I'm not all together sure every coupling in a romance needs to end up with marriage. Maybe it's because I've been married for more than a few happy years that I can be so cavalier. But after reading a slew of pretty spicy menages (I've been on kind of a marathon binge this past week), I'm a little tired of the HEA endings that commence in marriage. I've even put a few books down at that point.
It occurs to me that I have yet to write a proposal and wedding into a plot line, even in the one book where my characters eventually get married. Call me a rebel, (you might be on to something if you do) but I think I avoid writing the whole marriage as the perfect ending on purpose. Not that I never will, and not that I haven't read some amazingly rewarding endings that focused on the nuptials--my hesitation is in getting caught up in a formula.
Some of my favorite books leave the final details open for interpretation. Maybe they get married, maybe they don't. I like the idea of imagining the continual progression of the relationship. It keeps me thinking about the story I've read long after I've finished it.
So what's sexy about heartache?
Interesting question. Come check me out on Natasha Knight's blog to find out. Giving away a copy of my touching erotic short Bittersweet in honor of Valentine's Day. Leave her a comment and enter to win. Love to see you there!