The Rec League: Erotic Romances without BDSM Elements

January 2, 2020

The Rec League - heart shaped chocolate resting on the edge of a very old bookWe have our first Rec League of 2020. I discovered this request buried in the archives of my inbox and put it on the calendar. However, I forget to note the sender. If this is your request, my apologies! But I hope you get some great reading suggestions.

I feel the request is pretty self explanatory: the requester is looking for erotic romances without BDSM elements or relationships.

Tara: Meghan O’Brien writes a lot of f/f erotic romance like that. Off the top of my head, I can recommend The Sex Therapist Next Door, Camp Rewind ( A | BN ) and Her Best Friend’s Sister.

Sneezy: Oooo – tricky tricky!!!! A lot of Kit Rocha’s backlist under their other pen name, Moira Rogers, probably fits. Their Bloodhound series and Down and Dirty trilogy in particular, and I remember their Southern Arcana series being really hot, too.

Crux
A | BN | K | AB

Frozen by Meljean Brook is another one.

Grace Draven also wrote some hella hot novellas. I know Wyvern is still sold, but I’m not sure I’d Draconus still is.

Catherine: I have no suggestions but I can see already that this is going to be bad for my wallet.

Oh wait, what about Emma Holly’s early work? Beyond Innocence and Beyond Seduction ( A | BN | K | G | AB ) might fit the bill.

Tara: I had a look at my Goodreads and found a couple more f/f ones that I forgot. Fire on the Ice by Tamsen Parker takes place at the not-Olympics and has excellent bi and poly rep.

Harper Bliss has an ongoing series going called French Kissing ( A | BN | K | AB ) that focuses on a few couples who are all connected by an ad agency. It’s sort of episodic, like a soap opera, so the different “series” have to be read in order.

Elyse: Looking Inside by Beth Kery.

Frozen
A

Charlotte: The challenge I have with this request is figuring out what I classify as erotic romance. I usually think of ER as a book in which the sexual relationship (not just the romantic relationship) plays a key role in a character’s, or the couple’s journey AND the sex scenes fall on the more explicit end. I can think of lots of romances that faller on the hotter end but that I don’t mentally classify as ER based on my own definition.

Karina Halle’s Nordic Royals ( A ) would be a good example – very hot, but I don’t think of them as ER. Meljean Brook’s Frozen, on the other hand, I definitely consider ER (and strongly recommend), as well as her The Beast of Blackmoor novella (written as Milla Vane).

What books do you think would qualify? And how would you define erotic romance?

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