As you all know, I read a lot of smut. I can’t help it, I find it interesting. You name it, I’ve probably read it: new adult, contemporary romance, historical romance, erotica, bdsm. The common theme of the horizontal mambo running rampant throughout all of them. I’ve also read all manner of couples getting together and finding love: friends, enemies, co-workers, neighbors, rich and poor, celebrities and average nobodies. I’ve read ’em all, and I’ll admit that I like ’em all. However, there is one couple group that I simply can’t decide if I find sexy, or disgusting. That would be the step-siblings.
There are some romance novels, such as Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines, or Picture Perfect by Evangeline Anderson, where we have a step-brother and step-sister who can’t deny their sexual attraction to each other. Personally, whenever I read about this kind of romance I can’t help but get an initial feeling of ickiness. Now, I know they aren’t biologically related, and to be fair, normally whenever we have this kind of relationship the two have just recently met, or have known each other very briefly. I guess that makes it a little bit better, right? It’s not like they’ve lived together for years, and grown up together as brother and sister.
But still, am I the only one who finds this a little bit creepy? I mean, what are you supposed to say to your parents? “Hey dad, I totally get why you married this one if sexual libido happens to be a family trait, you know what I mean? High-five!” Pardon me whilst I go into the corner and puke. That’s also a feature which is usually notably absent from many of these romances: the parents’ reaction. Probably because there isn’t any way to address it in a non-awkward manner! What is the parent supposed to say? “I always hoped you two would get along”. Ugh, just no. So wrong.
I have read a few books now with this step-sibling theme, and I just don’t know how to feel about it. Normally they are pretty good reads, as there is the element of the forbidden in them. I mean, I absolutely loved Fallen Too Far. But I always had to remind myself in the end that this budding romance was between two people whose parent’s had a legal marriage certificate. I don’t know, what do you all think? Is it sexy for step-siblings to fall in love, or will there always be the ick factor that just won’t go away?