Being pretty new to this genre myself (and a new addition to what we review here on BCC), I thought it was a great idea to bring in the two people that I listen to the most when it comes to erotic romance. I’ve received numerous recs from these ladies, my wallet can vouch for that, but I’ve never been disappointed. Here are Mandi and Tori’s top picks – when you’ve read their post, go and buy them all, the smexy ladies won’t steer you wrong…

Mandi’s Picks

I’m ALWAYS on the hunt for a good erotic book. I don’t just want hot sex, but I need a deep, emotional connection with the characters. Here are a few of my favorites.

Broken/Dirty/Tempted by Megan Hart. These three all stand alone but I also think they are great to read together as her voice is so fluent and consistent in each one. Broken with literally break you. I’m not sure I have ever been in so much pain yet loved a book so much. Dirty will dig deep under your skin with the heroine’s emotional issues. And Tempted is one of the best ménage’s I’ve read. Megan Hart is the queen of the erotic contemporary and the queen of making you feel. These aren’t quick and easy reads, but they are books that you will never forget. (I just remembered I forgot Stranger! Read that one too).

Beyond Shame/Beyond Control by Kit Rocha. Another team of authors that have come onto the erotic scene is Kit Rocha (pen name for Moira Rogers). This author duo has created an intense, gritty dysptopian world with some of the most alpha men, strong women and dirty sex scenes I’ve ever read. The characters are so vibrant and large and the world is slowly being built and discovered, and I can’t wait to get another book in this series. Highly recommend.

Anything by KA Mitchell. One of my favorite authors, she writes erotic contemporary male/male that is smokin’ hot. My favorites of hers include The Florida series (I recommend starting with book two, Collision Course) and Bad Boyfriend (it has daddy kink in it… done well.) Her books are packed with sex scenes, but it never feels excessive. She tells a story through sex. She explores emotions through sex. I just love her voice.

Anything by Charlotte Stein. A new favorite of mine, Charlotte gives us a deep look into the heroine’s mind as she navigates passion. A lot of her books make me laugh. A lot of her books intrigue me and all of her books have excellent love scenes. I definitely recommend – Deep Desires (dark), Control (funny), Sheltered (her most mainstream), Restraint and Addicted. 

Tori’s Picks

Erotic romances are a favorite genre of mine and as with all genres, I have a few that stay on my shelf  permanently and re read on occasion.

Willing Victim by Cara McKenna. Willing Victim. A dark, gritty erotic romance that revolves around a couple who enjoy acting out rape fantasies. Our heroine Laurel, has been drifting through life since her mother passed away. When she meets Flynn, a construction worker and boxer, she finds herself intrigued by the illicit sexual lifestyle he subscribes to. As Laurel and Flynn begin their journey, what starts out as a sexual relationship quickly becomes more as Laurel begins to have feelings for Flynn and questions where they are headed.

It’s darkness is tempered by the honesty and reality. It evolves naturally and Ms. Mckenna does a fabulous job of letting us watch both Laurel and Flynn learn about one another and themselves. Willing Victim doesn’t grant you an instant happily ever after but you are left feeling that they have a good chance at making it.

Beyond Shame by Kit Rocha. A dark post apocalyptic world where the rich and elite live in walled city surrounded by outcasts who have divided the city into gang controlled sections. When a young girl (Noelle) is exiled from the city and tossed out to die, she is found by a high ranking gang member (Jasper) and brought into the fold. Her journey to shed her strict upbringing is chronicled as she learns that sex, violence, and love are the cornerstones of power and true freedom. This book features some of the most delicious, filthiest, explicit sex scenes combined with tough as nails alpha heroes and heroines.

Liberating Lacey by Anne Calhoun. Liberating Lacey is a sensual and erotic romance that takes us back to a time when romance was a solid component in all genres. Sexy and fulfilling, this older woman/younger man trope takes us through the ringer as each struggle to define the relationship developing between them.  What I adore about this particular story is the goodbye scene. Our hero finds himself falling in love with the heroine and suddenly his past causes him to back away from the one person whom he wants to spend the rest of his life with.

The Adrien English Mystery series by Josh Lanyon. This M/M series is like crack for me. It’s addictive and I can’t stop using (reading). A five book mystery series that introduces us to Adrien English and Jake Riordan. Adrien is a gay bookseller who trouble find like a magnet. Jake Riordan is a closeted bisexual detective with the LAPD whose attraction to Adrien is fraught with danger, passion, and betrayal.

A fast paced m/m series with some delightful dry humor made appealing by Adrien’s POV. Though predictable at times, I always enjoy the well balanced mystery and romance as we meet and get to know Adrien and Jake, and follow their slow, emotional,  and not always steady relationship.

The Rafferty Brothers series by Shiloh Walker. The Rafferty Brothers is a two book erotic romantic suspense series that never fails to delight me no matter how many times I re read them. Dark and immensely sexy, the Rafferty brothers (Luke and Quinn) are true alpha males whose childhoods have left them scarred. They both choose adult lifestyles that skirt the edge of legality. Their individual stories of finding love will leave you hot, bothered, and maybe a little teary eyed.

Thanks so much to Mandi and Tori for sharing their top picks in erotic romance.

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Laura March 23, 2013 at 7:34 pm

I’m still a bit on the fence about erotica. I loved Fifty Shades, I recently read another erotica and got 60ages in before abandoning it. I think it’s because I really don’t mind the sex (I love romance after all), but I think the books need story and emotional connection for them to work for me. But there are a couple on here that have me intrigued and I may very well have to check them out. Great post :)


Carolyn March 23, 2013 at 8:18 pm

I had the same misconceptions about erotic romance, but I’ve read a few now and there’s definitely an emotional connection as well as fantastic storylines. Some just rip your heart out. You’ve only read two, so don’t give up on the genre yet 😉


Laura March 24, 2013 at 9:21 am

Don’t worry I haven’t given up on the genre yet, I just need to find a book that really connects with me I think :)


Mandi March 24, 2013 at 2:18 pm

I need that emo connection too. You should def try Megan Hart!


Carolyn March 24, 2013 at 5:35 pm

Yes, definitely try Megan Hart. I really enjoyed Dirty and can’t wait to read the others.


Bree/Moira Rogers March 24, 2013 at 5:40 pm

I second that, Laura. Broken & Dirty by Megan Hart are the first two erotic romances I ever read. I will warn you–they are NOT easy, fluffy reads. They ripped my heart out and left me twisty and a little raw. But I think they’re an excellent example of the depth of emotion you can find in the genre.

If you want something a little sweeter (but still filthy!) I second Mandi’s rec of Sheltered by Charlotte Stein, too. It’s shorter and not intense in the same ambiguous ways, but it does a great job of being a very, very dirty book with a sweet, heartfelt smushy center.


Carolyn March 24, 2013 at 5:45 pm

I read Deep Desires by Stein and loved it. Very naughty.


Julia March 24, 2013 at 10:30 am

A few books I would suggest to someone whose just discovered the genre:
Laid Bare by Lauren Dane
Second Chances by Lauren Dane
Bound by Deception by Ava March
Make Me Sir by Cherise Sinclair

It’s a huge genre with a wide variety of types and authors


Carolyn March 24, 2013 at 10:51 am

I read Laid Bare and really enjoyed it, but haven’t read the others, so will check them out. Thanks for the recs :)


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