Sexually experienced heroes are a traditional aspect of romance stories. It’s a great fantasy because they’re masters of their lovemaking craft. Every touch of a skilled hero is guaranteed to set the heroine’s skin ablaze.
Sexually experienced heroes aren’t going to vanish anytime soon, but virgin heroes can certainly give them a run for their money—for one thing, they’re equally passionate about sex. They’re simply waiting for the right partner.
Whether heroes are virgins by choice or by destiny, they’re often mature and demonstrate a world of self-restraint despite strong cultural expectations that they engage in copious amounts of copulation. There’s also a unique intrigue associated with the raw, primal passion of a man who simultaneously claims his heroine and makes love for the first time.
We often discuss memorable heroine “deflowering” scenes, but what about those of virgin heroes? Which ones stand out the most against the romance landscape?
One hero “deflowering” scene (for lack of a better word) in science fiction romance that has always stuck with me is the one featuring Admiral Branden Kel-Paten from Linnea Sinclair’s Games of Command. Kel-Paten is a cyborg. He’s stronger and smarter than anyone around him. His abilities give him a big advantage in space battles, but the resulting emotional and physical scars of his transformation leave him endearingly vulnerable in the social realm, especially when it comes to women.
When the story opens, we learn that he’s long held a torch for Captain Tasha “Sass” Sebastian. His secret, pent-up emotion, coupled with his virginity, creates a potent combination. When they make love for the first time, Sass is on top. For me, her act created an extra layer of significance for the scene—here is a man completely secure in his masculinity. As a result of all that, it’s a heartfelt moment when Kel-Paten surrenders himself to Sass both physically and emotionally.
Another memorable virgin hero love scene is Nalini Singh’s Caressed By Ice. This story features Psy hero Judd Lauren. His telekinetic abilities are off the chart, which is why his code of Silence is crucial to help him maintain absolute control. Physically, emotionally, Judd is, well, a pillar of ice. He has to be, or risk endangering those around him. But all bets are off when he meets Brenna, a fiery Changeling wolf.
When Judd and Brenna finally make love, Judd unleashes so much sexual energy that a maelstrom of whirling, breaking, crashing furniture is the result. The visually charged symbolism of the scene demonstrates that in the end, human nature—and love—will overcome all odds. That’s a lovemaking scene for the ages.
A hero whose loss of virginity makes for a special scene is the character of Soren from Jess Granger’s Beyond the Rain. This hero possesses a unique hormone that’s harvested as a sexual narcotic against his will. Where Kel-Paten and Judd are heroes roiling with angst, Soren is sweet, eager to please, and deeply romantic. When he and warrior heroine Cyani make tender love, it’s because Soren is in a position to give of himself rather than be exploited. Experiencing pleasure in a safe, loving embrace is something everyone deserves.
One aspect that makes a hero “deflowering” scene special for me is how much the hero’s virgin status is framed as valid. Through these scenes, authors offer an alternate definition of what it means to be a hero. Virgin heroes are as masculine and powerful as their non-virgin counterparts, but they express their virility in a different way.
Now I’d like to know your thoughts on the subject. What are your favorite scenes involving a hero losing his virginity?
Heather Massey is a lifelong fan of science fiction romance. She searches for sci-fi romance adventures aboard her blog, The Galaxy Express.
She’s also an author in the subgenre. To learn more about her published work, visit www.heathermassey.com.