A couple of the books I’ve read recently have made me curious. Is it necessary, or desirable, in romance for the hero to be wealthy? These books were westerns, so they start out with a guy who is what I’d think of a middle class for the time and place, land owners, but land owners who have to work themselves, not just sit back and direct the help. One of the things that happens during the course of the story is an event that makes that guy wealthy. I know romance is fantasy, so is becoming rich a necessary part of that fantasy for most women?
I must confess for me it isn’t. Seeing and hearing reports on the wealthy with their drink and drug problems, nasty kids, elitist attitudes, etc., has made me pretty much the other way. I tend to admire the middle class people who work hard themselves and achieve a comfortable but not necessarily luxurious lifestyle. But then I march to a different drummer in many regards.
So I’m curious about how others who read romance feel? Are you happier with the HEA ending if it includes wealth?