I'm curious. What is it about your favorite author's love scenes that make them unforgettable? Think Lisa Marie Rice, Linda Howard, JR Ward (Bella and Zsadist, or Rhage and Mary), Gennita Low. What makes their love scene sizzle? For me, it's all about the eye contact and the emotional connection between the characters.
The first two books of my romantic suspense series are spicy, but in the third I turn up the heat significantly. Books four and five are downright hot, about as hot as you can go without calling it erotic romance. It's not just the level of detail or graphic language used that makes the scenes hot though. It's the revved up pull between the characters and the ultimate release of all the tension created up until that point in the book. Eye contact says so much. Eyes and gazes can smolder, glitter, devour...then and add in a little delayed gratification...yum. So when a sexy hero focuses all that sexual heat on an equally attracted heroine? Fireworks, baby. And maybe a little toe curling as well :)
So who are some of your favorite love scene authors, and what makes them so good?