Quote Originally Posted by 5a Violista View Post
Except he didn't drug her and he seemed to respect her boundaries and explicitly asked and waited for consent.

Sure, her friends don't like him and she probably doesn't even like him all that much (she was more concerned about losing her virginity than who it was with) but "the main character doesn't love him" and "the main character's friends don't like him" don't automatically make Zaid a bad guy.

He would make a pretty cool arch-enemy, though. He also makes an alright damsel-in-distress, so I can't decide which I would rather have him be.
Honestly, I've read so many badly crowbared in romances over the years that one of my favourite tropes now is "Characters mutually and respectfully decide they are not right for each other". I'd rather that he was neither a total damsel nor an archvillain.