I’m so very excited to welcome Jenna Jaxon today! Not only is she an amazing person, she writes with a beautiful, wicked style that turns everything she pens into a page turner. Whether you love historical romances or naughty erotic contemporaries, you’re in the right place … especially to learn about a little candlight lovin’. Jenna?
“How do you set a romantic scene?” Ask this question and almost immediately men and women both will say, “Light some candles.” Candles have been associated with romance probably only since the advent of electric lights, yet they are the first thing people think of when you say romance. What quality does candlelight have that inspires those soft, sensual feelings in both men and women?
Candlelight encourages a sense of intimacy. A dinner with candles casts only enough light for you and your date to see each other. The rest of the world fades into the darkness and it is easier to focus only on each other, thereby creating an intimate bubble between you. Intimate distance is considered to be from contact with skin to about 18 inches–just about as far as a candle’s light will reach.
A low quality of light casts an aura of mystery over a room. Just like the light of sunrise or sunset, the uncertainty of candlelight appeals to our sense of adventure. It suggests possibilities that are blatantly not there in the harsh light of day or 100 watt bulbs. The flickering light of many candles–either in a bedroom or a bathroom–enhances your mystique and allows you the opportunity to discover all your partner’s now hidden, and therefore fascinating, nooks and crannies.
Scented candles can also bring the air of romance to a room. Certain aromas go well together–lavender, lemon and peppermint combine to relax and soothe, to put you in the mood to languish or to explore each other in a leisurely manner. If you know your partner’s preferences, you can arrange to have those scents perfuming the air, and creating the perfect atmosphere for romance.
In 7 Days of Seduction, Hunter takes advantage of the many uses of candles to give Ashley a super sensory experience on one of their colorful adventures. He fills her bedroom with tall pillar candles, creating that intimate aura that feeds romance. But he also takes advantage of another sensory encounter in the form of wax play. This sensual (though sometimes painful) form of BDSM is meant to help Ashley not only trust him, but push her boundaries just a little. It may be a bit extreme, but it is another way that candles can enhance your romantic evening at home.
Have you ever arranged a romantic evening? Did you use candles or come up with some other device to create romance?
Ashley Thompson had a wild time at her party last Friday night. Maybe too wild. She wakes to find a video of her in the middle of a ménage a trois with her ex-boyfriend and a gorgeous stranger. Unable to remember anything about the night, other than the hot sex she sees on the computer screen, Ashley begins a search for Mr. Hunk. She has no luck until he unexpectedly shows up–in her shower.
Hunter Hopewell intends to introduce Ash to a variety of sexual experiences he finds fun and exciting. He proposes a week long series of “colorful” encounters designed to seduce Ashley out of her kink comfort zone.
As their week of escalating pleasure intensifies, Ashley must choose to let go of her inhibitions or risk losing the best damn lover she’s ever had.
Flickering lights in what should have been her dark bedroom sped her heart rate. Several groups of tall pillar candles around the room gave off a fresh, waxy smell. Thank goodness, there were no sweet floral scents. The light blue duvet cover turned back revealed blue striped sheets. She stood appreciating the romance of the room. Hunter moved to stand close behind her.
“I guess it will be novel to make love in a bed.” Her hushed tone seemed right for the moment.
“And other things,” Hunter whispered as he kissed her ear. “Are you ready to see what’s in that bag?”
She nodded, concerned only with his lips as he nibbled down the nape of her neck. The mystery of the bag no longer filled her with anxiety.
Once naked, they sat on the bed and he opened the satchel, laying items on the mattress beside her. A yellow taper candle, a box of matches, a black condom, a beach towel and strips of black cloth. The last item sent a quiver of apprehension through her and she picked them up.
“What are these for?” Though curious, she wasn’t afraid, even though she suspected what they were.
“Restraints.” In the wavering light, his mouth curled in a sensual smile. “I wanted to tie you to the bed tonight, Ashley.”
Her heart leaped, her stomach dropped, and her pussy clenched. Keep breathing.
“I knew you had a really kinky side. Just didn’t know when it was going to show itself.” She turned the strips over, running them through her fingers. The softness of the fabric belied their purpose. She glanced at the brass bars of her headboard. “Well, you’ve got the perfect setting for it.” Raising her gaze to his face, she nonchalantly handed the restraints over. “You want to put these on me now?”
“I’m actually thinking I’ll save them for later. Concentrate on the other goodies.” He shoved the black strips back into the bag. “Do you know what the candle’s for?”
She shook her head.
“Watch.” He grabbed it and lit it from one of the pillars then waited a minute for the wax to collect around the flame. Ash watched, fascinated as he held his hand out, palm down, and dripped the hot wax onto the back of his hand. He didn’t flinch, but his eyes grew round briefly.
Her stomach flipped suddenly. “You want to drip wax on my hand?”
“On your body.”
Her sharp intake of breath sounded loud in the quiet room. Almost louder than the hammering of her heart. The game had gotten much more real in the past thirty seconds.
Jenna Jaxon is a multi-published author of historical and contemporary romance. She is currently finishing revisions to Betrothal, the first book in the Time Enough to Love series. Her Georgian novel, Only Scandal Will Do, the first in a series of five interconnecting novels, was released in July 2012. Work on the second book of the series, Only Marriage Will Do, has begun. Her third full-length novel, As Long As You’re Mine, set in Victorian London and Richmond, Virginia is currently out to an agent.
Jenna has been reading and writing historical romance since she was a teenager. A romantic herself, she has always loved a dark side to the genre, a twist, suspense, a surprise. She tries to incorporate all of these elements into her own stories. She lives in Virginia with her family and a small menagerie of pets. When not reading or writing, she indulges her passion for the theatre, working with local theatres as a director. She often feels she is directing her characters on their own private stage.
She has equated her writing to an addiction to chocolate because once she starts she just can’t stop.