1. Love stories? Yes or No? 2. If yes, “romances” as a genre? Or just, well, stories that have love stories? (Nobody’s going to call “Pride & Prejudice” a “romance,” right?)
I love a good love story, and I firmly believe that every well written novel is indeed a love story of some kind. But “romance”? No way. The closest I come to that is Diana Gabaldon, and I consider her historical fiction, no matter how the books stores classify her. The one use I have found for romance is hospital reading. My uncle brought me a stack of books when DD#4 was in NICU, and I read the romance he included because I knew I could throw it down in a nanosecond.