Since it’s Mother’s Day today and I’m both a mom and a writer, I thought I’d talk about the sometimes-controversial topic of children appearing in erotic romances and what inspired me to include children in one of mine.
In my opinion, the appropriateness of children in an erotic romance depends on how the story is written, and if it’s integral to the plot. Forbidden Fantasies deals with a couple who’ve been married fifteen years, and they have kids. During one of the most intense conversations they’ve ever had about their sex lives, Alex and Jess are interrupted by their vomiting son, and have to put their own issues on hold to care for their child.
Sounds familiar, huh?
If you’re a parent, you’re well aware of untimely interruptions by a sick, terrified, or curious child. How many times have you had to stop everything – maybe the best everything you’ve had in a long time – to do the Mom or Dad thing? That knock on the door or scream from a crib could interrupt things right when you’re at the almost-there-please-don’t-stop part of making love, it could cut off a vital conversation, and if you’re into BDSM and kink, it could happen smack-dab in the middle of being flogged while you’re tied to the bed. Have you ever heard “Mommy, what’s that funny noise in your room?” Eek.
I’ve heard arguments that erotic romance shouldn’t ever include kids, because not every erotic romance reader is a parent. But some of us are, and when you have kids, you don’t stop being a sexual person (even though our teenagers may cringe at that thought!) You may be too tired by all that goes into being a parent to keep up the pace you used to (one of Alex and Jess’s problems!), but those feelings are still there. I love reading all kinds of erotic romance, but speaking for myself, sometimes I like reading stories that are similar to my own experiences. Do I know what it’s like to hear feet in the hallway and the twist of a doorknob right as we’re about to get to the good parts? Uh huh. Rather than take away from the story, when I read a scene like that, I find myself relating to the heroine, being drawn more into her story.
Another argument is that kids take away from the sexy factor, and I have to disagree with that, too. When he held our newborn child, my husband’s sexy quotient went through the roof.
So what about you? What are your thoughts? Do you mind kids in erotic romance novels?
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A year ago, Detective Delia Robinson and Fire Marshal Colin Butler got up close and personal while working a case. But their sizzling relationship didn’t last. Now there’s a serial arsonist on the loose, and it’s up to Delia and Colin to bring him down—if they can resist their attraction long enough to concentrate on the investigation.
Delia quickly sees the connection between the crime scenes: elements of BDSM. Though she denies it, Colin is stunned by the realization that his former lover is aroused by the idea of bondage play. And suddenly he can’t stop fantasizing about being the one to bind her…
Unsure how Colin would react, Delia never revealed her desire to be dominated in the bedroom. But she’ll finally have the chance to find out when they go deep undercover—as a married couple at a B&B offering classes in domination and submission…