by: M.K. Chester

“He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”

― Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

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As it’s Naughty November, talking about sweet romance might seem out of place. I beg to differ. My mother was watching a remake of Wuthering Heights on television last night and it reminded me of how much I loved that (yes, it’s a romance) story!

Move over 50 Shades

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Why do I love Wuthering Heights?

For the building tension, the unrequited love, the longing glances, the things they do to get (and keep) the attention of the other. Sometimes a single look, a fleeting touch, or one kiss can be a hot as anything on the “50 Shades” side of the bookshelf.

Because you know what it means. It’s what they don’t say. It’s what they stop themselves from doing because it would go against their character. It’s how they orbit around one another because they can’t pull away, and not just because their leading man or lady is good looking.

I Want a Man That Can Make Me Laugh

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Sexy isn’t all about looks, is it? This Society19 article lists confidence, playfulness, intelligence, kindness and sense of humor in the “Top 10 Non-Physical Things that Make Men Sexy AF”. You’ve seen it, ladies. How he addresses your parents (or the waitress), how he makes friends with your pet.  How he loves on his nieces and nephews. Like, physical attraction is great, but stuff like this makes things happen in every sense of the word.

Heroes Are Made, Not Born

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I’m not saying sweet romances drill deeper or work harder to make a man sexy and attractive, they’re just playing with a different deck of cards. So, let’s make it cool to read about heroes and heroines who are all sending signals, and sometimes get them crossed, all in the name of love. You can be naughty and nice at the same time, I promise.

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M.K. Chester is an RWA award-winning author of historical, contemporary, and paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and non-fiction works. Her characters dictate who’s naught and nice, and her stories run the gamut from sweet to steamy.