I’m in a cranky sort of vengeful mood today, which I tend to foster by thinking of all the best revenge and just-dessert plot twists that have happened in romances I’ve read.
There’s Julia Quinn’s An Offer from a Gentleman where Sophie smacks her evil stepmother around and delivers the final smack: “THAT was not for not loving your daughters EQUALLY!” That was rather savory – not only was stepmother d’eville smacked around and ruined socially, but Sophie reserved her final smack-down not on her own behalf, but on the behalf of her step-sister, who was standing right beside her during the ruckus. A selfless smackdown. Ahhhh.
And there’s the one Anita Blake novel where she kills a human to invoke her necomancy, thereby making it nice and soupy powerful, raises a few hundred zombies, and then turns the zombies on the humans who have been keeping her captive. The zombies reduce them to shreds – very nice!
There’s also a very nice amount of just-desserts in the end of Sullivan’s Island by Dorothea Benton Frank, in that the heroine ends up very, very happy, and her ex-husband ends up remaining in the mess of his own making, enabling the heroine to say, “He’s a fool for staying there, but I wish him well.”
I know I get frustrated with books where the villain doesn’t get enough punishment for their behavior – this is my fantasy, after all, and I definitely want checks and big ass balances. But I also do enjoy a book that ends with the heroine getting over her anger and saying to herself that sometimes, it’s best to let karma take care of the imbalance, instead of risking her own karma to get revenge. I do, of course, love it much when the book details how that karmic boomerang came around and whooped the villain in the ass, though.
What about you? What’s your favorite savory just-desserts story resolution from a romance novel?