I am so over Carriage Scenes. Sex in a moving carriage has become almost a prerequisite in historical romances as the First Kiss. The next historical I read with a carriage sex scene, I swear I’m gonna hit the wall with it.
Instead, let’s hear it for the bath scenes in historicals. Considering the size of the bathtubs back then, they usually border the acrobatic 🙂 and since usually at least one of the h/h is nekkid, they are also bloody convenient too. They can also be symbolic ala a cleansing of one’s past and a symbol for a new beginning as in Madeline Hunter’s The Romantic.
And look at that expression of bliss on Rachel McAdams’ face in this cut scene from the movie The Notebook. Having a man wash your hair is an orgasmic experience. What is one of the sexiest scenes in movies with the clothes ON? That’s right, it’s the hair washing scene in Out of Africa. I can watch the scene in a continuous loop. We need more love scenes with hair-washing dammit!
My mind is going over all the bath love scenes that I can remember. I think my favorite is the one in Mary Jo Putney’s Thunder & Roses. (God how I love this book! It’s so amazing!) Anyway, the bath scene isnt too explicit. In fact, it’s very casually described but it was Nick saying goodbye to Clare and Clare knowing from his intensity that this is a goodbye even if he is saying it aloud. Very poignant. [Sigh]
Honorable mention goes to the bathtub scene in Stephanie Steven’s Defiant Angel. Nothing really remarkable about it other than that its a hot scene and I felt like posting the Fabio-so cover. 🙂
What are you favorite bathtub love scenes?