Condoms and Romance
I’m kind of new to the whole erotic romance scene. I’ve only had one book published so far and only written three entire romances in my very budding career, one of which was flat out rejected. So I have a question that may strike many of you all as elementary, but it is something I feel I need to know more about.
How important is it to depict the use of protection in a sex scene? Condoms, mentions of the pill, diaphragms, how necessary are these things in a story?
In this very real contemporary life, not using such things with a new partner would be beyond foolish. But how important is it in an erotic romance? It is fiction after all. A fantasy. How closely does it have to mirror real life?
I ask because I do include mentions and use of protection in my contemporary tales and I wonder if it is a turn off. Or maybe a turn on? Does it take you out of the action? How does it make you feel about the heroine? Does not using protection or even mentioning it make her TSTL?
I am very, very interested in your opinions and feedback.