Slacktivist has another segment of The World's Longest Book Review up today, describing the relationship between "hero" Rayford Steele (aka, the Evangelical Adonis with a Porn Star's name), and "villain" Hattie Durham (aka, the bad, bad slutty-girl):
I'd held out some hope that the depiction of Rayford's kinky control-freak stringing along of Hattie was deliberate, but that smart/lucky/naive sentence eliminates that possibility. Rayford feels guilty, but only about his considering sleeping with someone other than his saintly dead wife. He doesn't feel any guilt -- and L&J don't ascribe him any guilt -- for the way he has used and misused Hattie.
He "didn't much care what happened to her family" and he didn't much care what happened to her. She, on the other hand, was worried sick about him and his family. The dynamic is simple: Hattie loves him. He does not love her, or even seem to consider her fully human.
Yet for L&J, the one loving person in this lopsided relationship is the villain of the piece. Villains must be punished, and they have quite the punishment in store for this little slut.
One does have to wonder about the moral world in which Jenkins and LeHaye dwell.