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How to spot the good guys in bed

A man's moves say a lot about his long-term potential. Zoe Strimpel separates the losers from the keepers with these top 10 sex signs that he's a keeper!

By Evan Katzman
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kissing on the beach,guys in bed,sex advice,how to be good in bed,good sex,sex signs,is he good in bed,sex tips,good in bed,couple kissing,couple in bed couple kissing There are two distinct types of sex. One is a completely ravishing, almost telepathic act between lovers. The other feels little more than a standard cardio workout, leaving you in a cold, rather than hot, sweat. Ultimately, it’s the first kind of sex that tells you he’s a keeper. But what if it doesn’t happen right away? How do you know if he’s worth investing more time in?
\r\nKeeper sex doesn\'t always happen immediately. With my last boyfriend, it took us a few months to perfect it. But I still, somehow, knew that it would happen eventually. It’s all about spotting the right signs.
\r\nIt took me a while to work out what I was looking for. When I was in Florence recently, I had a stark encounter with an extreme form of non-keeper sex. I now refer to it as my ‘two-hour stand’. He was attractive, fun and seemed like a safe bet, in all senses of the word, for a quick hook-up. We went back to his friend’s house, a three-minute walk away, and got down to business. Well, he got down to business, I just went along with it, sort of enjoying it in a detached ‘look at him go’ way, and certainly feeling glad for the end of a long dry spell. But, as soon as it was over – which was basically when he got tired and his friend called to ask why he wasn’t at their party – I excused myself and walked back to my hotel.
\r\nClearly that was an obvious example, but what if the signs are more blurred? I set out to find out during research for my book What the Hell is He Thinking? I spoke to hundreds of men in an attempt to unlock their mysterious behaviour. You know, all those little things we discuss at length over a bottle or three of Sauv Blanc. All I had to do was pin down the telltale sex signs that he’s really into you. Here’s what I found...

Before sex: 1. It’s pace, not race

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Before sex: 2. Kissing is key

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Before sex: 3. Is he listening?

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Before sex: 4. Generosity

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During sex: 5. Ladies first

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During sex: 6. Riding proud

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During sex: 7. Coming clean

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During sex: 8. Back in the room

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After sex: 9. The after-show party

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After sex: 10. Safety first. And last

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