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    Default Gimme All Your Recs for Erotic Romance!!

    I remember reading a thread about this once a long time ago, but I think it was at another site.

    I don't know why, but this is my genre of choice lately, and I hate juvenile writing, which is what I've heard 50 Shades of Gray was (I've never read the series). Right now, I'm reading Tara Sue Me's (definitely has to be a pseudonym) Submissive series, but even that is a little hard to choke down. The same words used over and over and over to describe the same things. It's like a bunch of stay-at-home moms (which I am one of) got bored and tried their hand at writing and failed.

    Anybody got some juicy, well written stuff they can recommend?

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    Depends on what kind of romantic smut you want in particular. sub/Dom? Historical? Paranormal?

    I've been working through the Darkest London series by Kristen Callihan recently which is historical, paranormal and has a very slight touch of steampunk as the series progresses. Shifters, elementals, demons, corsets and smut, all in one book. The first book (Firelight) is a bit slow but the series picks up well after that and it's a good introduction to the characters who form the series.

    https://www.goodreads.com/series/70662-darkest-london

    And because I'm a dirty perv too I'm also looking forward to some recommendations for warming up the winter nights.
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    Hmmm, Kitty. As soon as I read paranormal, I was like, no way. BUT I did read the Southern Vampire Series (the Sookie books) by Charlaine Harris and I'm pretty sure they were listed as paranormal, right? I actually liked the first several books before she started writing everything as shit. Let's not even mention the last book.

    Kinda embarrassed to admit that although I've never done anything Dom/sub or BDSM, the stories intrigue me. The Submissive series that I'm reading now is definitely Dom/sub. So I guess that's more what I'm looking for, but I'm totally open to suggestions ... and looking forward to them, like you.

    It's so overwhelming going to Barnes & Noble to look for this kind of stuff. I remember YEARS ago, they had like half a bookcase, MAYBE, of erotic romance. Now, there's like two WALLS of it. I usually buy books through Amazon lately (definitely cheaper and it's instant), but since they allow just anyone to publish books now, it's hard to find good reviews to judge before you buy.

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    Lorelei James

    Better than fifty shades...... with modern cowboys
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    "Good" writing is very subjective. But I assume you read erotica to fulfil other needs so the quality of the writing may have to be a compromise. I jumped on the 50 Shades bandwagon and was unimpressed. I certainly couldn't figure out why the world went mad over it but suspect it was the first book to "legitimise" that genre and women didn't feel embarrassed to be seen reading erotica on a plane or on the beach. Also, I'm really not into the BDSM stuff anyway so scenes that were intended to turn me on just made me cringe or laugh instead.

    To be honest I find ladyporn a bit tame and formulaic so I can't recommend any specific books but surely Amazon has reviews? The associated Goodreads app also has lots of useful reviews.
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    i can almost never look past the bad writing. crappy acting and bad storylines don't matter in porn but it's different with erotica (at least for me). by the third "throbbing member" i'm more likely to giggle than get turned on.

    catherine millet's - the sexual life of catherine m

    100 strokes of the brush before bed - can't remember the author, i think she's italian though.

    i've also heard good things about 'belle de jour' which is supposed to be the autobiographic diary of a call girl.
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    A*O, I have to say that I NEVER had even a passing interest in BDSM (and still don't think I could ever go through with it), but once I read a few pages of a well written short story, I also went mad over it. I agree that "good" writing is very subjective, but I'm talking about the obvious Twilight die-hard moms that just re-wrote Twilight, but with different names and some erotica thrown in. In almost every instance, they write the same word over and over and over to describe something (and it happens with many multiples of different words) and I just can't with that shit. Buy a damned thesaurus. Or get a Word of the Day calendar so you can expand your vocabulary. You're trying to make money as a writer. It's just annoying.

    With Amazon, it's a little difficult because they let just anybody publish a "book." So there could be some REALLY awesome new writer that nobody has read or given a chance so they have no reviews. I do try and look through the reviews, but again, it's subjective. I must say whitetigress's suggestion with COWBOYS was interesting and something I had never thought of. Most of these stories are written with this gorgeous, tormented billionaire with intimacy issues who falls in love with some random girl that nobody else would notice (the last series I read, the girl was a waitress that walked home by his penthouse and he watched her every day for a year).

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    Quote Originally Posted by sputnik View Post
    i can almost never look past the bad writing. crappy acting and bad storylines don't matter in porn but it's different with erotica (at least for me). by the third "throbbing member" i'm more likely to giggle than get turned on.

    THIS. If you are looking for a straightforward something to get your blood up before you get off then video porn works well because it's easy to access and you can fast forward through any bits that aren't working for you but with books you don't want to be flicking through pages and pages trying to find the necessary scenes. You want the story, the characters, the hook that keeps you reading as well as the horny bits.

    Also I'd like to sincerely request that more authors quit with damn near every heroine being either a virgin or damned as near it untouched. Women are allowed to have great sex with whoever they please before meeting the fuck of their lives. The heroes certainly do...
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    Sylvia Day, Lora Leigh, maya banks, laurel k Hamilton.. I can't vouch for any of them being good but I always 'flick test' them as patrons return them. Good for a filthy giggle in the library.
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    I second Sleuth's recs although I think LKH sucks donkey's balls and has made sex boring. Yes I am a bitter ex Anita Blake fan.

    Other good recs. Beth Kery has some great contemps, I really like enjoyed her serials especially the latest one. Kit Rocha's Beyond series. Its like Sons of Anarchy meets dystopian post apocalypse. Also it is true erotic romance with MM and menages and more.
    For something in a different setting 0 Kate Pearce's historicals which are smoking hot. Sarah McCarty's westerns especially her Promise series.

    And for something really unusual... Elizabeth Amber's Lords of the Satyr series. These heroes have double penises. The third book even has a hermaphrodite for the heroine. They're really cracky but crazy.
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    I read Linda K. Hamilton once ... I'm blanking on the series name, but it was some vampire (or some other sort of shifter type) that lived in a cave and the heroine was, again blanking, some sort of shifter type too. I hated it and couldn't even get through the first few chapters. I tried really hard, because she came highly recommended, especially that series, but it was just so damned boring, I gave up.

    I know I bitched about the Tara Sue Me's Submissive Series (which was only supposed to be a trilogy, but it appears there are five books in the series ... I'm about to finish the last of the third book in about five minutes), but the characters grew on me and I'm thoroughly into the story now so I'm going to buy the last two books. I was in B&N today with my son to get him reading books for school and couldn't remember any of the authors recommended here, so I just went by what looked good to me. I'm happy to say that I picked Maya Banks, which was another one that Sleuth recommended. I'll finish the last two books of the series I'm on now in about two days, if that, so at least I'll have something to read after that.

    Ana ... lol ... I don't think I could get past the double penises. I know they exist in real life, but it's just so absurd to me. Lol

    Still open to more recs if anybody's got them!!
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    I've heard of Laurel K Hamilton's Anita Blake series but thankfully I also heard about how they were going downhill fast. From what I've heard it sounds like LKH was/is resorting to more and more sex to keep the readership rather than laying the series to rest or working to reinvigorate the books with good storylines. I backed off from trying them after that as I'm still smarting from being sucked in to the Southern Vampire Mysteries and then getting cunt punted by CashAnotherCheque Harris.

    This weekend I was flicking through the books on the second hand kindle I've got and found the first three books in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward. The first has been a fun enough read to try the next one to see how they shape up from there. Nothing mind blowing, just the usual 'irresistible urge for each other, a fair few moderate sex scenes, a threat to their happiness and then a happy ending setting up the next book with one of the other Brothers' but it passed the time.

    Nevan there is a website of amateur writers that does some pretty wide ranging stronger than average stuff. You do need to be a member to view the content and it can be a little awkward having to sign in again for switching between the different sub-categories but there might be something on there to float your boat while you look for a professionally written series. I'm not sure how the Mods would take to me posting a link so I'll PM you. Be warned though - as I said some of the stories on there are strong stuff compared to FSOG type writing.
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