One of the books I was reading over the weekend had a 'trust fund baby' character. Characters with 'money money money' (as I like to call them) seem to pop up with frequent abandon in romance novels (mass generalization I know). It's as though part of the all-encompassing HEA is not only love, but being comfortably well off while in love. Because, after all, who wants to read about characters struggling to rub two dimes together, especially in the current economic climate? Right? Wrong. At least in my case.
A lack of money is one of the many reasons why I love Amy Lane's Talker series. The two main characters in this series are students (which I think says it all). They have to decide between light and heat - they can't afford both - and they all but live off noodles. And through all this (and everything else Amy Lane puts them through) [that wasn't a dig at the wonderful Amy Lane, honest *grin*] their love shines through. It...sustains them when times are tough. And that's why I read romance. Not to see characters fall in love through rose-coloured glasses, but to see them fight for that love through both good times and bad.
So, how much realism do you like in your books?