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Condoms in Contemporary Romance

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In Janet’s positive recommendation   of Roxanne St. Claire’s Bulletcatcher series, she mentions the lack of use of condoms:

There is one thing that drove me absolutely crazy in all three books, but it is more of a pet peeve than a strike against the work itself:   no condoms.   Now I know that some feel that because Romance is a fantasy condoms aren’t part of the romantic fantasy, but in a contemporary, where I am supposed to respect these women as intelligent, independent, and self-sufficient, I just cannot take that leap when a heroine begs for the hero to "come inside me,"  especially  before any declaration of love or commitment.  

Where on the line do you fall? Condoms or no condoms?   I know I didn’t allow you for “doesn’t matter” because I’m asking if you had to choose, which would it be?

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

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