Chapter 1: My new heroine's POV (Joslin). Begins at moment of significant change in her life.
Chapter 2: My hero's POV. Makes decision affecting the direction of his future life; very brief interaction with Joslin. Sparks don't exactly fly. (Mostly, they just annoy each other.)
Chapter 3: My hero's POV. Joslin mentioned positively by my hero's traveling companion.
Chapter 4: My hero's POV. No mention of Joslin, but furthers plot towards their eventual reunification, so to speak.
Chapter 5: My hero's POV. Ditto Chapter 4
Chapter 6: Joslin's POV. My hero is much referred to (though he's actually miles away), with hints of Joslin's reluctant attraction to him.
Chapter 7 (though I haven't started it yet) is looking like it will be in Joslin's POV as well.
Odds are looking strong that my hero and Joslin won't actually appear on the same page together again before Chapter 8 at the earliest (and that's if I'm lucky, the way I keep going!).
So, if the hero and heroine don't actually get physically on the same page together before Chapter 8 or 9 of a novel, is it still a romance, even if they fall in love before the end of the story?
If I'm not writing a romance, then what am I writing? And if it's something a little different, will readers of my first two romances be disappointed that the romance takes longer to happen in novel #3?
(Hey, if I can't think out loud on my own blog, where can I?)