New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries has sure had her fun researching all of the fancy dresses, exquisite mansions and castles, and esteemed etiquette rules while writing her Sinful Suitors series. But perhaps the most interesting part of her research is about love bites…

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I’ll admit it up front. Romance novel scenes of kissing, fondling, and/or consummation are hard to write and make unique, especially when it’s for some Regency era virgin whose mind would be blown if the hero suggested they try whips and chains. So it’s best if the writer makes them memorable in other ways—with different settings and situations, interesting dialogue, unusual character reactions. I’ve tried all of those, but for The Secret of Flirting, I put in something I rarely use: a hickey, or, as it was called in the Regency, a “love bite.” The hero, Gregory, gives the heroine, Monique, a love bite on the inside of her wrist. He tells himself it’s to make sure he always knows it’s her, since Monique is impersonating a known princess, but really he just wants to. And though she fusses at him for it, it keeps him—and his sexy kisses—in her memory for quite a while. But I’m still ambivalent over it. Because it seems to me that a man giving a woman a love bite without her knowing he’s going to is at best rude and at worst problematic these days. I hope that I made it seem sexy to her as well as him, and thus far no reviewer has complained. But what do you think? Love bites in books, yes or no?