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I’ve had reason to think about that question of my first erotic romance recently. Since Holiday Bound is free for Kindle and Nook this month, naturally there are people downloading it who have never tried an erotic before. Some are ‘nay’ on the concept, and some are ‘yay!’ according to the reviews, but it got me thinking about how I reacted.
Going by some of the reactions from the first timers, I’m getting the impression that they hadn’t read some really, really sexy stuff even before they got to erotic romance, which I had. I remember reading a Christine Feehan Carpathian novel in the time period before I got to erotic romance and it was pretty darn close to the erotic category. Of course, I’d read really steamy stuff in fiction–Anne Rice’s books really pushes the limits, but I guess that’s not the same, since it’s not romance. Funny, how erotic stuff was a regular in other genres, but it took so long for eroticism and romance to meet–at least in books. I guess the stereotype of sweet romance and the innocent heroine was really hard to shake off (even though it still clings).
I think I have to narrow it down to several titles, because I honestly can’t remember what the first was for me. I know i paperback it was Jane’s Warlord by Angela Knight closely followed by Dirty by Megan Hart. In ebook, it was either Shiloh Walker’s, Her Best Friend’s Lover or N.J. Walter’s The Dalakis Passion series.
As far as my reaction to romances that included explicit sex scenes, I was pleased as well-spiked punch. What was your first erotic romance? What was your reaction?