The Story of X by A.J. Malloy

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Fifty Shades of Grey readers, be on the lookout for The Story of X, an erotic adventure about conservative American student, Alexandra Beckmann, who meets the wealthy and terribly sexy Lord Marcus Roscarrick and is pulled into a world she never knew existed. Nice restaurants and exclusive events are only the beginning. Marcus seems to have another “involvement” that she never expected…He’s in a secret society which meets regularly for initiation rituals that include explicit sexual acts…Suddenly sweet, naive Alexandra is taking the first steps to join a sex cult…Can she really find happiness with this man who has chosen a lifestyle she must embrace if she wants to be part of his life?

If you like erotic literature and you’ve been looking for your next “Fifty Shades” experience, The Story of X, by A.J. Malloy, is an obvious next read. Like Fifty Shades, however, this novel is quite explicit, so if you are sensitive to anything rated higher than PG-13, you will want to avoid this novel. Also, being erotic literature, the plot is second to the description, so keep that in mind as you read.

Paranormal Romance of 2012

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Vampires, Werewolves, Angels, Fallen Angels, Demons, Witches, Fairies, Pixies, Gods and Goddesses, the genre of paranormal romance, which took the world by storm some years ago, is still going strong, with a devoted following. Here are some authors and some of their 2012 releases, for those of you who try to keep up.

Kerrelyn Sparks’ Wild About You (Love at Stake #13) brings you Elsa Bjornberg, home renovating TV personality with a family curse brought upon her, and the Were Bear, Howard, who will stop at nothing to have her.

Sable Grace’s Chosen (Dark Breed #3) stars half-vampire, half lychen Kyana, a warrior protecting the earth from supernatural takeover who is in love with a supreme being.

Lynsay Sands’ The Lady is a Vamp (Argeneau #17), in which Vampire Jeanne Louise Argeneau is kidnapped by a man who doesn’t realize just what he’s getting himself into, and the connection between the two becomes more important than anything in the world.

Juliana Stone’s King of the Damned (League of Guardians #2) introduces a fallen Angel, Azaiel, who wants more than anything to atone for his past mis-deeds and comes across sexy Witch, Rowan, bringing them both into a quest to avoid damnation for once and for all.

If you love paranormal romance novelists like Laurel K Hamilton, Kim Harrison, Pamela Palmer, etc, and you haven’t tried one or all of these authors, be sure to give them a sampling and decide if they will be your next paranormal romance obsession!

Rogue Rider by Larissa Ione

roguerider-200x321Rogue Rider, by Larissa Ione, is Book 4 of Lords of Deliverance series, which is made up of Eternal Rider, Immortal Rider, and Lethal Rider.   The series is about the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse, (actually 3 horsemen and one horsewoman), born to bring on, or end, the Apocalypse, depending on the prophecy in play and the translators…These immortal beings have superhuman strength and very bad tempers…Not people you should mess with. As you follow the series, these unstoppable beings, one by one, learn the meaning of true love and find a more noble path to their destiny, sending a few bad guys back to hell along the way.

Rogue Rider is about Reseph, the Horseman responsible for Pestilence on earth, who goes from good to evil and back again, in a constant struggle as the power tempts him to turn to the dark side and join Lucifer in taking over heaven. He wakes up with no memory of who he is, and Jillian Cardiff finds him in the snow on her property. She helps him back to her house and feeds him, and she decides to help him figure out who he is and what he was doing out in a snowstorm. She has no idea that he is immortal or anything other than a VERY sexy stranger with amnesia. As they become friends, the sexual tension between them becomes almost unbearable, until they finally give in to the lust they share. But Lucifer is still trying to take over the world and demons are running loose on earth in the meantime. Reseph will have to figure out who he is and how to fight his own internal demons, then take down the enemy threatening his new life and his family. Can he overcome the evil once and for all?

This novel is a paranormal romance, and it definitely borders on the erotica side of the spectrum. It’s very graphic, both violently and sexually, and the language is very colorful. If you think you can handle some very sexual demons and fallen angels, this series (and Rogue Rider) will not disappoint. The audiobook format is also excellent if you like to listen to your smutty romance…But don’t drive off the road in distraction when things get steamy!

Heart of Danger by Lisa Marie Rice

Futuristic bodice-ripper? Yes, that day has come.  Dr. Catherine Young has set out to find a man named Tom McEnroe out in the middle of nowhere, where his band of secret operation soldiers known as the Ghost Ops Force. When she finds this powerful leader, she is struck by the chemistry between them, and the soldier is even more dumbfounded about his own reaction to the beautiful physician-no woman has ever been so distracting for the stoic soldier.

This novel is set more than a decade in the future, and full of gadgets and holographic communication, texting via body chip, all sorts of futuristic imaginings…One thing will stay the same, however. A bodice ripper is a bodice ripper, even when the heroine is a female physician in the future. The novel is also full of suspenseful operations, good vs. evil and the battle between those who would use science to take over the world and those who would do anything to stop the villains.

If you like science-fiction angled romance novels, or you think you might want to give this one a try, pick up Heart of Danger, by Lisa Marie Rice, and if you enjoy it, this novel appears to be the first in a series, called “Ghost Ops”.

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

The novel that everyone has been talking about is finally making it onto my site. What is everyone so hyped up about? This novel has received just as much criticism as it has raving reviews. So I’m going to lay it out for any of you who have been wondering what the deal is with this trilogy (yes, there are two more books after 50 shades). E.L. James is a novelist who came out of the woodwork and whose writing has spread across the globe like wildfire. But why?

The main character of the book is Anastasia Steele, a college senior with no sexual experience who works in a hardware store. She is wholesome and innocent and unpretentious. One day her roommate asks her to interview a millionaire entrepreneur named Christian Grey for the school newspaper, and she is shaken by the attraction she feels towards the sexy and intense businessman. When he later appears at her work, she begins to realize that his feelings for her may be more than idle curiosity. Ana doesn’t know what to think of the interest she is getting from Christian, but he soon makes his expectations clear.

For lack of better vocabulary, Christian wants Ana to be his love-slave. She would have to sign a contract agreeing to be his “submissive” partner for a given amount of time, during which he would be given freedom to explore his every sexual whim with her. He will maintain her in every way imaginable during the time period, and she will be rewarded in many ways, both with tangible and “less tangible” rewards.

Ana is at first appalled, then intrigued, then finds herself participating in experiences she never would have dreamed of…Including bondage and Sadism/Masochism and a number of props and sexual toys designed to drive her wild. But can this type of arrangement be enough for her? What if she wants more than a contractual relationship? What if she wants a real boyfriend? And who is Christian Grey, really? He has a dark past which he will not share with her, and he keeps tabs on her with a vigilance that some people would consider psychotic. Yet she finds herself drawn to him.

The criticisms of the book usually mention the limited vocabulary used, the less than impressive writing of the author, and in large part, the generally unhealthy nature of the relationship between the two main characters that many would consider less than ideal in the realm of romance. This is all true. However, there is more to this novel if you stretch your point of view a little.

First, love is not always healthy, and sexual obsession isn’t always healthy, either. This book portrays a darker side of human relationships and doesn’t pretend to be a flowery boy meets girl and baby makes three kind of story. Second, this book is mainly about sex, and not the romantic walks on the beach kind of sex-the kind of sex that involves battery operated toys and riding crops-are we really going to criticize it on a literary level? Because frankly, I have yet to read erotic literature that I would deem an amazing example of language and writing style. (If you know of a novel or author, please don’t hesitate to post it in a comment on this page).  So this book is about a man and woman who have a less than ideal and slightly unhealthy relationship, who like to have kinky sex and are working out the rougher edges of an unorthodox relationship. It is what it is. If you think you would like to read it yourself, be sure to pick up Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James and decide for yourself if it’s worth reading-the rest of the world seems to have broken into a love/hate segregation.