I’m having a really interesting discussion with several authors at Romance Divas about condom use in contemporary erotic romance.
My personal belief as an author and also as a reader is that it’s something that should be included in contemporaries, if not, an explanation of why not should be there.
Now you don’t have to put in a big thing every sex scene, just something that lets the reader know even once at the beginning of the book, that condoms are being used is enough. In Giving Chase there’s a point when Kyle and Maggie have been together for many months and they’re living together and both have been tested for STDs that they stop using condoms and I mention that.
I know it’s fiction but with contemporararies there are real life rules that IMO, shouldn’t be ignored. I can’t have my heroine swallow poison and not get sick or eat a nail either. For me, AIDS and STDs are a big enough tragedy in real life I’d feel irresponsible not to have condoms in my books.
Some folks feel like it takes away from the fantasy to use condoms and that writing in condoms is giving in to some kind of pressure to be responsible for readers’ choices.
In paranormals, I’m freed of this, I can explain away STDs and pregnancy, which is why they’re so much fun, but contemporaries are grounded in a certain level of reality that I find inescapable. I think this is especially the case with my erotics.
what do you all think?