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message 1: by Esther (new)

Esther Rabbit | 31 comments Hi guys, my name is Esther and I am a content creator for writers and a Paranormal Romance author myself. The reason why I'm here today is to ask you, readers and writers alike about your reading preferences involving:

- romantic scenes
- steamy scenes
- erotic scenes

... in the novels of your choice. I just wrote an article on the matter: https://estherrabbit.com/romantic-ste... with examples of each (be warned, explicit content).

But I'd like to take it a step further and write another article involving the ones who would like to take part in this little survey. I'd like to know where you draw the line between steamy and erotic and if reading such scenes provides an enjoyable reading experience for you.

Naturally, do let me know if I have your permission to quote you in my upcoming article with your Goodreads name or if you wish to remain anonymous. Happy Monday everyone!


message 2: by Jim (new)

Jim Vuksic | 129 comments Esther,

Personally, I prefer intimate romantic scenes in books to be narrated in such a manner that physical intimacy is obviously about to occur imminently without describing the actual activity in minute detail.

Please do not assume that I am a prude. I was happily married to a very attractive, sexy woman for 35 1/2 years. During the first ten years, my late wife gave birth five times; after which she decided that a vasectomy would enhance my physical attractiveness. I thoroughly enjoy having sex. I just do not feel the need to read about the step-by-step sexual activity of others.

Mature readers know the details associated with sex acts and will comprehend that to which the author is alluding. Readers that do not comprehend probably are not yet mature enough to be reading such material.

Per your request, you have my permission to quote me, using my name in your article.

Jim Vuksic


message 3: by Esther (new)

Esther Rabbit | 31 comments Jim wrote: "Esther,

Personally, I prefer intimate romantic scenes in books to be narrated in such a manner that physical intimacy is obviously about to occur imminently without describing the actual activity ..."


Thanks, Jim. Noted & I'll post the article as soon as it's ready


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