What Does a Kiss Taste Like?

Does your novel include a bit of romance? If so, there’s probably a kissing scene. Kissing scenes are hot, but for a writer they can be intimidating.

How do you make each kissing scene unique?

Last night I participated in My Book Therapy’s online presentation about how including the five senses into our kissing scenes can make them hot. Susie May Warren, Rachel Hauck, and Beth Vogt shared their specific tips. (Getting therapy for our book scenes is a part of being a team member at My Book Therapy. Check them out.)

For this post, I’m sharing a little about what I learned about TASTE.

The next time you kiss your significant other stop and do the following:

  1. Identify his taste. Does he have a garlic flavor from his lunch?
  2. How does his taste connect to your emotions? Does the sweet flavor of his kiss remind you of a pleasant memory? Which one? Why?

Here are a few things to consider when adding TASTE to your kissing scene menu:

  • Who’s point-of-view are you writing from? A woman might be more hyper-sensitive to a man’s taste than a man, but not necessarily. It depends on your character. Even when tasting you have to stay in character. What would she notice? Would she care? Would he ignore her onion breath because the feeling of her arms around him is more important?
  • What smells fit your character? Is your guy character a rugged guy who works in a saw mill or on a horse ranch? Or is he a surfer type who tastes like minty Chapstick or bitter sunscreen?
  • What emotion does the kiss taste like? Use taste to open memories. Does his taste remind your heroine of a memory she’d rather forget? Or one she’d forgotten? Does his flavor bring fond memories of a lost love? Tie the emotion of the taste into the description.
Below are a few examples:

The bitterness of his kiss reminded her of the first time she drank unsweetened tea.

She tasted the future of all their tomorrows in the sweetness of his lips.

His kiss tasted like a good stiff drink, giving everything a skewed perspective.

She tasted the tangy flavor of melon on his lips, reminding her of the sweetness of summer.

As he placed his lips on mine I tasted the ruggedness of his strength and felt safe.

His kiss tasted as delicious and pure as a new born baby.

His lips tasted like acid, reminding her of his broken promises, hurtling back up in her throat.

Please share how you’ve used TASTE in your kissing scene.

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  1. Well, who in the world has time to think about any particular taste during a very passionate kiss! That precious, and unforgetable moment tends to leave you breathless. Your mind is reeling, you want this kiss to last forever, and the farthest thing from your mind is,”food”. “Her kiss reminded me of her soft, yet strong zest for life. I felt love for the first time in my life.That lingering kiss told me that our love was strong and secured. No power on Earth could ever separate us.”

    • Hi Johnny, You made me laugh. That’s so true–how can a person think about food when they’re in the middle of a passionate kiss? Maybe not some people, but as a writer it helps our readers feel like they’re “there” if we include the senses. I loved your line about leaving you breathless and maybe admitting that you couldn’t taste anything but love and passion is enough for the reader to feel like they’re “there”.
      Thanks for your comments!

      • Thak you Michelle. I’m in the process of putting the finishing touches on a short story with a romantic setting. Wish me the best.

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