I’m on the home stretch in my rewrite for ‘MMMM’ but as I rewrite/edit I’m having to ask myself the question, how many sex scenes are too many!? They are all there for reasons but at last count I have five, which seems quite a few for a 50k novel.
First one is the ONS – and as it’s a ONS-that-turns-to-much-more hook, that one’s kind of a necessity.
The next is the night he propositions her for more and she agree to a no-strings attached affair.
The third is there to show their relationship developing into more than just sex – to show them also have fun and getting to know each other.
The fourth occurs after a heavy conversation which spurs him to wonder if they should end it cos she’s obviously the marriage and babies type. She says no, she can handle it.
The last one, is in her office, when she knows she’s pregnant but hasn’t told him yet and he’s basically decided it needs to end. But he can’t resist her charms one last time.
So what do you think… does that sound too many for MH? Anyone keep a record of how many are in the books they’ve read? Hey… I know it’s a long-shot but figured it was worth asking.
If any of these scenes have to go… I think it’s the last one. And that might just happen since I’m having to rethink the BM completely!!!!
Added: This post on Bitten By Books was just brought to my attention by someone on the RWA Aus e-loop and it seemed pretty fitting. Interesting reading!