Recently I read a book - the first in a series - and about half-way or so, there's a scene where our heroine watches a man she is strongly attracted to having sex with another woman. She catches them going at it accidentally, but instead of booking it out of there, she stands there, unable to look away, almost fascinated with what she is seeing.
Now I've read scenes like this before, usually when it entails the heroine first "meeting" the hero when she sees him having sex with another woman, so at that point, they don't know each other, and it's not cheating, and there are no feelings involved. I'm good with that. However in this book, while our heroine and this guy are not actually involved (in fact she rejected his advances), there is a strong indication that at that point, she has feelings for him and he may be her lobster in the end.
I don't consider this to be cheating in any way, because as I said, the heroine rejected his advances, so of course he's able to go off and do whatever, or whomever, he wishes. But my squicky feeling is about having the heroine watch the hot guy with another woman. It's not an erotic romance, and it's also told in first person, so we actually know what she's thinking while she's watching this. She seems to be totally okay with it. Fine lady, be that way.
Me on the other hand, well, maybe it's that green-eyed monster making a special appearance, but I'm not digging it. I'm rather a possessive sort, and the idea of standing in the heroine's shoes and seeing what she's seeing - a guy I might have strong feelings for getting down and dirty with another woman - well, I'm not taking that well. Not at all. There are some scenarios I'm complete fine with, but this is not one of them.
I don't know, maybe I'm overreacting. I'm making it too much about me, and it's just a story. Besides, the guy does notice her watching, and later they sort of have a conversation about it. Clearing the air, so to speak.
How do you feel about the hero or heroine watching
their potential love interest gettin' busy with
someone else? (outside of an erotic romance)
Are you a green-eyed monster too, or am I just a