Reading Thoughts

No, I don’t mean mind reading, though that might be useful.

I have read three dud books in a row, two of them DNF for me. So I was relieved when I started another that I am very much enjoying. The writing is wonderful and the story and characters are just as well done as the writing.

So even though this book is a major win so far, I’m having an issue.

The hero and heroine have consensual unprotected sex, but he never asks if she’s on birth control (she’s not). But I’m wiling to go along with their implied consent to risk her getting pregnant and their implied assertion that they are free of diseases. But then she goes and gets birth control pills. She’s only just picked them up from the pharmacy yet so far seems to be thinking that, should she have another sexual encounter, she’ll be safe. Only, you have to be on birth control pills for 30 days before you can assume you’re protected by them. And you should not start taking the pill if you have reason to believe you might be pregnant. And the heroine does not yet know if she got knocked up during her encounter.

I’m all for a woman making whatever contraceptive choices she feels are best for her, but she obviously had to lie to her doctor about the possibility of her being pregnant or the heroine has done something medically unwise. Or her doctor did not do his job.

Or else the author did not do her research.

It’s bugging me.

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4 Responses to “Reading Thoughts”

  1. angie says:

    I agree. The problem is: most people act this careless in REAL life. So how can we expect better from our H/H in the realm of fiction?

  2. Susan/DC says:

    True, but I worry about the reader who doesn’t know that it takes 30 days on the pill for it to be effective or the potential impact on a fetus if the heroine takes the pill while pregnant. While people certainly know that romances are fiction and a Greek billionaire is not likely to cross their path, much less marry them, I do think people assume the facts in a book (especially a contemporary) will be correct.

    Or else I think the author is purposely making her heroine ignorant (not a particularly attractive or appealing quality) to signal that she will get pregnant.

    • Carolyn Jewel says:

      Susan, You and I had much the same reaction. I do think Angie has a point, there are birth control failures all time, for any number of reasons, including being careless. I have to say, in the back of my mind as I read, I was thinking the heroine was inexcusably ignorant about the medication she was taking.

      I was, I confess, projecting a bit. If I went on the pill, the purpose of which is to PREVENT pregnancy, then I would make darn sure I knew how to properly use the product so that I minimized my chances of a life changing mishap. For me, the author did not address the gaping problem:

      Was the heroine really that ignorant? I would expect a skilled author to not leave that open to question. Such an author, having decided, yes, that’s so, would then work that issue into the story. And that was not the case.

      Putting it all right out there, I suspect this author was either sloppy with her research or ignorant herself and compounded the error by failing to do research. But then, there really are authors who don’t feel that level of research matters to the stories they write. After all, I really did enjoy the story, despite what was, for me a fairly major issue.