Mills and Boon Goes Erotica

There are two really, really great words in this article about the new line of Mills & Boon romances that will focus on more sexuality than you can shake an erect stick at.

Those two words are: Breezy Malone.

Wonder if she queefs? And if she’s having adventures in the Australian bush, does that make it Mills & Boon lesbian erotica? (I’m making really bad jokes to avoid the involuntary twitching at the repeated use of the word “porn” in the article. Feel free to join me).

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    HK says:

    Um, both the Independant and the Daily Mail refer to Blazes as

    featuring whipped cream, handcuffs and inter-racial lesbianism.

    Have I been reading different Blazes? Inter-racial lesbianism?

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    kopperhead says:

    The heroine of Spies, Lies and Naked Thighs, Breezy Malone, is an FBI agent who sets out to seduce the terrorist behind her incarceration in a Middle East prison.

    OK, fine by me, but only as long as Breezy isn’t trying to make some political statement here!

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    Bonnie C says:

    It’s official: romance is dead. After 100 years of feminine ladies kissing manly men on faraway islands, Mills & Boon is launching its first line of explicit erotica – essentially book porn.

    SRSLY? “Explicit erotica” and “hardcore porn”? I find that truly doubtful. Or maybe I am so hedonistic that I don’t have the proper perspective “on the Mills & Boon social barometer”. My husband will be intrigued to find this out.

    I thought the whole article had a disdainful tone to it. Ugh.

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    Great article.  Love this part:

    A watershed moment came in 1982 with the publisher’s first oral sex scene: “There are other places to kiss,” the hero darkly informs the heroine of Antigua Kiss, who promptly surrenders to “waves of ecstasy”.

    Haha.  A watershed moment, indeed.

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    Marsha says:

    Its racy new range of Spice titles, already on sale in America, will feature ‘sex for enjoyment’ …

    “Sex for enjoyment”?  As opposed to…?

    Spamword:  face65 (I guess they’re not ready for face69?)

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    Lori says:

    As opposed to…?

    This was my first thought as well.  It drives me nuts that there are still so many statements made that implicitly promote the tired old idea that women don’t really like the icky sexxering and are only doing it to please horny men or to make babies.

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    Suze says:

    “Book porn”?  If the Food Network is Food porn, and Gunnutz.com is Gun porn, what exactly is Book porn?

    I do kinda wonder about the part where the publisher’s rep is quoted as saying an emotional connection between the sex partners isn’t necessary in this new line.  Seems iffy to me, taking it out of the romance bracket.  Although, if they’re doing a crime and mystery line as well, maybe that’s what they mean to do.

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    Lori says:

    “Book porn”?  If the Food Network is Food porn, and Gunnutz.com is Gun porn, what exactly is Book porn?

    http://www.amazon.com/Libraries-Candida-Höfer/dp/3829601867

    It’s a book of photos of fabulous European libraries.  I received a copy as a gift a few years ago and I pull it out and drool when a need a little cheering up.

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    Marilyn says:

    Sex for enjoyment?? OMG! Perverts! It’ll never sell. LMAO

    Spamword: Ready73. I was ready for this in 73.

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    Why is it that the news media still finds the idea of women having active, self-directed sex lives to be newsworthy?  I’ve moved beyond 1950, and it would be nice if these reporters caught up with me.

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    SB Sarah says:

    Darlene FTW.

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    Joanne says:

    another title depicts blackjack bondage in a Las Vegas hotel

    aw geeze… so this is what?
    a shape-shifter who turns into a blackjack table?
    Or someone is bound to a blackjack table? What is that?
    I see all these people cuffed to tables while the cleaning staff works around them… Oh wait.. cleaning ‘staff’… hmmmmm

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    Marski says:

    ‘featuring casual sex and bondage, in Britain’
    Sounds like the monarchy to me!

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    katiebabs says:

    Instead of the Greek Tycoon/Sheik ravishing the innocent virginal heroine alone, his manservant joins in on the fun also.

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    Tara says:

    Y’all crack me up…

    I guess “book porn” is actually supposed to mean “pornographic books.” Like Hustler is magazine porn and porno flicks are movie porn.

    Poor writing.

    I can’t imagine M&B;crossing the line from what I’d consider erotica into what I’d consider porn, but then I haven’t read any of the Spice line… yet.  For me, I guess it’s a matter of quality. Porn is like those cheesy movies that are, supposedly, visually stimulating for guys, but don’t do me much good. On the other hand,

    erotica actual works.

    Seriously, have you ever been watching bad porn and, after you pass the 12 seconds of film that you found interesting,  it just devolves into LOLPorn? You just keep hearing voices in your head saying things like: Oral secks. Ur doin it rong!

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    Kelly C says:

    another title depicts blackjack bondage in a Las Vegas hotel

    I am assuming that this is from the anthology WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS . . . (which is/was a SPICE book)

    In one of the stories, the hero (who is a blackjack dealer) and the heroine (who is a . . . .decoy, not the right word . . . she works for the casino and plays blackjack to lure other people into trying blackjack as well – – explaining this poorly)
    decide to indulge in some sex for fun and the heroine says she’ll only “go out” with the hero 5 times and so in order to decide who decides what they do on said “dates”, they will play a hand of blackjack and the winner sets the rules for the “date.”

    On one of their “dates” I believe the hero ties the heroine up.

    Hence, blackjack bondage.  Which is nothing like what the article makes it sound like.  @@

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    Lori says:

    Seriously, have you ever been watching bad porn and, after you pass the 12 seconds of film that you found interesting, it just devolves into LOLPorn? You just keep hearing voices in your head saying things like: Oral secks. Ur doin it rong!

    Not just me then.  My inability to control my sarcastic response makes me the absolute worst person in the world with whom to watch porn for it’s, ah, intended purpose.  Really—-I’m a total buzz kill.  If, on the other hand, you’re interested in giving it the Mystery Science Theater treatment I’m your gal.

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    jude says:

    Re LOLPorn indeed… Never forget the one time my hubby managed to talk me into watching one with him.  This was in the late 80s and video rentals had just made it to our rural area.  Something about a bunch of way over-developed school girls on a bus trip that kept getting side-tracked.  The thing that did me in was the bus driver – none other than Wilfred Brimley, he of the honkin’ Great White ‘stache.  Have never been able to see one of his shows or commercials since without seeing him and all those “young” things….

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    Miss B says:

    @ Jude

    Not Wilfred “Diabeeetus” Brimley! Late night tv commercials will never be safe for me again. *shudder*

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    Kathy says:

    Seriously, have you ever been watching bad porn and, after you pass the 12 seconds of film that you found interesting, it just devolves into LOLPorn?

    I had this problem at my sister’s bachelorette party when the male strippers were trying to be serious and lovey dovey horny.  I kept laughing every time they came near.  And some women were taking the kissy face thing serious.  Eww.  Get away.

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    Bonnie C says:

    Oral secks. Ur doin it rong!

    Tara! For the WIN!!!

    ROTFLMAO!

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    Carrie says:

    Um… wow.  Not sure about the articles.  I got hung up on the fact that the dude on the cover looked like Robert Downey Jr with long-ish hair and a full beard!

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    Noelle says:

    ‘It doesn’t have to be linked to an emotional connection between heroes and heroines.’

    Call me old fashioned but I don’t care how many whips, chains and extra people are involved I’m not interested if there isn’t an emotional connection. Give me some good heartfelt tension between the H/H and I’m happy to have whatever delicious goodies you want to add.
    I hate that people are now thinking it has to be either or, it doesn’t.

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    Miranda says:

    That’s an interesting cover. Especially since if you don’t notice the flowing white thing is a shirt, then it looks like a robe, and the whole thing looks like a book that got left out the New Testament.

    Get your hands off the Lord, wench!

    My word is bad44. That cover is bad more times than that.

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