Hot romance stories available today range from gentle and sensitive erotic fiction to love between fantastic creatures and sex games that stretch the imagination. They invite readers to experience adventures beyond their normal lives.
Some classics in hot fiction, like 'Story of O' (by French author Anne Desclos, who wrote under the pen name Pauline Reage - English version published 1965) may not be readily available (you can probably find a second hand copy). 'Story of O' was an enormous commercial success and even won a literary prize. However, there are many other erotic novels which are available today. Regrettably, they may sell strongly but are often written with less psychological insight and without its calm, almost emotionless, elegant style.
Hot romance novels today have considerable freedom in the creation of the leading characters. Some are fairly 'realistic', as with cowboys, cops and soldiers, but nonetheless possessing great sexual appeal. Others involve the imagination and delve into fantasy. There is an abundance of vampires, werewolves, demon-slayers and even feline-based characters. The women are often - though not always - beautiful and invariably have a great longing and a yearning for love.
Some author's write prolifically in this genre and don't feel the need to be realistic, yet provide characters that readers can still identify with, as in 'Pleasure Unbound', by Larissa Ione. The heroine is a demon-slayer with a great sexual thirst that is denied her. Unfortunately, the character with greatest appeal for her is a hot demon!
Lora Leigh is another who writes extensively and with great imagination. In 'The Man Within', the man she loves belongs to a genetically altered Feline Breed which has shocked the world with their presence. In 'Guilty Pleasures' the women have husbands or lovers who are members of an exclusive and select ?Club,? where a third party is invited into their beds.
Some have produced a new version of familiar stories. for instance, ' 'Enchanted: Erotic Bedtime Stories For Women' by Nancy Madore. She has assembled some of the world's best known fairy tales into an erotic collection.
Others like to tempt controversy. In 'Bedroom Bully', by Trista Russell, the novel is, in essence, a romantic suspense novel. However, a key feature has the heroine falling in love and becoming passionately involved with the man who has taken her captive!
Not to be overlooked are the scenes described by Lorelei James. In 'Tied Up, Tied Down', the action is played out cowboy style as the hero uses rope to keep the heroine 'tied' to him in no-holds-barred sex games.
Hot romance is clearly alive and flourishing, as well as being eagerly read by millions of fans who enjoy a touch of erotica with their bedtime reading.