I stepped in a hot steaming pile of controversy.
Remember, I'm now an official reviewer at LASR and my job is to not only review but to assist in answering questions from fellow reviewers about the reviews they do or the stories they'll read amongst the few tech questions that are inherent in any ARC position.
Did you know I have an inner prude?
I figured, I'm cool. I read romantica and enjoy it and that means I'm open to different ideas.
You can laugh now.
I equated HOT with Romantica/Erotica heat levels. I was told, "WRONG!"
They are worlds different.
Romantica/Erotica can contain menages a trois, quatro and the like and BDSM and other off the beaten path pursuits. They can use blunt and/or street wise words to refer to body parts or acts, and so, is a no-no heat level for our site. Most, if not all Romantica includes a good story with an HEA but pure Erotica does not. Am I understanding that right? In any event, the path to a Romanctica HEA is unusually flexible in its idea of love's expressions and interpretations.
I guess Hot books can have sex all over the place, even upside down in a tool shed or in a chocolate pudding puddle - as many times as they want as long as there is a HEA, as long as it's monogamous, as long as the kink is vanilla with sugar and as long as the profanity is used as cussing and not in describing a beautiful physical act that embraces the LOVE between the two main characters. NO matter how often it happens in the story.
I am obviously in need of some serious correction of perception.
WHAT really is HOT versus Romantica? What is the Genre line to cross that takes you from one to the other?
Can somone give me a list of authors or books that illustrates the difference?
I was told I gave the wrong advice and that we DO review HOT stories at LASR
Can anyone help educate me and get me out of this snafu?
And, if someone takes pity on me and I get to read a good HOT book, there's a good chance I'll write a review and put it up on the site.
Got to tame that inner prude, you know? Or at least get that steaming pile of controvery off the bottom of my shoes. LOL