Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.
A bundle of myrrh is my well beloved unto me; he shall lie all night betwixt my breasts.
I sat under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.
His left hand is under my head, and his right hand doth embrace me.
My beloved is mine, and I am his; he feedeth among the lilies.
Romance novels vary as to how sexual they are with some very explicit and others suggesting more than doing. Generally, today, they make the point that sexuality between a man and woman is not only natural and beautiful but a good thing. The days of bodice rippers and where rape can be okayed, those are gone unless they show up in erotica. Romance novels are about healthy sex and can even improve sexual relationships between couples as guilt is taken away and pleasure is left.
These stories are mythic, although often in modern times. They are imaginary and meant to depict the powerful energy there can be between a male and a female.
She looks at him across the room and the way he carries himself, the words he's saying maybe to a shopkeeper, they all stir her juices. That is the nature of romantic love. It inspires. It encourages. It dreams.
In the film Magic of Belle Isle, Morgan Freeman's character is crippled. His beautiful neighbor, a single mom,Virginia Madsen, isn't really possible for him to have nor could he possibly dance with her and yet one night he dreams of the dance. It is so real that she talks later of her wish for that dance. She feels the energy. That is what a romance novel does when it's at the top of its game.
Romance novels don't encourage most people to run off in search of that dream. It gives them the energy to make the most of what they have right where they are.
All key ingredients in romance novels that can make someone's life better right where it is when they are applied.