Hello sexy friends,
I was recently part of an online Goodreads discussion about sex in romance novels, specifically of the paranormal genre. I was chatting with a variety of women, all who adore romance in one form or another. We had a rollicking time trying to assess whether the paranormal genre has become sexier and why that would be the case.
It was pretty clear that, as paranormal readers, we’ve all been somewhat programmed over the past while to expect a certain level of sex in those novels. Now, as an erotic author, I have no problem with this. I like a bit of hoochy-coochy in my books, both the ones I read and the ones I write. And with the advent of characters like Anita Blake and Sookie Stackhouse, we’ve certainly all encountered sex at one time or another, whether in book form or TV. There seems to be something about a vamp or shifter that just cries “Take me now!”
However, the question was posed: how much sex is too much? Several readers piped up and said they were absolutely not fans of wham-bang-thank you ma’am type books. They want a plot with their paranormal sex. They made it clear they do not want sex to drive the plots in a book about supernaturals. Werewolves and vampires and aliens dealing with emotional issues, yes. Supernatural sex, not always.
Tell me how you feel? Have you ever read a book that’s felt like one long titillating liaison? Did you get bored? Did you find yourself saying, “Enough with the boobs and ass already. Where’s the plot?”
Or, conversely, are you just fine with paranormal plots that are a little on the slim side? Does it depend on your mood? Do you skim the parts that aren’t sexual or anticipating that sex?
We’d love to hear from you!