Harlequin: We help (ourselves to) the helpless
This is basically a skeezy, cynical and horribly demeaning thing Harlequin is doing, padding its bottom line by suckering a bunch of folks who don’t know better into thinking that paying for publication is a legitimate path into the publishing world. In a stroke, they’ve become the sort of scumbag publisher that writer’s organizations warn their members (and their aspiring members) about.
Dudes. Not cool.
And yes, makes our cousin-genre Romance look cheap & nasty.
Which I believe was the goal of the Harlequin Temptation books, ironically.