My theory is that men and women both crave connection, even if it's expressed in different ways. When we read a story and see a character with a strong connection to someone else, we can relate to that, and we begin to care so much more about what happens. It draws us in. That's where the real storytelling magic happens.
Absolutely, Carla. Mystery author Robert B. Parker once said, "Most of my books are about love, in part." His books are packed with complex relationships between characters. Marguerite, you're exactly right about what guys think they're supposed to be reading. Case in point: Depending on who asks me about my book, I either tell them it's about two wounded outcasts trying to find redemption Ã¢â‚¬â€œ or I tell 'em the book is loaded with car chases. Guess which one I tell my guy friends? :)