Not counting the Fabio books I read when I was too young, my first real romance novel experience was with Stephanie Laurens' The Promise in a Kiss. My mother recommended it to me. It had been recommended to her from my aunt. I honestly enjoyed it and should probably dig it out to re-read it.
The Promise in a Kiss opened up a whole world to me. Prior to that book, believe it or not, I had been a loyal sci-fi/fantasy reader. Romances had the same escape, adventure, and promise of a happy ending (let's face it, the hero of the fantasy novel will always save the day) plus sex. The passion rekindled feelings that complacency had replaced. I'm sure this is TMI, but reading romance was good for my marriage.
Sex aside, it also taught me something about writing. Grammar rules could be bent and remolded in order to suit the pacing of the story. As a history major, I was used to churning out research reports and papers bursting with analysis based on cited sources. My writing was with thick with credibility, scholarly vocabulary, and strict adherence to grammar and format rules. Stephanie Laurens' writing reflected the mood of a scene with the use of sentence fragments - -sometimes just a single word. She started sentences with 'and' and 'but' because the heroine thought that way. This was her story and she was telling it her way.
As I write, I know I have been influenced by these formative romance experiences. Sometimes a scene is too fast paced to write a beautiful, descriptive sentence. Sometimes a word paint is too much and detracts. Sometimes repetition is good for flow. And a sentence that would never pass an English teacher's muster is exactly what it needed.
I gave myself permission to use and abuse fragment sentences. It was hard to shift gears from scholarly to fiction so dramatically, but it has been done and there is no going back. I will mangle grammar if that is what is needed to tell the story.
By the way, "FTW" means "For the Win" in leet speak (which is gaming lingo).