No, it’s not like rain on your wedding day, it’s more like having hot, intense sex in the middle of a rain storm in front of your wedding guests…
After enjoying romance books (paranormal) for over a year, I learned about “erotic romance” books. Why it took me so long to discover this sub-genre, I don’t know, but I didn’t realize it existed. And I wondered What is erotic romance? Do they make paranormal erotic romance?
Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines “erotic” as:
Main Entry: erot·ic
Etymology: Greek erōtikos, from erōt-, erōs
1 : of, devoted to, or tending to arouse sexual love or desire
2 : strongly marked or affected by sexual desire
Now, call me crazy, but I thought the “regular” romance books I have been reading for the past year are “erotic” so I was curious… what would be the difference in “erotic” romance stories?
Since I wanted to stick with the paranormal romance genre, my choices and reading experiences may be different that those of you that read contemporary romance. I read the following three stories, each are considered “erotic.”
“Taken” a novella by Anya Bast
Mortal Temptations by Allyson James
Of Crimson and Collars by Stella & Audra Price
After my brief research I have come to the following conclusions about the term erotic as used in romance stories:
- The sexual acts within the story involve more than 2 partners. Typically it is 2 males with 1 female, but it also can include larger groups.
- There are same-sex couplings, whether it be a couple or a group.
- The acts themselves do not necessarily involve the primary couple or are not done because of “love.”
- Sex is used as visual pleasure for another’s enjoyment.
- Other items (toys, animals, BDSM) are used in sexual play.
Okay, so in other words, the “erotic” romance books are a bit more “hard core” than the “regular” romance books. I get it. But when I look back at the definition and I think about it, these stories did not impact or increase my sexual desire. They were not effectively erotic to me. I have read several “regular” romance books that have “heated my oven,” much more effectively than these stories.
I have also recently read the ACRO series by Sydney Croft. These books also fall in the “erotic” sub-genre, but I’m going to discuss them separately. For those that are new to my blog, you may not know that I LOVE this series. I recently read and reviewed all four of the published novels. These books have some of the “erotic” sex acts I listed above – primarily the multiple partner (group), same-sex, and “toys” categories. The biggest difference… All of the sexual play is done with intense passion and love (or destined love). The scenes involve emotion with sex and it makes them so much more HOT! These books earned the title “erotic” by my standards.
So what I learned is that for something to be erotic in my eyes, the sexual play needs to involve emotion and passion. It needs to be part of the overall story-arc(s) and advance the primary couple to their happily-ever-after. What about you? What do you find erotic in a book? What is a turn on/off for you when you read?
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