Saturday, August 27, 2011

Sexy Love

My thanks to the people who rule Oh Get A Grip! for having me here today.
It’s a great topic for a Romance writer, isn’t it? Sexy movies – or should that be Sex-ay! Movies?

I started thinking about what movie to write about. Usual contenders popped up such as 9 ½ weeks, but my reaction was ‘blech’. More thinking, more thinking. Sexy, sexy, sexy, come on, in a medium that everyone complains there is way too much sex, it shouldn’t be difficult to come up with a sexy movie or two.

Then it hit me. To me, onscreen sexual imagery does not make a movie sexy (if that’s all it took, there would be no sexier movies out there than porn, right?) What is needed to make something sexy, to make my breath hitch at seeing these two people together?


I’m a Romance writer! Yeah, I fall on the hotter edge of the Romance spectrum when it comes to portraying sex in my books, but that doesn’t negate the fact that to me, everything stems from the love that is building between these characters.

So with that in mind, I present two movies I find sexy:

Last of the Mohicans – OMG, was this the hottest movie that I ever saw! Ice cubes were needed while watching. We had Daniel Day-Lewis at his absolute hottest and going shirtless most of the time, and focusing that laser intensity on one lucky woman.

The outside conflict was a frontier story with various factions (English, French, Native American) fighting over the future path of a very young USA, but none of that mattered when contrasted between the love story of a young English miss and a frontiersman.

Oh, and when he tells her, “Stay alive no matter what happens. I will find you. I will find you.” I was hitting my own chest to get my heart restarted over that.
And no one got naked during the movie!

Terminator – very weird choice, I admit. However, after recently re-watching it, it reminded me once again of why I love this movie and why it has held up so well. Yes, it’s a sci-fi story of an assassin robot sent from the future to kill the mother of the future savior of mankind, but what gives this story that extra several layers of depth that separate it from its less effective sci-fi brethren is this – underneath everything is a love story.

Kyle travels to the past to save Sarah because he loves her. All the other reasons are important, but in the end, they are just window dressing. Even knowing he’s going to die, you can see in his eyes that to him it’s worth it to be able to spend these few precious days with her. When Sarah is breaking down and asking why would he ever travel back in time, he tells her of everything he’s learned about her from John, how he had her picture with him always, and ends with, “I came across time for you, Sarah. I love you. I always have.” That truth practically vibrates from him and during their lovemaking he is entwining his fingers with hers and holding tight. That’s the moment the power of the love scene hits you, making it far sexier than two people showing selections from the Kama Sutra.

Danielle Monsch is a Romantic Geek Girl Writing in a Fantasy World. Besides torturing her poor, poor editor about her latest story, Dani likes to read manga and watch anime, debate the merits of DC vs. Marvel, and geek out over the latest and greatest romance novel offerings. Catch up with Dani at her website, twitter, or facebook


  1. Hello, Danielle,

    Welcome to Beyond Romance!

    You're right. It's the emotional intensity, not the amount of skin, that makes a movie sexy.

  2. Hi Lisabet,

    Thanks for the welcome!

    For me, it's all about the emotions of the people having sex(though I will admit I also like action with my love story - too much navel gazing doesn't make me happy either)

  3. Oh wow, great choices! Love DDL in Last of the Mohicans (though he generally plays pretty strange characters). And that line... swoon!

    And I totally agree about Terminator. Super sexy! Thanks for for the terrific post!


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