I'll never understand why so many people think that writing romance isn't "real" writing. Is it just that they are uncomfortable writing about feelings maybe? I mean, if you're going to love you have to feel something and what good is a book that doesn't describe what the main character feels?
Any writing (if it's good), regardless of genre requires effort. I respect anyone who puts the time and energy into writing that it deserves. It never ceases to irritate me when someone turns up their nose at my hard work just because it's romance. Or when the "nose turning" is immediately followed by a statement like, "Anyone can write romance."
No, they really can't. But apparently anyone can critique it.