The Fine Art of Seduction in Romance Novels

Posted by Hildie McQueen | 8:02 AM | 7 comments »


Seduction, the connection between a man and a woman, the reason we read a romance novel.
            The first touch, followed by the initial kiss is spell binding.  When the couple finally comes together in the realization that there is so much more between them, we are enchanted to be witnesses.  As a reader we are thrilled to be present at the crest of the hero and heroine’s love story.
            Who could forget Clair and Jamie’s first kiss in Outlander by Diana Gabaldon?  If you remember, Jamie Fraser was a virgin. It’s such a romantic tale, a wonderful twist in that the heroine is the experienced one in the relationship. I loved how their sex scenes evolved from purely physical to actual lovemaking as they got to know each other and began to fall in love.
            Another great seduction was that of Zsadist by Bella in Lover Awakened by JR Ward.  We all turned the pages on pins and needles in anticipation of how Zsadist, a male that could not stand to be touched, would react to the beautiful Bella being attracted to him.  I could not wait to read their first love scene!  Bella moved with excruciating slowness and patience throughout the seduction, allowing the hard and sometimes violent man to become adjusted to her. JR Ward did an amazing job at allowing us to move with them and feel every aspect of their finally coming together as a couple.

            Yet another seduction I love is in the book Just The Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James, the play between Taylor Donovan and Jason Andrews, who has just been voted ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ is very well done.  We know they are attracted to each other, but we remain as in the dark as either of them about how and when they’ll finally realize it’s more than just attraction. You couldn’t help but fall in love along with this couple.
Cyn Fraser and Emma Blake in Desperate Betrayal by yours truly, kiss within minutes of meeting.  You’d think wow, that was quick, but in actuality I wanted you to get to know that their connection, their attraction was immediate and so strong neither Cyn nor Emma could fight the physical portion of their connection.  The relationship however took much longer to develop.  Both are so wary at one point, you will wonder if they will get around to admitting they are in love. Of course love prevails!
So now that I’ve given you fodder for the art of seduction, let’s get closer to home, please share. Which seduction scene in a book, stands out the most for you?


7 comments

  1. Judy // March 27, 2012 at 12:28 PM  

    There are too many to name! But you're right it is the building up to the seduction scene that makes us keep reading. The sexual tension is everything!

  2. Nightingale // March 27, 2012 at 1:55 PM  

    Ah, yes, seduction. A very interesting subject. Enjoyed the introduction to so many different seductions.

  3. Mary Ricksen // March 27, 2012 at 7:55 PM  

    Hildie you had me at Diana Gabaldon!!!

  4. Scarlet Pumpernickel // March 27, 2012 at 9:03 PM  

    My favorite seduction of all time is in Kathleen Woodiwiss's Shanna. I loved the way the hero was always in subtle persuit of Shanna invading her dreams as well as her bed. This was the book that made me stop, sigh and say, "I want to do this==I want to write love stories.

  5. Hildie McQueen // March 27, 2012 at 10:42 PM  

    Awww yes the word seduction always brings good memories...

  6. Mary Marvella // March 28, 2012 at 11:26 PM  

    Love this post and I love seduction!

  7. Josie // March 29, 2012 at 4:41 PM  

    Hildie,
    Thanks for the recommendations. Would you believe that I haven't read any of these books? I'll have to check them out.