Who loves a good love scene?
I do too, but lately while reading, I find myself flipping pages and skipping over them. Why?
And why are there books on my shelves that will fall open to the love scenes?
I pass over some love scenes and devour others because of the characters. It’s that simple. The author made me love the characters. While reading the stories I became invested in their lives and their dreams. I would refer to them by name instead of the heroine and hero when telling others about the story. I wanted the woman to find the man of her dreams because, damn, she deserved a good man. And I want the man to realize she was the piece of his heart he’d been searching for all his life. I wanted the perfect-for-each-other couple to come together as one. (excuse the pun)
The thing about love scenes, when the author has written remarkably real characters and has me totally invested, I don’t need the total physical description of mating for me to enjoy the story. A scene leading up to a hungry first kiss with the door closing shortly afterwards will leave just as satisfied as a reader. In fact, leaving the details of the physical connection to my own imagination is sometimes much better. I hate slot A into slot B writing.
So what is your option— What makes a good love scene for you? And do you prefer the door to remain open?
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