What is the general structure of romance novels?

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I am looking to write my first mostly romance story during NaNoWriMo, so I am planning it now. It will be a fantasy romance.

However, I don’t read much romance. I have only read two romance novels in my entire life, so I’m not as sure about the structure. From what I can tell, the man and woman usually get stuck together for some reason (and it will be a heterosexual novel) but they don’t actually like each other very much. During the time they’re stuck together, they fall in love but are prevented from being together for some reason, usually relating to the reason they are together in the first place. Then they overcome whatever is keeping them apart (so to speak) and they can be together.

Is that the gist of it? Can anyone elaborate further to give me a more detailed explanation?
NaNaWriMo, in case you don’t know, stands for National Novel Writing Month. It is a competition that takes place during the month of November, and writers try to create a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.

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