I read romance. A LOT of romance. If you browse the books I’ve read the styles of the authors range from historical to contemporary…from sweet to BDSM. For me, it isn’t about how smutty the book is (although that’s always fun), it’s about getting lost in a world or maybe a time that is different from my life now. Sometimes the books are ridiculous (aliens and humans, why not?), and sometimes it’s more easily relatable.
For me, it’s about the character arc, how people change, and how they interact with others in the story and world around them–It isn’t about “that couldn’t really happen”, it’s, “maybe it could happen”.