When I originally started writing my first book, my intention was not to have detailed sex scenes. But as I continued to read book after book, I noticed that all of them had sex scenes in them. I mean romantic relationships and sex go hand in hand so why wouldn't the stories include them? Yes, I could have written the story of Janie and Jake without the sex scenes, but to be able to share the passion, tenderness, and all the sensations you feel in those moments just adds to the story. I guess you could say that they are added bonuses. But isn't that what we all hope to find in a good romance novel? And I am talking ROMANCE novels, NOT erotica. What's the difference? Romance novels have a story, a plot, one that can be told without the sex. Erotica is simply just about the sex. I was talking to a friend about Cutting Through, and I had mentioned the shower scene. She didn't remember details about it, but she could tell me details about the love story and characters. I thought that was awesome, because it made me feel like the story overpowered the sex scenes to the point that you don't really remember them.
Romantic fiction is the largest selling fiction sub-genre, so I guess we know what that means. Yup, women read more than men, and sex sells!