Okay, Christmas is still a ways off, but I happen to have a Christmas book coming out in two weeks, so I’ve been thinking about the season already. I even have a video for my upcoming book, though it’s kind of short, just a teaser.
Anywho, when I was writing this book, I had one decision to make: should I put steamy sex in the book or not? Because Christmas isn’t usually seen as a steamy holiday (except for that whole “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” thing). Some people think Christmas books should be sentimental and sweet, others love the idea of hot sex at the season. And then there’s me. I like both. I finally went with steamy but perhaps not quite as steamy as my usual books. It’s more simmering sexual tension. I hope.
But writing the book made me curious about what the average reader considered to be the perfect Christmas romance. On the right is the cover for the UK edition of my Christmas book. Clearly British publishers think Christmas should include masquerade balls.
What do you think the perfect Christmas romance should have?
- Hot sex? Understated sex? No sex?
- Paranormal elements (vampires, shape-shifters and the like)?
- Heart-wrenching moments?
Which of these elements are absolutely necessary for you to enjoy a Christmas romance? Or are you more flexible and willing to go with a variety of different types of holiday book? Do you even read them?
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