Amy, I live down the street from the Ripped Bodice! It’s a great bookstore. Imagine living within walking distance of an entire bookstore devoted to romance. It’s heaven! And will be again someday when they can reopen, I hope I hope.
Yes, I think making it hard on the MCs is key; I don’t want to see two people fall in love, I want to see two people fall in love despite it being the worst thing to do under the circumstances!