Therefore, I would LOVE your opinion!! (hopefully you all agree with me- but I will try not to bias you)
I've been asked by a few readers (via email) and also read a few reviews that make reference to the fact that Neanderthal Seeks Human does not have any explicit sex scenes- or, as one reviewer stated: "I would have given it five stars if the cock count was not a big fat ZERO" (LOL! Loved this review!!)
The question I am most often asked in emails is whether the future books in the Knitting in the City series (or any spin off Janie and Quinn stories) will have full frontal/money shot scenes (of course, people ask the question different ways, but I think that is the gist of it).
As a disclaimer, I have received quite a few emails and reviews from people praising my book for not containing explicit sex scenes. However, most (if not all) of these readers describe themselves as not usually reading romance.
Which makes me ask the following questions, specifically for romance genre readers/audience:
- Are detailed sex scenes what most romance readers expect nowadays? ("most readers" being defined as greater than 50% of romance readers)
- Is a (romance) book considered at an immediate deficit by some readers (and, if so, what percentage do you estimate of readers/the romance audience feel this way) if there are no explicit sex scenes?
- Are there readers who will only read (romance) books if there is explicit sex? If so, what percentage do you estimate?
- This last question you likely will be unable to answer unless you've read my book: Would my book have been 'better' if it contained one or two explicit sex scenes? (Better defined as greater than 50% of romance readers would have rated it higher- if not already rated at 5 stars- or enjoyed it more if there had been explicit sex).
I didn't include explicit sex scenes in Neanderthal Seeks Human for a few reasons; I will list them chronologically (date-order in which they occurred) as follows:
- At first I intended to write sex scenes (money shots and everything) and actually started one. As I started writing it I thought to myself, "This reads like a police report." (E.g.: The perpetrator moved his right hand to her left breast and proceeded to complete a wax on, wax off movement)
- I decided to hold off writing the scenes until after the rest of the book was finished
- The more I tried to write the scenes the worse they got. I realized that I, ladies and gentlemen, FAIL at writing sex scenes.
- When I asked my friend Karen's opinion she said she felt like the book was already very long (400 pages) and that if the story could exist without the scenes, why was I anxious about adding material that wasn't necessary to the story? ...good point I thought.
- My conclusions: there is an art form to writing sex scenes (like any other type of scene); I suck at writing sex scenes and I need to practice; I will only include explicit sex scenes in a book if it is essential to the story, regardless of the genre