Mar 9 2012 9:17am

Sexual Tension in Books: Best and Worst Examples?

Sexual tension—when does it work, when does it not?

Later today, we’ll be talking about if and how The Vampire Diaries went off-track, but meanwhile, here’s a scene from the good era of TVD that demonstrates well-done sexual tension (skip ahead to 1:32).

What books and scenes portray sexual tension the best? When have you not believed it?

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1. ChelseaMueller
Two series immediately come to mind as the BEST of sexual tension. First, Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires series. In those first three books the love/hate between Ethan and Merit is scortching. They need, want each other, but really don't much like one another.

The second Karen Marie Moning's Fever series. The sexual tension between Mac and Barrons is thick. She beautifully creates this relationship where we can see they love each other, but they don't say it. Epicly sexy.
Megan Frampton
2. MFrampton

I way agree about Moning--that she could draw out that tension for so long is amazing. Neill, yes, only I felt like sometimes Merit was bratty just so she and Ethan wouldn't get together.

For amazing tension in a kisses-only book, I always mention Kate Moore's Sweet Bargain, a trad Regency. Incredible.

I like the tension between Kate Daniels and Curran, of course, but I would have liked to see more action between them AFTER things happened. Just sayin'.

Anne Stuart has great tension, particularly in her historicals, even if the action gets going pretty early on as well.
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