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Mon
Jul 27 2015 11:00am

Intro to Ménage in Erotic Romance: Terms, Tropes, and Tons of Recommendations

Their Virgin Captive by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake

Ménage romance really is a guilty pleasure of mine.  I accidentally discovered it last year, when one popped up as a suggested reading in my Amazon feed.  I’m not sure how it got there, as 99% of my reading from Amazon is historical/Regency romance, with the occasional non-fictional history and work-related book, but I clicked on it out of curiosity.  My Kindle and my credit card haven’t been the same since. 

While I’m positive there are some ménage romance novels that have one man paired with two women or more, the books I read are just the opposite: one girl to two (or more) men. There are some novels that have “mega-ménages” that have as many partners as the author wishes.  Personally, I can’t handle reading anything more than a foursome just because the novels aren’t long enough to properly develop the characters.  And, let’s be honest here, any more than three men and I have a difficult time of keeping track of who is doing what where during the sex scenes. 

So what is the attraction about ménage romances?   Just imagine: two men who love a woman so much that they decide to share her rather than fight each other or force her to choose between them.   Here’s a quote from one of my favorite ménage authors that I think explains what a ménage is:

“They (The men) don’t simply share a woman.  They share a life. They share a family and their problems and their worries. They take comfort in the presence of the other.  It’s a beautiful thing.”
—From “Pure Bliss” by Sophie Oak.

[Grab a cold towel to cool off...]

Wed
Jul 22 2015 12:00pm

August 2015 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping List

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in August. 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:
August 1-7 | August 8-14 | August 15-21 | August 22-31

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

[Check out the complete list!...]

Fri
Jul 17 2015 9:30am

First Look: Sparrow Beckett’s Finding Master Right (July 21, 2015)

Finding Master Right by Sparrow Beckett

Sparrow Beckett
Finding Master Right (Masters Unleashed Series #1)
InterMix / July 21, 2015 / $3.99 digital

Dominant, crop-wielding men are all Kate dreams about, but how far is she willing to go?

Kate wants a man who will take charge—she just needs to find the right guy. Fortunately, her friend is throwing a kinky Halloween party with a guest list loaded with sexy, available men. That’s where she meets Banner.

Dark and intense, Banner’s not just a Dominant, he’s a Master looking for a slave. Kate isn’t interested in something that extreme, but when he offers to help her find the perfect Dom, while training her to be a flawless submissive, she’s glad to have a matchmaker and protector.

Banner knows they’re not compatible, yet something about Kate is impossible to resist. Once he finds her the right Dom, will he be able let her go?

Kate is still holding out hope that she can find the right Dom for herself, but she is a skeptic. Most of the dominant men she encounters she either scares away with her sharp tongue or turns them off with her brattiness. However, some of the bad guys accept her challenging ways and want to break her. What is a possibly submissive but definitely strong willed gal to do when she is looking for the one? Luckily, her best friend is also a submissive and has found her happily ever after in her Dominant mate; she offers to throw a Halloween mixer with their BDSM friends to see if Kate clicks with the right man. Banner walked in and he and Kate immediately clicked, but Banner isn’t looking for a submissive. He is looking for a full time slave. Considering the fact that Kate isn’t a hundred percent sure of her submissiveness, there is no way she could be the very hot and tempting Banner’s slave. However, there is another option available. In Sparrow Beckett’s Finding Master Right, Kate and Banner make an arrangement. Will love be a side benefit?

[Kate wants a Dom and Banner is over taming women...]

Tue
Jul 14 2015 11:30am

Baby, You’re A Firework: Erotic Romance Best Bets for July 2015

Call On Me by Roni Loren

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 palette and your credit card.

The month of July ignites some serious sparks and quite a few fires as the couples below light up the night sky with their blazing passion.

Call On Me by Roni Loren

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.

Grab some ice and a fan ladies because Pike Ryland is in the house. The 8th installment in the Loving on the Edge series brings us the heat and humor we have come to expect from this author but Loren focus shifts more onto the hero and heroine in this one with a few twists and turns that guarantee you will fall head over heels with this bad boy rocker and the woman and child who steal his heart.

[And ours along the way...]

Mon
Jul 13 2015 4:30pm

First Look: Lorelei James’s Caged (July 14, 2015)

Caged by Lorelei James

Lorelei James
Caged (Mastered #4)
NAL / July 14, 2015 / $14.99 print, $9.99 digital

In the searing fourth novel in the Mastered Series, following Unraveled, only one woman can set a hardened fighter free from his past.…

In order to survive a life of tragedy, Deacon McConnell embraced his roughest edges and learned to fight on the streets. Then a life-changing jujitsu seminar led by Sensei Ronin Black led Deacon to become a professional fighter. With his muscular physique and his body covered in tattoos and scars, the MMA fighter defines mean, both on and off the mat.

But everything changes when innocent Molly Calloway signs up for his kickboxing class. Molly is Deacon’s opposite in every way: She’s kind, sweet, thoughtful, and educated. After a heated argument between them turns into a passionate encounter, Deacon realizes Molly is eager to experience more, and she looks to him to take her to the darker edge of lust....

The last thing either of them expects is how deeply their lives will be thrown upside down by the passion they find together.

Lorelei James can set up all the parts of a love story like nobody’s business. Her BDSM Mastered series has hit full stride with Caged, as couples we’ll long to see come into stories of their own are being moved into place, and we’re really getting attached to the characters that make up the Denver Black Arts dojo. For Molly and Deacon, she’s a bit prim, he’s a bit mean, but theirs is an inexplicable chemistry through three books’ and two years’ timeline worth of foreplay. This was worth waiting for. 

[Another great BDSM erotica from the Mastered series...]

Tue
Jul 7 2015 9:30am

First Look: Tara Sue Me’s The Collar (July 7, 2015)

Tara Sue Me
The Collar (Submissive #6)
NAL / July 7, 2015 / $15.99 print, $9.99 digital

Nathaniel and Abby are struggling to navigate the challenging waters of their own relationship, when they get a surprising phone call from their partners in play, Dena and Jeff, who are in need of a helping hand…

Seven years ago, blonde, beautiful lawyer Dena Jenkins was tired of her carefully controlled life. Desperate for something exhilarating to help her escape the pressures of her demanding job and her senator father, she joined a steamy, local BDSM club as a submissive. There she met brooding Dominant, Jeff. The attraction between them was undeniable, and, despite Dena’s doubts, they couldn’t stay away from each other.

Except, as the years have passed, their blazing connection has proven difficult to maintain. Dena and Jeff have a history they’d rather forget, but Dena can’t let go of the past, and Jeff is ready to move across the country to give her space. Now, to save their passion, they’ll have to rediscover what it means to trust each other—and give themselves to each other completely…

The Collar is Tara Sue Me’s latest installment of her popular Submissive Series, which explores the lives and relationships of different couples involved in BDSM.  In The Collar, we get a closer look at Dena and Jeff, two characters introduced in both Seduced by Fire and revisited briefly in The Enticement.  Intriguing glimpses into their past together shows how they met, how they came together and, ultimately, the tragedy that drove them apart.  Now, four years after the end of their relationship, outside forces bring them back in one another’s lives once again.

[It's never too late to give love another try...]

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...]