I think I've actually been a romance reader for pretty much my entire life, even when I hadn't realized it yet. My mom named me after Elizabeth Bennet, introduced me to the BBC Pride & Prejudice at an absurdly young age, and bought me a slightly abridged version of the book for young readers when I was in third grade. Like, I never even had a chance.
Throughout my teenage years, I read A TON of romcom and fantasy YA novels, and then when I felt I'd kind of "graduated" from that, I didn't really know what to do with myself. I tried reading a bunch of literary fiction and it kind of worked, but I needed something fun, too! That's when I found Scott Pilgrim, and it really delivered. It was fun and energetic and nerdy, and it's elastic, cartoon-y art style gave it a layer of physical humor that I'd never experienced before. I also loved the melding of a video game aesthetic into the narrative and art. It just felt very different from anything else I'd ever read. And of course, I was totally rooting for Scott and Ramona! I was pretty enchanted, and the format really clicked for me at that point.
In a weird way, I think as I got more and more into comics, I also got more and more into romance novels. With comics, there's so much variety. Like, no two comics hit you in exactly the same way, but there is a through line in terms of format, and to me, romance novels are a bit similar. Every romance novel has a HEA (or should!), but no two HEAs make you feel the same way. I think part of what's so fun about romance novels and comics is that there's so much variation within the structure so you really get to see how each creator is working within that format and the choices they're making.