For someone that hates most romance books in real life, I read a lot of them on here, and I have just finished “plotting” the scenes of episode one of my new story, and I notice that in a lot of the stories I’ve read, the relationship of some of the MC’s and LI’s is based on sexual love? Like the MC has a three hour long narration on how much she wants to eat the LI and I know people like that and that’s why I’m asking this.
Instead of doing the MC’s and LI’s relationship based on sexual attraction, if it’s based on the innocence of it? Sure, I’ll add sexual stuff and kissing blah blah but if it’s main focus is on the purity of it?
Would that be appeasing as a reader?
As an example of this, imagine instead of a long steamy kiss on a rooftop, the LI pulls her in and wraps his arms around her burying his face into her neck and promising he’s gonna stay with her until his last breath.
Tbh I don’t like sexual stuff in stories either. Especially when it’s JUST sexual. I love romances that are slow burn and clearly have tension but none of it is sexual and it’s purely based on the characters and their actual growing love.
Like one story I read that I really liked was about a guy and a girl having an arranged marriage, and the guy was more emotionally mature than the girl and they kinda had this topsy relationship that was slowly building. Oh and they had an arranged marriage not in the typical way, they both signed up for it willingly as an experiment lol.
Idk I just prefer stuff like that over anything sexual.
In my current story, the optional romantic relationship between MC and the LI is a slow burn. I don’t even describe sexual tensions as I want to show, that love isn’t about sexual stuff (and because the MC is demisexual).
I actually love romance novels Straight, LGBT+, all kinds lol. But I like them more for the “emotional love” that develops between the characters more so than the “sexual love”. Scenes like that would definitely make me want to read your story! It wouldn’t take anything away from it in my opinion either. Not to mention I get horrible second-hand embarrassment when I read episode stories nowadays. When the MC explains how she’d "lick this" or "taste that" and etc.
P.S. Let me know whenever you release your story! I’d be happy to read it
Truly saying I m working on fantasy story. And the Love scenes will be purely decent initially… Just like slow burn romance… Like it feels good knowing each other first rather than thinking bout what things u wanna do physically