Aug 5, 2011
Happy Blogoversary JoJo!
I’m so happy to be spending my Friday with you! Today I’m kicking off some steamy reads for Friday Forget About Finds since I tend towards the naughtier side of fiction. Some of them are a bit sexier than other’s so I’ve provided my own heat scale to gauge them.
Fogging the Windows—Heavy romance with heavy petting and a little sex
Breaking the Bed—Frank sex with multiple scenes and a lack of pretty words for you-know-what
Every Which Way But Sunday—Graphic sex with everything but the kitchen sink—and even that for some cleaning up!
by Emma Holly
Meet Zoe Clare, a medium who has no trouble communicating with the dead. If only she could get her feelings across to Fairyville’s most eligible bachelor, Magnus Monroe. Fortunately, a tryst with an old flame sparks jealousy in Magnus, which gives Zoe satisfaction—in so many naughty ways.
This is an Every Which Way But Sunday read and one of the first true erotic reads that started me off on my erotic romance career. This is an amazing, spicy, naughty paranormal that left me breathless.
Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (July 1, 2008)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
A Pound of Flesh
By Susan Wright
Marja was once Lexander's pleasure slave-until the master found himself enslaved by her love. Together, they have vowed to free all slaves by destroying pleasure houses throughout the world. But this undertaking requires Marja to disguise herself as a slave once more and infiltrate one training house after another to sow the seeds of revolution-and risk losing the man she loves in the process.
This is a Breaking The Bed book exploring a romantic D/s relationship while not shying away from the harsh realities of a cruel, sexual world. If you like politics with dashes of hot, everywhere but in the bedroom sex than this is your book. By the end you’ll be rooting for the romance.
Publisher: Roc Trade (February 6, 2007)
Paperback: 304 pages
The Crimson Petal and The White
by Michael Faber
Faber's bawdy, brilliant third novel tells an intricate tale of love and ambition and paints a new portrait of Victorian England and its citizens in prose crackling with insight and bravado. Using the wealthy Rackham clan as a focal point for his sprawling, gorgeous epic, Faber, like Dickens or Hardy, explores an era's secrets and social hypocrisy. William Rackham is a restless, rebellious spirit, mistrustful of convention and the demands of his father's perfume business. While spying on his sickly wife's maid, whom he suspects of thievery, he begins a slow slide into depravity: he meets Sugar, a whore whose penetrating mind and love of books intrigues him as much as her beauty and carnal skills do.
Faber (Under the Skin) also weaves in the stories of Agnes, William's delicate, mad and manipulative wife, and Henry, his pious, morally conflicted brother, both of whom seek escape from their private prisons through fantasies and small deceptions. Sin and vice both attract and repel the brothers: William, who becomes obsessed with Sugar, rescues her from her old life, while Henry, paralyzed by his love for Emmeline Fox, a comely widow working to rescue the city's prostitutes, slowly unravels. Faber's central characters, especially the troubled William and the ambitious Sugar, shine with life, and the author is no less gifted in capturing the essence of his many minor characters-the evil madam, Mrs. Castaway, and William's pompous father-in-law, Lord Unwin. The superb plot draws on a wealth of research and briskly moves through the lives of each character-whether major or minor, upstairs or downstairs-gathering force until the fates of all are revealed. A marvelous story of erotic love, sin, familial conflicts and class prejudice, this is a deeply entertaining masterwork that will hold readers captive until the final page.
This is a Fogging The Window’s Book. Though we get a few snippets about life in a brothel, there’s not pages and pages of graphic sex and when it is mentioned it’s very narrative. However, what the author lacks in sex, he makes up for in voice, storytelling ability, and the enthralling heroine who’ll stop at nothing to rise above her station. Not a traditional romance, but one where the heroine will do everything and anything to show she loves herself first and foremost by getting a new, bigger, brighter life.
Publisher: Harvest Books; First Harvest Edition edition (September 1, 2003)
Paperback: 920 pages
That concludes my picks for this week’s Friday Forget About Finds! And don’t forget to find me at Author’s After Dark in Philadelphia August 11-14th! I’ll be signing and giving away free read’s on Sunday and I’d love to chat with everyone.
Elise Hepner lives with her spastic cat, two hyperactive ferrets and a very supportive, slightly crazy husband. There is never a dull moment in the house, unless the caffeine runs out, which it never does. She’s a multi-published erotica author with Excessica, Ellora’s Cave, and Cleis Press. She’s driven by her tea addiction and a tiny stuffed turtle her husband picked up from Disney World that sits on her desk and “supervises” her work. She has let loose her storytelling addiction that has hung around since birth, along with a deep need for organization, which helps her write. When not writing (which is rare), she’s watching countless hours of reality television, playing the Sims or shopping online. Plus there’s that odd obsession with the color purple. Everything is purple.
Visit Elise at her website: http://www.ehwriting.com/
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