So you see, it's like this. Although in my own mind, all my stories are romances, the "story" part always comes first with me. So suppose...just suppose...that the hero and heroine of my new WIP have a brief interaction in Chapter 2 (not necessarily a positive one), then don't meet up on the same page again until, oh, say, around Chapter 8 or 9? Would you still consider this a romance? (Even though they do ultimately reconnect and fall in love.) If it's not a romance in the strictest sense of the formula, would you still be interested in reading it?
(Not that I'm saying I'll change it if your answer is "no". Just wondering how many potential readers of Loyalty's Web and Illuminations of the Heart I stand to lose if my characters continue on their current merry way. :-) )