Today I want to open a discussion. I’d like to know what you, as readers of inspirational romance, think about a particular topic. A plot element, if you will. A kiss.
In my current work-in-progress, two characters are strongly attracted to one another. Our heroine, a World War I Army nurse, has a strong faith despite being challenged in many directions at the moment. Our hero hasn’t come to faith yet (but oh my, he will!), and is a all-too-sure-of-himself injured war hero. He’s open, even insistent, about his attraction to her. She has strong feelings toward him as well, but is careful not to let the relationship head into areas where it shouldn’t go.
If you read romance, you’ve no doubt figured out how the story ends.
It’s the middle, however, that has be pondering. Here’s my question: will you, as a faithful reader, accept her letting him kiss her in a moment of weakness? They have a significant discussion after the kiss about why it can’t happen again, and she asks him “not to press his advantage.” He as a gentleman, complies (albeit reluctantly) until events and his awakening faith move the relationship dramatically forward later in the book. They get their happy ending, but not before a lot of strife.
What’s your response to characters’ moment of weakness? Are slip-ups part of believable, well-drawn characters? Or do they hold up a bad example?