Monday, September 3, 2012

Making Love - From Whose Point of View?

(Note: This post will be displayed at the top of this blog during the Romancing the Hop blog hop. Just scroll down for the newer posts.)
This has always intrigued me. When I reach a love scene, I always note whose point of view is telling me about it. If the story is in first person, then the viewpoint is from the woman (unless I'm reading a homo-erotic story, which doesn't give me a choice.)

Otherwise, in most cases, I get to vicariously live every lick and tickle from the woman's POV.

So I went back and checked to see how I wrote these scenes, and discovered that I'm about half and half - sometimes in the same book!

For instance, in HEARTFAST, depending on the scene, sometimes you get the hero's version, and at other times, the heroine's description. The same goes for X-TROLLER.
But I do have some books where the POV of lovemaking is strictly one-sided throughout. HEALER OF THE HEART, HIS LAST REQUESTTHE GIFTED, and  SANDEFLAY are told strictly from the man's viewpoint. While the LORD OF THUNDER series, FIRELIGHT, DEEP, and CAPTIVE SURRENDER are revealed from the heroine's POV. In fact, when I did a little calculating, I realized I've written about half and half.
Which makes me wonder - do you prefer to read a great sex scene as the man, or the woman? Comment below, and you could WIN!
Every day of the blog hop, I will be giving away 3 prizes: a free ebook, an Amazon gift card, and a Starbuck's gift card. Be sure to include your email address in your post. Come back the next day to see if you've won. You may enter every day, but only one entry per day will be permitted.

At the same time you comment, your name will be entered in the blog hop's Grand Prize Contest, of which there will be three winners! Grand Prizes include a Kindle, a gift card, and the entire swag shown below.
So comment now, and Good Luck! (Then skip below and choose your next destination!)


Carin said...

I think I like to read a great sex scene when the point of view switches back and forth so you get both, Thanks Carin
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miki said...

I don't mind whose the point of view is but i think it could be fun to see the same scene once from the male perspective and once from teh heroine ( as a bonus) so we could see when it was more intense for who

Thank you a lot for your giveaway ( being international though i can't enter for the starbuck card but the rest is fine^^ )


Unknown said...

I am probably more partial to a woman's point of view because I can relate more to it. I never really thought about it. Thanks so much for an awesome giveaway! I love your books!

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Unknown said...

As a woman I usually prefer to read from the woman's point of view. That way I can pretend I'm the character and immerse myself in the fantasy.

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Unknown said...

What a fun hop!
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Unknown said...

What a fun hop!
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Unknown said...

I guess I would say the man's just because you usually get it from the woman's

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Anonymous said...

The man's--I like m/m best, because you get to read the men's perspective from multiple permutations!


Sharon Clare said...

I like both points of view actually. It's as important for me to get inside the man's head as it is the woman's.


Unknown said...

I loved your Battle Lord series, it drew me in and made me happy!
Thanks again for the giveaway!

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ps: I am terrible at proving I am not a robot!! usually takes me 4 or 5 tries!

Linda Mooney said...

Thank you, everyone, who left a comment on August 31st. I will be announcing my 3 winners shortly.

Dovile said...

I like when the point of view is switched between male and female, so that I can see the situation from both sides. Sometimes it's very interesting how many misunderstandings can happen.

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miki said...

^^ i think the first time i really saw the difference was thank to the curran POV written by ilona andrews ( free short stories) that is a "rewrite" of some parts/chapter of their series Kate Daniels but from the male point of vue and i had so much fun with those^^


JeanMP said...

I like the point of view from both sides. I like to understand the man's view as well as the woman's.

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Jesse Kimmel-Freeman said...

Seriously tricky question. I've never read one from a male POV i don't think. I bet they're jsut as awesome. :0)

Celeste Jones said...

I think that reading the same scene or parts of the same scene from both pov's is fun and makes the scene richer. When I'm writing, I usually start w/the woman's pov and then I get so caught up in it, I don't want to switch. LOL

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mariehahn13 said...

I don't mind either one, but I think I prefer from the woman's pov. Simply because, well, I am a woman, and I can pretty much tell you how those certain things would feel! :)

Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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Cathy M said...

SSince I read both m/m and m/f romances I enjoy both viewpoints.

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Foretta said...

thanks for the contest!!

Evie said...

I prefer the woman's pov.
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Dovile said...

Good luck, everyone!

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Unknown said...

Hope your weekend is going great! What are you working on now?

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Patti said...

Thanks for participating! Really like the hop so far!! I love reading, especially romance. I love reading contemporary, historical and erotic romance. I love the happy ending that is garenteed at the end. My favorite book is Lover Mine by JR Ward! I love John Matthew and Xhex. My favorite romantic moment was when my fiancé asked me to marry him! We meant two years ago right around when summer was ending! I think it is romantic when he brings me flowers because no one else has ever done it! My friend and I went out for our last big night out before classes started again. Thanks so much! Hope everyone else is having a great long weekend!!

susan1215 said...

As a woman I usually prefer to read from the woman's point of view

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JanD said...

Since it's commonly from the woman's POV, I like reading the man's POV. It's great when it switches POV for the whole book.

Cassandra said...

I love it from both POVs as long as it's hot :)
Thanks for the awesome & amazing giveaway!

Liese2 said...

I like a scene where you get both points of view. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

Veronika said...

I like reading them in both POV! But if I have to choose I'm more interesten in male character's POV.
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Ileana A. said...

I think I like to read both POV but from a male perspective I find it more interesting.

Ileana A. said...

I forgot my email: Sorry!

Don't count me for the Starbuck card, im international!

AnnaM. said...

Love your site! I'm more partial to the woman's pov but in a sex scene I can deal with pov hopping.

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Kaylyn D said...

I like seeing the point of views from all the characters. It helps you get all the info. Thank you for the giveaway.

miki said...

Can we participate again even if we won?

I wanted to ask do you think that male author like to write more the male point of view of they also favor the female one?

Thank you again so much


Anonymous said...

I think most romance books are split down the middle half her POV, half his.
Thanks for participating in the hop and giving us all a chance to win, and share our stories.

Linda Mooney said...

I think it depends on the author. I don't think men write strictly from the hero's POV, no more than female authors write only from the heroine's perspective.

Kim D said...

Thanks tons for the hop! I only read romance. My fav is Lora Leigh! Going to parade Monday with brothers and sisters! Should be FUN!

Shadow said...

Thanks for the awesome hop and giveaways! This is so much fun! Thank you! My favorite thing about romance is the romance. lol I love the characters, the plots, the HEA's, the love. I love it all!

Krystal Shannan said...

Thanks for sharing. Love the blog, great hop!

Vanessa N. said...

Great post. Thanks for the giveaway.

jodi lasher said...

Thanks so much for joining the hop.
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magic5905 said...

I like it from both points of view.
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donnas said...

Thanks for being in the hop!

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Cryscringle said...

I think I'd prefer to read a great sex scene in the woman's POV. I guess it's just because I'm a woman myself, haha. :)

Thank you for the giveaway!

Crystal Craig

Mary Jo said...

LOVE your books, Linda, happy to have been led to your blog by the hop :). I don't think POV matters to me so long as I am sucked in and therefore not aware of pov. I read romance to escape and live in the characters. Good writers make that happen. I hate falling out of the story and wondering why something doesn't add up ..

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Qwillia Rain said...

For me it varies, but I like it either way, as long as the sex is instrumental in driving the story and relationship forward.
For me, romance is all about the trust and respect built between the characters. Since I write BDSM, these elements are very important.
Thank you for participating in the blog hop!

pgeorgiap said...

I don't mind different point of views in the same books. It adds more depth and makes it more realistic, since it takes two to make love!!!!!

Unknown said...

I am so glad you are releasing another Battle Lord book!! Noting its release on my calendar!

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Michele said...

I have to say, I don't think I've ever read a sex scene from the man's point of view. I'd have to say I prefer the female point of view

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booklover0226 said...

I like to read from both view points; I find both enjoyable.

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Linda Mooney said...


I'm currently working on book 4 of my Battle Lord saga. It's entitled One Battle Lord's Fate, and it deals with Yulen's unknown half brother, who decides Alta Novis should really belong to him. :)

Thanks for asking!

Rita Wray said...

Thank you for the giveaway.

Unknown said...

I love both pov's as long as it helps further the story along and fits with the telling of the story. Thanks for being on the hop!
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Michelle Bledsoe said...

I like both views when it comes to the love scenes. I enjoy when the writer takes us back and forth so we know how the characters are feeling at each point.

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Sherry said...

I enjoy reading from both points of view.
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Nay Nay said...

What a great hop! Grand prizes, old friends to visit and new ones to meet… and chances to win at each stop too. I’m in Blog heaven! :-}

It doesn't matter which point of view the sex scene is. <^_^>

Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.

Nay Nay said...

What a great hop! Grand prizes, old friends to visit and new ones to meet… and chances to win at each stop too. I’m in Blog heaven! :-}

I like it when the author takes us back and forth to see the scene from each side. <^_^>

Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.

Yazmin said...

From both pov is better, that way you know what's really going on.
Thank you for being part of the blog hop. :)


The Brunette Librarian said...

I like POV changes but they have to be believable. Oye, hate reading and suddenly your in someone else's head with no reasoning why.

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bn100 said...

No preference


Lindsay Avalon said...

I love reading from both points of view because who doesn't want to know what a man is thinking?

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Jo said...

Good question! One of the things I liked best about Victoria Dahl's 'Talk Me Down' is that the POV switched back and forth between the hero and heroine and was so funny.

mcv said...

I think from the man's point of view. I get a kick when a guy is really into the heroine.

Anonymous said...

That's a really great question! I'm honestly not sure if I've ever read a sex scene from the man's point of view, so I think I'd be really interested in that!


jessica said...

i like the switching. Thanks for being a part of the hop. I hope that you had a great Labor day weekend!
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