Q: My boyfriend and I have been experimenting with making our bedroom routine a little different. One of the ways we’ve been trying is listening to music. Do you have any suggestions for “sexy music” we could listen to while making music of our own (okay, bad joke)?

I’m a firm believer in music affecting our moods and nowhere is it more important than in the bedroom. For a start, I would try listening to a mix of just a few songs at first so you can see if, and how, they affect your performance. Of course, at the top of every sexy song list has to be “Wicked Game” by Chris Isaak. If you’ve ever seen the video, you’ll know why. Some modern classics to get dirty to are “Lady Marmalade” by Patti Labelle, “You’re Making Me High” by Toni Braxton and “Pony” by Genuwine. These are good all around background music for the bedroom so try out a shuffle of them and a few of your favourites and see what happens.

Like anyone who depends on their imagination, writers can get a lot from a song. The melody, the atmosphere, even the lyrics can provide inspiration. I listen to music while writing my sexy romances and I have certain “go to” tunes that definitely get my adrenaline pumping, in the hottest possible way. I wrote an entire story once to “Give Into Me” by Michael Jackson and another to “Sex on Fire” by Kings of Leon, but I would recommend pretty much anything by Kings of Leon—the lead singer’s smoky voice does it for most people. Some of my recent favourites are “We Found Love” by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris, which seems to tell a romantic story, and “Mirrors” by Natalia Kills which is just plain hot. “Tighten the handcuffs…”, anybody?

Nan Comargue, author of Power Play

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