Monday, April 27, 2015

So I've Been Thinking.....


Since Ive come to the dark side and am now enjoying a small but growing variety of erotic romance Ive been asking myself why it took so long and what the catalyst was. Well the catalyst is easy; it was my best friend brow beating me into reading the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy. She wanted to see the movie and persuaded me to go with her when it came out and made me promise to read all three books before we did. Well this was in the fall of 2014 and I thought I had plenty of time to get the job done by early 2015, but as all you who are growing older know time flies, plus procrastinator that I am and soon it was late January and I hadnt opened a single book. So begrudgingly I did and was very surprised to like it. Was it literary fiction, no? But I have been known to love steamy romances. I did review the Harlequin Presents line for RT Magazine and they get pretty steamy.  So I guess I have her to thank for creating this particular monster.

And that got me thinking of other racy, sultry, line-crossing romances that I also loved.

But Im getting ahead of myself.

And I also know why I waited so long; I in fact mentioned it during a recent interview with bestselling author Marie Force whos just recently released an erotic romance trilogy of her own called The Quantum trilogy, Virtuous, Valorous and Victorious; because when e-rom first came out of the brown paper genre bag most of it was like reading a stag film, all sex with multiple partners and no plot and that I dont enjoy. 

So needless to say I was rather pleased with myself to have answered all those cosmic questions.


I was asked by LibraryJournal to review the upcoming June release by #1 NYT bestselling author Laurel K. Hamilton in her Anita Blake Vampire Slayer series, Dead Ice.

And all of a sudden Im back to square one because is it just me or have these amazing storytellers in the paranormal realm been selling all of us romance lovers an e-rom bill of goods disguised as a paranormal romance. The more I think about it the more Im saying to myself, YES!  I cant tell you how Ive waited with baited breath for the next tortured Black Dagger Brother  to find his mate, 

or for my next fix in the feverish Fever series

 and biting my nails waiting for one of my all time favorite adult fairy tales in the Taker trilogy.

Think of not only Laurel K. Hamilton and her two very sexy series, but also the likes of JR Ward, Karen Marie Moning, Gena Showalter, Alma Katsu, Jennifer Ashley and many others. Those series are über-sexy, some going way over the vanilla line.

So my question to you is.
Did I hit the mark or anywhere around it?
Do you agree that we all pretty much just drank the preternatural Kool-Aid, thinking that was just the way love is done in the Vampire/Monster/Demon/Paranormal world?

Leave me a comment I'd love to know your thoughts!


  1. Oh I love seeing you delve into new genres and oh lord I loved the Taker Trilogy!

    1. Me too Kim, I can't believe I liked someone as narcissistic as Adair, but he did redeem himself.

  2. I love new genres and I read such a variety that it makes it fun so I love seeing others do it too! I haven't quite crossed over into the erotica although some of the reads I do read are probably close. I did like the Fever series but I honestly didn't love it until the last book. Mac sort of grated on my nerves and Barrons is the all time definition of alpha male almost to a flaw but he does grow on you. ;) Can't wait to see what you think about it!

    1. Thanks for the comment Ali and about Shadowfever-I loved it- :)

  3. Hahaha Debbie! Welcome to dark side, or least what's dark to I Love the Taker trilogy.!! I have to check M.S. Force I haven't got a chance yet. I quit Anita Blake years ago, but I'll wait to hear your thoughts and see if is worth jumping back in.
    Loved fifties and the Fever series, this posts was for me! ;)

  4. I am impressed that LIBRARY JOURNAL asked you to review.

    1. Hi Steph. Yes I'm their dark fantasy/adult fairy tale gal. I aslo review her Merry Gentry series and the Taker series for LJ
      Thanks for the comment!

  5. LOL the only one I would consider erotic is Hamilton. I really adore her Gentry series but never understood the genre on hers. Definitely way off the mark for what the books actually were (other than the first couple in the Anita books).