I love most everything about being a romance author, especially the research I get to do. This so-called research ranges from studying photos of a couple holding hands (so I can better describe how their fingers intertwine) to watching rom-coms or reading romance books. When I do the latter, I get so much inspiration for my own stories on how to make them more authentic and engaging.
This is exactly what happened recently when I read a sweet romance book that opened my eyes to the impact of a good kiss. The author wrote the scene in such a way that I was literally on the edge of my seat, waiting for the two main characters to cross the line from friendship to something more. When the moment finally happened, it drew me in, word by word, until I realized I’d read an entire page about a kiss!
Now, I don’t know about you, but most romance books I’ve read don’t spend a whole page on a kiss. Likewise, I don’t invest that much time on my kissing scenes either. I like to focus on the characters’ emotions and their internal thoughts leading up to a kiss, but not so much on the physical act of kissing. Which made me realize—sadly—that I’ve been gypping my readers from good kissing scenes! And I call myself a romance author?
I knew I needed to remedy the problem—fast! So, what did I do? Research, of course!
I went on YouTube and watched the kissing scenes from some of my favorite TV shows and movies. I focused my efforts on not only studying the emotions and thoughts behind a good kiss, but also the physical aspects of one. Then I dug up a kissing scene from the book I was writing and rewrote it. I added in a lot more details, amped up the emotions, and reworked it until I was sure I was giving my characters (and readers) a swoonworthy and satisfying kiss.
Here’s the kissing scene that made it into my newest release, A Sudden Spark. The first half is from Brandon’s perspective; the second from Bria’s.
With a gentle touch, Brandon set Seth down on the futon in the study. He adjusted the blanket and pulled it up to the sleeping boy’s chin. He whispered, “Good night,” before turning to leave.
Unbeknownst to Brandon, Bria was standing right behind him. When he spun around, he bumped into her shoulder, knocking her off balance. She fell backward until he caught her around the waist and pulled her close.
Their gazes connected, and it was almost like a scene from a movie. Brandon could feel her heart beating, or maybe it was his own; he couldn’t tell anymore. All he knew was that Bria was in his arms. She was so close he could see flecks of gold in her amber eyes. She was soft and warm against him, the small curves of her body melding effortlessly into his. He wondered how it would feel to hold her all night like this. How it would feel to kiss her again.
He didn’t need to wonder much longer. The next thing he knew, her mouth was on his.
Bria cupped Brandon’s face with her hands and drew him close. As soon as her lips touched his, Brandon responded. He claimed her mouth, tentatively at first, then with a gentle pressure as he deepened the kiss. Electricity zipped through her body, warming her straight to the core. She lost herself in their closeness, completely caught up in the moment. Too caught up to think about the consequences or even to breathe. All the longing stored up in her heart overflowed, pushing her to take a chance. To act on impulse, or maybe it was intuition. Brandon was so familiar and trustworthy, it was like her heart recognized their potential together before her mind did. And maybe she was a decade too late, but she didn’t care. He was here, she was here, and the moment was perfect.
Or it was until Brandon pulled away.
So, tell me, did my research pay off? What do you think of Brandon and Bria’s kiss or kissing scenes in general? Please let me know in the comments below! Also, be sure to get your copy of A Sudden Spark for only 99¢ before the price goes up next month!
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