Romance readers are notoriously harder on the heroine than they are on the hero. A hero can be a complete jerk for 90% of the story, then grovel at the end and confess his True Love for the heroine — and he’ll get away with it. But the heroine has to be likable, or readers will complain.
I had this struggle with Hope Rutherford, the heroine of my current WIP. Luckily, I had a breakthrough during my mini writing retreat last month and was able to put a perspective on her unpleasant behavior that makes her relatable.
What do you think? Is it mandatory that you like a heroine, or is being agle to relate to her challenges what matters to you?