We say it all the time, or at least think on it -- if only guys would read romance novels, they'd finally figure out how to be romantic.
Allow me to translate what's not printed between those lines -- they'd finally get it right in bed.
As Virgin Books erotica editor Adam Nevill put it in our recent interview, "the number one thing men are obsessed with is knowing just what is it women want in bed."
Now, I could have told him on behalf of all of us, but my job is to ask the questions, not to put forth information that would change for ever the male-female power dynamic.
Your job today is to put your fiction where your mouth is:
What single romance novel would you offer men as a reference for learning how to turn our heads, capture our hearts, then turn us inside-out?
Especially the last part. Caveat: guys have feelings, too. So we can't just go tossing em a Lisa Kleypas like it's Female Sexuality for Dummies. We've got to be cognizent of men's adequacies in relation to the novel's hero, in the same way we're affected by the heroines who are our placeholders.
That's where it gets tricky, no?
One guy who never has trouble pleasing women is William, hero of Kathryn Jordan's "Hot Water." Kathryn Jordan joins us tomorrow, Tues., Oct. 10, with her GuestBlog and Cyber Spa Party!
Encore! Please read my new article "Romance Novels Go Mainstream" at http://www.wnbc.com/entertainment/9983962/detail.html , then send the link to your friends, if you'll be so kind! Molto grazie!