Today's letter is E.
100% honesty here...I prefer my romance books to have erotic elements. In fact, I'm rather disappointed if I don't get to be the fly on the wall during intimate scenes. I am so disappointed in a story if the protagonists are getting all hot & heavy and the author ends the scene with them going into their bedroom and closing the door. Cue the next scene being the morning after. *sigh* I don't want that!
|Long Hard Ride Lorelei James|
There are many levels of eroticism. That is why on each of my reviews I always include a heat level rating. My heat level ratings have nothing to do with whether I liked the book or not. I rate strictly on how erotic I felt the story was. Generally my 5 flame rating are because the book has BDSM or a scorching menages.
|On Dublin Street by Samatha Young|
I need my decent plots with my erotic romance. I need to be enamored with the characters. I need to relate to their feelings and their circumstances. On Dublin Street had me totally enamored. One of the best reads I had that year.
|Backstage Pass by Olivia Cunning|
Now having said that, there are some romance books where the characters themselves are all about the sex. The thing is, there has to be love too. If every other page is going to be all about their bedroom (or tour bus) exploits, for me it has to be because they can't keep their hands off of each other because they are so in love.
|Leave Me Breathless by Cherrie Lynn|
I totally love when there is an amazing, creative story line to go hand in hand with the erotic elements. If the man has an interesting piercing, so be it. *wink wink*
|Undeniable by Madeline Sheehan|
|The Theory of Attraction by Delphine Dryden|
Whether the dude of the book is a bad boy biker like Deuce in Undeniable or a total alpha nerd like Ivan in The Theory of Attraction, for me there has to be a solid draw. I've read plenty of erotic books where the hero does nothing for me. Now I don't mean that the man needs to become my next book boyfriend because that is not the case at all. In fact, Eva in Undeniable can keep Deuce all to herself. I don't want him; except that he is a total sexy turn on but 100% not my type of guy.
Then there is something I call Super Smut. It is not just erotic but OMG erotic. It practically boarders on the ridiculous where no man could ever get it is up as much as Doc can in Selena Kitt's super smutty Baumgartners series. I believe the term "one handed read" was coined for her work.
How about you? Do you prefer fluff or erotic elements to your romance books? What are some of your favourites?