Fire Signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
Who: Someone who you lock eyes with and in that moment, you know. The chemistry is undeniable.
What: It’s the steamiest of steamy sex scenes: passionate, physical, impulsive. Perhaps even acrobatic.
Where: The location may surprise you — you haven’t had much time to think it over. Bonus points if the setting is warm, exotic and tropical.
Editor’s Romance Pick: Stripped by Zoey Castile
Inspirational Excerpt: Bared to You by Sylvia Day
“My head thudded against the glass, heat pulsing through my blood from the point where his tongue was driving me mad. My leg flexed against his back, urging him closer, my hands cupping his head to hold him still as I rocked into him. Feeling the rough satin strands of his hair against my sensitive inner thighs was its own provocation, heightening my awareness of everything around me…”
Earth Signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
Who: The object of your affection, like the one that got away that you’ve recently reunited with or a long-time work crush who’s finally single when you are.
What: You’ve waited for this, so you’re going to take your time. The lovemaking is sensual, luxurious, affectionate and includes plenty of foreplay.
Where: You prefer to be comfortable — high-thread-count-sheets comfy — but a natural setting may take your breath away, like a quiet forest or a gorgeous meadow.
Editor’s Romance Pick: After We Fall by Melanie Harlow
Inspirational Excerpt: The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
“The world seemed dreamlike as she pulled back from him, the firelight setting her face aglow. Without speaking, she started to undo the button on his shirt. He watched her as she made her way downward. With each button he could feel her fingers brushing against his skin, and she smiled softly at him when she finally finished […] She felt short of breath as he lowered his head and kissed between her breasts and slowly ran his tongue up her neck. His hands gently caressed her back, her arms, her shoulders, and she felt their heated bodies press together, skin to skin.”
Air Signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
Who: This person has captured your heart because they have enraptured your mind. It probably started with an intriguing conversation or message.
What: It’s fun, flirty, breezy and all about pleasure. You are playful with each other, engaging in a little dirty talk or some light role playing.
Where: A bedroom in a house in the country with all the windows wide open or in the penthouse looking out over the city. Or, somewhere you deliciously might get caught.
Editor’s Romance Pick: Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin
Inspirational Excerpt: Vox by Nicholson Baker
[Phone conversation] “…‘I’m going to lick you now,’ and I lick both your nipples once very briefly good-bye, and I breathe my way down, and I pass over your bush this time with my mouth, and I see where the tan stops, and where the hair begins, and I keep going, and your legs are spread wide, and so I kiss inside one knee, and then across to the other, and up, back and forth, and at the end of each kiss I give a little upward lick with my tongue, up lick, lick, lick, back and forth, moving closer and closer to where your thighs meet.”
Water Signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
Who: Your soulmate, the one you’ve been searching for, and the yearning between you is deep.
What: Passionate, soulful and possessive, it’s sex, but it transforms with the emotions you feel into something vulnerable and intimate.
Where: Your heart is so full, you may not care about the setting, but anywhere near water will heighten the experience. Think: beach, waterfall or shower.
Editor’s Romance Pick: Thirsty by Mia Hopkins
Inspirational Excerpt: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
“‘You’re mine, mo duinne,’ he said softly, pressing himself into my depths. ‘Mine alone, now and forever. Mine, whether ye will it or no.’ I pulled against his grip, and sucked in my breath with a faint ‘ah’ as he pressed even deeper. ‘Aye, I mean to use ye hard, my Sassenach,’ he whispered. ‘I want to own you, to possess you, body and soul.'”