The day after Valentine’s Day seemed like the perfect time to clue y’all in on a secret the romance writers have been keeping to themselves.
Since a good portion of the ladies out there probably curled up with a sexy book last night, I’m going to explain what makes these hot tamale novels so dang satisfying.
The most popular post I’ve ever run on More Cowbell was Using the 12 Stages of Physical Intimacy to Build Tension in Your Novel. But you pretty much can’t find a bad read with her.
Sexy and intimate, but not a “skip-a-level” moment.
What about when a man holds a woman’s face or vice-versa? Most women excrete oxytocin, the “bonding/love hormone,” when they have skin to skin contact.
It’s hot, hot, HOT because it’s extraordinarily intimate to touch a person’s head or face. Why bond with some schmuck if it could have been avoided by just keeping that shirt on? – OK, this stage is pretty much the point of no return.
If somebody changes their mind, labels like “tease” are likely to be assigned and major conflict will ensue.
Writers gain major mileage by messing with their characters in these final stages. ****************************** By day, Jenny provides training and social media marketing for an accounting firm.