Erotic Madness Blog Hop: how hot do you like it?

It’s here – the Erotic Romance Madness Hop, hosted by The Romance Reviews! We’re offering a $10 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky commenter on this post between the 10th and 14th of May, so if you like your romance steamy, read on to find out how to win. There are four of us here at Sexy Romance Stories, so we thought we’d give you a taste of our favorites – one each – and why we love these hotter than hot stories.

Roz Lee on INSIDE HEAT:

I’ve always loved baseball. It’s a thinking man’s game, relying more on brains than brawn to be successful. That doesn’t mean baseball players aren’t athletes in top physical condition – it just means they don’t knock each other upside the head very often! Sure, there’s the occasional collision, but it’s rare. In my book, INSIDE HEAT, I wrote about two superb athletes, Jeff and Jason Holder, twin brothers who are both at the top of their game in the world of professional baseball. They’re sexy, smart, and dedicated to the game. They’re on parallel paths, sharing everything – including their women – until their love for Megan changes the game and puts them on a collision course.

Sharon Buchbinder on DESIRE AND DECEPTION:

In writing DESIRE AND DECEPTION, I wanted to tell a sexy suspenseful tale about smart, powerful women and the men who love them. I wrote about society’s expectations of what a woman should be versus what a woman wants to be. And since the standing advice to writers is to “write what you know,” I then placed these characters into the setting of a rigidly hierarchical academic world where tenure and promotion are the duo brass rings. With Isabel and Sarah chattering at me the entire time, DESIRE AND DECEPTION is an erotic romantic suspense tale that practically wrote itself. The story had to be steamy because Isabel is a man eating sex goddess on the prowl and Sarah is a newlywed trying to get pregnant. Hello? Sex, anyone? The sex is integral to this story and the plot because Isabel uses sex to control men and Sarah uses sex to work at getting pregnant. Two very different women, two very different agendas, two very sexy couples.

Chellesie B. Dancer on POWER PLAY:

As two people become involved romantically, their sex life, or lack thereof, is a critical part of the developing relationship. Oftentimes the sex mirrors the challenges they have between them, other times it counterbalances their problems. In POWER PLAY, the control battle between Liz and Sergio in the workplace is juxtaposed with the control battle in the bedroom. This battle for sexual power creates a Dominant/submissive dynamic that excites both of them beyond anything they’d encountered before. So the sexual relationship reveals an inner yearning in both of them, and allows them to find their happily-ever-after.

Jennifer Lynne on PLATINUM PASSION:

Greek mythology plays a central role in my erotic romance series, Gods of Love. There is so much intrigue and passion in the lives of these gods and goddesses – especially around the time of the winter solstice, when festivals including wine and sex were designed to ward off the darkness. In researching these gods I discovered the erotes, purported to be the children of Aphrodite and aspects of the primal god of desire, Eros. My celebration of the erotes led inevitably into the realms of the erotic and my first foray into menage romance in PLATINUM PASSION (Book #1). I love this series, and I love this book, because it has given me the opportunity to bring together all the love, erotic romance and mysticism of those passionate Greek gods and place it into a contemporary setting – where we can all dream of being seduced by a god.

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What do you look for in an erotic romance? How hot do you like it? We love our heat here at Sexy Romance, and we’d love to hear what you like! Leave a comment on this post to be entered in the draw for a $10 Amazon Gift Card. We’ll announce the winner here on our blog at the end of the Hop on the 15th of May.

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#SixSunday – erotic excerpt from EDUCATING ETHAN

This week’s six sentence excerpt is from the recently released EDUCATING ETHAN by Jennifer Lynne, an older woman/younger man sensual romance. In this snippet, Ethan is aware that he is being watched by one of his neighbors as he moves in to his new home:

Like putting on a strip show for an unknown audience.

He’d even partially undressed at one point, pulling off his T-shirt in the knowledge his muscles would be better displayed without the inhibiting material, hoping whoever was watching would be suitably titillated. He’d been bemused by his own actions, but the thought of the invisible watcher had been strangely arousing, and the slight heaviness in his groin added a sensual pleasure to the whole experience.

Moving house with a hard-on.

He could now thoroughly recommend it.

As he shifted and sweated in the heat, he’d been constantly aware of that invisible presence, like an elusive whisper of satin across his back, a feather-light caress along his jaw when he turned.

Book Junkie: “If you love May/December romances this one will knock your socks off.”

Long and Short Reviews: “…I just fell madly in love with Ethan and could eat him up with a spoon!”

EDUCATING ETHAN is available now at Amazon, Breathless Press and All Romance ebooks.

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Sunday Snippets 2 – PANDORA’S GIFT by Jennifer Lynne

Today’s Sunday Snippet excerpt is from PANDORA’S GIFT by Jennifer Lynne, an erotic romance about a returned war veteran who has seen too much, and the woman who is destined to lead him out of the darkness:

He felt heat radiating toward his fingertips from the shiny metal. He knew it was impossible, and yet tonight, the impossible seemed real. Here with Pandora, in their private little cocoon, disbelief could be suspended and anything could happen.

His fingers closed over the silver sculpture and he saw the shudder run through her as he caressed it, sweeping down one curving line and back up again, shifting his grip, releasing it, touching with feather-light caresses as she closed her eyes and moaned from deep within her throat. “So you feel that?” The roughness in his voice betrayed how hard it was to remain in control as she lay on the floor, arms and legs flung out in abandon, tendrils of hair going in all directions. He thought he had never before seen anything or anyone so beautiful.

“Yes,” she breathed. “It’s like torture.”

“Good. And what about this?” He leaned over and pressed his lips to the metal, nuzzling it, nibbling, the tip of his tongue reaching out to taste what would surely be the slight bitterness of metal. But, no, it was as if he tasted the delicate citrus flavor of her skin, sweet and heady and hot beneath his touch.

“Oh, Flint, yes, that feels so good.” She shuddered and opened her eyes, meeting his gaze squarely as he continued to trace the curving lines of her work. And all the while, he was watching her, watching as her lips parted and she moaned his name aloud, watching as her hands moved across her breasts, pausing at the nipples to touch, explore, pull gently before moving down her stomach to hover at her mound. “I feel you right here,” she whimpered, and the pressure and the heat in his groin grew almost unbearable.

“I feel you too, Pandora.” He knelt before the piece, one knee on each side of the large base, shuffling forward until he was hard against the metal, his gaze still linked to hers. “I feel like I’m pressed up against you.” And it was truly as if their bodies were entwined together, the extraordinary heat of the sculpture wonderful agony as he thrust, slowly at first then faster, his cock sliding up and down the uneven curves of her art as they folded themselves around him as if they, too, wanted to draw him in to their aroused and aching centre.

“Come here, Flint, please. Haven’t you punished me enough?” Her pitiful tone was almost his undoing, but he wouldn’t, couldn’t cease what he was doing. This was his turn, his time to be in charge, and they would come together only on his terms.

“No!” he commanded. “You come here.”

“Yes!” He closed his eyes and waited, heard the rustle as she shifted off the carpet, then her body was up against him, her warm breath tickling the back of his neck, her plump breasts pressed into his back, nipples piston-hard and angled upwards. She wrapped her arms around him, and her smooth thighs were hot against him as she kneed his legs farther apart. Her mound connected with his buttocks in an embrace so deeply intimate he almost came undone.

“Pandora. What are you doing to me?”

“I’m taking you with me, into the light.”

A chuckle bubbled out of him at her words, and with it a sense of freedom he couldn’t remember feeling since he was a child. “Am I dying, then?”

“Of course not!” Her laughter rippled across his skin, “This is living, Flint. Embracing life. And love. Welcome it.” As if to demonstrate, she held him more tightly, gentle fingers exploring, and he felt sandwiched between two halves of the same woman, shiny silver and soft flesh, surrounded by her heat and her delicious scent, his senses so aroused he couldn’t tell where woman ended and the metal sculpture began.

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Where’s the “T” in GLBT Romance?

The recent nomination for my ménage erotic romance, Platinum Passion, as Best Book of 2011 in GLBT Fantasy Romance, got me thinking.

What about the “T” in that GLBT tag? Where are all the transgender/transsexual romances?

I googled transsexual romance heroines and found only a handful of books that I would class as a romance (there are several in the straight erotica/porn field, but I write erotic romance so that’s what I’m discussing today). Why so few?

Is the issue of transgender (and its sub-category transsexualism) too removed from the wider experience to be a topic of choice for romance authors? Is it something that people feel they can’t relate to, and therefore they don’t want to tackle such a subject – either as author, publisher or reader?

The recent interest in Canadian transsexual beauty queen, Jenna Talackova, and her bid to compete in the Miss Universe pageant, has perhaps brought this topic more directly into the media spotlight in recent days. Yet I would argue it is still an extremely marginalized and misunderstood topic.

I wrote about ménage a trois and bisexuality in Platinum Passion (Gods of Love #1), yet in real life I’m not interested one bit in sharing my guy with anyone else! Hands off, ladies and gents! The book was nominated for an award, so I must have done something right in the telling of that story, even though the topic is outside my own personal experience.

Could I do the same with a transsexual (post-op) romance heroine? Could I possibly do justice to such a story and create a believable and engaging romance, when I have no direct experience of this myself?

I had already written most of Aphrodite Calling (Gods of Love #2), but the story wasn’t grabbing me the way it should. I sat down to rewrite it, and with the LGBT label floating in the back of my thoughts, my beautiful and courageous transsexual heroine, Gina, came to life in my head. I knew she deserved no less a hero than an amazing Greek god like Himeros – someone who could accept her for who she is, as well as who she was – and help her to understand it is possible to be accepted even if you don’t fit into the mainstream idea of “the norm”.

So a bit of a rewrite for Aphrodite Calling has become a unique challenge and a whole new story, and my first transsexual romance heroine, Gina, is fast becoming one of my favorite characters.

What do you think about transgender or transsexual romance stories? Why are there so few? Is this something an author who labels herself as LGBT could be venturing into on a more regular basis? And is it something readers would enjoy? Please leave a comment – I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic.

Here’s a taste of what is to come when Aphrodite Calling (Gods of Love #2) is released:

He’d just told everyone in the room he was taking her upstairs to fuck her brains out. Only he’d said it slightly more poetically than that. She reached up and rubbed her temples. “That’s the last school reunion I’ll ever be able to attend!”

Himeros pouted, looking slightly put out by her response. “Would you have wanted to attend another?”

“Well, no, but that’s not the point, really, is it?”

“Why not?”

“Well, because…I don’t know, it just isn’t!”

“Aha! So you don’t have an answer, then.” His triumphant smile made her laugh again.

“Who are you, Himeros, and why are you doing this? Helping me escape, I mean. Though,” she paused and looked at the numbers flashing as they ascended in the elevator, “maybe I’m not escaping out of here, as such. Am I going from the frying pan into the fire?”

He shifted a little, and the confined space suddenly seemed a lot smaller than it had a few seconds ago. She had the impression of vibrating energy, reaching out to encompass her, and if she hadn’t known better, she would have said his tanned skin held a strange shimmer that made him seem lit from within.

“I am Himeros, god of sexual desire, and I am here to answer your call to Aphrodite,” he said. “You are most certainly heading into the fire, but this is one fire you won’t want to extinguish, once you’ve felt the heat of these flames.”

“My call to Aphrodite? What does that mean?” It’s certainly getting hot in here, she thought. Why am I so…aware of him? I’ve been around men before. Sexy men. But it’s never felt like…like my body is finally waking up…

“Gina.” When had he moved closer? Why was he now standing directly in front of her, his arms raised to press a hand against the elevator wall each side of her head? “We will wake you up…together.”

Her breath caught. He was now leaning forward, almost…almost…touching her, his face so close to hers she could see the flecks of green in the blue of his irises, so close that if she raised her hand, she’d be able to trace the angled shadows cast by those gorgeous cheekbones…

“We’re here.” His words whispered in a puff of warmth across her lips and she parted them involuntarily.

“Are we?” How she was managing to keep talking was beyond her. She wanted to close the few centimeters of distance between them and explore that mouth again, to feel the firmness of his body up against hers, to enjoy the heat of a hard cock that wasn’t her own pressing up against the soft curve of her stomach.

“You have a choice, now, Gina,” he said. “Join me here, tonight, and I promise you will not regret your decision. But if you don’t want that… tell me now, before we step over the threshold…”

“Himeros,” she whispered, knowing what she needed to say. “I want to, so much, but there are things about me you don’t know…”

“I know everything, Gina. I told you, I heard your call and I am here to answer it, if you wish.”

She shook her head. “I’m afraid.” She closed her eyes to avoid seeing the revulsion and started when she felt the touch of his fingertips on her cheek. A touch that sent shockwaves right through her body, unfamiliar shockwaves in places that had been numb for too long. She’d been wrong. She wasn’t strong enough to handle everything. She wasn’t strong enough to handle this.

“Himeros.” She took a deep breath and pressed back as far as she could against the wall. “I’m not…well…I wasn’t…” Just say the damn words. Get it over with. “I wasn’t always a woman. I used to be—”

“You were born a man, and you used to be Gerry. Now you are Gina. I know, gorgeous one. I told you, I already know. Open your eyes and see how much I want you right now.”

Aphrodite Calling (Gods of Love #2) will be out soon. The first novella in the Gods of Love trilogy, Platinum Passion, is available now from Amazon and All Romance ebooks.

Six Sentence Sunday – Platinum Passion

This week for Six Sentence Sunday we are with Jeannie, Jake and Pothos – the ancient Greek god of sexual yearning – in Jennifer Lynne’s sizzling erotic menage, PLATINUM PASSION (GODS OF LOVE #1). And a warning: this is adult-rated and definitely not suitable for reading at work 🙂

She came with a shrieking cry that went on and on, gushing hot slick juice onto his hands, whoever he was…

Jake.

It was Jake whose hand now cradled her hot mound, holding her lovingly while her body continued to spasm, and it was Pothos whose hand stroked her cheek and pushed a sand-crusted lock of blonde hair out of her eyes. She read the love in her husband’s face as he bent to kiss her lips, and tasted the flavor of Pothos in his mouth.

She felt almost complete, at this moment, surrounded by the essence of these two incredible men.

But she wanted more.

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Platinum Passion a best book nominee!

The Romance Review

Fancy a taste of ménage with a whole lot of romance? Try Platinum Passion by Jennifer Lynne, nominated for Best Book of 2011 in GLBT FANTASY ROMANCE at The Romance Reviews.

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Three people. One erotic fantasy. And a twentieth wedding anniversary like no other.

Jeannie longs for the return of passion in her marriage. Jake craves new excitement in the form of another man. Pothos is one of the erotes and an aspect of Eros, the ancient Greek god of love, and this couple’s distinctive yearning has called to him. By the power of the erotes he intends to rekindle the flame of Jake and Jeannie’s passion in a night of desire that will be the ultimate platinum anniversary gift.

And when the gods of love decide your marriage needs a boost, they never do it by halves.

Platinum Passion is now only $0.99 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and All Romance ebooks.

Read an 18+ excerpt HERE.