong friendships with others, does that suffice? I would love to hear opinions on this.