No one wants a quite untouched character in a romance. Maybe back in the older romances, but nowadays we like our heroes and heroines with a little more grit.
And usually that means they've been burned by love before.
So why do stories centered around love, usually start out with love gone wrong? I've done it myself a few times and I guess. It's easy to fall in love. Maybe the first time you don't even know you're doing it and you're able to appreciate that thrill with such ease and that feeling of forever. But when it's tested...that's when things get tough. Sometimes loves survives the hatred and tenseness of life. Other times it dissolves into this sinking puddle of goop that clings to your every movement and you can't crawl out. The people who do crawl out and are willing to fall in again, knowing the stakes? Something about that just makes it so much richer, the fall so much more dangerous.
That's why we let the perfect apples alone when we're searching for something to bake our forever pie with. We want the bruised, the slightly buggy, the spotty, the misshapen--we want something that'll build something great and know it's worth, not just in theory, but because they've seen it slip away before, and they know when not to let that mistake happen again. This is why imperfections make the most perfect stories. And why broken hearts seem to get all the best love stories. :)
Madam La Zuray
Hello, darlings, I'm Madam La Zuray, author of dirty books you can't help but fall in love with. I bring the hot and the dirty and everything in between, all in a read you can swallow on your lunch hour. No sense in messing around with perfection.