He broke the kiss, whispered in her ear. “Are we really doing this?”
“It’s just sex.”
The right response. Just sex.
No emotional involvement.
No betrayal of a memory.
No taunting a curse.
The curse was well and done anyway, Aidan reminded himself, had been fulfilled with Pegeen’s death.
Just sex, he thought, as they pulled down each others jeans in unison.
Why would I write a sex scene rather than a love scene in an Intrigue? you ask.
Because it was necessary to this story.
Cat Clarke doesn’t want a relationship. She’s just come out of a divorce after a short-lived marriage. Her ex used her, married her to get his hands on her horse-breeding business, and when she caught him in an affair and divorced him, he took half of everything. Now she’s scrambling to keep her business from going under.
Aidan McKenna is under the McKenna curse:
Ye might have found happiness with another woman, but yer progeny will pay for this betrayal of me. I call on my faerie blood and my powers as a witch to give yers only sorrow in love, for should they act on their feelings, they will put their loved ones in mortal danger.
Aidan was in love with a jockey and sensed she shouldn’t ride one day, but she did so anyway and died. Even though he thinks he’s fulfilled the curse, he has to keep reminding himself of that. Of course he fears it will happen again if he lets himself fall in love with Cat.
So, both the hero and heroine have reasons not to want to love, not to want a relationship. But they’re human. And they’re attracted to each other. And nature takes its course. Of course they give in to their feelings, but not before they give into their libidos.
Do you think heroes and heroines should always be in love before having a physical relationship?
Or can you think of ideas for stories in which it is logical that sex comes before love?