Tea and Biscuits Book Discussions: Tough Issues in Romance

Have you ever wondered that when you are reading a romance and it deals with a tough issue how much more filling it feels when your done? Or do you prefer romances not to deal with any tough problems or issues? I have been thinking about this for quite a while and the reasons why I just love books dealing with difficult issues and why they just get to me so much. I don’t know why these topics just get me so thrilled and excited at times, but I have found that these tough issues that authors tackle can be the most rewarding. I love finding realistic tones to a romance novel, the characters and the setting just seem real life.


I have never had real problems with this type of topic. Of course, it depends on the circumstances and the actions that certain characters take when it comes to captive themes. Now normally if its the main hero or heroine, it has to be the reason behind it. Most of the time, I am more understanding about it, especially when it comes to historical themes especially if its in a era where this was a common practice. For example, the scots in the medieval era stole their brides from various clans. Or if it was war time like in Conqueror’s Kiss by Hannah Howell. There was war between two factions, and the heroine was part of the losing faction at the time. The hero actually saves her life, but in order to keep her safe, she has to be his “captive”. Now other times I will discover a story where the villain kidnaps the heroine or hero sometimes and that always adds a new twist and I don’t mind when this circumstance happens.


Now this topic can be pretty tough to handle for many. I am always interested to see how characters get away from these abusive relationships whether its a spouse, or parents or siblings. I actually don’t mind abuse as long as it isn’t the main hero/heroine being abusive. And there are also different types of abuse. Now there are some situations that I am not a fan of when dealing with the main characters because this is where some authors will throw in emotional abuse situations. Now this can be a pet peeve of mine, because it drives me up the wall. For example, one of my favorite authors did this recently. In Spider Game, the hero was pretty abusive emotionally, always putting the heroine down all the time and really got worse at the end. I hated how controlling he was and gave no leeway on situations that weren’t her fault at all. So in these moments I can’t stand it. However there are other situations that I am okay with. For example, when a character has suffered abuse in the past and is recovering and I especially like when the hero/heroine of the story helps them in recovering. This may be sentimental, but I do love seeing how love can heal the deepest of wounds.


Now Rape is definitely a tough topic, but it doesn’t bother me to see them in romances like it does others. When I was a teenager, I read a rape romance. It was written by a christian author, Anita Stansfield. The heroine ends up being raped in the beginning, but our hero helps her recover and they fall in love. I really don’t mind these type of situations, because we see how real life people recover from this and I like how authors (that I have read) treat this situation, and seeing the way that they recover from this type of trauma. One of my favorite couples is Dimitri and Skyler. Feehan wrote this pair. Skyler was practically gang raped and sold by her father until she was a teenager and rescued from him. Now her lifemate, was so patient with her and understanding and never rushed her and I truly loved that. Some of my all time favorite books have featured this tough topic, mostly because it turned out to be memorable and well written.

Mental Disabilities 

I really love seeing any kind of disability in a romance, whether its physical or emotional. Its always interesting to see how authors handle these type of disabilities and different each person reacts to them differently. And they work so dang well in romances, honestly…if you haven’t read a romance with a disability in a character you are missing out. For example, one of my favorite books Yours Until Dawn. Our hero has gone blind. The heroine has come to help him adjust to it and learn to do things while being blind. And boy loved these two and seeing the challenges they both face. Another favorite of mine was Flowers From the STorm, where out hero is recovering from a stroke. Now back then, they called it “madness”, but the heroine takes him from the mad house and aids him in recovering and boy you can tell the author really did her research on that one.

War Trauma 

Now this one you tend to see more often than the others, probably because so many can relate to it no matter the genre you are reading. It is pretty popular in both contemporary and historical’s. What I really like seeing is the way that authors implement this into romances. Each one I have read has been a bit different and that is what I love. There is so much leeway when it comes to trauma from the war. So authors have quite a bit to work with and I like see how they handle it and deal with the PTSD of war time. Suzanne Enoch did a great job with dealing this type of trauma. Its not always to read, because we see some hard and traumatic events certain characters go through. But what is so wonderful is seeing how they overcome the past and heal.

Questions For My Readers: 

Do You Like Reading Tough Issues in Romance? 

What Is Your Favorite To Read?