And there is a bit of overlap between "romance" novels (at least the original ones) and "gothic" novels.

But I think we all know what we are talking about here. We can throw names around like "Heyer" "Cartland" "DuMaurier" etc., but it's kind of like the Justice said about pornography: I can't define it, but I know it when I see it....and as someone above noted, it will probably have Fabio on the cover.
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