Before I get around to posting a serious post about writing, I had to share a YouTube link to a snippet from the BBC miniseries "North & South" (starring Daniela Denby-Ashe and Our Hero Richard Armitage).
Four words: Best Screen Kiss Ever.
I think it's more how he looks at her and listens to her that wins me over.
The romance of Romance happens in the moments, the hours, the days or even the years, leading up to the moment that tells us there will be an HEA. Romance works because our savvy readers can see the hopes and dreams and desires of Our Hero/Heroine and we want them to be fulfilled.
So when the kiss (or the wedding) comes, we know all will be well with the world, and that makes us feel better.