Friday, February 15, 2019

Love, Sex, & Relationships in Books

The post this month is love sex, & relationships are part of many books. What seems acceptable, what do you think current readers want, and what (for you) is going too far?
Now this is an interesting topic.
I’m not sure what current readers want. I think they each have their own preferences. They find an author who writes what that reader enjoys. If it’s sex they’re going to look for erotica. If it’s love they’ll find those sweet books. If they’re more interested in a strong plot with maybe a first-person detective, they’ll pick up one of those books.  

What’s going too far? I honestly don’t know. Today it’s all about pushing boundaries.
The reader will decide if it’s gone too far for their comfort zone and not read that author.
I do think the books need to be labelled (erotica, YA, RS, etc.) or described on the back cover blurb so the reader has some idea of the sex, relationship inside.

Love and relationships, those are my thing. I think they add an extra depth and layering to the character building, to the plot and eventually the HEA. I find the straight murder/suspense while a great story, leaves me feeling I’ve missed out on something, (the relationships) and the HEA.

All my books, The Hawkins’ Ranch series and The Fourth Victim have love, relationships and HEA. (and a modicum of sex) 😊

Interesting topic and I’m curious to see what the other authors have to say. And I’d love to hear what people have to say from a reader’s point of view.   

Diane Bator
Margaret Fieland
Skye Taylor
Victoria Chatham
A.J. Maguire
Marci Baun
Dr. Bob Rich
Rhobin L Courtright


  1. You make a good point about pushing boundaries. As a reader we have the choice to stop reading or skip bits we don't want to read. I know two authors who have been asked to spice up their books with more sex and neither author wanted to do that. They sex sells and maybe it does, but I prefer a book that develops a loving relationship, which includes love making rather than sex.

  2. I so totally agree that the relationships are what make characters real, compelling and memorable. I've read dozens of books that I remember NOTHING about within a week or two of finishing the story. I might have enjoyed it while I was reading it, but it if the author doesn't make me really care about the character I won't recall them later on. Sex might sell, but it doesn't last - just look at the divorce rate - it's the well developed and caring relationship that sustains both the story and a marriage.

  3. I agree you are correct about pushing boundaries because that is how fiction changes and takes new directions. On the other hand I think most readers want the developing relationship. Sex is okay, but without emotional involvement it doesn't mean much to either character or to the reader.

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