Now, I'm not sayin' that hangin' at myLifetime wasn't awesome. Frankly, I'm proud as hell to have brought romance novels and authors and readers to that one-of-a-kind platform. I'm especially pleased to note that the tone you helped set here remained strong and positive while we lived there, and was influential, not just in the romance community, but clearly among broad-based women's websites Netwide.
But there are times in a woman's life when she reevaluates and sets new plans into motion for the dream she's been nurturing since she uttered those fateful words to her husband in 2005, "I want to get paid to read romance novels."
Then again, sometimes a girl just wants to be able to write the word cock to her heart's content without its being continually filtered out by the most frustrating tech system ever devised by a website that is not blogger.
So, home again we are, back "in the pink," if you will. And while we're waiting for the announcement of the 3 top-prize winners from the "Ain't It (A) Grand!" contest -- TBA Valentine's Day, Feb 14, 2009 -- I thought I'd kick things off by telling you 'bout a couple erom reads that really knocked my (thigh-high) stocks off...
First, "Seductions," a luscious "collection of naughtiness" from Black Lace. Ooo, my fave: Good, old-fashioned body-rocking sensuality for sensuality’s sake. “Seductions” reads like a primer for anyone wanting to learn – or live – the fantasies so many women dream, yet might be surprised to find others share. Some stories suggest happily ever afters, others simply are wicked, yet safe-in-the-fantasy encounters. Each is designed to leave you hot and breathless, even after each deeply satisfying read is wrapped.
Our very own Bella Portia Da Costa contributes to “Seductions,” and her short, “It’s Got to Be Perfect” is a dreamy, delicious set-up you may recognize from your own fantasy file. It’s got sexy the way only Portia does it, wrapped in that lovely sweetness she likes to stir in as she stirs us.
Equally stirring to the old heartstrings, as well as the parts of us that we hope will zing when we read the erom we love, is “Degrees of Passion,” Book IV in Michelle M. Pillow’s Matthews Sisters series from Cheek. In the super-hot “Degrees,” college student Sasha Matthews has trouble committing to a major or career destination. But once she meets sexy, wealthy society glamour boy Trevor Kingston, she knows who she wants to spend her life with – mansion, yacht, trust-funded kids n’ all.
Sasha and Trevor become a couple until she sees his mug on the society pages kanoodling with a celebutant and has a one-night rebound fling with cute-but-insufferably arrogant PhD candidate hottie Kevin Merchant.
Don’t’cha just know Kevin and Sasha get tossed together on a school project where they’re forced to work long hours in close quarters until Kevin’s style of tutoring Sasha leaves her begging for more – and just may win the day for the guy who thought Sasha’d never give him the time of day.
The satisfaction on this one ain't just that the sex is so dayum hawt. The fun of watching Sasha find her way to love, watching Kevin bide his time as his confidence builds and experiencing everything woven together within the tight, yet somewhat wacky fabric of the Matthews crew, adds dimention that makes "Degrees" as heavy on the romance as it is on the yummy erotic.
Hmm...wacky family...lots of hawt sex. Sounds like it's right up our alley. Gosh, it's good to be home.
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