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?
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?