If you are a reader of romance, odds are you have come across one or two novels that have some steamy sex scenes in it. I always assumed that sex and romance kind of went hand in hand. Apparently, this is not the case (who knew?). I was trolling some blogs and book clubs online earlier and I came across a discussion about this exact thing. I read through some posts and it got me thinking...why do I read romance novels? Is it just for the sex? Would I enjoy them as much if the lead man was less than average looking and he and his leading lady were spending their nights playing Scrabble instead of having mindblowing orgasms?
I read all different genres of books and not all of them have sex scenes, but I think when it comes to romances...be it contemporary, paranormal, or historical...I think a little sex gives the story a little extra. Mind you, do not underestimate the power of tension. I have read some books where there may not have been an actual knocking of boots, but the sexual tension would be enough to have you sweating. To me, this is just as good...sometimes even better depending on the situation.
Do I think all romance novels should have constant, steamy, hardcore sessions? Absolutely not. If I am in the mood for a book that is nothing but acrobatic, up against the wall, back scratching screwing...I know where to look, thank you. But at least one scene where, after chapters of sexual tension, the guy (who is always mindblowingly hot) and the girl (who rarely thinks she is pretty enough or good enough) he has been chasing, denying, or just didn't fully realize he wanted finally get the chance to get it on in the best way imaginable....nothing beats that. I mean, how many people honestly experience that kind of relationship in their lives? Are all these scenes believeable? No. Of course not, that is what makes them great. Seriously, do you know any man who is always about pleasing his girl ALL of the time? Please...give me his number. A woman who can get to the Big "O" every single time without even trying? Tell me the secret or do the female population of the world a favor and write a book about it. You just became an instant millionaire.
Sure, if you are interested in only clean romance novels...that is terrific. There are lots of them out there and they are great for younger audiences who want the thrill of a romance but are limited to PG action. I have no problems with these. Me, I like a little dirty in my love stories. It doesn't always have to be about "throbbing members" and "heaving breasts", but I kind of think it is important is the main characters of a story get a little somethin' eventually.
What do you think? Sex or no sex?