This concerns the same plot outline I'm dealing with in these threads: https://www.writingforums.org/threads/martial-arts.147495/ https://www.writingforums.org/threads/so-what-could-she-do.145962/#post-1443263/ The basic idea is that while my hero and heroine are on their honeymoon in Europe, they'll find out that her ex-boyfriend, a West German violinist, has been kidnapped by a gang of Red terrorists and it falls out that the only way he can be rescued is if the heroine goes in by herself and does . . . well, I haven't 100% figured that out yet, but they say discovery writing is fun. Anyway, the hero is already a little jealous of him in Book One, and at the beginning of Book Two, Mr. Ex has got to make himself a stink in the hero's nostrils. My thought was that I'd begin Chapter 1 with the heroine taking her martial arts class (krav maga!), so we know she's learning how to break holds and so on. When she gets home, the ex-boyfriend is waiting for her, and he tries to convince her to drop the hero and come back to him. She sends him on his way, but . . . Well, I was thinking that as he's heading out the door he'll grab her and kiss her, and for a second she'll forget herself and it'll be like old times all over again. So much so she'll forget to use the defensive moves she's learned in her k. a. class. When she tells the hero, he gets mad, they fight, he says some terrible things and stalks out. The two of them indulge in a few days of respective sulking, but they do reconcile and forgive each other. And then three months later he has to trust her to be part of the plan to rescue the ex, without him. I want him to struggle with the decision, but ultimately to get the better of his jealousy. But can I truly expect my hero to forgive his fiancee for kissing an old boyfriend, especially when he suspects/knows she enjoyed it? The general opinion from the Interwebz is that forgiveness in such cases is difficult at best, and impossible at worst. That any such kiss took place at all, no matter who initiated it, whether the woman enjoyed it or not, makes a her a skank. My heroine is a flesh-and-blood woman, but she's no skank. So should I have her evade the ex before the actual lip lock? Or maybe ought I drop the kiss altogether? I do want my protags to fight, then get back together, but maybe the issue shouldn't be this dire.