As a romance novelist I find it very difficult to get reviewed. It seems writers, bloggers, and everyone else have preconceived notions about what to expect in a romance novel. Generally these expectations are not very positive. I personally am a very selective romance reader. Currently I read only about 4 to 5 authors religiously, and have a hard time getting through a story that is poorly written. I also have had several people who only read "Sci-Fi", "Murder-Mystery" and even YA claim that they enjoy my novels.
I love romance because of the scion of love defying all odds. When done right it is the ultimate feel good story. I want to write good romance that tells a captivating love story. But it's very hard to do without any feedback from writers of other genres.
So I'm wondering how many people decide to not read a book just because it's labeled as romance? And if so please share with me why that is. What are your 'terrible' romance experiences, and what has actually worked for you.