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 whose books fall open to those yummy page made me love the characters. 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 it, she deserved a good man. And I wanted 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 me just as satisfied. 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.
That is my take on love scenes. So what is your opinion? What makes a good love scene for you? And do you prefer the door to remain open?
Excerpt from HIS WITNESS TO EVIL:
She waited for his move.
His gaze drifted over her, stopping briefly on the bruise coloring her upper arm.
Her blood rushed, warming her, making her ready for him. She shifted her weight, parting her legs.
His tongue crossed his lips. “Steph, I…”
“I know you don’t have the answers, John. I don’t either. Right now, I don’t want to think about tomorrow or the next day. I just need to know how you feel.”
Steph reached down and grabbed the hem of her shirt and pulled it over her head.
Desire grew in his eyes as his gaze fluttered over her bare breasts.
“Don’t say anything, just show me,” she said.
In two quick strides, he stood before her. He gathered her in his arms. As their kiss deepened, she melted against him. His right hand palmed her ribs before...
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