I agree about wanting HEA, especially if one’s going through stress or an unhappy stretch!
Reading is an escape…just like drugs and alcohol. 😉 Readers also want the bad guy (again–I’m being generic) caught and punished, if that’s part of the plot. But until that point, and even in the opening, you gotta do all you can to make your characters miserable. Bwah-hah-hah!
//Interstellar Adventure Infused with Romance//