Welcome to the Dirty Santa Blog Hop where we talk all things romance!
So, the topic of this hop is Dirty Santa. Talk of dirty anything brings to mind a debate between romance readers about the level of heat they want in their books. I know people who will only read "clean" romances. While they enjoy sexual tension and the push/pull of two people falling in love, they don't necessarily want to read about the consummation of the relationship. Others want the full package, and they want it hot, hot, hot. They want to read about, and vicariously experience, the act of sex between two characters they're rooting for. And they want plenty of love scenes.
I'm somewhere in the middle. I enjoy a romance novel with some spice, but I want a good story, too. I've written stories where the love scenes happen behind closed doors, like my humorous contemporary romance RESCUE ME. Chelsea meets Matt when he rescues her from a creep on a city bus. To read the blurb and an excerpt, check out my website.
Most of the books and novellas I write have at least one fully described love scene. Sex is a big part of a relationship, so I want to bring that to life. But it has to be integral to the story. In my contemporary romance A LONG WAY FROM EDEN, Meg is attracted to Zane but because of the abuse in her previous marriage, she's afraid of intimacy and sex. When they do make love, it marks the beginning of a loving, trusting relationship between them. Read an excerpt and a blurb at my website.
Where do you fall on this debate? Do you like to read sex scenes, or do you prefer that the couple have sex behind closed doors? Let me know in the comments on Rafflecopter. If you prefer to comment directly below, make sure to leave your email address in the comments. I'm giving away a $10 Amazon gift card and 5 e-copies of my sweet contemporary romance RESCUE ME and I can't reach you unless I have an email!
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