Today we’d like to welcome the romance queen of West Africa, Kiru Taye. She has something spicy for us today so if you’re shy when it comes to talking about scenes, then get over it quickly.
Hello readers. The other day, I read Nana Prah’s post about wanting to include sex scenes in her upcoming romance novels and it reminded me about a book I read a little while ago.
The book was a romance novel (I won’t name it or the author) and the author is someone I had read before, so I was looking forward to reading her again.
As you know I enjoy romance novels which include sex scenes. Whether they are sensual descriptions or more explicit ones, mainstream or erotic, I don’t mind. What I read depends on my mood.
The book started off very well. As it progressed, the sexual tension between the main characters heightened with each scene. So knowing that the culmination of all this tension was coming up, I got excited.
Only to be disappointed and have the door slammed in my face.
Yes, you got that right. The all important first love scene between the characters and all we get is “and they made love.”
Seriously? After, I’ve waded through 60 pages of heart-thumping sexual tension only for such an anti-climactic outcome, I felt like chucking my phone at the wall. Well if it had been a paperback, I would have.
Seriously. Not on. At all.
So lesson number 1 for anyone starting out and thinking of including sex scenes in their books. Do not be a prick tease. Yes, I said it.
You either write it fully or you exclude it all together.
Don’t tease the reader by getting the characters frisky and practically through fore-play and then chickening out by slamming the door on the actual consummation.
Well, that’s my opinion, if you want me to ever read any more of your books.
A love scene doesn’t have to be ten pages long or even that explicit. Here’s a short example of a shower scene from An Engagement Challenge by Kiru Taye.
“Can I join you?” Ijay’s sultry voice roused him.
He turned to find her standing outside the shower cubicle, her full round curves bare to his all-consuming gaze, her dark hair wild and tousled, her full lips pulled in a tentative smile. In her hand she held up a wrap of condom. He gulped in air as he leaned back. Perhaps she was what he needed to forget the nightmare.
Reaching across he pulled her in, crushing her to his chest. He kissed her ferociously, seeking to lose himself in her. He wanted to forget the agony and pain of his childhood. He just wanted the pleasure of here and now. Breaking off the kiss to catch his breath he tore the foil with his teeth and rolled it on. He grabbed Ijay again, lifting her up.
When she wrapped her legs around his waist, he backed her up to the wall and sank into her warm depth. The rage in his veins drove him as he thrust fast and furious into her slick heat. She clung on to his shoulders, his hands holding her hips as he drove into her. As her body coiled with tension, she moaned out his name. He thrust into her a couple more times before joining her in ecstasy.
He shut off the shower and stepped out of the cubicle with Ijay still slumped on his shoulders. Guilt gnawed at his gut. He’d let his anger seep into their passion. Letting her down gently he wrapped her in the bath towel and carried her to the bed. He laid her under the sheets before drying his body. Tossing the towel away, he joined her under the sheet. He spooned her into his body, kissed her brow and drifted back to sleep.
Here’s the blurb:
Book 2 of the contemporary romance Challenge series, set in Nigeria. Three friends. Three challenges. Are they willing to risk everything for love?
When savvy PR consultant Ijay Amadi meets successful Industrialist Paul Arinze, the only things on her mind are to forget the pain of her failed relationship and enjoy the delights his branding touch and soul-searing kiss promise. It’s a one-time only event. Perfect.
However, Paul is annoyed to wake up and find her gone the next morning. He isn’t ready to forget the dark-haired beauty or their scorching night together just yet. So he plans to have Ijay right where he wants her—in Abuja, working on his latest business project by day and enjoying the pleasure of his bed by night.
Except when Ijay arrives, she’s wearing another man’s engagement ring. With the explosive desire between them threatening their priorities and loyalties, the stakes get higher by the minute. Who’ll be left standing at the altar when Ijay walks down the aisle?
Genres: Contemporary Erotic Romantic Suspense, Interracial
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“Engaging contemporary novel. Paul’s character caught my attention because…his is tortured by his past. No woman has tapped into his hidden side until he meets Ijay. The descriptions (of Nigeria) created a visual backdrop that went far in bringing the story to life.”
This book drew me in right from the beginning. The story was engaging and it was easy to be vested in the characters. Her characters are engaging because they are interesting and complex. I was pleasantly surprised by a few things in the story and loved the ending; it was a fabulous end that tied everything together. My favorite book by this author so far.
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