As a an author of both romance, erotic romance, and erotica I often get asked what the difference between the three are. It’s hard to say because what I may view as being super steamy kink is another readers boring Sunday afternoon, and what I might consider tame is another readers wildest fantasy that can only be whispered in the dark. Our societies view of sex and sexuality is ever changing, especially in a post sexual revolution world. Women are told by their favorite magazines and day time talk show personalities that it is ok to have fantasies, ok to have desire, and ok to go after their own sexual gratification.
With that said, many women are still hesitant to give erotica a try because they don’t want to waste their time and money on a book that might be a written version of cheesy 70’s porn. I’ll let you in on a little secret, erotic romance is just a romance novel with the bedroom door left open and the lights on. You get to see into the characters minds as they join physically as close as a man and woman possibly can, trust each other with their bodies and emotions. It can be beautiful, it can be hot, it can be raw, but for it to be erotic romance it has to contribute to the plot and the storyline.
Let me try and break it down for you in an example. I’ll do the same short scene in sweet romance, bodice ripper romance, and erotic romance.
Jane gazed up into Jack’s face as he looked out over their land, pride suffusing the hard angles of his mouth. He looked down at her and love, pure and simple, surged through her. As the sunset over the home where their children would someday laugh and play he kissed her and she held him close. Her man, her life, her husband.
Jane gazed up into Jack’s face as he looked out over their land, pride suffusing the hard angles of his mouth. He looked down at her and love, pure and simple, surged through her. As the sunset over the home where their children would someday laugh and play. Her body flushed and grew needy as his eyes grew darkened with passion. His lips brushed over her own and she opened to him like a rose unfurling it’s petals to the sun, moaning deep in her throat as he turned the kiss demanding. His manhood pressed into her skirts and the area between her legs grew damp with want. She held him close, her man, her life, her husband.
Jane gazed up into Jack’s face as he looked out over their land, pride suffusing the hard angles of his mouth. He looked down at her and love, pure and simple, surged through her. As the sunset over the home where their children would someday laugh and play. She smiled up at him as he held her close, one clever hand inching its way up her ribcage to gently cup her breast. Her heart beat harder as his gaze turned intense, the look on his face alone hardening her nipples into aching nubs. He ran lazy circles around her breast, never quite touching where she wanted, where she needed him to. She tried to grab his hand and make him touch her, but he easily dodged her grasp and instead drew her in for a kiss. Their lips met and she opened for him, groaning into his mouth as his tongue stroked against hers. He shifted so one of his firm thighs was between her legs and he pressed up, all that hard muscle rubbing against her clit trapped behind her jeans. She stiffened as he slowly rocked her along his thigh and delighted in the way that her arousal always drove him crazy. When she cupped his erection through his pants he muttered an oath under his breath and swept her up into his arms, carrying her back to their home. She pressed her cheek against his chest and thanked God for sending him to her.
I hope you have a better idea of what erotic romance has to offer and thank you for taking a moment out of your day to read my post. 🙂
Retired German cage fighter, Jonas Becker, has finally settled down in Las Vegas to open his own training center. A chance meeting with his dream woman at a charity ball leads him to hanging out at her favorite coffee shop where he overhears the perfect opportunity to win her over. One orgasm at a time.
Erica Alman is sick of her overprotective older brother’s ruining her love life, especially after they chased away that amazing mystery man that she had danced with a the charity ball six months ago. With the help of her best friend, she signs up with the 1 Night Stand dating service. Her request is simple. She wants a dangerous, rough man to fake break into her hotel room at the Castillo resort and force her to have multiple orgasms. Oh, and she wants the man to be big, bald, and have a German accent, just like Jonas.
Using every ounce of his skill as an experienced Dom, Jonas hopes to win Erica over before the night ends. He can only hope that the pleasure he can bring her would make the beautiful woman look past his scarred and battered exterior to the man within who can give her sensations like no other.
Ann is Queen of the Castle to her wonderful husband and three sons in the mountains of West Virginia. In her past lives she’s been an Import Broker, a Communications Specialist, a US Navy Civilian Contractor, a Bartender/Waitress, and an actor at the Michigan Renaissance Festival. She also spent a summer touring with the Grateful Dead-though she will deny to her children that it ever happened.
From a young age she’s been fascinated by myths and fairytales, and the romance that often was the center of the story. As Ann grew older and her hormones kicked in, she discovered trashy romance novels. Great at first, but she soon grew tired of the endless stories with a big wonderful emotional buildup to really short and crappy sex. Never a big fan of purple prose, throbbing spears of fleshy pleasure and wet honey pots make her giggle, she sought out books that gave the sex scenes in the story just as much detail and plot as everything else-without using cringe worthy euphemisms. This led her to the wonderful world of Erotic Romance, and she’s never looked back.
Now Ann spends her days trying to tune out cartoons playing in the background to get into her ‘sexy space’ and has learned to type one handed while soothing a cranky baby.
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