So I'm in the process of reading this book, and I'm having a little trouble getting into the story. I usually keep plugging away, as I'm reluctant to give up on a book (and in this case, I've been reading this series for for-ev-er, and I don't want to skip ahead because I'm afraid something pivotal will happen in this book and then I'll be lost in future books. But I digress...).
I decided to check out the reviews on Goodreads, as I was curious to find if I was the only one who had trouble engaging with this story. Maybe everyone else loves it and I'm just the odd one out? It's happened before.
Imagine my surprise when I find that the heroine of this book dies. Dies as in is dead, gone, lost forever to the hero. No coming back as a ghost or spirit to keep him company, no raised from the afterlife to carry on the relationship. Nope. She's out of the picture, do not pass Go, no happy ending for you.
Normally, this kind of thing wouldn't bother me. I've read plenty of books where a main character dies. But I feel like there is one inviolate rule when it comes to romance books: the story must end with a happily ever after for the hero and heroine
. Kind of hard to pull that off when one half of the couple is dead.
Maybe I'm just being sensitive, but I think if you market your book as a romance, it needs to adhere to the genre rules. As a reader, I pick up a romance novel when I want that emotionally satisfying story. If that doesn't happen, I feel cheated. As it is, I still haven't decided if I want to finish the book. I'm more than halfway through, but I have lost all enthusiasm for the story since I know how it will end.
What do you all think? Do you want your books to adhere to genre rules too, or am I just being grumpy?