Sometimes when I’m reading stories on LitErotica.com, I feel like I can tell when a man has written a story and given himself a woman’s pseudonym. Some stories are just … different. They sound overly porn-y, involving words like pounding and ramming, and clearly what some horny dude thinks a woman’s experience of sex might be like. I think to myself, I see through your pseudonym, “Ashleigh St. Pierre!”
But Brits, of course, are a little more subtle. That must be why no one figured out that the romance novelist “Jessica Blair” was actually an 89-year-old grandpa and military veteran named Bill Spence. Keep reading »
We here on the Internet aren’t really in a position to judge readers of romance novels. Sure, people stereotype the books as wish-fulfillment fantasies for housewives dreaming of muscle-bound doctor-sheik-Navy-SEAL-Vikings, but at least they’re less weird than the crazy stuff you’ll find online. For the most part, that is. Look a bit deeper into the romance genre and you’ll find all sorts of stories about…
#5. The Amish. Many of us look at the technology-free Amish with longing, thinking of simpler times in the past when we didn’t feel so anxious about all the movies we have to get through in our instant queue. There’s also, however, a subgroup of readers who look at people in straw hats and suspenders and think, Boy, I sure want to have sex with that. The Amish generally don’t believe in lawsuits, but we are sure that they are willing to make an exception here for restraining orders. Read more…
Now, they always say not to judge a book by its cover…but in this case, we couldn’t help it. Here’s a collection of some of the cheesiest romance novels, from the most cliche titles to awkward cover art. While I’m a sucker for a juicy romance novel, some of these I just will not be able to take seriously. Read more…
Romance novels — perhaps fun to read, but totally embarrassing to be caughtreading. Just look at these 10 completely WTF covers of popular romance titles…
I’ve long held romantic comedies, TV shows, and romance novels responsible for real-life romantic problems. No man will actually make you feel like a woman with his passionate embraces and burning loins, then cook you a four-course dinner before he rushes off to perform heart surgery on orphans.
Well, apparently that is not the only problem romance novels cause. It turns out wishful hoping for a romp in bed akin to Dr. Trent Blackjack, Esq.’s throbbing member is influencing real-life sexual problems for some women, according to a report in The Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care. Psychologist Susan Quilliam, who wrote the report, claims romance novels glorify “unprotected sex, unwanted pregnancies, unrealistic sexual expectations and relationship breakdowns” and said the fantasies are negative for women. The UK’s Guardian didn’t give us specific examples, but perhaps they were just being British about it. Keep reading »
File this under ways to keep the romance alive with your S.O. This couple (Alex and Ross) does photo shoots where they recreate Mills & Boon harlequin romance covers. “Sometimes we sit for hours staring at a sea shell. Other times he’ll hold me by the neck in front of the pyramids. But there’s nothing we like more than nearly kissing each other near some horses,” says Alex. Yes, horses are terribly romantic. I wonder if they recreate what’s inside the novels too? See more of their photos here. [Oli and Alex] Keep reading »
This week is Banned Books Week — a time to celebrate and acknowledge all the great and not-so-great works of literature that at one point or another have been considered too hot or too controversial for libraries. Among the most famous banned books? J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms, and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Banned Book Week is a great time to celebrate our freedom to read, and to think about how important access to information really is.
It’s also a time to reflect on the books we were banned from reading growing up … Keep reading »
In the past few years, we’ve seen a lot of book trends. We’ve over-mined vampire/human love, exhausted horror updates of classics, and have almost reached the saturation point on Swedish mysteries. But according to USA Today, a new book trend is ascendant: Amish romance novels. Keep reading »
In “bonnet books,” as Amish romances are called, the author’s idea of a sexual climax is typically a few (sinful!) kisses spread throughout 300 pages. Sounds hawt, huh? But Amish romances, such as ones by Beverly Lewis, Wanda Brunstetter, and Cindy Woodsmall, are selling by the millions. Says Barnes & Nobel book buyer, Jane Love, “It’s almost like you put a person with a bonnet or an Amish field in the background and it automatically starts to sell well!” [WSJ]
Yet “bonnet books” surely have more readers than just God-fearing folks who churn their own butter. (I’ve seen the books on the Borders’ shelves shopped by my fellow Connecticut suburbanites and, trust me, those people are pretty depraved.) I guess temptation, forbidden love and scandal—whether with vampires, NASCAR drivers, or the Amish—appeal to everybody!
After the jump, a few sexy, saucy bits from Amish romance novels that’ll have your bonnet all tied up. Keep reading »
I don’t think that I’ve ever read a romance novel. I don’t really go for the mushy stuff. But whatever floats your boat, I always say. I guess I don’t really “get” them. They seem so unbelievable. That’s why when I saw these NASCAR-themed romance novels from Harlequin — yes, I said NASCAR-themed romance novels — I figured it was the Photoshop work of some dude blog. So, I googled around, and, lo’ and behold, Harlequin really does have an entire series of romantic “Stories Set in the World of NASCAR”. With titles like One Track Mind (steamy!), Checkered Past (scandalous!), and Black Flag White Lies (my favorite!), it appears that the racing track is as good a place for hot and steamy literary romances as any other locale. After the jump, read an excerpt from Over the Wall, in which racing team manager Nathan Cargill hires fitness trainer Stacy Evans, breaking his cardinal rule to never mix business with pleasure. Keep reading »