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Monday, February 1, 2010

Monday Spotlight: Samantha Gentry

IS CHOCOLATE TRULY AN APHRODISIAC?

With Valentine's Day a mere two weeks away, I decided to use my five spotlight days to delve into some things connected to that holiday associated with love and romance…whether sweet, sensual, or erotic.

And what is one of the first things that comes to mind when buying a Valentine present for a loved one? Chocolate! And that brings us to the often questioned link between chocolate and sex.

Is chocolate truly an aphrodisiac? Just biting into a piece of chocolate immediately makes us feel good. The fact that chocolate's melting point is slightly below normal body temperature allows it to melt in the mouth…certainly a sensual experience.

The Aztecs may have been the first on record to claim a link between the cocoa bean and sexual desire. Madame du Barry, mistress of Louis XV, gave her lovers a cup of chocolate before letting them into her bedroom. Famous lover Casanova claimed chocolate was more stimulating than champagne.

Chocolate has certain chemical properties that have specific physical responses attributed to them. Chocolate contains both tryptophan (a building block for serotonin) and phenylethylamine which are mood elevating hormones found naturally in the human body. However, most researchers believe that the amounts in chocolate are too small to have any measurable effect on sexual arousal.

Bottom line: Chocolate may not be a true aphrodisiac, but it does make us feel good all over. And I'm definitely in favor of that!!

UNEXPECTED ENCOUNTER by Samantha Gentry, available at The Wilder Roses (www.thewilderroses.com), the Scarlet Rose line of erotic romances from The Wild Rose Press.

A proper bank employee climbing the career ladder, Shasta Brooks fantasizes about sexy computer consultant, Dane Wingate, every time he's in the bank…and even when he isn't. Much to her dismay, he hasn't asked her out even though he openly flirts. Then her friends throw her a well-intentioned thirtieth birthday party and hire the hottest male stripper in Seattle to help her celebrate. There's no mistaking the man behind the mask. Dane's secret is safe with Shasta, but now that she knows, she's ready for a private performance.

Visit my website for excerpts and reviews. www.samanthagentry.com

2 comments:

booklover0226 said...

Tryptophan? Doesn't turkey contain that?

I enjoyed the blurb!

Tracey D

Samantha Gentry said...

Tracey: Yep, that's the same suff in turkey that supposedly makes you sleepy after Thanksgiving dinner.

Glad you liked the blurb. I have excerpts and reviews on my website.