When it comes to writing love scenes in fiction, all authors are not created equal. Clichés and sappiness abound, but when it's done right, it's done right . . . what can I say: I'm not above dog-earing pages. (I'm looking at you, Summer Sisters. Oh yes, we did pass that around at my all-girls summer camp.)

In honor of the release of her second novel, Katie Lane, author of Texas romances Going Cowboy Crazy and Make Mine a Bad Boy, has come up with a list of her top 5 kisses in literature.

If looking at these hot book jackets didn't make you break into a sweat, thinking about these smooches will!

Readers: What do you think is the most romantic literary kiss? Let us know in the comments.

The Kiss
Guest post by Katie Lane

Being a hip ‘70s teen, I passed out my fair share of kisses—or would that be a slutty ‘70s teen? Anyway, it turned out that most of those kisses were just passing fancies. But there were a few I’ll never forget. Like the first time my husband kissed me. His aim was a little off, the bill of his baseball cap thumped me in the forehead and a tube of Chapstick would’ve come in handy. Still, there was something about it that had me coming back for more . . . and more . . . and more.

This is what we strive for as writers: a kiss that will leave our readers hungering for more. From the first hesitant brush, we want to convey a spark of awareness that this kiss is different from all others. If we do it correctly, the kiss becomes not just a passing fancy but the first note in a beautiful symphony.

Here are five literary kisses I feel hit the perfect note.

  1. Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare): The star-crossed-lover kiss. As a playwright, Shakespeare didn’t go into a lot of detail when penning his kisses. [Kisses her] about covers it. But who needs a bunch of detail when you have poetic prose? "My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand/To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss."

  2. Rhett and Scarlett (Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell): The (frankly)-my-dear-I-don’t-give-a-damn kiss. Who doesn’t love a kiss that can change a “no” to “yes”?

  3. Ruark and Shanna (Shanna by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss): The last-request kiss. If you think it’s the last kiss you’ll ever have, you’re going to make it good.

  4. Ron and Hermione (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling): The it’s-about-time kiss. Close to seven books is a long time to wait for a kiss. Fortunately, it was well worth it.

  5. Edward and Bella (Twilight by Stephenie Meyer): The seconds-from-becoming-my-dinner kiss. That pretty much says it all.

[Thanks, Katie! And speaking of kisses, stop by Katie's website to read an exclusive kiss from the hero and heroine of Make Mine a Bad Boy.]

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