I've always been a big fan of Happily Ever After (HEA) as opposed to Happy for Now (HFN). Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I grew up on Disney movies or my mom's old Harlequins (though looking back I can't stand either type of hero now, lol). Now I like my heroes a bit darker and with a little more angst, but I love picking up a book with the word Romance on the spine and knowing that I'll be getting that HEA at the end.
Lately I've noticed that there's been a fairly clear line drawn between erotic romance and erotica. With erotic romance you're more likely to get HEA or HFN, but with true erotica, you're not guaranteed to get either. Ellora's Cave has separated erotic romance and erotica by designating Exotica as their erotic fiction line. And I could be wrong, but everything I've read from eHarlequin's Spice line has been erotic fiction vs. erotic romance. There's no promise of a commitment at the end, but I know what to expect when I buy it.
I appreciate that so many publishers have clearly defined what to expect when I buy from their lines. There's no guesswork involved and I get exactly what I'm looking for.
Which do you prefer? HEA or HFN? Or does it depend on the story?