Oct 22 2012 5:00pm

Tricks and Treats: October’s Erotic Reads

Hear Me by Skye WarrenIn 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....

October offers spooky tidings as we learn that monsters often wear the faces of angels and letting go of our fear can bring about our demise...or our salvation.

Hear Me (Dark Erotica #3) by Skye Warren

Mention Skye Warren and most readers will say, “Oh yes, she’s a dark horse.” Her Dark Erotica series crosses all lines and boundaries, introducing the tortured heroes and heroines who fight their way out of the muck and mire of a sex ring in ways that defy the traditional HEA and leave you wondering if the rescue was an improvement over the captivity.

She doesn’t remember her past, only her training. She can’t talk, not that a good slave should speak out of turn. None of that matters when she wakes up in the warm, rustic room. Her new master is distant but kind. There’s only one problem: he doesn’t want her.

Longing for the shackles of safety, she pulls from the last dregs of her will to prove her worth as a slave. It seems to be working. He responds first to her body and next to her submission. The secrets of his past haunt the cabin, fraying the tightening bond between Master and slave, but it is her own memories that may finally unravel it.

Skye Warren is releasing Carlo’s story (the most hated man in this series), next year. I am very curious to see how and even IF Warren will redeem him.

Power Exchange by AJ RosePower Exchange by A.J. Rose

A.J. Rose's Power Exchange is a steamy m/m erotic romance pitting the protagonists against a vicious serial killer while delivering a good balance between the romance and the mystery. A wonderful look at the journey of a novice entering into the world of power exchanges and D/S relationships.

From the moment Detective Gavin DeGrassi steps into the world of BDSM to solve the brutal slaying of Dom George Kaiser, his course is not his own. Mesmerized by the context in which the victim lived and the images of the lifestyle seared into his soul, Gavin must find a way to navigate these unknown waters. With his personal life in upheaval due to marital trouble, and his professional life uncertain with the assignment of a new partner, Gavin needs all the help he can get understanding the case.

Enter Ben Haverson, a psychologist and a well known Dom. With Ben’s help as a consultant and attention to Gavin's own murky truths, Gavin delves deeper than he ever thought he would into the world of restraints and paddles. Forced to scrutinize his true nature and his innermost desires, Gavin has a choice: keep the fear of submitting at bay, or dive in and solve the case with the knowledge he gains. When another victim is discovered, Gavin’s choice is made for him, and he’s pulled headlong into the deepest, most emotional journey of his life.

Consequences by Aleatha RomigConsequences (Consequences #1) by Aleatha Romig

While some may say Aleatha Romig's Consequences isn’t a true erotic, the overall storyline and interactions of the main protagonists has an erotic sensual undertone to it that speaks of a similarity to the relationship between Christian and Ana in E.L. James's Fifty Shades—if Christian had been truly insane and Ana had not been so trusting of her inner goddess. A psychological thriller that manipulates, deceives, confounds, and horrifies you as you're slowly submerged into the life a young woman and a billionaire sadist who teaches her that all actions have consequences.

Besieged by memories of a brutal abduction, Claire Nichols wakes in an unfamiliar bedroom, within a luxurious mansion. Her recollections have one common denominator, the man she just met, Anthony Rawlings. Unbeknownst to Claire, for a very long time, she has been within Anthony’s sights. Many of the pivotal events in her life occurred, due to his sinister manipulation. Every action has a consequence.

Captive in the Dark by C.J. RobertsCaptive in the Dark (The Dark Duet #1) by C.J. Roberts

C.J. Roberts's Captive in the Dark is a dark and disturbing psychological erotic that follows a young girl’s initiation into the world of sexual slavery and human trafficking after being kidnapped by someone she viewed as her savior. This is not a light-hearted love story of redemption. It’s a harsh, brutal journey that will leave you confused, aroused, disgusted, sad, and begging for the end far before the story is over.

Caleb is a man with a singular interest in revenge. Kidnapped as a young boy and sold into slavery by a power-hungry mobster, he has thought of nothing but vengeance. For twelve years he has immersed himself in the world of pleasure slaves searching for the one man he holds ultimately responsible. Finally, the architect of his suffering has emerged with a new identity, but not a new nature. If Caleb is to get close enough to strike, he must become the very thing he abhors and kidnap a beautiful girl to train her to be all that he once was.

Eighteen-year-old Olivia Ruiz has just woken up in a strange place. Blindfolded and bound, there is only a calm male voice to welcome her. His name is Caleb, though he demands to be called Master. Olivia is young, beautiful, naïve and willful to a fault. She has a dark sensuality that cannot be hidden or denied, though she tries to accomplish both. Although she is frightened by the strong, sadistic, and arrogant man who holds her prisoner, what keeps Olivia awake in the dark is her unwelcome attraction to him.

Devoured by Emily SnowDevoured by Emily Snow

Rock star groupies will love Emily Snow's darkly seductive erotic Devoured, which pits two strong protagonists against each other as they attempted to find sexual release and love in each other’s arms.

Sienna Jensen had no plans to return home when she graduated college last spring—after all, her dreams lie in California. But when she discovers her grandmother’s posh Nashville home has been foreclosed, and the new owner has started the eviction process, Sienna has no other choice but go back to Music City. And she comes face to face with the flawed, gorgeous man she never thought she’d see again. The man who now holds the deed to her grandma’s estate.

When millionaire rock star Lucas Wolfe finds the outspoken redhead glaring at him from across a courtroom, he’s both infuriated and intrigued. He still can't get the night Sienna almost spent with him out of his mind, and the chemistry between them is as undeniable as it was two years ago. He craves Sienna more than ever. And just like everything Lucas hungers for, he’s determined to have her.

Now, Lucas will do whatever it takes to lure Sienna into his bed, even if that means making a deal with her: ten days with him, playing by his rules, and he’ll hand over the deed to her grandmother’s home. Though she agrees to the arrangement, Sienna is conflicted. Because of her duty to her family. Because of promises she’s made to herself and a past that still haunts her. And as Lucas’s game of seduction continues, and Sienna is introduced to his dark, erotic world and even darker background, she realizes that at any moment, she could be devoured.

Seems like there are lots of dark erotics this month; which do you prefer, dark or light erotic?


Tori Benson, Smexybooks and at Twitter.

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Vanessa Ouadi
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Ooooh, now I just love to explore the dark side of erotism, thanks for the recs!
I like light erotica too, but I plainly love to have my boundaries pushed and to be taken out of my comfort zone from time to time.

I'll definitely give a try to Skye Warren's Dark Erotica series, I've been told about by a few friends.
Aleatha Romig's Consequences sounds intriguing, so yeah, why not!
AJ Rose's Power Exchange I've never heard about, and it's been a while since I've read a BDSM gay erotica, so why not. I'm not a big fan of romantic suspense though, so I'm not sure.

I have read and strongly disliked both CJ Roberts' Captive in the Dark and Emily Snow's Devoured _ though for different reasons. About the latter, I must warn potential readers that it is not really dark erotica (I would barely consider it as erotica myself, so...).

I've re-read last week-end Annabel Joseph's Mercy and Anneke Jacob's As she's told. Their books are not for the faint heart, but if you're into dark erotica and total power exchange, their writing style is rather good!
Varian Krylov writes some rather disturbing dark eroticas. Well written, but definitely on the darker side of human nature.
Lighter but revolving around domination/submission love stories, I've also read, and enjoyed, Maya Banks' Sweet series.
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