C’mon. Admit it.
Everyone has a book on their keeper’s shelf (or in some kitteh’s cases that’s ALL they have on their bookshelves) which they flip open for those times when they’re in the mood for something… a little naughty.
A few Canadians have also been known to re-read only the smexy bits in books. Apparently it’s a cultural thing.
I say throw off the literary shackles, forget those discussions about sex scenes having to be relevant to the plot, and admit how superficial you can be!
I’ll start, shall I? *g* Here are a few of my guilty pleasures:
Let’s be honest; when you think about this topic, how can you not be reminded of the work of author Sean Michael?? For unapologetic kinkiness Secrets, Skin and Leather is definitely my fave. BTW, if you haven’t read this author before suspend all disbelief because dehydration seriously doesn’t enter the equation.
Does Jet Mykles give good short reads or what?? Her “Key to Me” in this anthology is pretty damn terrific and is one of the shorts I re-read whenever the toy poodle flu flares up. This kinky Valentine’s story is, I think, one of her best.
This is not really smutty, but for sheer erotic goodness you can’t go past this tale of two bfs falling for each. Fabbo author team, great characters and superb pacing. The build up of sexual tension in The One That Got Away is, well… *fans self*
So what is your guilty pleasure?? Hey, I told you mine. Don’t be shy now. I promise I won’t tell anyone. 😉
You’re so mean to me. Oh wait, you meant Wave and Mary. Yeah, that’s it.
Smutty bits. Hmmmm. Actually I’m sometimes more into the build-up, but on a Madeleine Urban theme, <>Snowed In<> with Rhiane Aile is one of my fave rereads. Others that I pull out when I’m looking for a comfort read are Ally Blue’s <>Eros Rising<>, again, lots of build-up. Chris Owen’s <>Gemini<> (sorry, sorry, twincest, she ducks) and <>911<>, <>Hot Ticket<> by K.A. Mitchell, <>Striking Sparks<> by Jordan Castillo Price (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read that), <>Miss Me<> by Mel Spenser, <>With Caution<> which has been mentioned previously and <>Tin Star<> by J.L. Langley , <>Love in an Elevator<> by Sean Michael, <>Crossing Borders<> by ZAM, <>Hot Cargo<> by Nikki Bennet & Ariel Tachna.
Sometimes its not just about the sex (if its purely that then I can pretty much pull out any Sean Michael story I have), but it seems to be certain relationships with resonate with me. Sometimes its a slow build-up, sometimes its hot from the get-go. Sometimes BDSM-lite, sometimes pretty vanilla. No idea why something will appeal sometimes, but not others.
I noticed most of them are a bit older and from my early days so maybe its looking back fondly on stories that worked for me. I read alot more now than I did 8 months ago so things kind of come and go more quickly for me and I don't get “hooked” on them so much.
Comfort reading hmm, I checked my book listening. Any time I have no clue what to read next or have a head ache so bad that I should not be behind my computer really, I pick one of these:
Heaven Sent, Heaven by Jet Mykles. Or Tech support. Crossing Borders by ZAM. Carbon and Ash by Chris Owen. Jet Morrow, Lover and commander. The Assignment. What the cat dragged in by Kate Steele. Off world, Stephanie Vaughan.
I often re-read <>Collision Course<> by KA Mitchell when I’m in the book for good sex scenes. <>Payback<> by Jordan Castillo Price is another good one (as are all of the Chanelling Morpheus/Sweet Oblivion books).
I’ll also second The Heaven Sent series by Jet Mykles and <>Snowed In<> by Urban and Aile.
If we’re talking het sex then I will revisit the ‘Prince’ books by Elizabeth Hoyt. They always get me hot under the collar, especially <>The Raven Prince<>.
To be honest, though, there’s so much sex in m/m books at the moment that I don’t often pine for a sexy read. I’m getting my fill already (nudge nudge) so don’t need to seek out the sexy books.
I was going to answer these seperately, but it struck me reading all three of these comments how similar some of the guilty pleasures are. It could be that we have all gravitated to each other because of our similar likes when it comes to reading, regardless it is fascinating. Looking at these the common authors are:
K A Mitchell
Tam: You’re the one who admitted it, not me.
“Sometimes its not just about the sex (if its purely that then I can pretty much pull out any Sean Michael story I have), but it seems to be certain relationships with resonate with me. Sometimes its a slow build-up, sometimes its hot from the get-go. Sometimes BDSM-lite, sometimes pretty vanilla. No idea why something will appeal sometimes, but not others. “
My diagnosis is that you are a mood sex reader. LOL. Don’t worry I am too. 😉
Ingrid: You poor lovey. You get headaches?? I can comiserate. Great choices tho. 🙂 I can’t believe I forgot about the Heaven Sent series and “The Assignment”!!
We must be thinking alike because I was just talking about Kate Steele the other day. I really like her. Her “A Sure Fire Cure” and “Thaw in Winter” are two of my comfort – not smutty – reads.
Jen: I had to Google Elizabeth Hoyt. My response was ‘oh, historical…’. LOL. Maybe Orannia’s book challenge will help cure what ails me.
I’m trying to think of m/f I reread for the smexiness… hmmm… *leaves heated office to go to check to chilly bookcases*… Well, of course, it’s Lora Leigh. Nothing like mating ruts and knotting to get a girl’s heart pumping. LOL.
“To be honest, though, there’s so much sex in m/m books at the moment that I don’t often pine for a sexy read.”
I thought the consensus was that it was only you who thought there was too much sex in m/m at the moment??
“I’m getting my fill already (nudge nudge)”
*mutterohdeargodmutter* *sigh* Yes, Jen. Very, very punny.
Yeah, I like Kate Steele's A Sure Fire Cure and A Thaw in Winter as well. As you said, comfort reads more than smut.
For m/f I like Jet Mykles Dark Elves books. Or maybe I just like the covers, not sure. LOL
I was kind of surprised how many of favorite authors we have in common but yeah, likely if I hated everything you liked I wouldn't hang out here long. 🙂
*note to self: to get rid of Tam change reading habits* LOL.
I've not read Jet Mykles' Dark Elves series. For some reason it just doesn't appeal.
I think I'm going to taste some of Kate Steele since they're such oldies but goodies. Anyone who doesn't agree with us can go to hell! 🙂
While I loved some of the ones mentioned here I haven't re-read any of them. Maybe I should. Tech Support was fab, as was Snowed In.
For pure sex re-reads I like Sasha White's Trouble. Good stuff Maynard.
It could be that we have all gravitated to each other because of our similar likes when it comes to reading
I think you are right there
When I looked back at my list I noticed that there were no mysteries in there. I think that once you read those a big part of the fun is gone because you know how it will end.
Tracy: Ok, I had to Google Sasha White too. I'm beginning to feel like I need to get out more. LOL.
*note to self: to get rid of Tam AND INGRID change reading habits*
I agree with you about mystery being gone when it comes to rereading mysteries *hardee har har*. (Jen, we're on a roll!) That doesn't stop me from rereading faves however. J D Robb, ZAM's “The Long Way Home”, JCP's PsyCop series and Urban/Roux's “Cut & Run” are all faves of mine that I couldn't tell you how many times I've reread.
Kris, you should read non fiction and dutch books then if you want rid of me *g*
I read everything!
Hey, does anyone know if the translator thingy works on Dutch ebooks?? Just wondering is all.
Never tried. But I can imagine you get some wacky results *g*
You know I'm gonna have to try it now right?? Talk about a major backfire. LOL.
Je doet maar wat je niet laten kan
Hmmm. Well, I have to say Sean Michael's Bent, but that is because I've just read it and I'm still 'up in the clouds' over it 🙂
If we're talking m/f then I would have to say Lora Leigh's Elizabeth's Wolf. I just adore that book. Oh, and Nalini Singh. Not to….descriptive, but the emotional intensity is… *fans self*
Ingrid: Okay my translator says that means = 'You do what you can not'. Does that mean 'you gotta do what you gotta do' *add shrug here*??
Orannia: Okay, now I'm srsly starting to worry about you. LOL.
I haven't reread LL's “Elizabeth's Wolf” for ages. Hmm, I wonder where I put that ebook?? 🙂
Yup, something like that. Its an expression you can use in dutch in a fun way or angry.
So I would not a shrug here but more a 😛
I totally agree with your first choice, Secrets,Skin & Leather is soooo HOT. The Jarheads for the sheer volume of sex and also Center of the Earth and Sky (twincest).
BA Tortuga's Rain and Whiskey & Road Trip series are also super smutty sexy books.
I agree with you that all of these also write great smutty reads:
K A Mitchell
I'd also add:
J L Langley is a confort read for me and I'm not sure I've ever read any o A J Llewellyn's work. (Is that the author who has that book cover with the scary baby on it??)
I've had hit and misses with Drew Zachary and Mychael Black; the former more than the latter. As a result, I carefully pick my way through their blurbs. What would be your recs for bothe of them??
Lol, yes AJ is the author of the Vampire in Waikiki books. However my favorites are his Phantom Lover books. Totally hot Hawaiian men, lots of smutty action and a bit of island magic.
A few that I've like from Drew are:
Canadian Shots (collection of short stories all set in Canada)
Freighter Flights and Flying High (which I reviewed in May on my blog)
On Fire series
Playing the Market
The Painted House
Going Home and Breakdown (chaser series from TQ)
Taste Test: Specula (medical fetish)
writing w/ Shayne Carmichael:
The Duke's Husband
The Prince's Angel books
*Geebus would you look at my spelling and typos in that earlier comment. Looks as though my morning meeting today sucked the brains right out of my head.**
Cool. Thanks Lily! I will definitely keep them in mind. 🙂
Lily: I didn't like the Painted House so much but loved Canadian Shots. Some of those are smokin'. I liked Playing the Market too. A little bit of a different HEA. I like Drew Zachary because they are always Canadian settings and its fun to read about somewhere you've been or know about.
I agree on Playing the Market, it was a different HEA, I liked that it wasn't done by changing the characters. They stayed true to themselves and still managed their HEA.
Have you read the On Fire books and if so did you like them?
Ohhhhh I missed this post! Am I too late to join in???
*I would add the Jourdan Lane Soulmates series, though I found #4 trailed off a bit. When Peter first meets Lucien OMG…
*I often re-read ANYTHING of JCP.
*I love Victor Banis' Dreams series, the characters are so refreshing, so charming.
*I return to Crossing Borders, too.
*Have plenty of Sean Michael.
*KZ's Looking for some Touch, and the early scene in Something Wicked, I love the gritty and desperate feel to it.
*Manna Francis' Administration series is my MOST re-read.
You're never too late, Clare. As you can see we've been having this conversation for a couple of days now. LOL.
Jourdan Lane Soulmates series! I can't believe none of us have mentioned it before.
So I went searching for Manna Francis' series and instantly fell in love with the blurb. I know what I'll be doing every spare minute I get. Thank God I work for myself!!
Lily: Yes, I loved the On Fire books too. Firemen. *looks wistfully off into space*