Lloyd – known as the Queen of the Naughty Bedtime Story – has released other erotica collections like Naughty Bedtime Stories (2005), Bawdy Bedtime Stories (2008), and The Spicy Bedtime Companion (2009) as well as numerous erotic novels and nonfiction works (The Perfect Orgasm, Nice Couples Do, etc.).
I don’t usually read erotica on a regular basis but the topic of what constitutes a “good” sex scene in paranormal fantasy and fantasy in general has been an ongoing theme in the BarnesandNoble.com forums and when this anthology landed on my doorstep, I thought it would be interesting to compare the sex in straightforward erotica with the sex scenes from popular urban fantasy sagas like Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake, Stacia Kane’s Downside novels, the Southern Vampire novels from Charlaine Harris, etc.
Lloyd sums it up perfectly in the introduction to Hot Stories for Cold Nights: “Welcome to my latest collection of delicious short stories. I know you’ll enjoy reading most of them as much as I enjoyed writing them. Notice I said most, not all. Some you might find aren’t to your taste, since taste, particularly in erotic writing, is so varied and so personal…”
I find reading sex scenes particularly intriguing because of that very reason – what I may perceive as unusual or just plain odd, others may take a completely different way. And vice versa. Here are a few examples of sex scenes in paranormal fantasy novels that have left myself – and other forum regulars – scratching our heads…
• “…my womb did something involving a roundoff and jazz hands.” – Tracking the Tempest by Nicole Peeler
• “While I stood stock-still, paralyzed by conflicting waves of emotion, Eric took the soap out of my hands and lathered up his own, set the soap back in its little niche, and began to wash my arms, raising each in turn to stroke my armpit, down my side, never touching my breasts, which were practically quivering like puppies who wanted to be petted.” – Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris
• “...I had my very own orgasm, a moment so explosive it was like I'd been saving up for a holiday.” – Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris
But most memorable, for me at least, was “Unintended Consequences,” a story with some deeply profound themes about an introverted, flat-chested woman in her early thirties who inadvertently awakens a genie trapped in an old jar and gets three wishes. After she wishes for “boobs” and a sex life, she quickly realizes that being well-endowed may not be all it’s cracked up to be…
Want to cut down on your heating bills this winter? Seek out and read a collection of erotica – or some of the aforementioned paranormal fantasy titles!
Okay, in all honesty it probably won’t affect your heating bill at all – but it could dramatically spice up your love life and this blog gives you the perfect excuse. “But honey, it said that reading erotica could lower our heating costs….”
Paul Goat Allen has been a full-time book reviewer specializing in genre fiction for almost the last two decades and has written more than 6,000 reviews for companies like Publishers Weekly, The Chicago Tribune, and BarnesandNoble.com. In his free time, he reads.