Recently I have seen a very crazy trend in my romance novels. It is not a trend I am fond of nor one that I like to read about. Cheating. It seems that every third book I pick up these days has some sort of cheating in it. Why? Isn’t cheating the antithesis of romance? I like to read about the beauty of a true connection or love between two people not the ugliness of one person hurting another. Yes, I am a realist and I know cheating happens. I have been known to read some dark, disturbing books- it is not all sunshine and rainbows all the time. But the plots I keep seeing are starting to make me wonder where we are heading. Below are some books that I have come across.
Knight and Play by Kitty French– You can check on my review on this book here. Knight and Play seems to be a case of two wrongs make a right. Our heroine’s husband is cheating on her so she feels it is ok to cheat back. The hero, which I assume is Lucien, is fully aware she is married and has had bad experiences with cheating in the past. At some point I questioned whether those bad experiences should have made him shy away from cheating but I guess the opposite happened. I was very uncomfortable about the heroine being married. Most books the cheating is done on a boyfriend/girlfriend level but not so here. Knight and Play ended with a certain confrontation between lover and husband that should be interesting.
The Stranger (Just One Night) by Kyra Davis– In the first part of this serial Kasie is freaked about a potential proposal from her boyfriend so she has a one night stand with Robert but it doesn’t end there. He pursues her back in her real life and she does not resist. What skeezed me out so much about this book is that Kasie is having sexual situations with both men at the same time. For some reason beyond me, she will not leave her boyfriend but cannot quit sexing it up with Robert. The Stranger ends with a crazy twist that might make me read the next book. Might.
Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens– The heroine made me nutty in this book. From everything we first know her and her boyfriend are devoted to each other. He is described as almost perfect yet she cheats on him? Emotionally and physically?
Kiera’s boyfriend, Denny, has been everything she’s ever wanted: loving, tender and endlessly devoted to her
Um, why? If you are that connected to someone why the cheating? How do you go from one love of your life to oops, look at that…I have another one!!?
Undeniable by Madeline Sheehan– Undeniable has stirred up a pretty big hornets nest recently. This book has some pretty awful, gut wrenching cheating yet people slobber over it. They rave. They can’t get enough of Deuce. He cheats on her while she is pregnant with his baby. While she is possibly miscarrying his baby he is in between another woman’s legs.
I wonder where we will draw the cheating line. Each of the books I mentioned have pretty extreme cases of cheating. Married..no biggie. Sleep with both of them…not an issue. Soul mate…hey I can find another. Pregnant with my child…dime a dozen. I, for one, do not like what I am seeing.
What about you? Have you read some of these books? Come across your own cheating story? How do you feel about your romance novels including cheating?