In general, romance fiction is uplifting – something that makes the reader feel good. Sex is supposed to be fun, so why not have fun with the love scenes?
That’s not to say that every sex scene should be a comedy, but there’s nothing wrong with taking a lighter approach once in a while. Maybe the love scene starts with a pillow fight or the hero and heroine needling each other. Often times, the clever banter leading up to the steamier scenes serves as foreplay.
In this regard, I have to say the historical romance writers really excel. Authors like Julia Quinn, Loretta Chase, Stephanie Laurens, and Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz manage to blend humor and romance in fantastically entertaining ways. The black croquet mallet of death can appear in the same work as a hot attraction. A klutzy heroine can find love, and an infuriating hero can be lured by her “enormous brain.” There are some fabulous one-liners in these books.
With her paranormal romances, especially her early Undead series, MaryJanice Davidson has built a career out of mixing romance/sex and humor. So has Kerrelyn Sparks, Kathy Love, and Lynsay Sands with their vampire books. Nina Bangs gave us Sparkle Stardust and Ganymede, and Sandra Hill has delighted us with her Vikings and their often comical predicaments. Kresley Cole combines humor, action, fantasy, and passion in her books. In her case, though, I’m always most curious to see what Nix is up to.
There’s more than one way to put a smile on someone’s face. Why not blend sex and humor and create the best in silly human experience?