Oct 21 2011 1:05pm

When Life Gets Heavy, Read Hot!

Omega Mine by Aline HunterI’ve got a confession to make: When life gets tough, I read smut. The smuttier the better. BDSM? Sign me up! Alien threesomes? Yes, please! Tortured bad boys you definitely can’t take home to Mama? Who needs Mama’s approval, anyway?

The last few months have been chaotic and stressful and sometimes mean, and S.M.U.T has been my chocolate bar, my bottle of cabernet. My nights have been filled with “Oops, I accidentally fell on your dick” tales that keep my mood light and my panties wet…and apparently my shame levels low.

I’ve read smexy before. I AM female. But it’s not my typical MO. Urban Fantasy usually reigns supreme on my bookshelves. It’s always provided me with everything I’ve ever needed. Until recently.

Sought by Evangeline AndersonMy slippery slope began when I noticed Evangeline Anderson had a new release, Sought, in her Brides of the Kindred series. I’d read another book from this galactic erotica series a couple years ago and I remembered it being, um, enjoyable. Outlandish and unrealistic, but oh, so pleasurable. *cough cough* And bonus, this book is about not one but two humanoid aliens seeking their “one” female. Yup, I was all about it. Once I finished, I realized how much fun it was to read something that was completely not what I normally read, and how, just like The Real Housewives of New Jersey, entertainment can come in strange and amazing ways.

So, what to read next? I’ve loved JA Saare’s UF series Rhiannon’s Law, but never had a chance to read any of her erotica titles, which she writes under the pen name Aline Hunter. When I noticed her tweeting about her latest release Omega Mine, I couldn’t resist. I snatched it up on release day and devoured it whole in a single day. Hubba. Hubba. Mega alpha male Diskant Black and pixie-esque Ava Brisbane are electric are electric from the get-go. He saves her from an attempted kidnapping (as Omega of NYC he keeps the bad guys in check) and quickly discovers she. is. his. This is a panty changer, ladies!

French Quarter by Lacey AlexanderAfter that, I was hooked. All I wanted was smut. I read Lacey Alexander’s French Quarter: Hot in the City soon after, and HOT indeed. This is on the first page:

… just a look from him made her feel unbalanced.

“Hello there. “ His voice was rich as dark chocolate. “What can I do for you?”

What couldn’t he do for her? That quickly, she found herself mentally penning a list that started with kiss my lips and descended to kneading her sensitive breasts and stroking the hungry little spot between her thighs.

And basically, it carries on this way for the next 200+ pages. Did I care if everything in the character development was plausible? Hell, no. That shit was hot!

Over the next couple of weeks my iPad became filled with quick erotic tales that convinced me that lust at first sight is okay, and that it’s perfectly normal to go with it. But then I came across what eventually became my two favorite erotic books featuring an innocent heroine who actually fights against the urges she feels…for as long as she can.

Fifty Shades of Grey by EL JamesFifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James had me completely consumed for two days, and rushing to buy the second book, Fifty Shades Darker, the minute I finished. The books are long, which usually annoys me, but because the chemistry was so intense I found myself sneaking in read sessions at work and ignoring the rest of the world—the phone, the husband, and food—until I finished. You become a part of these characters. There’s no other way to put it. And the characters have hot sex, and tons of issues. Addictive mix!

I’m not really sure I’m headed next. Will I make my way back to UF? Of course! Maybe after I’ve finally read my first Joey W. Hill book.

So now I have to know; what’s the dirtiest book you’ve ever read?


Jessica Turner reviews Urban Fantasy, Paranormal and Sci-Fi Romances on her site The Spinecracker and is a trained chef who lives in San Diego with her very Irish husband.

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1. ChelseaMueller
I do the exact same thing, Jess. The frequency of my smutty reads as tripled since Dad's cancer hit stage 4. And my suggestion: Read everything by Cara McKenna. I swear, if you can't escape in either Willing Victim or Curio, then something is insanely wrong.

Cherise Sinclair and Sharon Page also top my list of authors bringing the stellar dirty reads.
Synde Korman
2. SyndeKorman
honestly... I have read some really dirty stuff.. some I can't even write here.. but one we read aloud in Team Seattle get togethers is called Patience.. man it's hilarious..
As for my 'guilty pleasure" it's totally Dark Hunters...

Megan Frampton
3. MFrampton
Jessica, because of this post I went and bought EL James. Will let you know if I like! I haven't read a lot of smut, mostly because I can't suspend my disbelief enough--but James sounds like it's got real situations.
4. JacquiC
I agree about Cara McKenna, particularly the two mentioned above. Also Ann Calhoun (Liberating Lacey) is one of my absolute favourites.
Jessica Turner
5. TheSpinecracker
@Chelsea: YAY for a new rec! I'd love to know what you think is the first McKenna I should read is. {HUGS} to you. @Synde: I feel a competeion coming on: "Who's read the dirtiest book?" @MF: *bites nails* I will admit that I finished those not 2 weeks ago and I've started my re-read yesterday. Seriously. @Jacqui: I will be reading a McKenna THIS weekend. What's your fav?
6. ChelseaMueller
@TheSpinecracker - Willing Victim. Hands down. Great characters and very -- um -- memorable. 10 bucks says @Jacqui will agree.
8. Cat W
She probably won't pop in here (or maybe she will?), but I had to tweet
at Cara about the love. You guys made her day. She is one of my faves!
And also with the Joey W. Hill. Read everything, all three series. What
you might not realize until you're well into them--they are all written
in the same world. I think I'd start with the Nature of Desire
series...but man, all so good. Also, if you like historicals, try the
Brothers in Arms series by Samantha Kane, all available at Ellora's Cave and elsewhere. Strong characters, very emotionally charged, and very hot.
Megan Frampton
10. MFrampton
Okay, I just bought Willing Victim. And I will let the Powers That Be know about the weird non-paragraphing thing.
s butler
12. mssarahb
I have a new favorite author--Charlotte Stein. She writes smart, funny, HOT erotica. Favs are Control (novel) and The Things That Make Me Give In (story collection). I've enjoyed everything she's written...all in the past two weeks. GLOM.
Jessica Turner
13. TheSpinecracker
@CatW: I don't really do historicals. I actually did download the first in Hills' Nature of Desire... glad to hear that was a wise choice.

@MF: I'm starting WV tonight! #twins
Jessica Turner
14. TheSpinecracker
@bungluna: Oh I've read Dane before I liked her. @mssarahb: Thanks for the recs. Can't wait to check her out.
15. Charlayne
Oh, I'm still having Lords of the Underworld shivers! What Gena Showalter does with those characters when they get horny is just...omg. I also am a big fan of Christine Feehan's Dark Carpathians and their erotic antics.

But, I wrote down all your suggestions too, a girl can't have too much inspiration!
16. ChelseaMueller
Also, Olivia Cunning's Backstage Pass is well done, too.

Oh, it's raining dirty book recommendations!
17. Romantic Sleuth
Hi! Just minutes ago, I finished Fifty Shades of Grey (Part 1)...OMGsh!!! I can't believe how wonderful it was! Question to those who read it...should I go with book 2? I submerged myself in this book, barely coming up for a breath, so I was so disappointed with it's cliffhanger ending!!
18. Kaye55
How oddly comforting to know I am not alone in turning to erotica when life gets tough (mom w/alzheimers). Am a big fan of 'Willing Victim" and just started reading 'Curio' last night - how I stopped in the middle and went to sleep I have no idea. There are two other books Lacey Alexander that are loosely linked, one in Las Vegas, the other in Key West - all good. The older Emma Holly books, before she went paranormal, also do it for me: Menage, Cooking up a Storm, Personal Assests, and All U Can Eat to name a few faves. Have not heard of EL James - my Kindle is burning up! Thanks for the rec.
Jessica Turner
19. TheSpinecracker
@Romantic Slueth: OMG yes! But you may suffer the same submersion.

@Kaye: I was so nervous admitted that I've been a total slut for smut too, but see, we're part of the norm. Thanks for the recs!
20. BrooklynShoeBabe
@Jessica Turner
My nights have been filled with “Oops, I accidentally fell on your dick” tales that keep my mood light and my panties wet…and apparently my shame levels low.
Lol. I'm the same way. I'm also seeing a lot of movies now that my girls are back in school, and the theater is right next to a Barnes and Noble. I see a movie with a hunky guy I like and then I come home with a new smutty book from the discount rack. Recently, the erotic adventures of Maid Merriam and Robin Hood. (Gives a whole new meaning to bow and arrow.)
Jennifer O'Brien
21. JenOBrien
The Dark Hunters and LotU are both very sexy series but if you are wanting smut with the ratio of sex scenes per page count high I'd go for early Morgan Hawke, Kimberly Zant, Jory Strong, Jet Mykles and recently Laurann Dohner (except her ideas are not origional ie Cyborg Series by Katitlyn O'Conner and Breeds Series by Lora Leigh). Also, even though Shannon McKenna and Lisa Marie Rice have a little more story than smut I get a simular thrill since they roll it in with the suspence.
22. JacquiC
Oops I disappeared over the weekend and didn't see the question about my favourite Cara McKenna. I have not read all of them. Before I read Curio, I would have said Willing Victim. But I think I'm now leaning towards Curio as my fave. The voyeuristic scene during the first encounter by the lead characters is SO unbelievably hot. She also writes as Meg Maguire. I love those books too, though I think they may not strictly qualify as erotica and may belong more in the romance category. Not sure.
Jessica Turner
23. TheSpinecracker
@ShoeBabe: Oooh who's your favorite hunky movie guy lately?

@JenOB: LOL yes i need my smuty sex scene to page count ratio to be high lately ;) Thanks for all the recs.

@Jacqui: Read WV over the weekend. I need more of those 2 characters!!! Might have to read Curio now.
Kristin O
24. krismas29
I loved Willing Victim; and only found it because of another blog post here! I just downloaded a sample of Curio and will give that one a try too. Thanks for the recomendations.

I have read some hot smut lately too, mainly with a BDSM slant, but a few I would recommend are:
- basically everything by Cherise Sinclair, but The Dom's Dungeon .. holy smokes, what a hot book
- Dangerous Cravings, Evangeline Anderson .. this book just did it for me on so many levels
-Table for Three, by Lainey Reese
-Wicked Ties, by Shayla Black
-Tie Me Down, by Tracy Wolff
-Second Chances, by Lauren Dane

I am currently reading the menage, BDSM tale Beyond Eden by Kele Moon but I am not sure I could recommend it yet. The intense MM aspect of the story is really hot, but its also making me slightly uncomfortable so far.
25. LM_Brinkley
I totally am one with the smut when life makes me want to rip out my hair. I LOVE Lora Leigh's Breeds. Samantha Kane always keeps me coming back for more too. And yes although I know many will laugh and scoff Laurell K hamilton's Fae Series also gets me reading them every year like visiting a good friend on a lonely night. I have read most of the books posted. I do believe I will be rushing out to get Fifty Shades of Grey now thanks to all the great reviews. We lady's of the smut must keep our heads held high when life otherwise sucks. :)
26. SteffShelton
I do the same! Thanks to Heroes and Heartbreakers for letting me know I'm not the only one. :)
Jessica Turner
27. TheSpinecracker
@krismas: I feel like I've read all of those books. LOL ....great readers think alike ;)

@ LM: I can't wait to hear if you liked Fifty. Don't fight me for him, I'll scratch your eyes out

@SS: Solidarity sister!!
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