Hi Evil Agent - yes, they are YA books - at least, marketed that way in the US and the UK, if not here in Oz - although they do have many adult readers. The name Pellinor comes from Morte D'Arthur and is said differently from the Pelennor Fields, where the emphasis is on the second syllable, not the first. You are free to dislike it, of course. But do dislike it for the right reasons. Perhaps you should read the books first before making judgements.
As for the romance - they are romances in the old fashioned sense (ie stories of adventure etc) but the romantic element is more at present in the desires of the fans than in the actual stories - I shall duck at this point. There is certainly no heavy emphasis on a romantic story. They are character-led stories, which is I suppose why people are so interested in the characters and what they might possibly do. A review I got in the post yesterday from the Bulletin of the Centre for Children's Books puts it this way:
"An epic tale both like and unlike Tolkien's "lord of the Rings"...Croggon paints her characters with a more lifelike brush than Tolkien used - though participating in an epic tale set in a fantasy world, the cast members display a quotidian side to their personalities that makes them appealingly realistic. Via these characters, mystery, prophecy and conspiracy unite to create an exciting story told in a sophisticated blend of poetic and demotic prose that is often shot through with humor and wit. Like Tolkien, Croggon makes ample use of original poetry couched as bardic texts - her excellent pieces mimic Beowulf and other ancient epics as well as haiku. ...the first is a projected quartet, this Australian import is high fantasy of high calibre."