This is possibly a weird topic to discuss on the blog, but I keep having issues with it lately, so I need to talk about it. Suddenly, I was in the midst of two books that kept throwing sex scenes at me, and I kept, just — not expecting them.
Culprit #1: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Now, if you read my review for this book, you’ll know that I was a bit blindsided by the fact that this sits firmly in the NA category instead of the YA category. It’s not as if this book was full of sex scenes, and it was certainly tastefully done. BUT… I don’t know, each time a thought or feeling went through Feyre that was decidedly… adult… it threw me off balance and took me out of the story.
Look, I swear I’m not a prude or anything. I mean, I’m not big on romance novels, but I generally enjoy the romance that’s present in the books I read. Kissing scenes are fine. Sweet little romantic scenes are also fine. But for some reason, I just really don’t want to know about much more than that, y’know? Close the curtains and end the scene early, as far as I’m concerned.
That being said…
Since I’m already invested in this series, I do plan to read the rest of it. But I also think that this series will be my one and only NA experience, because it’s obviously just not my thing.
Culprit #2: The Entire All Souls Trilogy
Oh. My. Goat Gods. This series. I’ve already told you about the scenes that made me cringe (and therefore possibly have an accident while driving), but I haven’t told you about the sex scenes yet.
First of all, they are legion. Okay, maybe not legion, but there are many, many effing sex scenes in these books. You’d think that at least by the third book, when there’s plenty of urgent ISSUES to resolve, that we’d be spared… No. NO.
Secondly, they are very long and very descriptive. As I’ve already mentioned (somewhere), Harkness is very good at the description. But like… EEK! It just goes into wayyyyy more detail than I’d care for, or would even be curious about. And the best part is that — if you’ll recall — I listened to these on audio. In my car. While driving. Next to other cars and pedestrians.
Have you ever noticed that you can hear what’s going on in other people’s vehicles, when you’re stopped next to them in traffic? BECAUSE YOU CAN. So, once again, I was forced to turn the volume down LOW, so as to save myself not only from the ickiness, but also from the embarrassment. O_O
I can’t be the only one bothered by these scenes.
Please, tell me. Am I alone in this? Do you think I’m a total weirdo? Do you enjoy sex scenes in non-erotica novels? Tell me your thoughts!