Backlash against feminism, big time!
My co-worker came to me on Friday to tell me how disgusted she was at having to catalogue the current batch of romance novels. The plot lines of the new novels deal with women who are already pregnant before the romance ensues, sometimes with the child of another man than the hero of the story.
There is also a whole series of romances that have, as the hero, Arab sheikhs who are also cutthroat businessmen(pun intended) . Other writers in these series often use Greek and Italian tycoons as lead male characters.
I told my friend that the meaning of the popularity of these books is obvious. Many women in America are now single mothers. They are happy being mothers but most women in this world still want to have babies. They also want to be married.
The sudden and extreme popularity of sheikh/tycoon stories prove that women are tired of feminized men. They want to be taken by alpha males, preferably rich and successful ones.