I’m starting to narrow down the list for this year’s most swoon-worthy heroes list. (Didn’t know VBC gave up the hotties every year? Silly you. See the 2011 and 2010 picks, respectively.) Each year I include great young adult heroes on the list and people ask me why. The tweets and Facebook comments roll in asking how I could compare some kissing scene in a YA book to the hot-and-heavy goodness in an adult romance. The answer is simple: Sexual tension.
Romance in young adult books is exciting because it offers up the first time. It’s overwhelming and messy and so, so consuming. And, to be quite honest, there is something to be said for the slow build to an epic kiss.
I know we have a mixed bag of Twilight lovers and haters here, but regardless of your stance I think we can agree the first kiss between Edward and Bella in the film version was brilliant. The anticipation of their lips meeting captivates a viewer, much like the books can. I swear, every time I’m flipping through the channels on TV and Twilight is on, I stop to watch this scene. Every time I get chills. As a matter of fact, I’m embedding the long version here, so everyone else can enjoy the kissing.
Now that you’ve had a visual kissing fix, I want to know what kissing scenes are your favorites. They can be from adult books, of course. There are some great first kisses out there. (My first thought there is Georgina and Seth from Richelle Mead’s Georgina Kincaid series.)