As a singleton, I love romance novels because they, for me, represent a little bit of hope...in book form. lol Even the dream of a happily ever after is enough to keep you from slitting your wrists during major holidays, such as the upcoming Valentine's day.
I'm like Sandy though. I don't necessarily like gratuitous sex scenes. As a matter of fact, it is extremely painful for me to write them. So, I don't. Allude to the fact that the act is coming and then I cut it out. In the sequel to my first novel, I grudgingly wrote one at my best friend's request and it's two paragraphs long. lol And I still won't read it. LOL It's crazy. I feel like the real romance is in the emotional connection and not the sex. If your characters don't connect in a compelling way, sex means nothing.