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Friday, February 16, 2018

Feeling Flirty? by @JoanReeves #SmartGirlsReadRomance

Even though Valentine’s Day is in the rearview mirror, the world is still thinking about romance, flirtation, and affairs of the heart. Why? Because this is International Flirtation Week.

Get Your Flirt On

Flirting isn’t just for attracting a man or a woman for the initial get-acquainted contact.

Flirting really  should be part of your ongoing love relationship. Just because you’re settled into a relationship doesn’t mean you can’t add sizzling sexiness to the mix.

Don't worry, I'm not talking about a rendezvous with your hubby at a no-tell motel or greeting him at the door wearing plastic wrap.

Here are a couple of ideas to help you get your flirt on using my favorite kind of book: the romance novel.

Who knows better about sizzling, sassy, sexiness than romance writers and readers. As a card-carrying romance author, trust me. I know what I’m talking about.

These suggestions actually are the result of emails from older couples--retired and with more leisure time on their hands--who send me fan mail and they say they like to read my books together!

3 Steps To Flirtation Using Romance Novels

1. Have your lover/spouse read to you. Aloud. A love scene from your favorite romance novel.

Did you ever see the movie, In Her Shoes (book written by Jennifer Weiner), starring Toni Collette as Rose, Cameron Diaz as Maggie, and Mark Feuerstein as Simon?

There’s a scene where Simon, pursuing spinsterish Rose, finds the romance novel she has stashed away. He picks it up and begins to read this torrid love scene aloud.

He finishes the passage, turns to her, and says: “I don’t know about you, but I’m officially turned on.” Priceless — and hot!

Then there’s the scene in Jane Austen Book Club (book written by Karen Joy Fowler) where Prudie, played by Emily Blunt, gets husband Dean, played by Marc Blucas, to read aloud from Jane Austen's Persuasion.

There is nothing explicit or graphic about that book, but, wow! Their reading aloud a love story about persuading two people who once loved to love again unlocks the passion simmering beneath the surface.

So, put your favorite romance novel and your husband in the bedroom with you and a bottle of wine and lock the bedroom door.

2. A variation of the above: you be the reader. Same result.

3. Don’t want to read? Buy an audio book. Queue it up to a scene you love. Run a bubble bath for two, turn on the iPod or cell phone, and dive in.

(By the way, if you have small children, it’s probably best to wait until they’re asleep. There’s nothing that takes the sizzle out of a romantic interlude like a child banging on the bedroom door and hollering, “Mom, Fido barfed on the rug.”)

Post Script

Flirting with your significant other is akin to “dancing like no one’s watching.” It takes courage. Be brave and go for it. Carpe nocte. (Seize the night.)

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Joan Reeves is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Sassy, Sexy Contemporary Romance. Her books are available in audio, ebook, and print.

All of her books have the same underlying theme: It's never too late to live happily ever after. She lives her HEA with her hero, her husband, in the Lone Star State.

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  1. Joan, I love your books. You have a fresh style and I also love that you use humor. Let's face it, you're a gifted writer!

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    1. Thank you so much! I appreciate it. Have a great weekend.


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