the ask@AAR: What are the very best love scenes in romance?

My book club–the fun one–met last night and discussed Verity. It was not much loved. Many called out, in particular, the sex scenes. The words crass, vulgar, and filler were mentioned.

This group, with a few exceptions, doesn’t read romance and several people opined that sex scenes make a book worse rather than better. I found this somewhat upsetting. Because, of course, a good sex scene is one of my favorite things in a book. I assured them that there were many sex scenes in many books that were sublime, not crass or filler. From the looks on a few faces, I don’t think I convinced them all.

So, help me out. What are some truly stellar sex scenes? I need specifics–it would be great if you could name the book and when the scene occurs. The scenes don’t have to be explicit, although if they are, that’s fine.

Thanks! You guys are the best.

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