Friday, April 15, 2011

The Vampire Relationship Guide Blog Tour‏ - Sex in Romance Novels

Today I have the great pleasure of hosting a stop on The Vampire Relationship Guide Blog Tour sponsored by Bookish Snob and The Romance Reviews.  The guest today is Evelyn LaFont.  Her book, The Vampire Relationship Guide is out and definitely one to grab while you can!  Thanks so much for stopping today, Evelyn!

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I stay away from many well-received young adult romance novels for one single, disgusting reason: I love sex scenes in the romances I read. I love foreplay, duringplay, afterplay; I love reading about sexual things I haven’t done, those I have done, or those must leave you to go do right now. I simply love sex in books.

Though I have read some sexless paranormal romance series and enjoyed them (the late Jennifer Rardin's Jazz Parks series comes to mind) I often feel like a romance novel without sex is like endless teasing that never lets up and never allows the reader to blow off any steam. 

While there are many readers who share my point of view, there are many others who don’t. There are some who don’t find anything satisfying about reading a sex scene and there are those who feel downright uncomfortable at the mere thought of doing so.

Luckily, the romance genre has never been better equipped to satisfy such a broad range of comfort levels and tastes. You can read books with sex, without sex, with graphic sex or with inferred sex. And the variety doesn’t end there. You can also read about different species or gender matches, like vampire/ human romance, shifter/vampire, male/male, female/female, succubus/human—the list goes on and on.

Generally, I don’t look at my penchant for reading romance as a political or feminist statement—I simply look at it as a damn fun read that gives me a perfect mini-vacation from life. But when I consider the fact that romance, more than any other genre that I can think of, works to accommodate all the different tastes and comfort levels of its readers, I realize that by doing so, the genre embraces the many differences that make this world so interesting and diverse, and damn if that isn’t pretty frickin’ empowering…and kinda sexy.


The book is available at Amazon. 

Author Bio
Evelyn Lafont is an author and freelance writer with an addiction to Xanax and a predilection for snark. Her debut novella, The Vampire Relationship Guide, Volume 1: Meeting and Mating is available on Amazon , Barnes and Noble and Smashwords .

Thanks so much for stopping by, Evelyn! 

12 comments:

Ren said...

Hi Evelyn,
I totally agree with what you are saying. There are some stories that work best without the sex romps and those that simply must have it. I enjoy reading all of it and yes, they're the perfect mini-vacation :)
Great post.

Judith Leger said...

Hi Ren! Thanks for stopping by.

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evelynlafont said...

Thanks Ren, and thanks for having me Judith!

Kara Helen said...

Completely agree, Evelyn. When I need a little escape, I always choose romance. Sometimes you don't want to have to think too much about a book and just go along for the ride. I love the variety, too. Sometimes I'm in the mood for something sweet and sometimes I want a book that requires a cold shower afterwards. Great post!

Belinda said...

It's so funny you shared this Evelyn. My tastes in romance are so different from when I first started 2 years ago. I would BLUSH hard at the mere suggestion of sex and would SKIM.. yes SKIM the good parts. Gradually I became more comfortable and I agree - there was a natural feeling of "I need more than the sexual tension.. I want to see the magic that comes.. I NEED IT" LOL I don't skim anymore and I'm alot more adventurous - where books like the Darkhunters and the Dark Carpathians scandalized me, I'm now reading bdsm, menage trois themed romances and I even "devoured" a m/m/f *gasp* LOL I love reading romance and I enjoy a well written, sensual sex scene. But that's another ramble for another time! Great post Evelyn!

Judith Leger said...

Oh, Belinda, really? I remember when I was in high school and I would sneak my Mom's romances under the covers at night. I remember devouring every word of Rosemary Rogers' Sweet Savage Love. OMG, it introduced me to the world of lovemaking and have delicious sex!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Yep, Kara, Cold showers after a hot scene are so great!

@Evelyn Anytime, Love!

evelynlafont said...

LMAO Kara--exactly! Or a cold shower DURING!

@Belinda, I've always been pretty sexually open, so reading was never a problem--writing a sex scene though? Um, yeah, blushed almost the whole time!

@Judith for me it was VC Andrews Flowers in the Attic. Then I started sneaking my mom's Harlequin romances away...

Judith Leger said...

Oh, I know!!

C.G. Powell said...

All I can say is that VRG is one damn sexy book...Thanks Evelyn for keeping the sex in this one...

Denise K. Rago said...

I tend to like a bit of erotica - just a taste yet nothing too graphic to accompany all that romance.

BLHmistress said...

Thats exactly why I love reading them they are fun and its a nice escape from RL. I get to go all over the world and not leave my bedroom.