Monday, June 4, 2012

Erotica That's Way Better than 50 Shades of Boring

OK, so all the hullaballoo over 50 Shades of Grey has been driving me insane over at the Big Chain Bookstore, because the fact is, it’s just plain awful. It originally started as Twilight fanfic (yeah, I hated that too) only there’s no vampires and more bondage. However, it’s tedious, repetitive and boring - and yet I’m selling a zillion copies a day, because it’s publicly-approved erotica. Matt Lauer says it’s okay for you to read it, ladies! Here’s the problem. It’s erotica for people who have never READ erotica before. It’s lame. Anastasia and Christian Grey are so boring that I don't care if they ever get laid or not. There’s SO much stuff out there that’s written at a higher caliber.

Obviously, everyone has a different list of stuff that arouses them or that they find appealing. And of course, everyone has things they find just plain UNappealing. This list is by no means a comprehensive one, but it’s a good starting point if you’d like to read some erotica that has a plot other than just “Golly! I’m submissive!”

That's right, my friends, I'm reading smut so you don't have to.

Authors to check out:

Maya Banks: Her KGI series is a lot of fun - it’s about a group of four brothers who run a paramilitary consulting agency. The guys are hot, the heroines are smart and sassy and generally don’t sit around waiting to be rescued, and the sex scenes are smokin’ hot. Banks also writes a series with titles like Sweet Innocence and Sweet Submission, and they focus on relationships that have a dom/sub angle. WAY better stuff than 50 Shades.

Opal Carew: Writes some pretty hot, pretty graphic erotica. A number of her books focus on “unconventional” stuff, particularly menage (M/F/M) and swinging. Well written and believable.

Jaci Burton: Writes straight up F/M erotica with Happy Ever After endings. Reasonably good plot lines, strong female characters, and generally men who are not obnoxious. Pretty hot sex scenes.

Dominique Adair: Spicy erotica, typically F/M with occasional variations, some light BDSM, a bit of paranormal (vampires, etc). Pretty good stuff, and she lives around Columbus, too, so you can support a local author if you buy her books.

Lora Leigh: Lighter-weight erotica with Happy Ever After endings, but well written and strong characters.

Ann Herendeen: Writes historical erotica with a number of variations: F/M, F/F, M/M, and menage included. Entertaining, lots of humor tucked in among the naughtiness. Her Pride/Prejudice puts a whole new spin on the relationships between the Darcys and others.


  1. I own MANY books by Lora Leigh! I haven't heard of the other authors so will definitely be hitting up my nook store later today HA! I read 2 out of 3 books in the shades series and where I agree it was "meh" it kind of kept my attention somehow. Thanks for the info and I appreciate you reading smut so I don't have to, even if I enjoy it.

  2. i have everyone of the authors you listed, & your right they are way better than this book that everyone is 'lusting' after.

  3. Awesome list and I would like to add one, her name is Victoria Vane and she writes Georgian period romances that are spicy more than graphic. Her research, dialogue, and use of language is dead on. I proofed her second book for Breathless Press and it was damn near spotless. She is a heck of a writer. Book one in "The Devil Devere" series, "A Wild Night's Bride" is out, and book two "Virgin Huntress" is on pre-order. The third in the series just got sent to production. Check her out at

  4. I agree except or opal. Her books are creepy.

  5. I read the first 2 books in the "50 Shades" series...started the 3rd on and couldn't get past chapter 6. I kept hoping they would improve...but...

    Anyway, I am glad to know that I am not the only one who found them "boring" it just seemed like more of the same. I will check out the other authors you mention.

  6. A newbie on this scene: Alexi Lawless
    Strong & multi-faceted female characters, riveting plot, a smoking hot sex scene.
    A must read.