Traditionally, a romance story involves chivalry, adventure and love. In modern writing, a story about character’s relationships, or engagements (a story about character development and interpersonal relationships rather than adventures). It has produced a wide array of subgenres, the majority of which feature the mutual attraction and love of a man and a woman as the main plot, and have a happy ending. This genre, much like fantasy fiction, is broad enough in definition that it is easily and commonly seen combined with other genres, such as comedy, fantasy fiction, realistic fiction, or action-adventure. Even more recently this genre has expanded to contain more non traditional love stories such as ménage and GBLTQ relationships. The key being the developing love relationship between the characters. The genre has also widened its expectations from the HEA to include HFN scenarios.
I know the things she doesn’t talk about. At least some of them. I know what things used to keep her up at night. I know how good things used to be between us, once upon a war. And I know exactly the moment things got screwed up.