by Vanessa Liebe
It is obvious that any readers of the genre are anticipating that first kiss between the hero and heroine since page one of any romance story, or erotic romance. Therefore, it needs to be a good one, putting the reader right there in amongst the action. If the sexual tension has been heightened enough the reader would want to be kissing the hero too. The first kiss is an important step in any relationship and takes the sexual tension to a new, higher level of intimacy. Without that tension, the story falls flat.
However, how do you successfully build the sexual tension over the course of the hero and heroine's relationship from first glance, kiss, hot sex, to happily ever after? Below are some examples on how this is done.
When the heroine notices something particular about her man that lets the reader know she’s falling for him, for example his strong hands or his gorgeous yet guarded green eyes, the tension is much more effective. The reader shouldn’t be simply told the hero or character is “hot.” Instead, the character is shown to be hot by the reactions of the observer. The best way to achieve this is through physical and mental reactions such as flushing, feeling faint, tingling sensations in parts of their body, an inability to speak, a stutter, or even talking obsessively. Characters who are sexually attracted either find any excuse to touch each other in casual interaction or try to avoid the other person because they’re afraid they might lose control. Either way, these small intimacies, or when the opportunity for having them is avoided, show sexual tension.
The level of sensuality in the novel will dictate what the characters notice about one another. In a sweet romance for instance, the heroine probably isn’t going to notice a guy has a hard-on in his jeans for her, but in an erotic romance she definitely will. The sexual tension has to fit the situation.
There is no tension at all if there aren’t things that pull the two main characters apart sexually as well as pull them together. As everybody knows, sexual tension is part of a dance. Readers watch the hero and heroine come together, break apart, before being drawn in ever closer until the relationship is resolved. There needs to be believable reasons why the couple can’t come together initially.
It helps if the two main characters want to know more about each other and they can do this by dropping their guards, letting the other person in. Secrets or flaws of character are revealed, vulnerabilities, or maybe past experiences. All of these things show the reader how important each of them are becoming to one another.
How about you? Is there a favourite part in a book you’ve read which shows perfect sexual tension?
Vanessa is married with three children and resides in Hampshire, South East England. When not house training her children, reading or writing, she likes to sit in the garden with a glass of rose wine.
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