I recently picked up a historical romance book that had me gritting my teeth. I couldn't finish it. Why? Because it contained rape and portrayed it as, if not necessarily acceptable, something the heroine enjoyed because she found the man extremely attractive. Even though he tied her down against her will, she still managed to be excited about this.
This is a major pet peeve of mine. I do not think rape has any place in a romance novel if portrayed in a light that shows it as anything other than what it is: a heinous crime. Not in this day and age or ever. I also feel strongly that this perpetuates the myth that when a woman says, "no", she really means "yes", even giving this message to women.
Okay, so I understand that some women may fantasize about being forced and that this is fiction, after all, but I can't condone it.
I feel you can create a compelling, satisfying story that doesn't need to include such, well, crap.
So, I ask all of you, what are your thoughts on this subject?