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Why I Prefer High-end Erotic Heat over Low Dose Smut: a guest post by author Amanda Boyd

Why I Prefer High-end Erotic Heat over Low Dose Smut

by Amanda Boyd

It’s no secret that the business of sex is probably the highest earning business in the world. From sex toys and aids to full-on prostitution and everything in between; the idea that sex sells has never been more apt.

That doesn’t mean that all things sexual are created equal, however. If you’re old enough to read this, you’ll understand that there is an entire spectrum when it comes to sex and anything that falls in the category of erotic stimulation. For instance, erotic romance is wholly different than smut, although the line between them is fine as frog hair. And while most might argue semantics, for the hardcore erotic romance fan, the differences are telling.

So, how do you distinguish between those erotic reads worth picking up and the low-end smut to steer clear of? It’s all in the details.

Erotic Stories to Be Told

All fiction and some non-fiction works seek to do much the same thing: tell a great story that captivates and leaves you wanting more, even when you know there’s no more to be had. We all wait on the edge of our seats for that last detail that wraps up every great story. But the trick is learning how to tell the difference between those wonderfully arousing erotic short stories and smut that simply wants to sell a tale for a buck or two.

Erotic romance is a sub-genre of romance that is sexually explicit in nature, but only to the degree that showcases the intense chemistry between the main characters. The focus lies on the whole story, developing intricate, deeply complicated, and flawed people that happen to incorporate sex into their stories.

In contrast, Literotica-type sites provide you with a huge amount of stories which seek to tell a tale of sex between two or more consenting people. The focus is about the sexual tension and intimacy that is short lived once the sex is gone. It’s a fast, hard burnout compared to the much longer lasting erotic romance.

His and Hers: The Art of Power Exchange

Here is the one instance where Literotica style stories can outshine their erotic romance counterparts. That’s in the power exchange. In most relationships, the man has a (still) slight upper hand. Society is so used to deferring to a man’s perspective that turning the tide takes considerable time and energy. But in these more word porn like stories, you’ll find that a woman, even if she’s not particularly strong in other areas of her life, might just find her voice in what she wants when it comes to the finer points of bedroom activities.

Hearing a woman voice her wants, telling her mate how she wants to be touched and what arouses her, can and does shove aside societal norms and asserts that a woman’s sexuality is just as important and needy as a man’s. You won’t find a weak female very often in the context rich, sex-smothered stories that grace word-porn sites and hell, yes, that’s okay!

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Openness in a Half-closed Society

With the invention of the internet came instant access to a tidal wave of information at the virtual drop of a hat. News, word definitions, medical issues, financial constraints; all these issues that used to plague society – keeping us stuck generation after generation – became non-existent barriers. No more waiting for the grapevine to get around to your neck of the woods before you found out something important. No more wondering if the rash your child has, is chicken pox and no more hoping that maybe just once this year you can do a little more than scrape by.

The internet gave us instant premium access to the entire world at the tip of our fingers. And that includes the healthy, bouncing baby we like to call the sex industry. No longer do women sit in circles and giggle behind their hands. No, we’ve reached the point where women are standing up and saying, “Yes, I’m a woman, and I love sex, too!”

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We are demanding recognition of our own sexual desires and no longer settling for what passed as sex in our grandparents’ or even our parents’ generation.

And while sexually explicit and erotic literature isn’t a new concept, the open acceptance of sexually explicit content still is. And much like LGBTQ individuals coming out to friends, family and fans, women and men are learning to open up and share about enjoying sex and all things sexual in a time when some still want to shove sex back under the rug, simply because they’re scared to face their own disappointment or desire.

So, the next time you have a chance to pick up a new book, DON’T skip over erotic romance!

Snag one of these well-recommended reads and see what all the hype is about. And even if porn isn’t your thing, you might find that erotic romance literature certainly is.

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Wow! Thank you, Amanda, for giving us a few things to think about when it comes to sexy reads! ♥

Well, readers, shall we take a peek at this author’s erotic romance story? Sounds like a plan! 

Great cover! 

This is the blurb for Forbidden Fingers:

Veronica Lopez is a 23-year-old living the typical college life while studying at Columbia University. With her Mexican heritage and gorgeous looks, she melts boys’ hearts, but all of her attention is dedicated to her education. She intends to earn her place and give back using her big brain and not her looks. The men around her are nothing but oversized boys, without serious thoughts yet toward their futures. Their pick up lines and cheesy attempts at romance do nothing for her, so single-hood is a constant in her world. That is until she is touring her father’s company and meets Mark Grier. Her father’s successful, gorgeous right hand is older than her, but there is something obvious between them from the first handshake.
Mark is simply appreciative of the vacation that Mr. Lopez has provided for all his hard work. Time away leads to seductive moments with the beautiful, but so much younger than him, Veronica. Each time they are together, the attraction grows, and some lines once crossed can’t be undone. While in her company, he is helpless to give everything she needs and wants of him. He hopes no one finds out their romance, and he can return to living normal upon his return to the city. Unfortunately, one big surprise later and things are about to get even dicier when they might be forced to work together. Can this spark grow into something bigger? Or is secret and forbidden lust, just that and when brought into the light of day, the type that will fizzle out?

So, what are people saying about this book?

I enjoyed reading this book. It kept my attention the whole time, even though I might want to see it through to the end. I enjoyed seeing the relationship start so quickly. — Vicki L. Linderholm, Amazon

Purchase Links:

https://books2read.com/u/3k5WnR

https://mybook.to/forbiddenfingers

Here is an excerpt to entice you with…

♥♥♥ Nice! This looks like quite a read! Also, don’t forget to grab your free copy of Forbidden Complication, by subscribing to her website

Author/Guest Blogger Bio

Amanda Boyd is a lover of erotic literature. She spent her twenties in Europe and then came back to the United States to build her family. She is similar to us, also, because she did not let her domestic pursuits steal away her sensual side. She kept it alive by writing erotic short stories for herself and her friends. In 2020, she gathered all her courage and published her first two short stories, “Forbidden Complication” and “Forbidden Fingers”, and is now working on the next part of the Forbidden Series. And most important: she never did regret not getting published, and therefore, didn’t stop there. Amanda also started the erotic literature website and blog, filthybooks.com, as a place for readers to go to learn more about erotica. And as a special feature, you can get Forbidden Complication absolutely for free on filthybooks.com!

Amanda’s Books:

https://books2read.com/u/3k5WnR

Website/Blog: Erotica Literature | Filthy Books 

Facebook: Amanda Boyd | Facebook

Amazon Author Page:  https://www.amazon.com/Amanda-Boyd/e/B08HK194QV/

Instagram:  Amanda Boyd (@aboydbooks) • Instagram photos and videos

Thanks again, Amanda! We hope to see you back on ILRB sometime. 

Happy reading, everyone! And have a wonderful weekend!

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