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July 2, 2015
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July 1, 2015
The Role of Family in Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy
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Thu
Jul 2 2015 9:30am

Opposites Attract, For Real: Alexis Hall’s Compelling Couple

For Real by Alexis Hall

Note: Alexis Hall, on top of being a top-notch writer, has also blogged for Heroes and Heartbreakers. 

A new book by Alexis Hall, with characters that move seamlessly between London and Oxford, is something to be celebrated. The description of the plot reads like opposites attract? They’re from different generations and it seems like their life experiences have nothing in common. Really all they share, seemingly, is their sexual preferences—is that how the relationship between Laurie and Toby will play out?

During malaise-filled mental meanderings, Laurie connects his distaste with the Scene to a quote from Anthony Powell,

“The image of Time brought thoughts of mortality: of human beings...moving hand in hand in intricate measure...while partners disappear only to reappear again, once more giving pattern to the spectacle: unable to control the melody, unable, perhaps, to control the steps of the dance.”

And thought: Yes, that. Nothing but a dance to the music of time. As meaningless as it was ultimately unchanging.

At a kinky party, Laurie encounters Toby, a “skinny nineteen-year-old with his adolescence still written on his skin” and this changes the ennui-filled pattern of Laurie’s emotional life dramatically. Toby tells Laurie that he wants him—wants him as a Dom wants a “strong, hot, powerful, man” who submits “because he wants to and because I want him to.” Laurie invites Toby to go home with him but he is concerned enough about the disparities between them to halt the proceedings and talk. It’s a funny rambling conversation and Toby has Laurie, concerned that he’s stepping into cougar territory, dead to rights. Toby wants Laurie, it’s that simple. He’s “amused and exasperated” with Laurie’s quibbles.

[Toby falls for a powerful Dom and he just can't stop falling...]

Wed
Jul 1 2015 9:30am

First Look: Roni Loren’s Call on Me (July 7, 2015)

Call On Me by Roni Loren

Roni Loren
Call on Me (Loving on the Edge Series, #8)
Penguin Publishing Group / July 7, 2015 / $16.00 print, $9.99 digital

The new Loving on the Edge novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Nothing Between Us and Need You Tonight…

Oakley Easton wants two things: to be a good mom to her daughter and to ditch her less than ideal night job. Hooking up with bad boy drummer Pike Ryland? Not on the agenda. She needs a promotion. Not sex, tattoos and rock ’n’ roll.

Pike isn’t about to let Ms. Prim and Proper shut him down so easily, especially when he stumbles upon Oakley’s sexy night job. She’s only playing a role on those late night calls with strangers, but when he gets her on the line, all bets are off. He won’t stop until that sultry voice is calling his name for real.

But as they move from anonymous fantasies in the dark to the flesh-on-hot-flesh reality of the bedroom, the risk of falling in love becomes all too high. And the safe, quiet world that Oakley’s worked so hard to create is about to be exposed to the one person who could ruin it all.

I’m pretty certain that Roni Loren can do no wrong with her Loving on the Edge series. With Call on Me, we get Pike Ryland’s story as he woos Oakley Easton - mom, receptionist, former girl-band member, and phone sex operator. Except Oakley is trying to keep half of those titles under wraps. After getting pregnant far too early, she was asked to leave Girl-Pop and began raising her daughter on her own. That time of her life left multiple deep scars, causing Oakley to bury that part of her history, save her daughter. A daughter she would do anything for, including going into debt to put her in a special school that has resources for children with Asperger’s and other special needs. Enter her job as a phone sex operator. Not a job that she gets off on, nor does she let anyone else know. But she can make good money because her voice can make men melt with just one word, it is that sultry.

[One man cannot get enough of that seductive voice...]

Wed
Jun 24 2015 12:00pm

July 2015 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping List

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in July. We’ve divided them up by week to make it easier for you to find the newest releases. For those who’ve got a very specific obsession, we also divided the list up by subgenre and there are some great books to look forward to, and you can can find them in our printable version. Our shopping list is the biggest yet, so don’t forget to take this printable version with you when it’s time to shop!

Jump to New Releases for the Week of:
July 1-7 | July 8-14 | July 15-21 | July 22-31

Heroes and Heartbreakers July 2015 Shopping List!
 
Week of July 1 through July 7

[Check out the complete list!...]

Tue
Jun 23 2015 1:00pm

Play Ball! Male/Male Best Bets for June 2015

My Cowboy Promises by Z.A. Maxfield

Summertime, and the living is... not so easy for m/m romance couples, many of whom seem to be stuck in the closet. But there's still plenty of summer fun to be had with theater, baseball, horseback riding, and detecting. (If you don't think detecting goes with summer, you never read Louise Fitzhugh's The Long Secret as a child.)

My Cowboy Promises by Z.A. Maxfield

A real man needs a real love…

To become the man he’s meant to be, one cowboy will have to be the man he never wanted anyone to know he was…

Ryder Dent is a true-blue cowboy. A devoted son, husband and father, but one who is living a costly lie. When they were both young, Ryder and his closest female friend Andi thought they’d found the perfect solution to both their problems—she was single and pregnant, and he was secretly gay—so they got married and raised Jonas together.

When Ryder gets hurt at a party, his son’s new pediatrician comes to the rescue. The connection between Ryder and Dr. Declan Winters is sudden, powerful, and undeniable. Ryder loves Andi and the family they’ve created together—but they both need more. Can they pursue their hearts’ desire without destroying the life they’ve built and losing the son they love?

It's stretching a point to call this a cowboy story, but the heroes are certainly the sort of strong, honorable men Western fans love, and the small town atmosphere is vividly created. It's also pretty cool to read about a gay man in a straight marriage who isn't an asshole. Try this for the strong emphasis on family, sensitive tone, droll humor, and sweet romance. It's part of a loosely-linked series and a previous couple make an appearance, but it works just fine as a stand alone.

[More Male/Male Best Bets for June 2015...]

Tue
Jun 23 2015 11:00am

10 BDSM Romances You Should Read (An Opinionated Opinion)

Personal Geography by Tasmen Parker

While erotic romances with BDSM elements have been around for quite some time, they seem to be everywhere in our post-Fifty Shades of Grey world. But they are not all created equal and there are several that stand out from the rest and are must reads. Check out my list of 10 BDSM romances that everyone should read.

1. Light Switch by Lauren Gallagher is one of my all time favorite BDSM romance novels. Kristen and Scott have more than one committed relationship, but enter into a Dominant/submissive relationship when Kristen asks Scott to help her explore her submissive desires. Scott uses specific rituals to mark their play time. For example, he rolls up his shirt sleeves and swirls wine in a glass to mark to get Kristin into a submissive headspace. The sex is hot, and there are several scenes that will appeal to fans of both exhibitionism and voyeurism as well as BDSM.

2. Personal Geography by Tamsen Parker is a recent addition to this list. This is the first of a two-book series about high-powered businesswoman, India, and her Dominant lover Cris. India is an experienced submissive who sets strict rules and uses a broker to set her encounters. But Cris is different than most of her Dominants and pushes her for more. Personal Geography does have a cliffhanger ending, but it (and Intimate Geography, the sequel) is a stand out read. While several of the BDSM scenes are hardcore, Cris is not an alphahole Dom—in fact, he is actually a beta Dom, which is a rare thing in erotic romance.

[BDSM erotic romances continued...]

Fri
Jun 5 2015 11:00am

Fantasy Land: What Is or Isn’t Taboo...and Why We Love It Anyway

Asking For It by Lilah Pace

(Trigger Warning: This post involves references to various taboo fantasies as seen in romances, in particular rape fantasy, incest, and others) 

Today we're thrilled to welcome Lilah Pace to Heroes and Heartbreakers. On June 2, Lilah's erotic romance, Asking for It, was released and it features a very controversial topic: rape fantasy. Lilah is here today to talk about other taboo fantasies, and how the meaning of taboo has changed throughout history. Thanks, Lilah!

When I decided to write an erotic romance about two people who consent to act out rape fantasies together—well, I knew it wasn't going to be for everyone. What I didn't realize was that, for many editors and readers, this subject wasn't merely edgy; it was taboo.

By “taboo” I don't simply mean that some readers might find it triggering. Obviously there will be those who will have deeply personal reasons why a rape fantasy book could never work for them. But even many people who don't find such material traumatizing would still never go there. Several editors turned down Asking For It based on the theme alone.

[Luckily, Asking For It isn't forbidden...]

Thu
Jun 4 2015 4:30pm

First Look: Joya Ryan Rules of Seduction (June 9, 2015)

Rules of Seduction by Joya Ryan

Joya Ryan
Rules of Seduction (Serve #7)
Entangled / June 9, 2015 / $2.99 print

He'll be the dream and the dirty fantasy...

Through with both her controlling ex and relationships, Ava Webber is determined to explore the spicy and sometimes forbidden appetites of the exclusive BDSM nightclub, Serve. Here, she'll get exactly what she needs...as long as it's from a man she doesn't know.

Nolan Hart ensures that Serve's clients get what they want, how they want it. But with one look at the curvy brunette, Nolan knows he's the man to fulfill her desires. As the anonymous lover, he's Ava's dirtiest fantasy. Outside of Serve, he's her charming, smartass friend.

But Nolan wants more. More than Ava is willing to give. And as long as the blindfold stays on, she'll never discover that the two men she's falling for are one and the same...

Blurring the fine line between trust and deception give Joya Ryan’s Rules of Seduction an interesting twist on this BDSM themed story. Charged with ensuring a proper and safe match between potential subs and Doms at the exclusive BDSM club, Serve, Nolan Ryan has his work cut out for him when he interviews Ava Webber. Because Ava’s only hard limit is that the sex remain anonymous. Other than that, she is willing to do anything.

“For preference in a partner, you put male.”

“Is that a problem?”

“Male is a good start. Narrows the options down by half. But usually I’m given more to work with. Like body type, hair color, eye color –”

“I don’t care about any of that.” Her response seemed to take him off guard, but it was the truth. “All I care about is that it’s anonymous sex.”

[BDSM club turns everyone lives upside down...]

Mon
Jun 1 2015 2:00pm

Why Being an Urban Fantasy Heroine Sucks!

Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

Being the heroine in an Urban Fantasy has to be the worse job in town.   In a paranormal romance, heroines get a hot, furry boyfriend who protects her from all danger.   A historical heroine is just hoping someone asks for a dance.  The only problem a contemporary heroine has to deal with is what to make for dinner or paying her rent.   Even the heroine in a BDSM novel is having a good time being tied up.   When an Urban Fantasy heroine gets tied up, an orgasm is not the next thing coming.

What sucks most about being an Urban Fantasy heroine?  Just ask these ladies. 

1. Nobody tells you the rules. Most of us have been in a situation where you feel like you don’t know what’s going on. Maybe you worked into work and they announce an emergency staff meeting. Everyone knows what’s happening, but not you.   Imagine that being your whole life.   Yesterday, you were a regular human going about your boring life and now someone has opened your eyes to the world of the supernatural who surround you, but no one gives you a welcome brochure or explains any of the rules. Just ask Anna Latham-Cornick  from Patricia Briggs' Alpha and Omega series.  Anna thought she was going on a date with a nice guy and ends up being turned into a werewolf. It wasn’t until she met and mated Charles Cornick, three years after being turned, that she finally learned what it means to be a werewolf and her true place in their society.

[She's a slow learner but we love her anyway...]

Thu
May 28 2015 9:30am

First Look: Lilah Pace’s Asking for It (June 2, 2015)

Asking For It by Lilah Pace

Lilah Pace
Asking for It (Asking for It #1)
Berkley / June 2, 2015 / TK Prices

“This is who I am. This is what I want. Now I need a man dangerous enough to give it to me.”

Graduate student Vivienne Charles is afraid of her own desires—ashamed to admit that she fantasizes about being taken by force, by a man who will claim her completely and without mercy. When the magnetic, mysterious Jonah Marks learns her secret, he makes an offer that stuns her: they will remain near-strangers to each other, and meet in secret so that he can fulfill her fantasy.

Their arrangement is twisted. The sex is incredible. And—despite their attempts to stay apart—soon their emotions are bound together as tightly as the rope around Vivienne’s wrists. But the secrets in their pasts threaten to turn their affair even darker...

Reader Advisory: Asking for It deals explicitly with fantasies of non-consensual sex. Readers sensitive to portrayals of non-consensual sex should be advised. 

Lilah Pace’s Asking for It comes with a spoiler-y warning on the opening pages. This isn’t your standard sexy tease line about erotic romance having graphic scenes. No, this novel comes with a trigger warning. It even uses those terms. This romance—and the book firmly falls into that category—features consensual sex where the participants play out fantasies of a very non-consensual nature.

[It's edgy and utterly gripping...]

Wed
May 27 2015 12:00pm

June 2015 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping List

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in June. We’ve divided them up by week to make it easier for you to find the newest releases. For those who’ve got a very specific obsession, we also divided the list up by subgenre and there are some great books to look forward to, and you can can find them in our printable version. Our shopping list is the biggest yet, so don’t forget to take this printable version with you when it’s time to shop!

Jump to New Releases for the Week of:
June 1-6 | June 7-13 | June 14-20 | June 21-27 | June 28-30

Heroes and Heartbreakers June 2015 Shopping List!
 
Week of June 1 through June 6

[Check out the complete list!...]

Tue
May 26 2015 12:00pm

When Opposites Attract: Erotic Romance Best Bets for May 2015

Taken by Charlotte Stein

In need of some sexy reading material to fill your e-reader? I’m here for you. Each month I will bring you an assortment of erotic pleasure reads to tempt your palate—and your credit card....

Taken by Charlotte Stein

It was just a prank I didn't want to be a part of. I never meant to hurt anyone, least of all Johann Weir. You wouldn't know that he sells literature for a living. He has these wild eyes—eyes that light something up in me—and he must be twice as big as I am, with strong, warm hands. Hands I try not to imagine everywhere.

He scares me. And thrills me.

But now the deed is done, and I have to face the consequences. He says he just wants to hold me here until the police come, but it's been hours and I'm still here.

Chained to a pipe in his back room like a prisoner.

The only person I have to talk to is Johann, and I tell him dark, shameful secrets—secrets that involve the metal around my wrist and him standing over me. But I can't stop. I need him to know everything. I need him.

Johann has his own secrets—ones he wants to tell me too. And more than anything, I want to listen. And maybe, before he sends me away, he'll punish me.

Just a little.

Just enough.

Though this is the third installment in Stein’s Under the Skin series, this stand alone has a lighter, more humorous tone than the first two; revealing a shy awkward hero with a kinky side he fears and a quirky sexually uninhibited heroine who wants everything he has to offer. Laughter and erotic escapades enhance this pseudo-captive scenario as romance and kink offer the perfect base on which this couple finds love.

[Who says kink and happily-ever-after can't go together?]

Fri
May 22 2015 9:30am

First Look: Tessa Bailey and Sophie Jordan Off Base (May 22, 2015)

Off Base by Tessa Bailey and Sophie Jordan

Tessa Bailey and Sophie Jordan
Off Base
Tessa Bailey and Sophie Jordan / May 22, 2015 / $2.99 digital

New York Times bestselling authors Tessa Bailey and Sophie Jordan team up for a collaboration featuring two sexy contemporary romance novellas.

Tessa Bailey: Kenna and Beck

A welcome home he never expected...and will never forget...

When Kenna Sutton is tasked with driving home newly returned Beck “True Blue” Collier, she expects the strategic Army mastermind to be a pasty number cruncher. Never at a loss for words, Kenna is nonetheless rendered speechless by the gorgeous, inexperienced and tightly-wound Army major that lands in her passenger seat. Outraged by Beck’s lack of a welcome home after seven long years overseas, Kenna takes matters into her own hands, giving Beck something he’s only ever fantasized about in his bunk.

Beck has never shied away from a test of will and Kenna gives new meaning to the word challenge. One problem? Kenna’s father is the lieutenant general presenting Beck with the Silver Star and Beck is determined to treat Kenna with the respect she deserves, even if her eyes beg Beck to act out his most secret desires with her. Desires he's always been told were the work of the devil. But how long can one lonely, starving man hope to resist the woman he craves?

Sophie Jordan: Huntley and Cullen

Being a good girl has its drawbacks...

Huntley Collier, an emergency room nurse and all-around do-gooder, is tired of living in the friend zone. Cullen Brooks was given the job of babysitting Huntley when her brother – his best friend – deployed. But their friendly coffeehouse hangouts and TV marathons leave her wanting more. When one crazy night leads to too many drinks and an explosion of long-denied lust, Huntley's dreams become a reality. And reality is one hot, wild place she never wants to leave.

But only a good girl can bring down a bad boy...

Known as Sullen Cullen around Black Rock, Cullen Brooks doesn’t have many friends, but Huntley is one of them … and despite his decidedly unfriendly fantasies of the curvy blonde, she is far too sweet for his darker tastes. Keeping his hands off is easier said than done, however, when demure, little Huntley responds to his touch like the wildcat he never expected...and can't stop pursuing, despite his better judgment. But when Cullen suddenly faces losing her, will this bad boy risk it all to keep his good girl?

Tessa Bailey and Sophie Jordan’s erotic military romance Off Base is the best-kept secret this spring. These authors collaborated on a top-secret, digital project they only revealed the week of release, featuring two intertwined novellas about two separate couples all set on the fictional Fort Black Rock Army Base. Jordan’s story features the beloved best friend/little sister trope, and Bailey’s story can be summed up in three words: Army virgin hero. And more than anything, this is the hottest stuff they’ve written yet.

[The military gets a little spicy with these two couples...]

Thu
May 21 2015 12:30pm

Futuristic Breeder Romances in Sci-Fi Erotica and Erotic Sci-Fi Romance

Breeder by Cara Bristol

(Trigger Warning: This post involves references to rape and non-consensual sexual acts in SF erotica and erotic sci-fi romance.)

Breeder erotica is alive and well and has been around for many years. It's particularly a staple of SF/horror erotica. It also makes regular appearances in erotic sci-fi romance. A cursory check of Listopias on Goodreads will turn up packed-to-the-gills lists of “Mars Needs Women” and “impregnation” stories.

Breeder SFRs typically involve heroines who are captured for often non-consensual, forced impregnation (or at least that's the initial intention). These stories typically include graphic sex, dark content, and some romance. One of the more popular premises is that an alien species has lost all or most of its childbearing women and so require a fertile, compatible species in order to survive.

In a science fiction/SF erotica tale, it's a pretty horrific situation since women (usually from Earth) are kidnapped, raped, imprisoned, and forced to bear children. To what extent does adding a romance change or transform such stories?

Cara Bristol's Breeder is pretty transparent about its dark content. The society is one in which patriarchy runs amok. Men rule the world and they view women as subhuman.

[Men ruling the world, again?]

Wed
May 20 2015 9:30am

First Look: Kit Rocha’s Beyond Innocence (May 20, 2015)

Beyond Innocence by Kit Rocha

Kit Rocha
Beyond Innocence (Beyond #6)
Kit Rocha / May 20, 2015 / $4.99 digital

For years, Jared has existed on the fringes of both Eden society and Dallas O'Kane's Sector Four gang. He travels between these worlds, protected by his money and power—money he earned selling his body, and power that comes from knowing secrets. He's untouchable—until he starts a new life gathering intelligence for the O'Kanes.

Lili Fleming walked out of Sector Five with a gun, the bloodstained clothes on her back, and an icy determination to survive. She finds herself in a world where people live hard and love harder, and nothing's more terrifying than how much the O'Kanes wake her up, make her feel—especially Jared.

Emotion is a risk he can't afford, and a complication she doesn't need. But neither can resist the lust simmering between them, and the sparks that could either melt the ice around both their hearts...or get them killed. Because the only thing more dangerous than loving an O'Kane is loving a spy.

With each new book in Kit Rocha’s post-apocalyptic erotic romance Beyond series, I fall more in love with Sector Four. I’ve loved seeing the way couples come together over time in this world, and that the timing always feels right. Beyond Innocence is no exception there.

Like the other full-length novels in this series, the ongoing arc is expanded and the big relationships get deeper. Before Kit Rocha's Beyond Innocence, we mostly saw Jared through Ace’s eyes. They are unofficial brothers. Jared continued servicing the bored women of Eden when Ace quit prostitution. We’ve seen them drinking before, and Ace’s continued pleas to get Jared to join the O’Kanes. It isn’t that simple for Jared.

We’ve also seen some sexual chemistry between these two before Ace finally found his soulmates in Rachel and Cruz. There’s still a sizzle there—more on that in a bit—but Jared is finally unraveled by Lili.

[He meets someone just like him, but she's innocent...]

Fri
May 15 2015 9:30am

How to Seduce a Billionaire by Portia Da Costa or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Like Virgins and Billionaires

How to Seduce a Billionaire by Portia Da Costa

If ever a book was created to have me run screaming in the other direction, it was this one.  Twenty-nine year old virgin heroine finds her groove thing with billionaire hero. Typing that last sentence literally gave me an eye twitch.  However, this isn’t your average virgin meets billionaire romance.  No, it’s one written by Portia Da Costa.

This is a concept that non-readers would find absurd, but that all readers, specifically genre readers, will understand.  I trust Portia Da Costa.  I’ve been reading Portia Da Costa for close to fifteen years.  For all intents and purposes, I have built up a relationship with her work and I know that, while I’ve liked some stories more than others, I’ll be in capable hands.  Which means, yes.  I’m going to keep an open mind about the virgin and the billionaire.

Jess Lockhart is an amateur artist with a job as an insurance company drone.  Then said insurance company gets bought out by Ellis McKenna, an eccentric billionaire who pops by the office after the acquisition to ruffle a few feathers.  Instead it’s a whole flurry of hormones that get ruffled, which means the tango between Jess and Ellis begins fast and furiously.

Oh shit. Oh Lord. I want him.  I’ve no practical idea how to do sex, but I want to do it with him, even if I will be the most hopeless lay.

[Her V-card is on the table...]

Mon
Apr 20 2015 9:30am

First Look: Becca Jameson’s Bound to Be Tempted (April 21, 2015)

Bound to Be Tempted by Becca JamesonBecca Jameson
Bound to Be Tempted (Emergence #4)
Samhain / April 21, 2015 / $15.00 print, $5.50 digital

In the six months since Margaret Donovan broke up with her girlfriend, she has prowled Emergence, hoping to find a Dom to help her explore her bisexuality. The only man who's caught her interest in all that time is the bouncer.

He's a firm Dom, and after all, it's just a trial run. An experiment. He doesn't need to know the details of the troubled past that makes her long to get over her aversion to being under anyone's thumb.

Carlton Fisher's keen eye has been tracking Maggie, as well. She looks exactly like the childhood sweetheart who's haunted him for over a decade, but she doesn't need to know that. Two weeks' instruction should get her over her hump, give her the confidence she needs to work with a Dom...and get her out of his system.

Neither is prepared for the floodtide of explosive emotions. It's cathartic and therapeutic, but if they can't purge themselves of the pain of the past, their hearts could suffer irreparable damage.

Warning: This book contains intense submission from established participants in the BDSM world. If nipple clamps, edging, public nudity, restraints, gags, blindfolds and flogging make you squeamish, move along!

Carlton Fisher has had a wary eye on on Margaret Donovan for a while now. She is practically the doppelganger of his first (and only) love, who died tragically and suddenly years ago, before he was even a Dom. He's stayed away from Maggie, which for a time was easy because she had a girlfriend/Domme and they were a very public couple at the exclusive BDSM club Emergence. As the head of security at Emergence, Carlton works the door most nights, keeping an eye on everything and everyone, but he has always had an extra eye out for Maggie. When Maggie breaks up with her girlfriend and shows some interest in taking on a Dom, Carlton knows exactly what kind of Dom she needs, and he's willing to take her on—temporarily—as his submissive.

[Temporarily, huh?...]

Sat
Apr 18 2015 3:00pm

Return to the Kingdom: 20 Years of Anne Rice’s Beauty Series

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Anne RiceFor many readers (and their mothers), Anne Rice’s Beauty trilogy was their first foray into the world of erotic romance. Writing under the pseudonym of A.N. Roquelaure, the trilogy comprised of The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty (1983), Beauty’s Punishment (1984), and Beauty’s Release (1985).

The political context of this book series is interesting, at the time many feminists were very opposed to pornography arguing that it is inherently harmful or exploitative to women. However, Rice disagreed and she resisted all efforts to politicize or sanitize women’s fantasies. She firmly believed that women should be able to write and read whatever erotica they wanted, a sentiment probably supported by many in the H&H community. Unafraid to make a political statement, Rice released her hardcore fantasy erotica and it came to be considered a classic of the genre and a departure point for many discussions concerning the role of feminism within erotica.

The trilogy is not for the faint of heart; by comparison it makes a lot of today’s erotica look very tame. A lot of the action is non-consensual and the slavery theme is not for everyone. The series is loosely based on the fairy tale, it is set in a medieval fantasy world. The action starts when the young protagonist princess Beauty is awakened from a 100 year sleep by the Prince through having sex with her (apparently a chaste Disney kiss wasn’t going to do it). Beauty is then stripped naked and led to Kingdom where she joins other princes and princesses who have been sent to court to be trained as sexual slaves. Both submissives and dominants are male and female. It’s explicit material—degradation, sadomasochistic punishment, pony play, bisexuality and homosexuality. While there is a plot, it’s interspersed between the sex scenes, which are the focus.

[A little plot can go a long when when sexytimes are involved...]

Thu
Apr 9 2015 11:15am

Forget the Wedding Present, Bring the Heat in Lauren Gallagher’s I’ll Show You Mine

I'll Show You Mine by Lauren GallagherLauren Gallagher’s I’ll Show You Mine is a book that enflames with sexual tension from the first page. Erotic romance like this is the reason heat ratings exist, and I can mean that only as a compliment. Gallagher’s book is a satisfying read in terms of the kinky relationship between the hero and the heroine, and the strength of the romance is specifically in the intensiveness of the small moments between the two characters. Sometimes the best romances are made up of small moments. In this case, the small moments just happen to include a lot of foreplay, sexual tension, and (pleasurable) pain.

Sometimes it takes a wedding to change everything. Alyssa Warren’s is the maid of honor in her sister’s wedding. The wedding is beautiful and everything their family wanted it to be—on a boat, no less. If only Alyssa could escape the gossip about her past, she’d be set. A terrible mistake made several years before permeates every whispered discussion about her it seems. Because of this, Alyssa’s romantic life—especially her sex life—has gone on hold.

[Dry spell is about to end...]

Tue
Apr 7 2015 3:00pm

First Look: J. Kenner’s Say My Name (April 7, 2015)

J. Kenner
Say My Name (Stark International #1)
Penguin / April 7, 2015 / $16.00 print, $7.99 digital

I never let anyone get too close—but he’s the only man who’s ever made me feel alive.

Meeting Jackson Steele was a shock to my senses. Confident and commanding, he could take charge of any room . . . or any woman. And Jackson wanted me. The mere sight of him took my breath away, and his touch made me break all my rules.  

Our bond was immediate, our passion untamed. I wanted to surrender completely to his kiss, but I couldn’t risk his knowing the truth about my past. Yet Jackson carried secrets too, and in our desire we found our escape, pushing our boundaries as far as they could go.

Learning to trust is never easy. In my mind, I knew I should run. But in my heart, I never felt a fire this strong—and it could either save me or scorch me forever.

Say My Name is intended for mature audiences.

Set in the same world as the Stark Trilogy, J. Kenner’s erotica Say My Name brings us a new billionaire bad boy to satisfy those submissive cravings. Alpha? Check. Brilliant? Check. Sexy as hell? Double Check. Meet Jackson Steele, celebrity architect and holder of a complicated history with one Sylvia Brooks, the executive assistant of the powerhouse Damien Stark. Reunited lovers anyone?

[Yes, please!]

Mon
Apr 6 2015 5:00pm

First Look: Tara Sue Me’s The Enticement (April 7, 2015)

The Enticement by Tara Sue MeTara Sue Me
The Enticement (Submissive #5)
Penguin / April 7, 2015 / $15.00 print, $9.99 digital

New York Times bestselling author Tara Sue Me returns to the story of Abby and Nathaniel to explore the passion after the ‘Happily-Ever-After’…

Limits were made to be pushed.

Abby West has everything she wanted: a family, a skyrocketing new career, and a sexy, Dominant husband who fulfills her every need. Only, as her life outside the bedroom becomes hectic, her Master’s sexual requirements inside become more extreme. Abby doesn’t understand Nathaniel’s increased need for control, but she can’t deny the delicious way her body reacts to his tantalizing demands…

Between Abby’s reluctance and Nathaniel’s unyielding commands, the delicate balance of power between the Dominant and his submissive threatens to shift. And as the underlying tension and desire between them heats up, so does the struggle to keep everything they value from falling apart …

Trilogies like the Submissive trilogy have slowly started ending following the post-Fifty Shades boom. Tara Sue Me’s latest book, The Enticement, came as a bit of surprise considering it takes the lead where her first trilogy ended. The story is a continuation of the tale of Abby and Nathaniel, now married and parents, and their adventures in the world of BDSM. The Enticement is a balanced portrayal of a Dom/sub relationship with BDSM and other erotic situations incorporated, showing its readers a romance that struggles with marriage and continual sexual pleasure, not just a romance that struggles with the positives and negatives of BDSM. 

[It's all a balance...]