Rachael Tamayo

International Best Selling Author and Book Reviewer. Author of The Friend-Zone series, Pshycological Thriller, Crazy Love, and short stories.

Sensual Romance vs Erotic Romance: The value of a Good Kiss

So you might know by now, I write romance.  In the course of my writing, being critiqued, and so forth, I’ve received a few opinions. Suggestions, if you will regarding the “heat level” of my books.

Some say it’s not hot enough. Some say it’s too much. Some say it’s just right. (Insert your three bears joke here.)

I’ve read pretty much every heat level there is.  I know where I’m comfortable in the span between no heat and OMG heat.  My theory is this. I really believe that it’s more sensual to leave the details to the imagination that it is to go into pornographic detail when writing a love scene.

That being said, there is so much to be said for a good, well written kiss.  It’s a simple thing, a kiss.  But if done correctly, it can be fantastic. Fireworks, choirs of angels singing, shattering.  In reality, a kiss can change everything. In a book, it can be more sensual than the act of sex itself if built up and executed properly.  

The following is an excerpt from my second book, Reach for Me, coming out November 2nd (There is swearing in this quote.) 

Before I can lift her up, she kisses me. Soft lips sigh as soon as they touch mine, and, fuck me, I’m lost the second it happens. Her fingers sink into my hair and she gently reaches for my tongue with hers, moaning when she discovers it, rolling her own over it until they are tangled.
She taste like alcohol, but feels like heaven. I can’t stop myself from kissing her back. 

Now, don’t get me wrong. Sex has its place. It’s realistic, necessary in one shape or form when you are writing romance.  Personally, I just really enjoy reading a fantastic kiss, so that’s what I try to include in all my writing. 

Reach for Me (Friend-Zone book 2) is coming out on November 2nd. Available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble for Kindle, Kindle Unlimited, and in Paperback.


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