More Than Steamy Glances
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Passion – More Than Steamy Glances
This being Valentine’s Day, it is not only easy, but expected for our thoughts to turn to passion. (Cue the lacy lingerie, sultry jazz music and a few flickering candles.) Romance readers and writers are big fans of this particular word because it carries such promise with it. While it can indicate a strong amorous feeling, love or sexual desire (all great things in a romance book!), passion can also be an extravagant fondness for anything.
In my book Act Like We’re In Love, Luke’s a big time movie star, and Linnea is a regional theatre actress. The wrong kind of sparks fly when they meet, and aside from lusting after Luke’s drool inducing body (thanks to his years of portraying AquaMan), Linnea wants nothing to do with him. Until…they sing together while rehearsing for Guys & Dolls.
She sank back into her seat and gripped the edges with her fingers to keep from throwing herself into his arms. The way their voices had melded was incredibly sensual. Every note Luke sang caressed her body with its velvety tone. The experience qualified as the closest she’d come to sex in many months. For that matter, it was better than the last time she’d had sex!
Linnea develops respect for Luke; for his dedication to their craft and his utter devotion to making their production as stellar as possible. Their shared passion for performing helps bridge the gulf between them (okay, the hot kisses on the river bank probably helped as well).
Characters can share a passion for something tangible like antique cars to a favorite baseball team, or something more ephemeral like justice or revenge. Passion can lead to a cute first meeting at an indie film festival. Two long-time adversaries might be brought together through their passion for restoring a historic landmark. On the other hand, passion can drive a wedge between characters, creating the all important conflict that tears the hero and heroine apart. She passionately wants kids – he doesn’t. He wants to spend his life avenging the libelous scandal that got his father kicked out of Congress. She wants her passionate love for him to be enough, and for him to abandon the unwinnable cause he pursues so passionately. Are you sensing a theme here?
Passion in all its forms is at the heart of every romance. Great passion can lead to great tension, great love, and of course, great sex. What’s your passion (besides reading romances)?