Now I’m not speaking of the game of “Yes, no, yes, no.” Or the unwanted kiss that ignites all the passion. I mean the flat out angry man who feels he’s been taken advantage of (in reality or his imagination) going after the heroine and forcing her to have sex and not because he feels that she really wants it, but because he wants to punish her. And yes, the man is the supposed hero of the piece.
He chases her, grabs her and has his way with her. Of course, she really wants it because she has (or had) feelings for him (or so it is implied in the story), but all her mannerisms (pushing him away, fighting, clawing) seem to have no effect and the deed is done. Usually, our hero feels terrible afterward, but is that enough?
After reading a particularly brutal account, I talked to my adult son about his thoughts on this. He asked me if the heroine ever actually said the word, “No.” I reread the passage and even though she thought it, the word was never verbalized. My son reminded me that some sex games are played out that way, but this didn’t feel like a sex game.
While I’ve seen this in more than one book, I do have to admit that other than the one scene, I’ve enjoyed all the books. I’ve read others by these authors and will continue to do so. But isn’t there another way to set up the relationship? Is it really needed to move the story along and show how tortured our hero is?
I can’t imagine being a rape victim and reading an account like this. It must feel horrifying. Am I overreacting? Is there ever an okay kind of “rape” scene? Does anyone else notice this?
Bottom Line: “Love is a condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” ~ Robert Heinlein