Dec 1 2011 9:30am

The Moans and the Fury: Our Favorite Angry Sex Scenes

Couple’s feet in bedThe more romance novels you read, the more you become a connoisseur of sex scenes. And while the romantic ones can be scintillating, more often it’s the knock-down, drag-out sex that borders on a fight that garners a scene a permanent slot in the memory bank.

Something special happens when the gentleness falls away and passion takes over. Frequently we see characters who are angry at one another because they want to protect their lover. The challenge gets pushed and pushed, until it’s either throw a punch or fist their hair and devour their mouth.

When the H&H team started talking about our favorite angry sex moments around the virtual water cooler (OK, it was Twitter), I immediately said my unequivocal favorite is the beloved tunnel scene in Stacia Kane’s City of Ghosts. I’m going to tell you what happens and what makes it so hot, but as it’s in the third book of the series, some people will consider it a spoiler. Consider yourselves officially warned.

City of Ghosts by Stacia KaneTerrible, the novel’s hero, has been giving Chess, the heroine, the silent treatment. He laid his heart out for her and she blew it. She wasn’t ready then, but now wants nothing more than to get back that connection to him. They’re working together, which makes his refusal to make conversation all the more piercing. As they trudge through a tunnel, Chess decides she’s done. She demands that he give her some kind of reaction.

She invites him to hit her. If kicking her ass will make him feel better, put them on more level ground, then she’s in. She just wants something. Some proof he feels. When he finally lets go, it’s in the way of a forceful kiss. The kind that bruises. Biting and grabbing and the like follow in quick succession as these two let out aggression via violent sex in a dank tunnel. I promise, you’ll never look at those water runoff tunnels again. Ever.

Does the fury-fueled fornication fix everything? Of course not, but it does change things and put them on a road to admitting being together wouldn’t be such a bad thing.

I asked a few of my fellow H&H bloggers for their favorite angry sex scenes. Here are their suggestions:

Laurie Gold flagged the favorites Eve and Roarke for one of her favorite volatile sex scenes. Specifically, these two don’t pull punches when they shed clothes in J.D. Robb’s Judgment in Death.

Megan Mulry says the entirety of Christine Monson’s Stormfire is angry sex. (And, yes, I did add it to my to-read list on that tidbit alone. Who needs book blurbs with promises of that kind of heat?)

Scandal by Carolyn JewelKeira Gillett says Carolyn Jewel’s Scandal brings serious intensity. When the hero and heroine hit the bed after their wedding, she’s screaming her hatred of him in between moans. Yep. I hate you so much, but don’t stop.

Janet Webb promises Mary Balogh’s Christmas Promise brings the anger. The couple’s first time is full of anger and distrust. Janet told me it’s “really quite disturbing.” Whenever the emotions are too much to express any other way that can happen.

And, while not literary, I’d be remiss if I didn’t include Buffy and Spike’s supernatural-powered throw-down of a sex session. When these two finally gave in, it was half-battle, half sex and the blend of powerful blows and thrusts, the vampire and the slayer brought down the roof, literally. Some people break beds—these two broke a whole building.

Now, the real question: What’s your all-time favorite angry sex scene? Leave them in the comments, and we can all expand our to-read lists.


While Chelsea Mueller runs Vampire Book Club, she won’t turn down a sexy werewolf, demon or faerie. (Her husband often reminds her that she’s taken.)

Subscribe to this conversation (must be logged in):
Heather Waters
1. HeatherWaters
Mmm, great topic. The first couple that came to my mind was Sam and Alyssa in Suzanne Brockmann's SEAL Team 16 books (before it was the Troubleshooters series, I think). Those two couldn't figure out if they loved or hated each other for a few books, and boy did I enjoy watching the sparks fly. Though they're still only a subplot in Over the Edge, that book is a favorite in large part because of their scenes.
Megan Frampton
2. MFrampton
I read that Terrible tunnel scene multiple times when I read the book. I love how well-done it is, how angry, and how unresolved everything is at the end.
3. ChelseaMueller
@MFrampton - That's just it. It's proof of emotion and cathartic in getting out aggression, but it doesn't fix anything. So good.
Kiersten Hallie Krum
4. Kiersten
That Spike and Buffy scene - *fans self* Strewth! Sam and Alyssa are faves too, before they got their own book, "to the outside, it might appear that he was banging her standing up against the wall, but Sam knew he was making love" or something like that. Eve and Roake are always good for a sexy tussle. Oh! The Price of Innocence by Suzanne Sizemore. She actually pulls a pistol on him in bed while they're tangling and shoots; he barely dodges in time and the pillow gets murdered instead and then they carry on. Very. Hot. (I love that book)
5. ChelseaMueller
Really, the sex scenes in the first Demonica book (Pleasure Unbound) -- really, up through the first half of the novel -- are noteworthy for their fury, too.
6. Steph.W
Oh that scene between Chess and Terrible was incredible. I was so happy but I also just wanted to cry. Just being reminded of that scene has made my withdrawel so much worse. I really can't wait until March. Another one of my favorites are Cat and Bones. There is one scene (not exactly sure which book) where Cat has to get down and dirty with Tate in the back of a car (trying to prove to the bad guys that they are a couple). When she meets up with Bones again in the back of a truck, he had seen/heard the whole thing and was absolutely furious that Cat had let things go so far and her act was way too believable for his liking. He was so angry and he wanted to remind her of who she belonged to, him! I love a possevive male (in fiction lol). Cat and Bones are so explosive, that's what I love about them the most. Looking forward to getting some new books to add to my to-read list ; )
7. Chelle
I would have to say just about any Anita Blake & Richard Zeeman scene from Laurell K. Hamilton's series......
8. ChelseaMueller
@Chelle - Especially the first time when they're in the cabin!

@Steph W - You're right. The I'm going to take what's mine type moment with Cat and Bones was definitely angry and steamy.
9. Jenn S.
Jamie and Claire Fraser in Voyager (book 3 in the Outlander series), when she discovers who he married after she left. Flying objects, screaming and hair pulling; oh yes, it qualifies! :)
Shannon Bastian
10. shannonB.
Gah! You mentioned Terrible and now I can't think of any of good angry sex scenes. You know igotsTerriblefever...I have that scene bookmarked on my Kindle and iPad! =)

And yes, when Anita and Richard do it in Blue Moon...HOT!

Sin & Con in Sin Undone do the hot angry thing very well too.
11. Amy111
I slogged through Stormfire (after paying ten bucks on ebay for a yellowed, ragged copy!) It's true, there is a lot of angry, angry sex in there, so much that after while you're like, please...please let it stop. LOL!

Some of my other favorite angry, not so nice sex books are Prisoner of my Desire by Johanna Lindsey and My Rebellious Heart by Samantha James.

Then there's that scene in Laura Kinsale's Shadowheart when Allegreto and Elena have sex for the first time. I find it very, very hot. I like angry, rapey, melodramatic romances so I'm sure there are more on my keeper shelf, but those are the three that stand out, along with Stormfire.
12. jessn1017
Ooh, the Chess/Terrible scene is probably one of my favorites in books, and the Spike/Buffy scene is probably my favorite in TV. And now that those two are in my head, I can't think of any others... sigh. Although, now I can see I have a few books to add to my TBR pile! Angry sex... RAWR!
13. marina_roum
When Chelsea popped the question in twitter about our favorite angry love scene my mind went straight to Kate and Curran (which is not a surprise as my mind goes to Kate constantly.....)!!!!! In Magic Bleeds Curran jumps from rooftop to rooftop just to have the chance to rip Saiman to pieces for going out to dinner with Kate. When he reaches them Saiman is long gone and Kate is more than ready to kick his ass. But instead of kicking and screaming we get a very, very hot angry sex scene with the Beast Lord and his mate banging to walls and beds and practically destroying the place. Total count????? Seven times (plus one more in the morning)!!!!!!!!!
But that was before I read City of ghosts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Terrible and Chess share the most HOT angry love scene I have even read (up until now). Anger, jealousy for Terrible, hurt and desperation for Chess all mixed up to a sex scene which leaves everything unresolved between them . After reading that part for about the sixth time I kept thinking that Chess was terrified while going below ground, what would have happen if she wasn’t so scared???????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
14. Anette
The scene in Anna Campbell's "Claiming the Courtesan" - its so tragic and yet so hot when Verity just wants to escape but the hero won't let her.

"Captive of Sin " also by Anna C. - I think that's the one with angry sex... or angry---ness. As I recall the hero suffers from sort of hurt which means that he can not(?) have sex - or get aroused or... damn, too long since I've read that book . BUT - the heroine refuses to have a marriage of convienience and discovers that if she makes him spitting agry then he will have sex with her, because then he does not think of his traumas.
Well.. That's a clever lass if there ever was one! Make your man furious - then enjoy his lovemaking :P
15. Darlynne
Bella and Zsadist in Lover Awakened, when Bella has decided to leave and Zsadist realizes she won't accept Phury and stay. My book falls open at that scene, all by itself.
Alie V
16. ophelial
I always love Anne Stuart's angry love scenes. She's a great angry/hate sex scene writer.
17. SKTP
Agnes and Shane, "Agnes and the Hitman"
18. mountaingirl
Hi, First time posting here--I remember a great angry sex scene from Susan Donovan's 'Knock Me Off My Feet', between Quinn the detective and Audie the advice columnist. The one scene I'm thinking about is on the stairs, against the wall, with framed pictures falling off the walls and broken glass on the floor, so that Quinn has to hold Audie off the floor (right :-) and Audie has to let him, all while getting it on--whew! That was one hot scene! Highly recommended.
Jeanne Davis
19. jedkmd
I have to agree that the Chess and Terrible scene is awesomely hawt and that there are some pretty great scene throughout the Cat and Bones series (let's not forget the one when Cat wants to be sure Annette heard the whole thing!). Even the one with Richard and Anita was good. But if you're going to mention Laurell Hamilton, you have to mention the scene between Merry and Mistral. He was peeved and it certainly was some hot angry sex! I haven't read that series in about 2 years now and that one still stands out in my mind (along with these others of course!).
20. Amanda Bonilla
There's nothing like a good, angry sex scene! ;) That episode of Buffy is my mom's favorite! I'm laughing just thinking about her ironing clothes and watching it. Hehe
21. V_Lady
Vishous and Jane...the bathroom scene. Wow.
22. ChelseaMueller
@V_Lady - Oh just thinking about that scene makes my knees weak.
23. MaggieMine
Agnes and The Hitman by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer
24. Amanda S.
I agree with Chess and Terrible scene it was angry and hot, really hot and i can't believe I forgot about Spike and Buffy! One I read a few in short stories by MaryJanice Davidson that were more on the distrubing end and couldn't figure how it had a HEA ending.
Post a comment