There’s a “rule” in romance that while the heroine can be a virgin, the hero must not be. After all, romance is fantasy for women, and who fantasizes about a man who doesn’t know what he’s doing? The wedding episode of Outlander turns that assumption on its head. It proves that a slightly older, more seasoned woman showing the inexperienced young man the ropes can be a sexy, stimulating scenario.
In this episode, in order to avoid being arrested as an English spy (long story), Claire is forced to marry a Scotsman. The chosen groom is Jamie Fraser, a hunky young warrior who happens to be a virgin (and she is not, having already been married to Frank). Claire and Jamie barely know each other, but sparks have been flying between them since they met.
The episode begins on their wedding night, as the newlyweds are left alone is a bedroom above a tavern. The marriage must be consummated in order to be legal, but first they spend hours drinking and talking, getting to know each other. Jamie is sweet and charming. Although it’s a marriage of convenience, he takes his role as her husband seriously. He has ensured that the hasty nuptials took place in a proper church and that the bride had a beautiful gown and a custom-made ring. For Jamie, the marriage is for keeps and he pledges to protect Claire with his life.
When the coupling finally takes place, their first encounter is awkward but passionate. I must say, I’ve never seen so much bare skin on TV! The love scenes are erotic yet tasteful—even humorous when Jamie admits he was surprised that people copulate face to face, having only observed horses in the act. Before long Claire is showing him a few tricks and enjoying herself immensely. Who can blame her? What he lacks in experience he makes up for with fiery kisses, a desire to please her, and a breathtakingly gorgeous body.
The Outlander series of books (and now the TV version) doesn’t technically qualify as romance, but it’s a story that appeals primarily to women. Thousands of female readers have fallen hard for Jamie Fraser, proving that the rules of romantic relationships in fiction are malleable—and maybe the most exciting scenarios can occur when those rules are broken.
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