1. When a character is sunbathing, there is never ever a mention of bugs, wind blowing leaves or blossoms onto oiled bodies, or the odd textures grass leaves on skin when you turn over.
2. Curves are sexy in books. They are not necessarily in real life. I hate trying to get into a pair of jeans that fit last fall, only to find I've out grown them!
3. Cliche comments abound and are only cute the first time you read them in a story. Ice cream headaches are awful, but not every main character in a series needs to get them whenever she eats ice cream. Nor does the main character have to grab for laughs by needing to shave her legs every time a guy wants to get intimate.
4. Tube tops are sexy and great for tanning. They are not good for weeding or doing much of any kind of activity other than sitting and reading. (as a child of the 80's, I know the only tube tops made to stay on are corset kinds)
5. Walking barefoot is something not everyone does well. Walking barefoot on beaches at night, in grass, on rocky terrain, or in the woods can be quite dangerous! Covering the same terrain in heels is even more life threatening, no matter what time of day.
6. Intimacy in stories is difficult. The usage of more vanilla words in a story is almost as silly sometimes as harsher ones. If you are writing vanilla fiction, use rods and spears and sheaths. Do not use them if you are writing something even slightly darker than cocoa with cream and sugar. Most likely no one will know what you are talking about if you use words to the 'century'. When Loki, in the Avengers, called Black Widow a 'mewling quim', few batted an eye. Yet, the men who play the characters of Hawkeye and Capt America got razzed all over the internet for calling her character a whore.
7. When wearing dresses in hot weather, I've never seen a single character end up with rash between their legs. This is not something that happens only to curvy chicks, it happens to anyone who has moving thighs. Runners use something called 'glide', I've often thought of investing in some!
8. Bathrooms in romance novels are rarely used for their intended purpose. They are more often used as a place of recreation or a meltdown and are almost always tidy. In fact, when a woman stows away on a ship, there is no mention of menstrual cycles or potty breaks. I can't imagine those would be very easy to hide on a ship full of men.
9. Along with those bodily functions mentioned above, there is bad breath (which only happens in the morning or in the 'bad guy.'), flatulence, and body odor (also only in bad guys). When gals wear perfume, the authors fail to remember how often bugs are attracted to said scents.
10. A heroine or a sheep? The main female character in romances is either one or the other, but not always. They are more often than not both! This may be more true to life than one realises. One minute the leading lady is a watering pot over needing a man and the next she is confidently bandaging the man or his friend using the best methods--found beyond her century. Because they ALL know what to do to keep wounds from going septic. Modern heroines are often remembering tasks learned from an ancient babysitting class. Then, they recall where they are and discover emotions again.
Kind of makes you just want to hide out with Nancy Drew!