So I'm sitting here taking a break from writing to munch on some popcorn and think about sex. Yep, that's right, you heard me correctly. Sex.
Get your head out of the gutter people, I don't mean it that way... Well, not entirely at least. I'm talking about sex in romance novels. It was a huge topic in Washington and I can easily see why. We've all read that novel where you reach the all important Scene and you're left saying "What the Hell was that?" It can turn you off the entire novel if it isn't done well.
Personally I love H-O-T novels that get you all flustered. Some of the authors that I think do this best are Kresley Cole, Gaelan Foley, Delilah Marvelle, Karen Marie Moning, Monica McCarty, Bella Andre... the list could really go on for a really long time, so I'll stop myself there. You get the picture.
But on the flip side of this, I also like Julia Quinn's books, which have very little detail (in comparison to the above authors).
Well, while editing a friends story earlier today I stumbled (okay, okay, I flipped some pages ahead out of plain curiosity) and found a sex scene. It was quite like Quinn's. Very little detail etc... Which is fine, she did it well. But it just made me realize how different my own writing is. I write pretty graphically, in everything I write. Shrugs. Just how I do it.
My rule, which also tends to be the general consensus, is that if you don't feel comfortable writing it. Don't. Because if you force yourself your readers will know. Trust me. We always do.
So what are your opinions on sex in romance novels? How much heat do you put in your own stories?