Tuesday, April 3, 2012



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.

Opinions, please:

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?


  1. Question 1 - Answer No
    Question 2 - A lot of pregnancy stories happen because the hero/heroine are strongly attracted to each other and have a one night stand. So attraction can be a very strong motivator to having sex.

    Catchy heading by they way!


  2. Question 1 - no

    Question 2 - I agree that lots of stories have people having sex without being in love. You would not have any marry for the baby sake if you did not. I think sometimes they are on the way to love and just do not know it so it makes it better when they realize they are in love.

  3. I don't have much to say except that I totally agree with both Marcie and TEXREADER.

  4. Hi, Marcie R, TXReader2 and EllenToo --

    I agree. I'm not sure how many romances -- as in our novels -- do start with sex rather than love, or at least a little more than attraction. Can you think of a story you like that does?

    For myself, back in my youth, I remember infatuation and sensual attraction usually being motivators to want more. Only once (other than my late husband) was I drop dead in love want to marry this guy like now and it was only on our first date. We had an incredible year together, but we weren't right for each other. I think those feelings of certainty which only happened to me twice in my life are less usual than the attraction with the back of the mind hope that this will be the one. What do you think?

    1. I agree. It is very hard for me to let someone close enough to fall in love but I have definitely fallen in lust.

  5. From MarcieR

    You mean stories that does start with love? Can't say that I do.

    And I agree - I think we all fall in lust more than we fall in love.