Pick up a current romance book, any romance book. Chances are it will have at least one sex scene in it, or (maybe two or three). If it is a long historical with a good plot, I skip over the sex scene (sometimes as much as five pages) and get on with the good stuff: the plot, what’s happening. If there is no plot, just a series of sex scenes, I lay it aside and never finish it.
Pick a current mystery, fantasy, even science fiction. Chances are fifty-fifty that it will have the main character having sex in it, probably not five pages, but ya never know. One fantasy book I read recently had two long sex scenes in it that I skimmed through, flipping the pages quickly, trying to get back to the story.
Why are more and more writers putting more and more sex in their books? The old writer adage Sex Sells seems to be the current motto. Since these books are selling, there must be readers who want their books to be filled with sensuous writing. I would rather have the writer “close the door” and leave the love-making to my imagination.
I want a good story. I want characters I can like and care about. I want to laugh, to cry. I want to be entertained. I’m bored with page after page of sex scenes, even if the author calls them love scenes.