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The First Erotic Romance You Ever Read
Thursday, December 2nd, 2010


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?

11 comments to “The First Erotic Romance You Ever Read”

  1. Lori
      · December 2nd, 2010 at 9:13 am · Link

    For me, Lori Foster’s Too Much Temptation was the borderline book, but I’d say that Sarah McCarty’s Promises series was the first real erotic romance I read (unless you count Sidney Sheldon’s The Other Side of Midnight when I was 13).

    My reaction? Oh yeah, baby. But I’m easy loke that.

  2. Anne
      · December 2nd, 2010 at 10:11 am · Link

    I’m not sure which was the first one or how I stumbled upon it, but it was within the last 5 years.

    I was pretty “Wow! OMG!”. Now the writing was to be really good because nothing surprises me anymore and I’ve become a bit numb to the sex factor.

    I got a contemporary book by Bertrice Small. I had no clue what to expect and that it was erotic. I gave it to my sister and said you have to read this. While not my first erotic novel, it was a bit more adventurous than the ones I had previously read. Her boyfriend read it too and could not believe that I had read it… he was literally shocked! Hee, hee, hee. This from a guy who keeps porn dvds out in the livingroom when family comes over.

  3. Lea
      · December 2nd, 2010 at 1:27 pm · Link

    Hi Beth:

    Great topic.

    The first erotic I read I think was “The Flame and the Flower” by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss’. I was hooked, not just on the intimacy described in the novel, but how it enhanced the romance. I went on to gobble up all Woodiwiss’ books, then read Virginia Henley’s, Johanna Lindsay, Julie Garwood and so on.

    I think though that erotic romance has certainly evolved and become much more sophisticated since that time, keeping pace with romance reader’s preferences.

    Thanks for sharing Beth!
    Lea 😀

  4. Danielle D
      · December 2nd, 2010 at 1:49 pm · Link

    First erotrica I ever read was by Lora Leigh — The Men of August. OH MY STARS!!!!

  5. Estella
      · December 2nd, 2010 at 3:15 pm · Link

    I don’t remember the name of the first erotica I read, but I loved it.

  6. Mary G
      · December 2nd, 2010 at 3:58 pm · Link

    Great question Beth
    My first one that I considered really erotic was Caine’s Reckoning by Sarah McCarty. It’s also the only book I ever picked up just because of the cover. Bought it for the blurb even though I hadn’t read historicals in a while. This is not your “mother’s historical” LOL. I Met Sarah in Cincy & teased her about that cover. She has a huge version.
    Anyway her tripod guys are just so hot. I remember thinking that this is how romances should be written.

  7. Diane Sadler
      · December 2nd, 2010 at 6:36 pm · Link

    I can’t even remember when I first read an erotic story. I’ve been reading for at least 45 years and probably started erotic books maybe 35 years ago.

  8. infinitieh
      · December 2nd, 2010 at 6:31 pm · Link

    My first erotic read was Michelle Polaris’ “Bound Odyssey” and my reaction was mostly of the “OMG” and “not another post-apocalyptic, dystopic society” persuasion (had enough of the latter from reading YA books). I think I won it somewhere.

  9. Amy Kathryn
      · December 2nd, 2010 at 6:35 pm · Link

    My first ones were the Beauty series by Anne Rice. I liked but I think I was shocked so followed a long hiatus until I found Lauren Dane and Maya Banks. Now I would say about 20% of my reading is erotics.

  10. Amy M
      · December 3rd, 2010 at 6:52 am · Link

    Hey Beth,

    The very first erotic book I read was an anthology that had Angela Knight, Lora Leigh, Emma Holly, and one other who I cannot recall. I was shocked because it was my first venture into anything like that…romantic, erotic, etc. I couldn’t believe the….um, imagination these ladies had in their writing! From then on I was hooked!

    Amy M

  11. zina
      · December 4th, 2010 at 12:15 am · Link

    Hey Beth,
    My first erotic was Taken by Anya Bast and then I bought Lisa’s Gift by Mackenzie McKade, then Colter’s Woman by Maya Banks. 😀

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