While browsing for books on Amazon, I’ve come across a few customer discussions that never fail to grab my attention. These discussions sound so delightfully guilty and sinful, I just have to take a look. You may be asking, “What’s she talking about?”
The answer: betrayal of the worst kind, the death knell that makes me hurl a book across the room--a lying, cheating hero, or in some cases (though it seems far rarer), a heroine. To take a look, visit: don't shoot me!!! 2. From there, you can visit the other discussions that spawned this one.
I abhor these kinds of books, yet I stay plastered to the screen reading about them. I guess they speak to the realistic part of me, the part that says fidelity isn’t always a given. It can sneak into even the fantasy that is the romance genre. While romance reading is an escape, there’s a demand from some for hard-hitting reality, and I think the cheating hero fills part of that space. Who can’t name at least one or two people in real life who’ve experienced this sort of betrayal? I’m sure you can, whether you have direct experience or just second-hand knowledge from a close friend or relative.
I’ll readily admit that I like my hero faithful from the moment he knows he has the “hots” for the heroine. But I can see the allure of wrapping up a harsh reality in the fantasy of romance books, all happy endings guaranteed. And that—a happy ending—so often lacking in real life, always awaits us at the end of a romance.