Burning up July: Seven Days of Sin, Wrath

Posted July 26, 2017 by Suzanne in Reading on the Dark Side, Under the Covers / 24 Comments

As the weather warms up, here at Under the Covers we also like to ratchet up the heat. So prepare for Burning up July 2017: Seven Days of Sin. This is because we little devils at Under the Covers are going to explore how our favourite erotic romance authors make the seven deadly sins burn oh so good. So prepare yourself for a week filled with the sexiest that romance has to offer you as we take the chance to skinny dip in to one of our favourite genres: Erotic Romance.

So, how will it work? Each day we will look at a sin and give your our thoughts and feelings on the troupe it represents as well as some scorching hot recommendations for you. Fair warning though, ice and a clean pair of knickers may be required.

Today we are gorging on:

Today it’s Wrath. And I’m not talking about my favourite character in Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series, although the thought is tempting. Instead, I am talking about Wrath in the biblical sense. Wrath, is anger, whether turned onto other or yourself. For most people, it would be impossible to go through life without feeling angry at someone of something at some point. Like, for example, this morning when I was stumbling round like a zombie trying to get myself together for work. And then my bed frame collided with my toe. The bastard. Now, normally I am a big fan of my bed, it’s comfy and warm and I despise having to leave it each morning. But at that moment, my wrath was mighty. It attacked my poor defenceless toe, which was trying valiantly to get me moving a a pace faster than “newly awakened undead”.

However, my brief temper tantrum with an inanimate object isn’t what I’m talking about – at least I hope not, otherwise I am in BIG trouble – I’m talking about the all consuming rage that can lead you to hurt other people, and yourself. I especially hope it doesn’t apply with my situation this morning as the punishment for Wrath is being dismembered alive! Either way, I may try and be a little bit more patient with my bed in the future.

I know, it sounds awful? Especially the dismemberment thing. You are probably wondering how this applies to Erotic Romance, maybe even a little afraid of the kind of books I might start talking about when I’ve mentioned tearing people limb from limb. Whilst they are a live. Don’t worry, I’m not focusing on anger, but more on the need to hurt and be hurt, to control and be controlled. I’m talking about

BDSM. Now, Wrath has no place in a good BDSM, it’s all about seeing to your partners needs. Whether it’s because you want someone to tie you up, or your need to tie up others, have them under your control and maybe even the need to feel pain and to inflict in on other, after all BDSM is bondage, domination, sadism and masochism. But, in the end, the mantra should be safe, sane and consensual.

BDSM is such a huge theme in Erotic Romance, I almost feel like it is a genre all by itself. In many non-BDSM romances, whether they are erotic or not, you may find there’s some light bondage going on. Handcuffs and ties seem to have become a new norm. However, in this post we are focusing more on the books where it isn’t just some light play, but more of a lifestyle choice. We love those books. Even though none us live that life, reading about a hot Dom/Domme and their sheer competence and control is hugely alluring. Or witnessing a sub letting go of that control and just feeling and experiencing, even if that experience is pain; it’s extremely erotic and highly fascinating.

Of course, like with every genre, there are some truly awful books. But, there also those books that have us googling St Andrew’s Cross and good rope. Below are the latter, the books where the characters, sex scenes and story get our hearts racing and google all fired up.

Have we missed any of your favourites?

 

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Sue G.
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Sue G.

I’ll admit I’ve had to google a few things over the years! πŸ˜‰ Fun list.

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I bet we all have an interesting search history…I know mine isn’t looking super weird after looking up everything for this week lol

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I love cherise sinclair and kallypso masters!

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I haven’t read Kallypso Masters, that was Fran’s recommendation, but I had fun reading the Shadowlands series!

Suzanne

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Not too sure about BDSM….just depends on how it’s written and who the author/characters is/are…

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Agreed, I don’t like all BDSM books either, but there are some where it’s just HOT! Like you said, it all depends on how much you like what the author is doing.

Suzanne

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Nicki S

I’ve got all but one of the authors you mentioned on my TBR pile. I’m basically vanilla IRL yet fascinated by some kinks in the realm of BDSM, so reading these books will be educational. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it, lol.

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Hmmmm, I’m not sure I believe this vanilla business, are you sure there isn’t anything rattling round in your bedroom draw…lol!

Suzanne

Amy R
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Amy R

Lorelei James, Maya Banks, Kristen Ashley and Kit Rocha has some good BDSM books.

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Hi Amy, thanks for the recs πŸ™‚ I have definitely enjoyed some of Kristen Ashley’s forays into erotic romance, KNIGHT by her is one of my faves!

Suzanne

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Jenn H

I have to be honest I am over the BDSM genre. I’ve read Shayla Black and absolutely love her work!

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Hi Jenn, I know what you mean, romance can sometimes get stuck on a particular theme, still when BDSM is done really well, I can’t help but be drawn in.

Suzanne

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Trix

I always figured wrath would be more of an enemies-to-lovers thing!

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OMG! I didn’t even think of that, I spent ages brainstorming ideas for each of the sins and that never crossed my mind. Damn, it would have been a good one as well.

Suzanne

Mess
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Mess

On my TBR list. Must read this!

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I hope you enjoy!

Suzanne

Chris Alexander
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Chris Alexander

Cari Silverwood’s Steampunk Chronicles. Trisha Wolfe’s WITH VISIONS OF RED

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Hi Chris, I don’t think I have read any of those! I will need to add them to my TBR and give them a go.

Suzanne

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Laura Lovejoy-Brunk

Tiffany, Shayla, Cherise and Kally are some of my all time favorite authors !!!!

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Hi Laura, I am glad you like our recs! They are some of our favourite authors. You should give UNBOUND a try, I wasn’t sure about it at first , but as soon as I started reading I couldn’t put it down!

Suzanne

Bube
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Bube

I want to read all of these books/series πŸ˜€
So many,many books,so little time πŸ˜€
Thanks for sharing great book recommendations UTC! πŸ™‚

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You definitely should read them, we love them. Glad you liked the recs

Suzanne

Lenna Hendershott
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Lenna Hendershott

While BDSM really isn’t my cup of tea I have to admit sometimes adds. I’m ARC reading for Melissa Schroeder right now as she re-releases her A Little Harmless … Series. Some of it works for me I have to say πŸ˜‰ I’ve always love Lora Leigh’s stories and I found Angela Knight a long time ago. Then there is Laura Kaye’s new Blasphemy Series I’m diving into. Oh and Samantha Kane’s Birmington Rebels has some BDSM as well. It’s an added bonus as they are HOT rebellious football stars who indulge in menage, sigh…

Timitra
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Timitra

I still need to read The Siren