Hey, only 200 more pages of Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward to go - and I have to say I hit The Plot Point. Yes, the one that everyone has been debating about.
Spoilers are coming, so consider this your warning.
So the hero goes out and gets laid after playing reindeer games with the heroine. This has sparked much debate in Blogland about cheating heroes. So where do I fall?
The book actually got better for me after that moment. Color me contrary.
Why? Frankly Mary and Rhage aren't anywhere near The Great American Love Story, so that's probably why it didn't bother me. The whole thing is reading very much like love at first sight and "soul mates." Two plot devices that I'm notoriously finicky about anyway.
I think if Rhage and Mary had bared their souls to one another the whole Rhage-boinking-another-chickie episode would have bothered me. But since the romance has been written with an instantaneous feel? Didn't bother me. Also the author keeps the actual sex act off page, a wise decision on her part me thinks.
So how did the book get better after the cheating? Chapter 28. Rhage feels like scum for boinking the other chickie and Mary is upset and angry. Thus we get an Angry Sex Scene. God, I love Angry Sex Scenes. There needs to be a lot more of them in Romance Novel Land as far as I'm concerned. Oh sure, sex is supposed to be about love, flowers, rainbows and sunshine - but admit it. C'mon admit it to yourself. Sex isn't always about love. And if it were always about love it would get kinda boring.
Just callin' it like I see it.
To me Chapter 28 finally brought more development to the characters. They finally got interesting. Up until then I was rather bored by the whole affair. Sure the atmosphere is good, but the male characters are all dark, brooding and scarred and Mary is giving off the Damsel In Distress stink. Chapter 28 shows me another dimension.
We'll see how it ends. Right now, still in average territory.