My female protagonist wears Prada, and after receiving a big promotion at work, she plots to take over the CEO-ship of her company. One (female) reviewer said something like, "That's one tough cookie you've got there."
The woman is a taking a well earned vacation on a cruise with her (future) fiance, and there are a number of scenes where she takes out her various jealousies. For instance, she playfully "grounds" him for looking at the legs of Argentine tango dancers (and then lifts up her skirt to expose her own legs), and pouts when he chooses a song on karaoke night without consulting her.
But she goes ballistic (and creates the decisive conflict) when her date befriends a young man, and fellow New Yorker, from the "wrong side of the tracks" (Harlem) while they are onboard.
My reviewer then asked me if this isn't going too far, and making the protagonist seem petty and mean.
Isn't this within character? Or is this somehow out of bounds?