As I mentioned previously, I had a scene where the heroine of THE VISCOUNT'S KISS comes upon the hero skinny dipping. I took it out, thinking it would be too late in the year, so..brrrrr! Of course, I tend to think in terms of my local weather when I write, and skinny dipping in November in Canada? Um, not unless you're used to it. But my book isn't set in Canada, and I had my reason ready (preparation for a long, rough voyage), but...
The other thing bothering me was that this sort of thing has been done before. A lot, methinks.
Then, on the weekend, I was doing a bit of research about another facet of the story and kallooo kalay! I found something else that would have the same effect - basically, I need my heroine to realize early on that oh...my...word...that...guy...is...buff...and...seeeexxxxy (or the Regency equivalent thereof) -- but it's much more unique to the story and especially appropriate for my hero.
Yeah! And yet again, it was research to the rescue!