Not at all, my daughter has voiced the same concerns for her father’s safety. I would like to take this moment and state for the record that I love my husband very much. I actually wish he was home more often as the Navy sees fit to take him away for months on end.
Think about it. If the leading lady or heroine, as she is referred to in romance novels already has her guy, then she really does not need another, unless, of course you are writing a book about bigamy and I am pretty sure that is a whole other genre. So if the character is married the logical thing to do is get rid of the husband. You are somewhat limited in your choices. Divorce, death or having him picked up by aliens but again I think that is pushing it a bit. Once your lady is free all bets are off. She can fall in love with her leading man, also referred to as the hero and get married in the span of a few weeks, months or years, depending on the situation as well as the imagination of the writer. In my manuscript, SOMEWHERE IN MY DREAMS, the heroine has been widowed for almost five years and is waiting for her husband to come back from the dead. The question is, does he and if so, how? I came up with the storyline while walking in the cemetery, kind of fitting isn’t it?
As for my husband he is due to return in thirteen days. He is and always will be the hero in, my, book.