On a regular basis I commit one of the worst sins that a reader can perpetrateâ€¦
I skim through a book before buying it. And not just to discover how it endsâ€”I
mean, I do that, too. But I freely admit, I search through the pages to find
out if the lovemaking between the hero and the heroine is, wellâ€¦hot. Itâ€™s what I
write, itâ€™s what I love to read. For me, sex is important to the relationship
between the hero and heroine. No closed door for me. Itâ€™s a form of
communication, of bonding, sometimes healing. The characters donâ€™t have to
engage in acrobatics for it to be scorchingâ€”chandeliers or shower rods not
necessaryâ€”but the sex does need to have at least 5 of the following 6 criteria:
Sexy dialogue aka Dirty talk
At least 3 pages in length
In SECRETS AND
SINS: CHAYOT, my newest release from Entangled Publishingâ€™s
Ignite line, my hero and heroine, Chayot Grey and Aslyn Jericho, burn up the
sheets. And the floor. And the shower tiles. Itâ€™s through their lovemaking,
though, that both find freedom, acceptance, redemption, and healing. Below are
some of my fave love scenes from some pretty fabulous books.
SON OF THE
MORNING is my favorite book other than THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE
WARDROBE. When Niall and Grace first make love after literally
centuries apart, it isâ€¦cataclysmic. He hunts her down after this fierce battle,
his initial intent to kill her, but ends up making love to her. And itâ€™s so
incredibly primal. And fierce. Itâ€™s what breaks Graceâ€™s protective
shields of ice that sheâ€™s built around her heart to keep her from crumbling
after her husband and brotherâ€™s murders. Memorable. Passionate. Sexy.
Heartbreaking. They all describe the love scenes between Niall and Grace.
Itâ€™s not a coincidence that three of the books on this list include
dirty-talking heroes. And Vic Savian is one of the best. After he comes to the
rescue of Niall Chandler when an overly ardent date gets pushy, Vic demonstrates
to the reserved, poised Niall what true, erotic, no-holds barred passion is
like. Itâ€™s not just the eroticism, dialogue, and creativity that make the sex in
BURN amazing. Itâ€™s also how the sex plays into this story of
two wounded and betrayed people who find their way to one another through
desire. Itâ€™s a must-read. Sigh. And one of my favorites.
Enter my second dirty-talking hero, Brent Mason. And Hayden Winstead, the woman
on the receiving end, isnâ€™t a slouch either. The heat between these two is
combustible. But the passion starts and continues out of the bedroom with their
sarcastic and hilarious banter. Itâ€™s the chemistry, battle for control, and
finding acceptance with one another that gives this book a permanent place on my
Love Scenes of All Time list. Ohâ€¦and did I mention the dirty talk? Iâ€™m just sayinâ€™â€¦
Put aside the fact that Dmitri is a vampire and the right hand of an archangel.
And that Honor is a Guild Hunter and survivor of a sadistic, vampire attack.
What makes the love scenes in ARCHANGEL'S
BLADE so brilliant is the depth of emotion as well as the
sexiness. When these two put their mistrust aside and lose themselves in one
another, itâ€™sâ€¦magical. Healing. Redemptive. Joyous. Both have hurt and been
hurt, and to see them come together and find pleasure neither thought they would
have again... Yeah, Iâ€™m about to go reread that bookâ€¦
Let me tell you why LEAVE ME
BREATHLESSdid exactly that. The hero and heroine. Seth
â€śGhostâ€ť Warren and Macy Rodgers are the definition of opposites attract. Sheâ€™s
countryâ€”like barrel racing, horse-loving countryâ€”wealthy, reserved, and
smooth-skinned. Heâ€™s metal, tatted up, a tattoo artist, plays in a rock/metal
band, and is prone to say inappropriate things in public. Oooh, and did I
mention heâ€™s number three on the dirty-talker list? Yes, Ghost is awesome at it!
The good girl takes a walk on the wild-side and learns a few wild things about
sexâ€”and herselfâ€”in the process. Itâ€™s smoking hot, funny, emotional, and just fun.
So those are my top 5 fave love scenes. Whatâ€™re yours? Who makes you shush the
kids, close the door, and check out with chocolate? For eating, people! For eatingâ€¦
To date, I've stayed away from those books - not because I'm a prude, but because the luck I've had with them haven't been good. The love scenes in the books I've picked have been written so primally, that instead of having me get into the book more, they make me break out in laughter instead!! The description in itself, along with the dialogue is so dumb, it sounds like a 2-year-old wrote it!! Currently, I am reading a book named Trust: A New Beginning by Cristianne Serruya. I'm only partially through it, and have come across a pretty smokin' hot sex scene, if I may say so myself, and I'm pretty picky!! So here's a book for you to look through, if you would care to, since you asked. I'll have to give yours a try as well. (Peggy Roberson 9:56am August 5, 2014)
Oh no, Peggy! I'm torn between feeling bad and laughing at your description. Okay...I'm laughing. I admit it. LOL!! There are some really good books out there with emotional, sexy, and still primal love scenes. Those were just five of some truly fabulous books I've read. Stick with me. I'll hook you up. :-) But, I'm definitely adding Trust: A New Beginning to my list. I haven't heard of it before, and I'm always on the look out for new books and new-to-me authors. So thank you for both stopping in AND adding to my TBR pile! :-) (Naima Simone 10:34am August 5, 2014)
Shoot....you just made me spend a fortune. (Incy Black 10:46am August 5, 2014)
LOL!! Incy, my bad! But you'll be thanking me in the end! Hee- hee! Now your check book...hmm...not so much. LOL!! (Naima Simone 10:55am August 5, 2014)
Wonderful post Naima! and you so hit the nail on the head in your writing. I love love your sex scenes...all emotional and oh gosh so damn sexy! I am the same...my books need to have that hotness going on. LOL. and your list! I read the Linda Howard and Tessa Bailey and damn you are right! Scorching. I am off to get the rest of book on this list now. :) (Stacy Reid 11:38am August 5, 2014)
Oh by far these are some of my FAVORITE love scenes in books!!! I remember when Nora Roberts wrote some of my faves, but with age I've gotten spicier!!! Lol!!! So when chomping on Crunch 'n Munch (y'know because I don't smoke) I love the books if Thea Harrison too!!! Oh man! Hers leave my ears smoking! And looking at my husband like "you could try this right?!?!" (Nefertari Yancie 11:43am August 5, 2014)
Hi, Stacy!! And your book, The Duke's Shotgun Wedding, does have all that hotness and wonderful emotion going on! I can't wait to get my greedy little paws on The Irresistible Miss Peppiwell!!
Another Son of Morning reader! Yes! *Jersey fist pump* Isn't that scene one of the best EVAH?? And Tessa Bailey...she makes me fan myself even as I'm laughing or tearing up. Once you check out the other books, let me know what you think! :-) Thank you for coming through, Stacy!! *hip bump* (Naima Simone 11:45am August 5, 2014)
ROTFL!! Thank God I wasn't swallowing coffee at that moment, it could've been reeeaaally messy!! Nefertari, you're so right!! Oh heck yeah! Thea Harrison is awe-SOOOME!!! And--I have to confess--has left me shooting my own hubby some side-eye... Snicker! Thea Harrison has humor, heat, emotion, depth...she's amazing! Thanks for coming by and adding to the convo! Fabulous addition to the discussion!
Hiiiiii, Theaaaaaaa... *pinky crinkle* (Naima Simone 11:47am August 5, 2014)
Yes, yes, and yes!! I totally agree on the love scene requirements of a book. I admit, when I read a book's blurb by a new author and am intrigued, I will skim the reviews first before buying to make sure they talk about the heat level. Sigh...Son of the Morning. LOVE, love, love! Oh, and I'm with Incy, you just demolished my book purchasing budget! LOL Must buy the rest of the those. :) (Jessica Lee 11:52am August 5, 2014)
Hi, Jessica! ANOTHER Son of the Morning reader! Whoo-hoo!! :-) It was fierce, wasn't it? Unique in that it was almost primal and tender at the same time. Luuuuuuv it. As a fan of your books, Jessica, I know you agree on the love scene requirements. Hee-hee! And again, you're welcome! *evil cackle* Your credit card might have a hangover but you'll love me in the morning! LOL!! Thank you so much for coming over! (Naima Simone 1:17pm August 5, 2014)
Hmmm.....that would beeee ANYTHING! But I am a huge fan of Lorelei James, Suzanne Brockmann, Jennifer Ashley, Maya Banks, Laurell K. Hamilton, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Linda Howard and many more! (Jan Douglas 9:22pm August 5, 2014)
Hi, Jan!! Oh I agree with ALL of your picks! The one that flashes right into my head is Maya Banks' Fever with Jace and Bethany. Sigh. Oh how he loved her. And Maya Banks wrote all that dominance, passion and possessiveness he felt for her in each and every love scene. If my husband was that forceful with me, I would be the star of the next Snapped episode, but dang! I was such a believer in Fever. Loved it! Thanks for stopping by and adding to the convo! As well as the list of TBR books. Snicker. (Naima Simone 9:56pm August 5, 2014)
Tessa Bailey's Brett and Hayden in Asking For Trouble are definitely in my top 3. The scene where the answer to all his questions was his name? Crazy hot! Another one of my top 3? Naima - your Selig and Caitlin in Sweet Ultimatum! The car sex scene was so very hot! Take a bow for that!! My other one? Lara Adrian's Midnight Breed series is full of hot scenes. My favorite of them is the first one - Kiss of Midnight's Lucan and Gabrielle. Their first time together was a scorcher! (Marta Petrocelli 3:21pm August 6, 2014)
Scenes on the beach or by windswept cliffs like in Wuthering Heights. (Alyson Widen 3:59pm August 10, 2014)