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Hmmmm…I’m fine with fade to black or “mild”, non-explicit sex scenes if the characters still sweep me away with their story. I’m thinking Tamara Allen’s works like Downtime or The Only Gold, or JL Merrow’s Plumber’s Mate series, which has some sex, but overall is very low heat. If the characters, their relationship, and their journey together are really interesting/captivating, then I’ll love the story, whether it has hot sex or just weighty glances from across the room and clasped hands in the dark.
I’ve read great books with little to zero sex on page, and some have been wonderful. I guess that for me it depends a lot on how the story is told. On the other hand, while i ADORE hot sex scenes I can totally read a book without them. I think sex can be a great tool that if used right can tell a lot about the relationship/character development, but it isn’t a must for me.
I don’t say no some take-me-now hot sex against the wall, though :P
This week’s question comes from me. Truth be told, I’m not opposed to off-page, fade-to-black, or no-sex in books. I read a lot of YA after all. BUT…that being said, I do sometimes hesitate to start a book, especially a non-YA, and even moreso a long book, that I know will not have sex in it. On the flip side, I’m even less likely to read a book that I know is ALL sex and no plot/character development.
I don’t mind off page or fade-to-black sex at all, but it has to fit the book. I mean, if I’m reading what is labeled as erotica, then I’d expect the book to have some pretty explicit sex scenes. Stories that have very heated encounters, major foreplay and build up that don’t deliver can be aggravating. But if the story has a feeling of modesty to begin with, adding sex for the sake of adding a sex scene can really throw off the rhythm of a book. As long as the story is written well, and the situations fit the themes outlined by the base plot lines, I’m normally happy.
Sometimes I’m in the mood for smut fun and smut I want, but I usually don’t mind off page or fade-to-black sex. Some stories don’t need sex to be captivating and some stories can’t be fixed with sex. Like the others said, it has to fit the story and my mood of the moment.
There are times when I think fade-to-black holds more power than full ‘on screen’ sex. I also think it depends on the couple, their relationship and the writing. Sometimes the ‘romance’ *smirk* is not necessarily the focus of the story and other times its’ the only focus. I’ve fallen in love with amazing couples that firmly close the bedroom door and I can’t help but respect their privacy. I never felt a single thing was missing with the fade-to-black lovemaking in the Infected series. I’ve also fallen in love with couples that have copious amounts of sweet, steamy, or raunchy sex. I don’t enjoy it when it feels forced, as if the author randomly tosses in a smexy scene just for kicks. Ohhh, and I definitely enjoy some authors nekkid scenes more so than others.