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Well, if one went by some of the dedications in some of the romance books that I’ve read, the answer would seem to be a resounding yes, however, I’m just not convinced.

I’ve read some of these dedications and often wondered what really lay behind them. Did the author really mean it, or was it just for show, or perhaps a marketing ploy?

When I read things like, “To my own special hero, blah blah blah” I can’t help but think in my head, “Who are they trying to kid?”

That’s very cynical of me I know, but more often than not, I wonder if the author does indeed consider their other half, their very own ‘hero’.

A while ago, I read a dedication from a well known author, that thanked the hubby for his unwavering support etc, etc. Yet, according to the grapevine, and according to people who’d met the hubby in real life, he was an arsehole in every way.

Now of course the rumours may have been untrue, but in my mind, there’s seldom smoke without fire. And as romance readers, I think we’re desperate to believe that our favourite romance authors really do have the types of heroes that they write about, so why lie?

Anyhoo, I think it would be interesting to get some stats on the divorce rate amongst romance writers.

What do you guys think? Do you, like me, wonder at some of the sugary sweet dedications to the author’s other half, that you read?