5 Necessary Elements in a Sexy Contemporary Romance by Susanna Carr – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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5 Necessary Elements in a Sexy Contemporary Romance

I have written sexy contemporary romances for over a decade. Some of the romances are lighthearted while others are emotionally intense. I have set my stories in everything from small towns to cosmopolitan cities to desert kingdoms. While the stories offer different experiences for the reader, there are five necessary components in a sexy contemporary romance.

1. A likeable heroine: She doesn’t have to be perfect or have extraordinary talents, but if I’m going to spend a couple of hours reading about her, the heroine needs to be someone I like.

2. An unforgettable hero: The hero has his flaws but he also represents everything we adore about men. He is the best and worst man for the heroine and in the end we recognize that he is the only man for her.
3. Conflict: There should be several reasons why the heroine and hero are not together. One of the reasons should be outside forces. For example, the hero and heroine in my book PRINCE HAFIZ’S ONLY VICE couldn’t be together because he must accept an arranged marriage to another woman. The other conflict should be emotional. The heroine in the same book needs a partner in life who would put her first. The emotional conflict in this story is that Hafiz, the man she loves, can’t be that person.

4. A satisfying romantic ending: The hero and heroine have to make a commitment to each other by the end of the book. It doesn’t require a wedding but the reader needs to know they are going to be together through thick and thin.

5. Sex: When I read a sexy contemporary romance, I want the sex to be intimate, emotional and another way of showing how the characters feel about each other.

What do you think is essential in a sexy contemporary romance?

What a royal wants…

Prince Hafiz devotes his days to his people and his nights to indulging his desires with his stunning American mistress, Lacey Maxwell. But duty requires him to marry a “suitable” bride.

In her deepest secret fantasies, Lacey naively hopes to one day wear Hafiz’s ring, until her dreams are shattered and he chooses someone else.

Faced with the reality of a passionless union, Hafiz realizes the years spent with Lacey have done nothing to slake his hunger for her. Instead he’s determined to turn his only vice into a virtue for the sake of his country…and each other!

Enjoy an excerpt:

Lacey stared at the engagement announcement. Her mind refused to comprehend the words. “Marry?” she whispered. Her wild gaze flew to Hafiz’s harsh face. “You’re getting married?”

She waited in agony as he rose to his full height. He looked very tall and intimidating. Almost like a stranger.

Lacey didn’t realize she was holding her breath until he answered. “Yes.”

The single word sent her universe into a spiral. “I don’t…I don’t….” She stared at the headline again, but the pain was too raw, too intense.

Her hands shook as the rage and something close to fear swirled inside her. Fear of losing everything. Pure anger at the thought of Hafiz with another woman. The fury threatened to overpower her. She wanted to scream at the injustice and claw at something. Stake her claim. Hafiz belonged to her.

“You have been with another woman.” She couldn’t believe it. “All this time, you were with someone else.”

Hafiz’s eyes narrowed at the accusation. “No. You have been the only woman in my life since I met you in St. Louis a year ago.”

She was the only woman, and yet he was going to marry another? “Then how are you…I don’t understand.”

He braced his feet a shoulders’ width apart and clasped his hands behind his back, preparing for battle. “I met the bride today and she agreed.”

Lacey’s mouth gaped open. “You just met her?” She snatched the flicker of hope and held on tight. “So, it’s an arranged marriage.”

Hafiz let out a bark of humorless laughter. “Of course.”

“Then, what’s the problem?” She moved slowly as she stood. Her arms and legs felt limp and shaky. “Say that you won’t get married.”

He looked away. “I can’t.” Regret tinged his voice.

About the Author:Susanna Carr is an award-winning author known for her contemporary romances. Readers throughout the world find Susanna’s stories a delightful escape that has often helped them through difficult times. Reviewers frequently describe her work as “fun”, “sexy” and “a must read.” When she isn’t writing or spending time with her family in the Pacific Northwest, Susanna enjoys reading romance and connecting with readers online.

Website: susannacarr.com
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  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Thanks for hosting my guest post!

  3. Rita Wray says:

    I enjoyed reading the Five Necessary Elements.

  4. I’d say chemistry is essential!

  5. I have to agree with you and those 5 points. It would be hard to rank them because I believe each is equally important to a good story. But most important to me would be likeable heroines and heroes. The girl especially…I don’t mind a little ditzy, but not the TSTL woman. She is beyond redemption IMHO and I won’t finish the book to find out if the author did actually redeem or or left her back in the dust.

  6. I like the excerpt

  7. Serena S. says:

    I liked the 5 things list.

  8. I like the book excerpt, Thank you!

  9. SHELLEY S says:


  10. an HEA

  11. Ashley F. says:

    Nice except and thanks for the giveaway ^^

  12. I loved the excerpt!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  13. Mary Preston says:

    There has to be chemistry. I want to feel the electricity.

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