To understand why Lora Leigh's* romances are so well loved by readers comfortable with erotic imagery at its earthiest, you've simply got to get right with the fact that some women dig their sexual fantasy laden with overbearing-alpha male beastliness.

Now, beastly is as beastly does, and in the case of Leigh's extraordinarily popular Breed series   about shapeshifting humans altered genetically so they retain characteristics of predatory animals, beastly does aggressive dominance and seemingly animalistic sexuality well - and taming of the wild heart with intimacy and commitment even better.

Yet Leigh's skill with the alpha goes beyond the actual animal to the appealing "animal within" we apply to the often bellicose hero who keeps his emotions, sexuality and anger - generally over social or emotional injustice of some kind -- "tightly leashed."  She captures those qualities beautifully in the heroes of her non-paranormal novels, like her Elite Ops series  featuring agents from MI-5, SEALs, the Mossad and other international hot guy-fantasy teams - and her all-American Nauti Boys  .

The Nauti Boys tap into some down-n-dirty fantasy surrounding a clan of gorgeous Navy men.  These good-ol'-playboys who share and share alike when it comes to chicks -- also who seem to have wicked preoccupations with keeping their women safe from villains and, well, really smokin' anal sex.

The latter has become very popular fantasy stuff with romance readers, showing up even in mainstream "sensual" romance.  But Leigh doesn't push-the-envelope to ride the band wagon; she's helped drive the thing, writing sexually intense love stories for women since back when the reads mostly could be found only in e-books.

 

Check out Leigh's Breed series for super romantic suspense -- and a little some-somethin' called "mating heat."  Then, take a look at the rest of Leigh's novels to get hip to some of the finest examples of that sexy beast called erotic romance.  


What's your take on why women find appealing in romance heroes aggressive attributes they'd never be attracted to in real life? Why do you think paranormal "shapeshifter" romances lend themselves so well to highly erotic scenarios and themes?   Which Lora Leigh novels do you most highly recommend?

 

*Lora Leigh visits BN.com Center Stage this week!  Click here to swap comments and ask nauti questions to your (Bengal's Heart )'s content.

Check out what's hot in romance fiction with Michelle at BN.com's "Heart to Heart" romance blog. Michelle also writes about romance fiction daily at Romance: B(u)y the Book.

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by amyskf on ‎09-08-2009 03:44 PM

If our heroes are, in actuality, beasts we can accept the more beastly aggressiveness, and expect it. I'm not even sure why I dig it so much in my romances -- maybe because the lines have blurred so much between male and female -- who has which role in our society -- that it's nice to see a man be a caveman.

 

Clearly, I don't want to be manhandled (except in the best possible way) But I love to read the shapeshifter alpha males.

by Moderator becke_davis on ‎09-09-2009 09:44 AM

The Breeds series is what turned me on to the super-hot romances, and I know I'm only one of many (just do a search on "Lora Leigh" or "Breeds" at the Romantic Reads board!). Those led me to LL's other books, and now she has hooked me. Even friends of mine who don't normally like the more graphic romances are drawn into the heat and intensity of LL's books. 

 

I like her other series books, too -- I'm reading her new one, HEAT SEEKERS, right now. (I was lucky enough to read an ARC of Bengal's Heart when my friend Keri won it at the Lori Foster event.)

by Moderator becke_davis on ‎09-09-2009 09:45 AM

That should have said "HEAT SEEKER" singular.

by on ‎09-13-2009 01:32 PM

Linking is not working as well  as it used to..Will figure it out..In the meantime I came across this today on thedailybeast.com  "Jane Fonda's daughter on "Green Sex"  worth reading......Very Informative.. :  )..I am almost there ...   with Lora Leigh....Just never read  a "Romance Novel"   ......After reading,some excerpts,doing a bit of Research..I am ready..Danka to All....I did check out nifty.org.....very intense...omg..opening up..I am so private..Vtc......

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