I swear romance readers puzzle the hell outta me sometimes. When it comes to a story, there are no limits and there are no rules, except when it comes to the subject of fidelity. Fidelity seems to be a very contentious subject matter when it comes to romantic fiction. If one of the main characters cheats, it is a wrap. DNF. One star. I read some of these reviews and just sit back and CTFU. Really girl? You gon give this book one star cause the dude cheated on his wife? Even though they were having hella issues and couldn’t work it out and they ended up separating? Even though the book is beautifully written and addresses some real-life issues and offers some realistic resolutions? Yup, one star…
I did not realize how seriously some readers are offended by cheating until I saw the verbal beatdown an author took for her book in which the wife of one couple and the husband of the another couple grew close after their respective spouses all but abandoned their marriage for whatever reason. I mean, this book was really good because it dealt with some serious issues that married (or even non-married, committed) couples face, but the fact that these two married people grew close and eventually gave in to their feelings negated everything else and caused a shit storm among readers.
Now, on the flip side, I see readers going gaga over these dark romances where dude didn’t get his mommy’s love so he grew up hardened and emotion-less and goes on to literally sodomize his woman in front of his male constituents. But he gets a pass, see, cause he had some issues. It’s all good though cause he eventually realizes the error of his ways and gets help then they live happily ever after…Chile bye.
Now do I endorse or condone cheating? Hell no, but I just find it ironic and downright laughable that somebody can get upset because a character cheats but doesn’t have a problem with a character who is physically or mentally abusive. I guess that old adage does proves true: Different strokes for different folks. Is there a subject matter, if any, that just turns you completely off that will cause you to just go NOOOOOOPE?