Mystery, suspense, and horror all have the potential drawback of desensitization in the area of violence. Desensitization can also occur with romance. But this time, the desensitization will occur in the area of the sexual. Compounding this problem is the downplaying of consequences for physical intimacy, especially with the more “benign” hand-holding and kissing.
In addition, the romance genre often entices readers to fall in love with love or to
superimpose the fictitious on reality, causing discontentment with a mate.