It’s no secret that romance has gotten hotter over the years. It’s anyone’s guess whether that’s due to increasing open-mindedness among readers or publishers’ recognition that people actually want to read the stuff. But I admit my favorite books are those that leave nothing to the imagination. Karen Moning, Jeaniene Frost, Larissa Ione and Kresley Cole write steaming love scenes that never fail to bring a blush to my cheeks. When I read a book I become emotionally invested in the characters, and I want to witness every moment of them falling in love. So what better than a love scene, the ultimate expression of love and desire?
Today I thought I’d share just a few tips on writing hot love scenes that I’ve picked up throughout the last few years:
- Nix the Purple Prose
“He stroked the hot center of her budding flower, which opened to him like…”
Yeah, once upon a time euphemisms were quite common in love scenes. Not so much in demand anymore. Why not just tell it like it is? There’s no shame in the human body or in the act of lovemaking, and most (though not all) of us want to hear about it straight-up.
- No Formulaic Writing
Let your love scene naturally evolve from the characters’ journey. Love scenes shouldn’t be about fitting body parts together. It’s the emotion involved in the act of lovemaking that readers really want to read about. So play up that part of it. What are the characters feeling while they’re making love?
- Don’t Be Afraid to Explore
There’s nothing wrong with pushing boundaries. A lot of people read romance in order to safely explore certain concepts they might not be so comfortable trying in real life. So if it makes sense for your characters, why not push some boundaries? BDSM and menage are particularly popular right now.
So tell me, how hot do you like your love scenes? Do you have a favorite author who does them particularly well? If so, what is it that makes them oh so memorable?