Since the time of when Fragonard painted his famous painting to the right, the Swing seems full of playfully erotic possibilities.
In Madeline Hunter’s The Sinner, a dissolute character (Ewan McLean) is introduced. He is quite the naughty gent with tantalizing mentions of a swing in his London bachelor pad and sole ownership of the only surviving copy of I Modi (The Ways), the infamous Renaissance engravings of erotica showing mythological figures going through various sexual positions. When Ewan McLean eventually gets his own story later in the series in Lord Of Sin, I fully expected Hunter to show Ewan making good use of both the swing and the engravings. Lord of Sin, it turns out, was all about the art of engraving but the love scene I expected on the damn swing consisted of all of two lines. 😦
Sadly, I can think of only two other love scenes which occurred on a swing that I have come across in my years of romance reading. In Sabrina Jeffries’s A Dangerous Love, the first book in her Swanlea Spinster Series, the consummation scene mostly takes place on a swing before the hero decides he needs more leverage.
I think the best incorporation of the swing in a romance is in Eve Byron’s Tempt Me Not. It is used throughout the book. The Hero and Heroine grew up together and the swing serves as the backdrop to the beginning of their connection. Later, as a grown man, the Hero installs a swing onto the terrace of his estate and it becomes a peaceful setting for when he wants to brood. When the H/H make love on the swing, it brings them full circle.
Does anyone know of any other romances with love scenes on a swing? If any writers stop by, please think of including one in your next work. 😉 For more inspiration, I found an Indian Mughal painting that is quite, um, inventive. I put it after the cut because it’s quite explicit and NSFW (Not Safe For Work).
I hope someone can figure out the logistics of this. *BEG*
Oh, and I just remembered this famous ad. It’s for Calvin Klein’s Obsession. LOL. How appropriate. 🙂