When I put together a post for the 2014 Erotic romance reading challenge, Anna noted that in her opinion, some of the books were not really erotica. Well, I have to agree, that's not how I would classify them myself, but after trampling on some people's sensitivity, I made a compromise : the books I qualify as "erotic" are books that I would not put in my daughters's hands (they're 13 and 11 !). Hence, Night huntress #1, with the first sex scene between Cat and Bones and Bone's dirty-talk training speech, falls into that category. But I agree, it's not steamy-hot. Sexual tension, yes, hot in and out of bed with graphic details, no. Lux by Jennifer Armentrout ? Go ahead, girls, you can read !
So I thought I would change and instead of rating my books based only on the pleasure of reading, I would also rate the heat. From now on, I'll be rating with these two pictures :
- Rating of the books, with this rose including the rate from 1 to 5 :
- Heat level, with this flame including the rate :
I will rate the heat level accordingly to how the website allromanceebooks defines romance/erotica heat levels :
1 flame - Stories will either not have consummated love scenes, or if the loves scenes are consummated detail is not given.
2 flames - Stories will have some love scenes. These will be more sensual than graphic and will mostly rely on euphemism.
3 flames - Stories will have sensual, yet more explicit love scenes, and the language used to describe them may be more graphic and direct.
4 flames - Stories have frequent love scenes that are explicit and described using graphic and direct language.
5 flames - Stories have a high frequency of love scenes that are explicit, described using graphic and direct language, and/or contain subject matter that some readers may consider objectionable.
I hope I was clear ?