Howdy folks who watched WPIX 11 news this morning and saw me give a very (very) quick run down of a list of erotic romance that might appeal to those of you who liked 50 Shades of Grey. If you'd like to watch the clip, PIX11 has it on their site now.
They asked for a selection of books that might appeal to readers who found 50 Shades erotic and compelling, so if you're looking to go book shopping, here's some shortcuts and shopping links for the books I mentioned this morning:
Bared to You is an erotic novel that has been called “the heir to 50 Shades.” It's erotic romance, emotionally intense, and features the innocent heroine and the dominating and charismatic hero – only in this book, both characters are strong. There's a lot of emotional and physical drama, and it's engrossing. Seriously, save yourself a few hours to read this book. Jane from DearAuthor.com says she “might go out on a limb and guarantee that if you liked 50 Shades, Sylvia Day’s Bared to You will please you.”
Joey W. Hill writes in many sub-genres of romance, including paranormal and contemporary erotic romance. This is the first BDSM romance I ever read, and it blew the top of my head off. The hero is the submissive and the heroine is the dominant – and it is one amazing story in addition to being very eye opening.
If the bondage and domination elements of BDSM appealed to you in 50 Shades this book portrays BDSM far more accurately, and discusses the training involved for both parties. And it's scorching hot.
Cowboy Casanova is the 12th book in Lorelei James' series about Wyoming ranchers and rodeo stars, and all the books in the series feature varying levels of bondage play, erotic tension, humor, emotional depth and, in a word, chaps.
They're not all as darkly emotional as EL James' book, but they're very fun books – and there's more than enough to read for the whole summer.
From the cover art, you can tell that this book is about gardening in the northern plains, right? Of course!
Megan Hart is one of the most powerful writers of erotic romance because of the emotion she can pack into her characters. These are not always easy books to read as there's a lot of empathy for the people in each book, her romances are sexy and intelligent and well worth trying.
If you like alpha heroes and seriously creative sex, Maya Banks' Sweet series will make you quite a happy reader. In this book, there is a very strong dominant hero, and a strong and sexually submissive heroine – and a mystery.
Emma Holly is one of the pioneers of the erotic romance genre, and is among the first authors I read when I asked a friend for recommendations. Her books are scorching hot, and this one is about sexual discovery, erotic play involving some domination and submission, and multiple partners.
And finally, at the end of the segment I mentioned novellas, which are smaller in length but, when written well, pack a huge amount of narrative and erotic content into a very satisfying short story. One of the best erotic novella writers I've found is Anne Calhoun, but you can also find a list of great erotic novella suggestions here in the comments to that entry. There are other 'If You Like” lists for 50 Shades out there, and one of the best is at DearAuthor, compiled by Jane Litte.
We who read romance have been aware of erotic romance for more than a decade, but if you're just discovering erotic romance, welcome! There are many, MANY great books to choose from.