I’m going to admit it right out loud. I’ve never read 50 Shades of Grey. It’s not that I’ve boycotted it or anything. It’s just that I find myself skipping sex scenes lately and so the book doesn’t appeal to me.
No. I’m not a prude. There are some authors who are so good at sexual tension I’m begging for the sex scene to hurry up! I’ve been known to write to C.L. Wilson demanding that the hero and heroine get on with it! Please! Before I die! LOL I love it when a couple’s chemistry is so amazing that the sex is an extension of their story and you want to read it.
But, lately, it’s been hard for me to find a book that has that chemistry. Either the book includes sex because there seems to be an expectation to do that or the sex is used to help sell the book. Foreshadow and foreplay are things that an author must commit to doing as a furtherance of the story, not because it’s expected.
My favorite book of all-time is Jane Eyre. There’s no sex in that book. But, when Mr. Rochester finally kisses Jane the sparks fly and I get all fluttery inside as my own heart soars for them. And let me tell you, I didn’t need anyone to tell me Mr. Rochester would be concerned with Jane’s orgasm. You know that man put his heart, soul and good experience into making Jane feel loved and pleasured. Sorry to any Bronte fans who are aghast at my assumption.
I’ve read books that have no sex in them and the stories are amazing. I’ve read books that have too much sex in them but the story is still amazing. But, lately I’ve just not been able to find a book where the sex in an extension of the character’s love story. Where the chemistry is so amazing you’re just waiting for that chapter where they finally make love.
Do you skip the sex scenes? Or do you read them with wild abandon? What book or books would you recommend in which you feel the chemistry between the hero and heroine are so strong that you looked forward to the sex scenes? Do the sex scenes have to be detailed and erotic or can they be simple and we infer they made love?
What’s your opinion? Skip the sex? Or give it all she’s got? What kind of sex do you like in your fiction?