by Kat Martin
Which means each scene needs to be in the right place in the book, and the tone of the scene must fit where the couple is in their relationship. Some scenes, I’ve discovered, need to be softer than others. For some I need to ratchet up the heat. For example, hot tempers make for a hot sex scene. Passion and anger get interchanged and the characters get carried away.
If it looks as if they are going to lose each other, if something is tearing them apart, the word choices would be more poignant, the setting might include a storm, or a violent sea, something external that gives the reader a sense of what is happening inside them.
And the characters in some books are just hotter than others. Their sex drive is stronger. Which may sound crazy but makes a certain odd sense. A school teacher desperate to find her lost child would not be thinking of sex morning, noon, and night. She has other more important priorities.
In HOT RAIN, the characters, Jake Dawson and Allie Parker are extremely sexual people. Since Jake is an undercover agent but Allie believes he is one of the murdering drug dealers holding her prisoner, the tension between them runs high. Being onboard a yacht headed for Mexico, they’re thrown into close quarters, making the sexual heat also run high.
I loved writing HOT RAIN because it has a great deal of humor. Jake has had nothing but bad luck with blondes and now he is hot for another one. He’s sure Allie Parker is a scatterbrain, but eventually discovers she’s a whole lot smarter than he thought. It’s high action adventure and the heat is cranked high, too.
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