I read just about anything. When it comes to romance I like to stay on the speculative side, but an unusual historical can also win me over. I’m also quite relaxed when it comes to heat level—as long as I know what I’m getting.
As a writer I’m much the same. I love writing erotic romance, but I couldn’t write it all the time, so I’ll slide across and write a sensual fantasy romance for a change of pace. Keeping the characters on edge waiting for a kiss, or a touch, or something more can be a lot of fun. With each near miss the tension rises. And, hopefully, by the time the characters get together the reader sighs with them.
The trick is to get the balance right. Too soon and the chemistry can fizzle, too long and the reader can wonder ‘are we there yet?’ There needs to be just enough heat to keep the characters simmering. The same as any relationship, it needs to be cared for and thought about.
With Valentines Day just around the corner it’s a chance to catch up and tell that special someone we haven’t forgotten about them. But do you go all out for one day, or do you remember to do something little every so often?