Romance and erotic romances have gained a new tag these days and that tag is “breeding.” Characters being bred for babies is a longtime trope, and with the advent of ebooks, romances are increasingly bold about exploring it. In fact, there are references to breeding in both book tags, blurbs, and titles, such as Cara Bristol’s Breeder, Juno Wells and Aurelia Skye’s Alien’s Babies, and Fannie Tucker’s The Sperminator.
Romance and erotic romance that are all about breeding the heroine, especially for the sake of reviving a near-extinct species, abound in paranormal and sci-fi romance (e.g., MK Eidem’s Grim, Ruby Dixon’s Ice Planet Barbarians series, Alien Alpha by Juniper Leigh, and Emma Paul’s Kaden’s Breeder), but you can also find them among contemporary titles. Take Alexa Riley’s Coach: Breeding #1. It’s pretty up front about what readers can expect. Here are some sample key words from the blurb (from the hero’s POV) that set up the premise:
“She's a student, she's barely legal, and she's my best friend’s daughter.” – promises forbidden romance, taboo elements, and a heroine at her peak physical and sexual prime
“I have to have her, no matter what the cost.” – promises dubious consent/nonconsensual sex and by extension, the fantasy of awesome sex without the guilt (who needs guilt, anyway?!)
“I have to breed her and bind her to me so tightly she can't ever get away.” – promises a hero so obsessed with the heroine he wants to impregnate her.
Additionally, Alexa Riley is transparent about her story: “this book is…pretty much just about breeding the heroine.”
Wow! So, yup, flowing, gushing, potent semen and all that.