It seems like there are more books out there lately where the heroine is in love with a man who has always been treated like a member of the family. Maybe I’m hyperaware because my newest release, The Year of Living Shamelessly, is about a woman seducing a man who she practically grew up with in her home.
In the past few months I’ve read a couple of Harlequins, contemporary and even a few historical romances about a woman who has a love affair with the guy who is an honorary member of the family. He might be a provider or a protector. He takes care of the family and he’s there for them. He’s not a blood relative, but everyone accepts him as one of their own.
I’m wondering why this idea is gaining popularity. After all, there are some pros and cons of a woman seducing a man who sits at the family table.
Pro: She knows everything about the guy. In this day and age, information is everything.
Con: He knows everything about her. There is only so much makeup and good lighting can hide.
Pro: he’s a family man and he’s there when you need him.
Con: like some family members, he’s there when you don’t want him around.
Pro: those obligatory family functions will never be boring again
Con: it’s risky getting involved with him because the family dynamics change forever
Overall, I think the storyline is popular because it’s a tantalizing mix of the familiar and the forbidden. But maybe there is more to that. Why do you think this storyline is showing up more these days?