Romance From His Point of View?

The book I’m working on now, an erotic paranormal romance, is told both from the woman’s and the man’s point-of-view (POV). Most of the books I read these days are, too.

But what about the sex scenes? I’ve read several authors who use both POVs for sex scenes, and I do as well. I want to show intimacy from his side, as well as from hers. I use Hubby and a couple of male friends as consultants to make sure I get it somewhere near accurate.

Some writers use only the female POV for the entire book, some just for the sex scenes. Some believe a woman can’t show a male’s version of experiences accurately, or that romance readers just aren’t interested in how the man thinks or feels. That was one problem I had with romance novels in the old days – the guy was just sorta there, not thinking or feeling anything, with only tiny flashes of his character shown through his actions and dialog.

Currently, the majority of Male/Male romance is being written by women. Most of the readers are likely women, but I’m sure some are men. If the characters were too far off base, those male readers would certainly cry foul. That’s how writers know if what they’re doing is working or not – reader feedback.

A friend of mine, Abigail Boone (she’ll be a guest here one day soon), has spent quite a lot of time writing her paranormal romance THE EIGHTH GATE. It is told from the first person point of view (“I” instead of “he” or “she”), and her viewpoint character is the MAN. Her original intention was to offer her female readers an in depth look into the male psyche. Then it occurred to her that men might actually read romance if it were told from a man’s point of view, and if it offered elements a man might be interested in. To that end, she did lots of research to be sure she had it right. By most accounts, her character sounds and acts male, though it was a struggle to get him that way.

THE EIGHTH GATE isn’t published yet, but the reception from other writers has been kind of mixed. Most seem to be taking the wait-and-see position. Some (both sexes) are really enthusiastic about it and look forward to reading it. A couple just don’t want the male POV, preferring to get just the heroine’s story, particularly during sex scenes. Personally, having read it at several stages of growth, I think it’s an amazing story, well told, and I really enjoy the entire book being from the man’s point of view.

So what do you think? As readers or writers, would romance from the hero’s point of view interest you? Why or why not?


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