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Thu
Aug 27 2015 2:00pm

Cover Thursday: J.A. Rock’s The Subs Club Series

Today we're thrilled to reveal The Subs Club series by J.A. Rock with four great covers for The Subs Club, Pain Slut, Manties in a Twist, and 24/7. The series kicks off in December with The Subs Club, learn more about each book, and the series, below.

The Subs Club series: 

After the death of their friend Hal at the hands of an irresponsible dom, submissive friends Dave, Kamen, Miles, and Gould band together to form the Subs Club—an organization seeking to expose dangerous local doms. The club slowly evolves as romances blossom, loyalties are tested, and tensions mount in a community already struggling for unity in the wake of Hal’s death.

From domestic discipline to knife play to fashion paraphilia, and from family drama to new jobs to first loves, the members of the Subs Club explore life’s kinks inside and outside of the bedroom as they attempt to let go of the past and move forward.

[Learn more about the series and check out the amazing covers...]

Wed
Aug 19 2015 1:00pm

Popping the Erotic Cherry: Busting Through 3 Myths of Erotic Romance

Switch by Megan Hart

One might think that a writer of steamy romances would have read the occasional erotic romance before. But one would be wrong.  I had somehow kept myself from reading them, partly out of fear, and partly (this is hard to admit!) out of snobbery. As if erotic romance meant that a book couldn’t also be well-written, erudite, and character-driven. Before you throw a book (or laptop) at me, read on to learn that I have since recovered from my snobbery. Because as most readers already know, none of that is the case.

Erotic Romances Use the “C” Word Too Frequently...

I’d thought that erotic romances would be a bit heavy-handed on a word that is not a fave.  I’m even slightly squeamish about the “p” word. While I may occasionally use it in my writing, it still makes me blush. Blame my good Catholic upbringing. I’d somehow envisioned erotic romance as being liberally sprinkled with words my mother would never say. But I was wrong (in a good way).

[Forget whatever you heard about erotic romance...]

Wed
Aug 19 2015 12:00pm

September 2015 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping List

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in September. 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:
September 1-7 | September 8-14 | September 15-21 | September 22-30

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

[Check out the complete list!...]

Tue
Aug 18 2015 1:00pm

The Best Authors You’ve Never Read

Nightwing by Lynn Michaels

We all have keeper shelves, but some of us have so many well-loved books they’re stacked two deep. The other day I was pulling some dusty tomes out from the back of the shelves and ran across keepers I hadn’t seen in years. Because it’s nice to share, here are some books you may not have heard of, but are worth checking out.  Some may be out of print, but that makes reading them after you track them down even more fun. Don’t forget your local public library Inter-Library Loan service. It’s a great way to get your hands on obscure books:

Nightwing by Lynn Michaels—A modest little Harlequin Temptation paranormal predating all those sparkly vampire boys. A mysterious hero who has no reflection in the mirror? A heroine inheriting a spooky house in a remote location? Oh, yes, back before the paranormal genre hit the big time, this was one for all of us who longed for romance with a little…bite.

A Man Like Mac by Fay Robinson—A Harlequin Superromance, and an early romance featuring a hero in a wheelchair. We’ve come a long way in the last 15 years in portraying heroes and heroines with disabilities, but MAC was a ground breaking novel for mainstream romance. More importantly, it was a damn fine read.

[Found some great romance novels and thought about you ...]

Mon
Aug 17 2015 2:00pm

The Forbidden in Romance: Stepbrothers, Priests, and More from Stein, Leigh, and Pearce

Nauti Boy by Lora Leigh

Some of the most talked-about and even most-loved books in romance are those that fall on the more extreme ends of the spectrum. Romance lovers feel strongly about our fantasies, what appeals to each of us individually for whatever reason—experience, background, circumstance. Forbidden love is personal, often subjective, frequently polarizing. But these books start the dialogue, sometimes they start the trends. The best thing about Forbidden Romance is how there’s a little bit of everything for everyone. Whatever your trigger, whatever your fantasy, these are the books and their writers who are stretching the limits, pushing the boundaries, and opening minds. We love a guaranteed sweet, or hot, standard romance, but forbidden romance makes our hearts pound. Whether it’s stepsiblings, rape fantasy, physically impossible sex, incestuous-erotic, priest love, or a hundred others, the good news is if you’ve got a fantasy, you can probably explore it on the page.

Stepsibling romance has become all the rage in publishing, but Lora Leigh started it all way ahead of the trend with the first in her series of the same name, Nauti Boy. Army guy Rowdy returns home from service to the stepsister he’s loved for years and fought attraction to by going halfway around the world. But Kelly’s awakened to it too now, Rowdy’s resolve has waned, and Lora Leigh’s dirty talk is at a perfect all-time high once Kelly and Rowdy get started. It’s virgin heroine, getting it on under your parents’ roof, pure unadulterated fantasy. This is what made me love the stepsibling trope as my own personal forbidden trigger.

[Forbidden doesn't mean off limits...]

Sun
Aug 16 2015 10:30am

First Look: L.A. Witt’s What He Left Behind (August 18, 2015)

L.A. Witt
What He Left Behind
Samhain Publishing / August 18, 2015 / $14.99 print, $4.99 digital

Can you ever have a second first time?

Josh Carver thinks it's just another lunch with his best friend, Michael-until Michael confesses he just turned down a date with his hot veterinarian crush. It seems Michael's abusive ex left him more scarred than Josh realized.

Josh and his husband, Ian, have done their best to help Michael leave his horrific past behind, but even Josh is stunned when Ian suggests that Josh help Michael with his fear of physical intimacy. After all, it isn't like it would be the first time-Josh and Michael were once each other's firsts.

A hesitant first kiss, and Josh and Michael's natural attraction eases the way. But with Michael still balking at the prospect of sex with someone new, Ian steps into the breach.

Everything is fine and dandy until emotions become so entangled, their friendship-and a marriage-could be at risk.

Warning: Contains three guys who will do anything for each other, a hot tub that's always the right temperature, and a cat with an attitude problem.

Before starting What He Left Behind by L.A. Witt I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. I knew it revolved around a three-way relationship between men and that it dealt with themes of sexual, physical and psychological abuse. Yet I was instantly intrigued because I wanted to see how L.A. Witt would tackle such heavy topics in the context of menage trios relationship. I was mainly interested in how Witt would show the progression of these three individuals from friends to so much more, how would they manage the transition from best-friends to being in love?

[Drop the third wheel...]

Wed
Aug 12 2015 2:00pm

I Want You To Want Me...Erotic Romance Best Bets for August 2015

Lonely Hearts by Heidi Cullinan

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.

August brings change and with change often comes heartbreak and angst as the following couples must think outside the box in order to find the sexual and emotional connection they crave.

Lonely Hearts by Heidi Cullinan

With the quiet help of his wealthy family, Sebastian “Baz” Acker has successfully kept his painful past at bay. But as the end of college draws near, his friends—his buffer zone—are preparing to move on, while his own life is at a crippling standstill.With loneliness bearing down on him, Baz hooks up—then opens up—with Elijah Prince, the guy Baz took a bullet for last year. The aftershocks of their one-night stand leave giant cracks in Baz’s carefully constructed armor. For the first time, the prospect isn’t terrifying.

Accustomed to escaping his demons by withdrawing into his imagination, Elijah isn’t used to having a happy herd of friends. He’s even less comfortable as the object of a notorious playboy’s affections. Yet all signs seem to indicate this time happiness might be within his grasp. When Baz’s mother runs for a highly sought-after public office, the media hounds drag Baz’s and Elijah’s pasts into the light. In the blinding glare, Baz and Elijah face the ultimate test: discovering if they’re stronger together…or apart.

Cullinan’s third installment of her new adult romance series—Love Lessons—evolves and expands on a subplot from Fever Pitch, using it to boldly highlight the problems LGBT teenagers and young adults face in this world. Emotionally heart wrenching, an unlikely romance blooms between two lost souls whose lives were shattered by the violence that often follows homophobia. Intense sensuality blends well the self deprecating humor to keep the story from dwelling in the darkness for too long.

[Touch me here...]

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...]