This one isn’t romance, per se, and especially not erotica. But it is a great collection of SF that you should check out.
Some of the stories do have a romance theme, or at least subplot. The Analogue Cat is a beautifully tragic romance, while A Bedsheet for a Cape in part explores the ramifications of romantic attraction between humans and intelligent, genetically engineered creatures.
Good writing, but story flags in comparison with the first
While on the one hand, I appreciated that the author expands the universe of the first book, and creates actual characters, not just cardboard cutouts that are lined up to be had sex with, overall this installment of the series just seemed to drag. Nonetheless, the writing and characterisation are miles above the standard of most Kindle erotica.
While the sex scenes are OK, the story is witty and fresh, the characters are engaging, and the writing is excellent. I’ll definitely be buying the next in the series on the strength of this free sampler.
Update: I bought the next in the series, and the sex scenes got even hotter, without sacrificing the story.
If Lord Dunsany had written porn, this would be it
This is a fascinating short, which mashes the genres of weird fiction, fantasy and erotica in a dreamlike phantasm. If Lord Dunsany had written porn, it would probably have been something like this.
The dreamlike quality of the story also puts me in mind of Neil Jordan’s subtly erotic 1984 movie, The Company of Wolves – although there’s little subtle about the eroticism of “Monstrous Lust’ – and that’s the way, uh-huh, uh-huh, we like it!
The story is at once simple and weird – an ordinary mountains town slips into a dream-state where only a select company of the wild women of the town remain awake to greet the forest gods who move in, to celebrate their festival of lust.
And celebrate, they do. If weird monster sex is your thing, this story will do it for you.
A fantastic debut novel that goes above and beyond its genre
This debut novel from Sophie Brooks had me hooked from the first few paragraphs, and its charm (no pun intended), clever story and thoroughly engaging characters kept me turning pages as few other books have done in a very long time. This is not just one of the best romance stories I have ever read, it is an excellent book that exceeds its genre to be Just A Good Book, period.
Settling down ain’t easy, but it sure makes a good story
What happens when bad boys and girls grow up? Tabatha Kiss explores the complexities of dealing with past lives in a small town, where nobody ever forgets, and everybody’s business is everybody’s business.
This is a tightly-written romance that grabs you from the get-go. The story was so good that I pretty much skimmed right through the sex scenes to find out what was going to happen next. Which is a pity, because they seemed pretty steamy!
I guess I’ll have to go back and read this book again, now that I know how it ends.