I've been on a quest for the last year or so to find books with good steamy sex scenes that don't offend my feminist principles. It doesn't have to be about feminism or a polemic or anything, just stuff that isn't, you know, creepy. No rapeyness, no stupidly macho heroes, etc. And also not the pseudo-feminist stuff with supposedly "strong" women characters who then give up whatever their strength is just to be in love. Also not man-hating...I've had some stuff recommended to me that turned into man-hating and my feminism doesn't include that.
I prefer fantasy as a genre but will also read good human-based science fiction. No BDSM (faux or otherwise) please. I find that stuff triggery.
I've actually written and published two novels myself just to satisfy what I'm looking for, but I'd like to kick back and read others!
Well, Marion Zimmer Bradley is a classic feminist fantasy writer... but perhaps her books might be what you would call man hating? It is hard to know.
I haven't read her so I'm not sure. I know that I get very frustrated with anything that paints men as a bunch of useless, war-mongering dolts just as much as I get mad at stereotypes of women. :/
Hmmmm, how steamy do you want the sex scenes to be? I don't really read a lot of fantasy, so I haven't encountered any with serious sex scenes, but maybe they are there. Sometimes I skip by them if I'm not in the mood.
Have you seen this blog? Someone recommended it to me as a good romance review place: http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/about
Steamy enough to be interesting. Too many of them do the "fade to black" just before things get fun. :)
A lot of the sex I've seen in fantasy is male-focused and not very good. That's why I'm always looking for recommendations...
And yes I love that blog. I live in a constant state of apprehension and terror about submitting my own novels for review! I read some of their top picks, though, and found them a little dull. Not offensive, but just very predictable and repetitive. :/
Yeah, I feel like that is the issue with so many of the romance novels. It's hard to find an exciting, well-plotted story that also includes the more in-depth love scenes.
I usually read the ones that have a mystery component, because it feels kind of standard with romance.
That sounds excellent, Tinuviel! I'm adding it to my Goodreads list now, thank you! :D
Oh wow check it out, there's actually a contest on Goodreads to win a copy right now: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10964.Outlander
Nrrrrrrgh. That's majorly triggery for me. That puts it out, historically accurate or not. :p
Plus even though men could beat their wives, not all did. I'm looking for heroes who choose not to. In fact, show me the hero who endures the mocking of other men against it.
It wasn't sexual, but Jamie did admit that it was sexually arousing to him at one point, which is where I think she pulled the knife. It's been a long time since I've read that book. I was actually supposed to read it again for a book club, but I haven't.
There was one scene at the end of the book that involved torture, that I had to skip. I generally skip torture scenes in books, so I ended up reading backwards from it. Later books include a rape scene, but not between a romantic pair.