Just a PSA for all the young girls out there (or women, for that matter) getting swept up in the way romance authors portray men:
Abuse is never romantic. I’m not just talking about guys who beat their girlfriends, I’m talking about the whole “possessively controlling” trope where guys literally lose their heads when their girlfriend is around other men. Guys who frequently lose their tempers and start hitting things or other people (big warning sign, chances are one day it’ll be you). Guys who force themselves onto women or relentlessly pursue girls who have already said “no”.
You know what’s romantic?
These are the things romance authors should be praising. The whole “bad boy” trend is teaching women, especially impressionable young girls, that as long as a guy is hot those behaviors are okay. They are not. They will never be okay.
Don’t buy into these stories where happily ever after starts with a guy growling “You’re mine.” Find a man who values you enough to respect what you want.