In honour of Valentine’s Day coming up in a little more than a week, I wanted to talk to you guys about kissing in novels, and my opinion on the right and wrong way to do it (NB: this is JUST an opinion, and I totally get that other people like other things … let’s all hold hands and … kiss? No, that’s not right …).
-Do build up to it. There is nothing I like more than a well built-up kiss, where you’re ready, you’re just so ready for it to happen! Think Colleen Hoover’s Slammed. Or, my lovely friend Stacey Nash’s Forget Me Not/The Collective series.That was a first kiss I loved.
-Make it real. I love kisses in novels that have a little awkward moment, or that aren’t picture perfect, such as at least one I can think of in L. M. Augustine’s Click to Subscribe.
-‘Deepen the kiss.’ As a freelance editor of many romantic NA novels, ‘deepening the kiss’ is one of the most common expressions I see. It serves a purpose, and I get it … But it makes me think of a tongue forcing its way down a throat. And really, who wants to choke on that?
-Clash teeth. Okay, this is totally a personal preference here, and I know it can be a sign of an awkward real kiss (something I said I loved) or perhaps a really rushed, passionate one, but clashing teeth gives me THAT feeling, with the shivers, and the nails, and the chalkboard, and makes me feel like popping on a mouth guard before I engage in my next game of tonsil hockey.
But enough about me; what do you think? What do you love and hate about kissing in novels? Would love to hear from you below.
Lauren K. McKellar is an author and editor. Her upcoming NA novel, The Problem With Crazy, is released next week. Lauren enjoys margaritas, long walks on the beach, and making out with her fiancé in the moonlight.