I think it’s safe to say that erotic romance has gone mainstream. With the media explosion surrounding Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades Trilogy #1) readers of erotic romance no longer have to hide their books in the closet. Now we’re out, proud and looking for more. For many years there has been a plethora of erotic romance with bold characters and dramatic tension that gives us the romance we love as well as the heat we crave. So if you liked Fifty Shades of Grey and you’re looking for similar books, you’re in luck because there are a variety of books to choose from. Here are my recommendations:
The Sweet Series by Maya Banks is one of my favorites. Ms. Banks is a master at bringing to life characters you care about. Her Sweet Series is very hot, erotic, romantic and character driven. The series is interconnected through a group of friends and coworkers and each book features a different hero and heroine as well as a different approach to sex ranging from BSDM to ménage - but the relationships are always loving and committed. The banter and witty dialogue between the characters is a testament to the friendship and camaraderie these characters share. As with all great series, previous characters are often featured in the different books so you get to find out what’s happening and how life is treating them. Each book has a great blend of hot sex, great romance, exciting action and a sense of long lasting and endearing friendships between the characters. It’s a perfect blend in equal measures of love, sex, friendship and emotion.
The Sweet Series in order:
*Sweet Addiction will be released next month and I’ve been told by the publisher that it “ends in a spoiler that not even her most veteran readers can imagine”.
Lisa Marie Rice is an author I’ve been reading for years. I started in 2004 with her book Midnight Man and I haven’t stopped. Her heroes are alpha, her heroines are smart, the action is
The Wild Riders series by Jaci Burton is another one of my favorite series. Ms. Burton is a great story teller and her ability to combine hot and sexy with love and romance is why I read her books. The Wild Riders series is about six Harley riding bad boys who are all about living and loving hard and fast. At a young age they were rescued from some bad situations and given a second chance when they were recruited to work undercover for the Federal government and trained to use what they learned in the streets to protect the innocent. These men and the women they love have an electrifying chemistry that sizzles. The sex is wild and anything but vanilla. The romance is both spicy and sweet. But the thing that makes this series top my list are the three dimensional characters whose emotional journeys are an intricate and intimate part of who they are and how they love. The series is available in both e-book and paperback.
The Wild Riders Series in order:
Riding Wild (Wild Riders Series #1)
Riding Temptation (Wild Riders Series #2)
Riding on Instinct (Wild Riders Series #3)
Riding the Edge in the Nauti and Wild anthology
Riding the Night (Wild Riders Series #4)
You may also want to check out Ms. Burton's Play-by-Play series.
As I’ve said, there are a plethora of erotic romance books waiting to be read so here is my extended list of recommendations:
Strange Attractions by Emma Holly
The Principal's Office by Jaysmne Hayes (read my review here)
Wicked Pleasure by Lora Leigh
Guilty Pleasure by Lora Leigh
Explosive by Beth Kery
Coming Undone (Brown Siblings Series #2) by Lauren Dane
Gabriel's Woman Robin Schone
Something New Cameron Dane
Liberating Lacey by Anne Calhoun
I’d like to add The Taker to my list – but I have yet to read it. There is a lot of buzz surrounding this book and the publisher says it has dominant characters and steamy bedroom scenes. They gave us a link to one such scene and you can find it by going to Melanie Murray's column at Romantic Reads - so check it out and see if this one’s for you.
If you’re looking for an erotic romance with heart and heat try any of the books on my list. Enjoy!
Do you have any suggestions to add to my reading list?