I have just finished reading Jennifer Ashley’s “Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage” (yes, I know I’m woefully behind on my TBR pile, but that’s another topic). This is a brilliant story, full of everything we want in a romance.
Jennifer writes such wonderfully erotic and warmly sensual love scenes (the kind that make you suck in your breath or giggle out loud) and I enjoyed reading every one of them. She has mastered this art, as have so many other authors.
So I have to ask: Are you the type of reader who prefers to let your imagination soar after the bedroom door is closed? Or do you want to see what the writer has in mind once the action moves to the bed (or chair or floor or anywhere else the love scene might take place)? How much is too much? How much is too little? Do the words used matter to you? Are there some that make you cringe?
For me, I want to see it all and it doesn’t matter what words are used as long as the author can bring me into the scene completely. I want to see the slow dance of removing one article of clothing at a time. I want the gentle touches and the gasps of surprise, the indrawn breath that makes me draw in my breath too and sigh. I have read some love scenes that left me cold and wondering what the author was thinking. I have read others that just felt like they were stuck in middle of the story because the author simply thought it was time for the romance to be consummated. The ones I like best are the ones like Jennifer writes…full of passion and fire.
What about you?
As always, happy reading!