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Dec 10 2014 9:29am

Revealing Character Through Sex Scenes

The Duke of Dark Desires by Miranda NevilleSome readers say they skip the sex scenes in romance novels, but often authors reveal the most about their characters while they are having sex so it adds to the experience of the entire book to read those scenes along with the other times when the hero and heroine are clothed.

For example, here's a snippet from Miranda Neville's The Duke of Dark Desires:

“Why did you stop, Julian?” she moaned. “Don't stop.”

“I'm collecting myself,” he said tightly. “I don't want to finish before you.”

“Don't worry about me.”

Julian added the words selfish oaf to the list of epthiets attached to her ravisher. “I most certainly will.”

That tiny snippet reveals how Julian feels about his heroine, even though he's been the titularly-named Duke of Dark Desires throughout the book. He's changing, even though he doesn't realize it himself.

What other authors reveal truths about their characters during sex scenes? 

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2 comments
Scarlettleigh
1. Scarlettleigh
At times I'm one of the ones that skim through sex scenes -- it depends on my mood, the book, etc.

Although, I have to say, that my opinion is usually not changed either way by a sex scene. Usually before then the author has indicated the hero's caring. Although it's nice to have it re-inforced.

After reading your example -- "don't worry about me", I wonder how many heroines think that they're not worth the effort --

Now I'll have to pay more attention!
Tabby Moray
2. Tabby Moray
I only skip through sex scenes when there are too many of them. Too many can very easily detract from the storyline. Particularily when they're not as varied as they could be...
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