What is caliente?
According to Merriam Webster, caliente’s simplest English translation is “hot”. But hot in romance writing could mean anything, from a one-night romp in the hay to a slow burning relationship.
Caliente to me is more than the physical, the sexual. It goes into the emotion, the mind, the feelings behind it. The true sensuality. The complete giving of the soul to another person.
I’ve written many characters, but they all have something in common. It took time for them to build a relationship with their partner. They felt the instant attraction of course, but it swelled emotionally, mentally, internally, until they were ready to explode if they could not have the other and have them forever.
He assaulted her senses with the blistering caress of his lips over her chest. Her leg draped across his back and flexed with every throaty moan his teasing brought forth. She grasped the back of his head desperately as her head fell back and she arched into his body. ~Mine~ she thought ...
It’s our job as writers of this genre to make you feel that passion in yourselves, if even for a brief moment of escape from the mundane. Or as a familiar feeling that you may have for your partner. To invoke a fire within you. To make you gasp.
Caliente. It’s more than hot.
Excerpt from Aaron Speca and Patricia Laffoon’s work in progress, The Realmwalker Prophecy: Heart of the Mermaid …
She looked down at their intertwined fingers. Hers had slid into his as if they were meant to be that way. Her heart felt like it was going to flip right out of her chest and that was when she decided. She might not have him forever, but she had him right now and that was all that counted. She gave up the pretense that this male didn’t matter, that he hadn’t stolen her heart the first time she saw him, and in that moment she knew her life would never be the same. “What happens now? We wait and you heal.” She sat on the bed and then leaned down into his embrace and a soft sigh escaped her lips.
He tensed up, surprised at first, but then quickly relaxed as she settled in. Her hair trailed across his chest, tickling it. His body responded, stiffening. The trials of the last few days fled from his mind and only one thing mattered now. He wanted her, desperately. He tipped her chin up so their eyes met. Then he leaned forward to capture her lips with his, taking in the honey sweet taste of her. Their tentative explorations quickly deepened as he grasped her shoulders, pulling her closer.
Trish responded, her body taking over as her mind went blank. Their kiss onboard the Ursuline had been a hasty one, but this – this one had her toes curling. She sunk into him, and with her palm on his chest, she could feel his heart pounding as rapidly as hers. This was what she had dreamed of all her young life and he wasn’t disappointing. His tongue slowly traced the seam of her lips, prying them open with a gentle urging. Then it was like he was consuming her, barely letting her breathe, leaving her wanton in her desire for him. She was all but lost, a soft moan leaving her lips. She broke the seal and pulled back, gasping. Her azure eyes were wide as she searched his face.
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