I know it is weird to think of Paranormal, Science Fiction or Fantasy Romance being set on the beach but some really wonderful love stories in these genres are sandy and sea lapped.
Bri's uncertain of whether she finds it more unnerving or thrilling that Kole, a warrior well over six feet in height and built like the hulk, watches her with hungry, covetous eyes, until the slavers who captured her toss her into his habitat with him for breeding. Then she knows it's both, but it's even more unsettling to find herself the object of desire of two six and a half foot males-particularly since Kole and Dansk seem perfectly willing fight to the death to settle which of them gets to breed he
Saddened by her broken engagement and the difficulties of her family owned computer business, Maddie Winston escapes to her grandmther's bed and breakfast in the Florida Keys. While walking the beach she finds a bottle washed onto the shore and begins to scrub the tarnished metal. Imagine her surprise when the top pops off and smoke rises, forming into a hunky genie who announces that her wish is his command. Maddie is so disbelieving, she leaves the man and his 'magic' bottle and returns to New York to start rebuilding her life.
When she arrives back in her apartment and begins to unpack, she finds the bottle in her suitcase. More than annoyed, she tosses it down the garbage chute. The next day, it shows up in her briefcase and this time she's forced to admit something screwy is happening.
She polishes the bottle again, not quite believing the coconut-headed hunk will show up, but he does, and that's when the fun begins. Follow Maddie and Ben on their magic carpet ride to adventure and true love.
Signet D'Marigold's lonely life is shaken when a prophet reveals she is a catalyst for change. But to accept her new life?and the charge of the noble child Avellana means embracing a danger that may be fatal for them both. Especially when Signet?s attraction to her new bodyguard signals a secret enemy sworn to destroy them.
The Bermuda Triangle. Pirates. The Peanut. What could possibly go wrong?
Dragos Cuelebre needs a vacation. So does Pia, his mate. When the First Family of the Wyr head to Bermuda for some much needed R&R, it's no ordinary undertaking - and no ordinary weekend in the sun. Between hunting for ancient treasure buried beneath the waves and keeping track of their son, Liam—a.k.a. Peanut, whose Wyr abilities are manifesting far ahead of schedule—it’s a miracle that Pia and Dragos can get any time together.
They're determined to make the most of each moment, no matter who tries to get in their way. And did we mention pirates?
Commander Jason's true identity as Prince Djetthro-Djason has been uncovered, and he's forced to mate with the ruling prince's sister, Martia-Djulia. But this is not the punishment it seems. Though Djetth and Martia's one night of passion was mistakenly triggered by another's scent, Djetth is rather fond of his high-maintenance bride-to-be. Unfortunately, she's pining for his presumed dead alter ego--if only he can convince her she can love him regardless of his name. "Spunky" isn't often used to describe older heroines, but everything good about the word is perfect for Martia-Djulia, who acts as a wonderful foil to Djetth's unconventional courtship in this sequel to Forced Mate (2004).
6. The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe
Lora Jones has always known that she’s different. On the outside, she appears to be an ordinary sixteen-year-old girl. Yet Lora’s been keeping a heartful of secrets: She hears songs that no one else can hear, dreams vividly of smoke and flight, and lives with a mysterious voice inside her that insists she’s far more than what she seems.
England, 1915. Raised in an orphanage in a rough corner of London, Lora quickly learns to hide her unique abilities and avoid attention. Then, much to her surprise, she is selected as the new charity student at Iverson, an elite boarding school on England’s southern coast. Iverson’s eerie, gothic castle is like nothing Lora has ever seen. And the two boys she meets there will open her eyes and forever change her destiny.
Jesse is the school’s groundskeeper—a beautiful boy who recognizes Lora for who and what she truly is. Armand is a darkly handsome and arrogant aristocrat who harbors a few closely guarded secrets of his own. Both hold the answers to her past. One is the key to her future. And both will aim to win her heart. As danger descends upon Iverson, Lora must harness the powers she’s only just begun to understand, or else lose everything she dearly loves.
Virginia Kantra continues the haunting tales of the Children of the Sea in her story of a wounded soldier rescued by an enigmatic young woman.
Collecting the tools needed for survival is her talent, but a male of the Water Folk is something she is dying to add to her collection.
Emharo has spent her time collecting biological samples from the world around her and giving them to her family for analysis. She can find anything you need—you just have to ask.
Rivvin is a member of the Water Folk, and from the first time he saw this woman in his element, he knew that she was far more than she appeared to be and far more vulnerable than she pretended to be. She will be a challenging mate and a feisty partner if he can only convince her that she needs to add him to her collection.
He's never met anyone who made him purr... Starship pilot Dax never encountered a woman he wanted badly enough. Until he met Ava Karon... And he'll never give his body without giving his heart... Dax is happy to take Ava back to her home planet, until he finds out she's returning to an old boyfriend... As their journey together turns into a quest neither expected, Ava would give herself to Dax in a heartbeat. Except he doesn't know the first thing about seducing a woman...
In her newest Dirk & Steele novel, Liu introduces fiddle player Kitala Bell, cursed with the ability to foresee people's deaths, and merman M'Cal, slave to a soul-stealing witch. When M'Cal's cruel master orders M'Cal to steal Kitala's soul, he's loathe to carry through with it but can't stop himself—or the witch. Unsuspecting Kit, meanwhile, has gotten herself in dutch with some local criminals while trying to help a girl she's sure will be murdered. By the time M'Cal catches up with Kit, he's forced into the role of rescuer—and, before long, red-hot lover. Though it starts slow—as clueless Kit must become acquainted with the author's paranormal underworld—Liu's latest is a clever, finely constructed take on the Little Mermaid story and delivers great paranormal suspense. Though the love story lacks complexity, and the Dirk & Steele detectives play only a peripheral part, all the other elements Liu fans expect—a strong heroine, a damaged hero, sharp dialogue and funny, fanciful details—are well-represented, making this a satisfying return to her universe.
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Dragos Takes a Holiday was a charming novella that provided a glimpse into the lives and relationship of Dragos, Pia and Liam during some much-needed downtime. Of course with this bunch, even downtimes come with adventure…
I enjoyed Dragos Takes a Holiday the sweet moments of family, the still hot passion between Dragos and Pia and watching Liam change and grow. That is one truly awesome peanut! That said I felt that the editing was far looser for content than in any of Ms. Harrison’s previous works and while this did give a higher page count it left some of the transitions a bit clunky. This added to a plot devise that drives me a little crazy somewhat muffled my reading experience. However, even with these missteps I was still utterly enchanted by the story and the glimpse we get of three beloved characters.
I give Dragos Takes a Holiday three and a half charming stars
I actually don't read romance novels for the sex. LOL. I swear. I like the sex. A lot. But I read romance novels for the psychology of all kinds of relationships and for the world building and for the happily ever afters. Oh, and love.
What happily ever after means to me is that no matter what goes down in that book, its going to be all right at close of cover. Its fiction and I enjoy that.
I do love me some good sexy times as well. Good sex in a romance novel is grand. I like all kinds of stream levels and have adored a close door romance as much any erotica.
My favorite kinds of sex scenes are those that feel possible, emotionial and real.
I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorites romances with this kind of sensuality.
First a list of love stories with great make out and kissing scenes, the couples slowly round the bases...
1. Dragos Takes A Holiday (A Novella of the Elder Races) by Thea Harrison
2. Scandal by Amanda Quick
5. Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas
6. Dangerous Curves Ahead by Sugar Jamison
10. Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
Moving beyond kissing...
My favorite romances with emotional and real sex scenes:
1. Get Lucky by Suzanne Brockmann
2. Marrying the Royal Marine by Carla Kelly
3. Whisper Falls: A Destiny Novel by Toni Blake
4. Hearts and Swords by Robin Owens
5. Slightly Dangerous by Mary Balogh
6. Yours To Keep (The Kowalskis) by Shannon Stacey
7. Vision In White by Nora Roberts
8. What the Librarian Did by Karina Bliss
I could list every Laura Florand book here and every Ruthie Knox book but I won't. I can restrain. Sometimes.
So, what are your favorite sexy scenes? Kissing? Making out? Touching love scenes? The flirt? Gimme!
If you would like to vote for the best of the best, I have two Goodreads lists for you! Making Love: Best Real and Emotional Sexy Times in Romance Novels and Steaming Up the Windows: Best Make Out and Kiss Scenes in Romance Novels.
And for your Pinterest pleasure--book covers and classy sexy images: Steaming Up the Windows and Great Emotional and Real Love Scenes in Romance Novels.