A Question of Sex: Sexy Novels Without Sex?


Sexy_MouthI’ve been doing some thinking about revamping a novel I wrote a while back, rethinking the plot, etc.  But here is a question at large:  would you, as a reader, get angry reading a novel that has a lot of sexual tension in it between the main characters if it turned out that the two characters finally decided not to have sex?

In other words, can there be a sexy novel without a sex scene?

Have you ever read a sexy novel that didn’t capitulate in a sex scene, whether implied or not?  I’ve gotten some suggestions: Girl With A Pearl Earring, and Animal Dreams.  Have you got any others?

 

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  1. I like the idea. I’m all for letting tension brew and bubble to add to the toil and trouble. But as a reader, I think if you build the tension up to much and nothing happens, you’d just leave me frustrated, and unsatified. I could make the argument that that’s where Fanfictions come in, but it so much more satifiying if the story gives me the satification it promised.

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