Okay, let’s have fun today. I am so excited about my new release from Fated Desires Publishing that I decided to hold a contest.
All you have to do is leave a comment about what you like in an erotic romance.
I’ll pick three winners;
First place: All five books in the Cut the Cards Arc of Club Fantasy
Second place: Choice of two ebooks from my backlist
Third Place: Choice of one ebook from my backlist
A little about BDSM
A few years ago, I read my first book by a BDSM author and I thought, OMG! Where have I been all my life? Not only was it a beautiful story about a relationship, it depicted the BDSM lifestyle in such a manner that I became a shopaholic—I combed epublishers for BDSM books.
As I began writing BDSM, like everything else I write I wanted to do my research so I would not depict the lifestyle in a manner insulting to those who live it. There are many, many really good sites on the Internet that give you a lot of information about the lifestyle, and really explain the emotional side of it.
Then I took a leap of faith, joined a chat room (using a screen name) and explained who and what I was. I got very lucky. Two people have become my online friends, willingly answering questions for me as long as they have a guarantee of anonymity and respect.
I’ve learned a lot about them—and about myself. I learned that the D/s relationship is all about sharing and caring. That the Dom provides and tremendous sense of emotional security for his sub, and at the same time the sub is as much in control because her submission is the source of his pleasure. I learned how to establish a give and take when there are strong personalities to establish a balance.
And I learned that whether you are totally into the BDSM lifestyle or just enjoy parts of it, those parts can enhance your life beyond anything you can imagine. The extent to which it plays a part in my books really depends on my characters. And the more I write about it, the more I realize that in every Dom there is a hint of a submissive, and in every sub there is a hint of the Dom.
This was the original basis of Double Down and the plot just grew from there.
So if you want to try one new thing today, or this week, or this month, pick up a copy of Double Down and see if it strikes your fancy. And remember, at its heart, it is a beautiful love story. So go on. Stick your toe-or any other part of your body-in the BDSM waters and see what happens.
A Recommended Read from All Romance eBooks
He wanted her enough to double down on The Bet
Lee Sullivan has really got her life together, as the mayor’s publicity chief and the respected Domme, Mistress Star. She doesn’t foresee any bumps in her life until she meets Branch Colby, self-made millionaire and a man who pushed her buttons. She has no idea that he is a full-out Dom who sees women as a challenge and this one more than most. When Branch’s friend Max bets him he cannot get Lee to submit to him, Branch agrees to a high-stakes wager. The problem is he never expected to fall for her or what the consequences would be when she learned the details of the bet. He has to find a way to repair the situation and she has to decide whether giving her heart is worth the risk.
Max sobered. “I don’t think I can thank you quite enough for giving me a piece of Colby, Inc.”
“In the beginning, it was a piece of nothing,” Branch recalled. “We’ve been lucky. Besides, you earn it every day keeping my ass legal and putting up barricades against the bloodsuckers.”
They both raised their glasses in a silent toast and then drank.
“So.” Max grinned. “I saw the mayor’s publicity flack here today. His honor too tied up to make it?”
“I guarantee you, whatever conflict Vincent had he couldn’t get out of. He never misses a chance to suck my dick.”
“Personally, I’d rather have her doing it. Although that really isn’t her style.”
Branch lifted an eyebrow. He had gotten no vibes from Lee Sullivan that she preferred women to men, and he was usually very good at picking that up.
“Are you telling me she bats for the other team?”
Max burst out laughing. “Far from it. You just hang out in the wrong places.”
Now Branch was getting irritated. “Do you want to tell me what the hell you’re talking about?”
“I guess you spend too much of your playtime at Ultra. Or your own bedroom.” Max laughed again, as if enjoying some kind of secret joke. “Unlike me. I like variety.”
“So you’ve visited Infinity. So what?”
Yeah, so what? One of the many things that bound their friendship so tightly was the fact that, after a friend had taken them to a public dungeon in their twenties, they had both realized they had strong Dom tendencies they needed to pursue. They soon found, if they wanted to play, they had to take instruction, and what an experience that had been.
“Enough of this shit.” Branch leaned forward. “Whatever’s on your mind, spit it out.”
“You know how Ultra has its own celebrities, Doms and Dommes who everyone wants time with? Oh, wait.” He snapped his fingers. “Aren’t you one of them? Right! Master B. The subs line up for an hour of your time.”
“You are really pissing me off here, Max. What does this have to do with Lee Sullivan?”
“Infinity’s got its own celebrities, too, which you’d know if you ever got a guest pass like I did.”
“And?” Branch made a “come on” motion with his fingers.
“And I discovered when I visited there that the most in-demand Domme is Mistress Star.” Max leaned forward, watching his friend intently. “Who in real life is known as Lee Sullivan.”
Branch felt as if someone had taken a cattle prod to his balls. “Are you fucking kidding me?”
“Not a bit.” Max was obviously enjoying the reaction. He got up and went to the bar to refresh his drink. “I was given to understand that male submissives sign up well in advance to spend time with her.”
Branch frowned. “Was she there the night you were? Did she see you?”
“No.” Max shook his head. “I was in the lounge, in a corner with some friends, when she came in before a session.” He grinned. “She had a damn good-looking sub waiting for her. Anyway, I wanted to be sure I wasn’t mistaken, so I asked the friend I was with.”
“If it was her, you mean?”
“Uh huh. Because my friend knew I’d keep my mouth shut. Infinity is no different than Ultra. No one ever discusses anything outside those walls. Not who they saw or who did what with whom. You know very well there are people who live the lifestyle who make it known to anyone who asks them. Many of the couples even socialize outside the club, but you know the unwritten rule—what happens at the club stays at the club.”
“I suppose it wouldn’t do me any good to ask you to get me some details on her.”
Max shook his head. “You know better than that.”
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Love in Erotica romance . A lot of Things like whipped cream and some Bond angealso. . A lot of billionaire or business men that maybe are trying to take over a company and the CEO is a woman and they get down and dirty
All good stuff, demetra
I want to think Authors like you who have opened this to readers and I was 50 when I read my first BDSM book and wondered where the Hell have I been. Thanks for some awesome reads They are really enjoyable romantic sexy as hell reads. The let your imagination fly
Thank you so much, Donna. you amde my day.
I love the fact that it is consensual and personal. There is no one true way and thats okay.
Happy congrats, Desiree! Love seeing that you’ve got a new release out with Fated Desires! I can’t believe how quickly and wonderfully you write!
As for what I like in an erotic romance, I want a lot of the same basics as from any other romance–an interesting plot, likable characters… I love some good supporting ones as well, and of course, a sizzling emotional connection that doesn’t stop when they hit the sheets. With the erotic romance, the door stays open, so to speak, and the tension that the author’s been building gets to amp up more and finally explode (perhaps not literally 😉 ) while we witness the characters connect even more fully.
You do it so well 😉 Can’t wait to read Double Down and the others in the series, Desiree!
What I love is Dominant Alpha males, sassy submissive, flogging, spanked and everything thing in between!
I love a strong dominant man who also allows and helps the heroine be the best that she can be.
The sex scenes need to be hot, of course. 🙂 I also like the non-sexual interactions between the main characters. Thanks.
What do I like in an erotic romance? As with any book, I want a good story. Occasionally I don’t mind just erotica, but it has to well written and have imagination. I find that just having repeated sex gets boring. I want variety of position, location, etc. Even in the romances with actual story to them, I want a bit imagination in the eroticism. Could be why I enjoy BDSM so much. It provides much diversity when it comes to eroticism. Not just the same ol’ “wham, bam, thank you ma’am.”
Read the Cut the Cards series and enjoyed them immensely. I love that the woman is the one in control in a true BDSM relationship. I’ve read other stories where that control line was shady at best. Kudos for making that distinction clear. And for writing smoking hot novels!!
Wish your erotica was on goggle play books. I like your shifter ones that they usually erotica
I need a HEA, an Alpha male and lots of smutty fluff =)
Love your books. My first one and favorite so far is Out of Control..love love love that book
To everyone here: I am leaving this open for two more days and then I will pull the winner.
this sounds like one I will have to read.
I like when the girl is really shy ,but goes for what she wants anyway.
What I like in an erotic romance… that’s a huge question. I like alpha males, the ones who are powerful in body and personality, but who would never use that power to hurt the women in their lives. Instead, they use that power to protect their loved ones. I like the views into the couple’s (or moresome’s) sex lives – seeing that people can have fulfilling sex that touches their hearts. I like men who place as much, if not more, importance on satisfying their partner as they place on their own satisfaction, both sexually and in life in general. They give me hope that there’s a man and relationship like that for me one day.
You, and a favorite few others, do that so well. You tell a story with characters who feel real, and through all the trials they face, they grow stronger. Thanks for sharing your talent and giving me (and many others) so much enjoyment. And, for the record, of your books my favorites are the Phoenix Agency series. I’ve read them over multiple times. 😀
I’m not entering but I wanted to stop by and wish you a fabulous day ♡♡
Three winners are going to be soooo happy ♡♡
Huge hugs ♡♡
I like the level of heat they have and the trust between the partners.
Lots of snark and people that care about and pay attention to their partner(s) and everyone gets exhausted in a very fulfilling way. And rope and handcuffs. And chocolate. 😀
I love the level of devotion that subs and doms have about each other as well as the love and trust they have between them 😉 .
I meant to post these before but got caught up in edit hell. so, Mr. Random Dot Org and I have picked the winners and they are…ta da…drum roll…
Third place: choice of ebook from my backlist-Demetra!
Second place: choice of two ebooks from my backlist – Linda!
and First place….All 5 books in the Cut the Cards series…Mary M.
Ladies, please email me at email@example.com to claim your prizes.
I sent my email to firstname.lastname@example.org, thanks!
Sent my mail, as well =)
Thanks again & Happy Wednesday! <3