Creating a believable world for your romance is key, but often the most difficult. While I've never stopped reading a book because the hero has a beard and I'm not a fan of facial hair, I have when the world he is in is too far out there. This isn't saying I don't read paranormals; actually I do and I have written two that will be released this year. What I am saying is, if you're going to have a werewolf, then have a world that supports him. Just like with my female pirate, I couldn't force her into a historical setting without it being a disaster so I created a world she would fit in.
So what makes a world believable? Details. As with every element of writing, details are key. If a writer has a werewolf living in Chicago then the author needs to set it up so I can believe it. I'm not necessarily saying tell me about the stoplight on the corner of Jackson and Carver. How does he roam the street in his wolf form? The streets of Chicago are never deserted so don't go there. I'm willing to give an author a wide path, I mean, I'm accepting the fact there's a werewolf but it has to have solid elements to the world. And a deserted street in Chicago isn't it.
World building isn't just for paranormal or sci-fi romance authors. Every romance needs to happen somewhere and by including a believable world, the reader becomes more invested. While Treasure Hunt takes place in an entirely 'made-up' world, The Gamble takes place on a horse ranch. I included details of the ranch, but also of landscape so the reader knew they were in California.
What have been some your favorite settings? How did the author use it to enhance the romance?