View Full Version : What Do You Look For In A Good Erotic Romance?

November 6th, 2007, 08:13 PM
:unsure: All the people out there who are in the know have said many times to newer writers, "Pick a genre and stick with it." I find it impossible to follow this advice. I never have to look very far for story ideas--no farther than my head. They're constantly spinning around in there and they are not always the same genre. So, I've decided to stick with romance because there are so many sub genres, which brings me to the erotic romance.

I'd never written romantica, but always wanted to give it a shot. So about a year ago I wrote Shadow Lover. There's an excerpt at my site for anyone who may be interested. At present I'm cleaning up the first draft. The problem is, I don't believe it will ever go over with readers of this type of romance. While writing it, I felt good about it, but recently I've been reading excerpts at not only my own publisher's group, but others as well. WOW! Those excerpts are steaming.:sweatdrop:

I'm afraid mine is much too tame in comparison, so I may have to do more rewriting to bring it up to snuff in the erotic gategory or rewrite it as a reular paranormal romance. Whenever anyone has time, I'd appreciate you telling me just what you look for in erotic romance?

November 8th, 2007, 12:41 AM
I look for a good plot, a realistic hero/heroine (unless it's a fantasy story) and lots of steamy sex.

I'll tell ya though that these types of books are just like any other in the fact that if there isn't a good story line then nothing in the story will be good.

November 8th, 2007, 04:19 AM
The plot is what makes any kind of book. When I'm reading I find if I don't like the plot then the book isn't worth reading even if the sex scenes are good.

Dani is spot on about the lots of steamy sex and a realistic hero/heroine! LOL

November 8th, 2007, 10:37 AM
In order; good characters, good plot, sensual and erotic love scenes.

Characters are most important. They have to be realistic and sympathetic. I have to identify with them.

The plot has to be believable and interesting. If the characters don't interact believably I won't care for the story.

The love scenes, or even just the sex scenes, have to be complete. There should be slow build up, in depth descriptions of the characters' emotions and physical reactions and the climax, as it were, has to be explosive. No half measures for me. ;)

Basically I like to read what I like to write. :)

November 10th, 2007, 03:53 PM
Thanks, everyone, for the advice. I can see you're all basically looking for the same things, good plot, realistic characters and interactions, and complete erotic love scenes. I think I got it...Thanks again. :)

November 11th, 2007, 02:02 AM
Your welcome for the comments from me. I love giving my opinion here at CTR to help out the authors!

November 11th, 2007, 02:28 AM
You're most welcome for the help.

Tara S Nichols
January 4th, 2008, 02:19 AM
I don't agree with picking one genre and sticking with it either. That seems formulaic to me and I have so many ideas that range across a broad spectrum. I write contemporary romance as well as erotica and occassionally Teen novels. I love the differences in them but my favorite is erotica. i also like the steamy scenes.
I would like to check out your excerpt for Shadow Lover.

January 4th, 2008, 09:52 AM
Thanks, Tara. You may read an excerpt if you like: http://egparsons.com/shadow_lover_by_e_g_parsons.htm

Shelley Munro
January 6th, 2008, 04:36 PM
The important thing to me is a good plot with believable characters. The sex should be hot and steamy and part of the plot. If you can take the love scenes out and the plot still makes sense then it's not really an erotic romance.