Heroines Get Rejected Too: A Rant by Patty Dixon (Heroine in Patty’s Gamble)

Patty Dixon tells it like it is.

Patty Dixon tells it like it is.

There seems to be a topic no one is willing to talk about. You read a romance novel and assume every heroine has an easy time of it when it comes to matters of a more personal nature.  You know what I’m talking about, hopefully.  The hero marries the heroine.  Sometimes they decide to consummate the marriage right away.  Sometimes they don’t.  If they don’t, they usually agree to wait together.  This is something they both decide.

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Most of the time, however, the hero is more than happy to welcome the heroine to his bed. Take Heather in Mitch’s Win as an example.  Mitch married Heather the very night they met.  She even proposed to him!  And he takes her home.

Does he make her sleep in another room?  No.  He brings her to his bed.  When she tells him he can sleep with her, does he run out of the room like a scared rabbit being chased by a hound?  Of course not.  He hops right into bed and enjoys his wedding night.

It’s enough to make me want to puke.

Now, don’t get me wrong.  I like Heather.  She’s my friend.  I’m happy for her.  But sometimes it’s downright annoying that most heroines in these romance novels have it way too easy.

That’s why I’m glad Eva was brave enough to let us take a look into her world with Boaz in Boaz’s Wager.

Due out March 15 from Parchment & Plume

Due out March 15

I, personally, have no desire to be with Boaz.  This is why I didn’t marry him.  Yes, I could have.  It would have made life easy for everyone, especially Greg Wilson.  But what’s the point in getting to marry to someone when your heart already belongs to another?  You think Greg is going to make it easy for me to slip into his bed?  You think he’s even going to be as polite as Boaz was to Eva in the Sunday Story Sample Ruth Ann Nordin posted on this blog?  Of course not.  Why?  Because Greg has decided that he will fight me every step of the way.

I’m getting so annoyed with all these romance novels by Ruth that make love seem easy.  Boy meets girl.  Boy marries girl.  Boy is 100% sweetheart.  He often waits for the heroine to be ready or they both get to it right away.  I can’t recall a single novel Ruth has done–besides Boaz’s Wager–where the hero absolutely refused to do it once it was offered to him.  And when I safe “offered”, I mean the heroine is 100% willing.

It makes me sick.

Is there no other heroine out there besides Eva Connealy who can understand my plight?  I really hope Boaz gets some sense knocked into him before Boaz Wager ends so poor Eva doesn’t have to be a virgin forever.  I’ve been trying to wrap my mind around how she’s going to get him to come to his senses.  I don’t think she has what it takes to go to the couch without any clothes on and demand he do his husbandly duty by her.  She seems like she’s too ladylike for that sort of thing.  I’m really interested in finding out if she overcomes this obstacle because no other heroine Ruth has ever written has ever had to deal with this issue before.

You’d think it wouldn’t take Ruth 39 romances to finally approach this subject.  That’s right.  It took her almost 40 romance to get to the fact that not every single heroine on this planet has a hero who is jumping up and down at the chance to get to be with her.  Seriously, I knew I couldn’t be the only one.

But I have to wait until March 15 when Boaz’s Wager is out to see if Boaz ever comes to his senses.  I don’t really understand Ruth at all.  You’d think after publishing 38 romances, she would have the whole writing thing down.  Why this continual hold up with something called “editing”, I’ll never understand.  If she can’t get it right the first time, then why doesn’t she go find something else to do?  Obviously, she’s incompetent if she can’t have a polished book on her first try.

Due out by June 1

Due out by June 1

*long, frustrated sigh*

Well, I, for one, am not going to choose the path that Eva has.  I read the end of that Sunday Story Sample where Eva calmly accepts Boaz’s rejection and goes off to her bedroom to think about what she’s going to do.  I’m an action kind of gal.  I grew up on a ranch.  I’ve had a bull charge at me and had to get out of the way before it got me.  I’ve caught a rattler right behind the head before it could bite me.  I’ve handled the most stubborn of horses and tamed them all.  I’ll get Greg to consummate our marriage if it’s the last thing I do.


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Patty: © Igor Dolgov | Dreamstime.com

About Ruth Ann Nordin

Ruth Ann Nordin mainly writes historical western romances and Regencies. From time to time, she branches out to other genres, but her first love is historical romance. She lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband and a couple of children. To find out more about her books, go to https://ruthannnordinsbooks.wordpress.com/.
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