It’s back-to-school time, girlfriends, which only can mean one thing: Submitting to dominant men is hot, and just about the sexiest lesson a girl can learn when she’s studiously exploring randy erom fantasy.
I'm not sure why it's suddenly cool to do things in and out of bed at the behest of guys we dig, after spending years being told by some chicks if we give quarter on any gender-war battlefield we'll end up at the mercy of the testosterone-fueled enemy.
Thankfully, we've gotten over ourselves and realized it's fun to serve up a little respect to a man we're into when we're pretty sure he returns it - and deserves it. Which is why, I think, erotic romances featuring dominant heroes and submissive females are popular.
When we talk "Doms" (D) and "submissives" (s), we're not talking the old-school, "have dinner on the table at five, and be on your back and ready for me at my whim because you are my inferior" everyday attitude men lived and women accepted for centuries. The D/s lifestyle depicted in erotic romance is about social contract and the exchange of power.
Nobody'd want to swap control for subordination if they didn't get something in return. In the case of the erom, specifically Lauren Dane's emotionally compelling and sexually super-charged "Laid Bare," the pay-off's in the acceptance of pleasure -- and one's comfort with desire.
Yet what if a hero totally rocked the "Dom" thing, but couldn't accept he liked to get rough n' raw with a willing partner? He'd have an interesting road to travel - and he'd be depicted with empathy and dayum fine skill in the fictional flesh of Todd Keenan.
Keenan's hot for rocker Erin Brown from the moment she moves her dreadlocked, sexy-as-sin-and-cool-in-her-own-skin self next door. After a raunchy, insane-but-consensual fling, Keenan cuts/runs cause he can't stomach that he'd treat a woman in any way but gently and tenderly - regardless of whether that woman begs him to top her and feels nourished by her sexual choices.
Ten years later, Keenan's back in Erin's life, but she's been through a horrific experience that's changed her from a free spirit to a tortured soul. She'll share with Keenan the explosive passion he's finally become comfortable with, and in doing so find some peace. But how will she ever open herself to the pain of his walking away from her again - or of what it will cost her when she has to run away from him?
To be sure, the romance of "Laid Bare" is gripping, with Keenan and Erin as different as night and day, yet each as needy as the other is giving. But the sensuality of the novel - the hook that draws us to the erotic romance, after all - is delicious and expansive, and "Laid Bare" has plenty of delightful scenes and sessions to rock your sexy world.
So pay close attention, students; class(y erom) is in session.
Which Dom/s eroms and romances are ‘tops' with you? What do you love - or what makes you uncomfortable about - Dom/s eroms and romances?