Friday, April 12, 2013
Spanking Stories Book Club---Rules of War
Interesting discussion last week about our favorite genres. But now it's time to get serious and talk about Rules of War by Sue Lyndon.
Years ago, I loved reading Harlequin Romances and one of my favorite plots was the forced marriage. (NOT forced sex!)
In Rules of War, which is far from a Harlequin Romance, there's also a forced marriage and that made me ponder, as I am quite the ponderer, what it is about this particular plot device that appeals to me.
First of all, the man has to worthy, so if it's a forced marriage but we know, at least subliminally, that he's really the man she's supposed to be with, then I can just buckle up for the fun.
Second, it's a great way to force the two of them together and it creates conflict. The woman always acts like she doesn't want to marry the guy, and at the time, she probably doesn't, but over time we can see that change.
And then there's the sex part. In Rules of War, Emma had the conflict that arises from being forced to marry a man who pulled her out of the rubble of her building which was then heightened exponentially by the fact that the world as she knew it was gone. Her new husband is also her captor but also her protector. And, possibly the enemy.
Imagine being Emma when she wakes up and finds herself, in her nightgown no less, in the back of a truck with soldiers, enemy soldiers. What a terrifying and vulnerable situation. Now, if John had said "I'm claiming you because we need to create a new society," that would have seemed rather mercenary and caveman-like, but with the marriage it seems more like a commitment, even if they don't know each other. Did anyone else feel that way?
Emma is, rightfully, defiant and resistant, but oh, what fun it is when she stops resisting quite so much.
Ohhh. What good stuff.
What about you? What do you think of the forced marriage scenario? It's tried and true but it still works for me.