Harlequin Presents Code #5: Virgin
by Tessa Shapcott, Executive Editor, Harlequin Presents
Harlequin Presents editors get a lot of questions and comments about the words that often appear in our book titles â€“ and â€˜Virginâ€™ is one that seems to arouse a lot interest.Â Mainly because, it seems, some find it hard to believe that there could be any woman over the age of eighteen who is still unawakened!Â Â Iâ€™m not sure thatâ€™s true, and I know that there are women out there who wish that their â€˜first timeâ€™ had been better â€“ and that there are also women who wish that every time could be a first time, in terms of anticipation, excitement and discovery!
Anticipation, excitement and discovery: in Presents, a virgin is a code-character who embodies those qualities, whether to revive that fresh, first-time feeling for readers, or as an expression of the insecurity and uncertainty that can accompany the initiation of a sexual relationship â€“ though, as we know, in the arms of a Presents hero, the earth will do nothing less than move and thereâ€™s nothing to be scared of!
Look out for the following novels in Harlequin Presents â€“ and youâ€™ll see how the book title lets you know what kind of story youâ€™ll be reading:
Do you like stories where the heroine is a virgin?Â Let us know what you think about our virgin heroines and our book titles!