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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Intense attraction fueled by their shared loneliness - Cafe in the Park by Elodie Parkes

Published: September 9th, 2014
Cover Artist: Elodie Parkes


When Emily joins a dating agency, she never expects to meet someone like Chris. Everything she ever hoped for in a man, he’s special in more ways than one. Their intense attraction to each other is . Will Emily find out his shocking secret when someone from his past comes back to haunt him?

How can love blossom, when someone is trying to tear them apart?

All in all, this is a heart-warming story laced with doses of steam and a dash of suspense. I would've loved to have the suspense elements a bit more developed but it didn't stop my enjoyment. Loved it. - Goodreads

Romance VS Erotic Romance 

I think the best way to tackle your question is define each. 

So what is erotic romance? 
It's a love story, a story where there MUST BE a happy ending, but it has graphic sex in the love scenes because they are part of the relationship development. It's a story, plot heavy, but the sex scenes are so integral to that story, they need to be there. It can be any sub-genre of romance as long as it follows those guidelines. The characters are going to fall in love, and stay in love. The HEA must be there. 

Romance, as people tag stories with no graphic sex, or Sweet Romance are genres, they’re romance with the bedroom door closed in the case of sweet romance, and in perhaps what people think of as traditional romance, the graphic sex is missing. Sex is glossed over, and simple kiss, hold close, love scenes are used to indicate sex between the characters. 

My bedroom doors are open. I write erotic romance because my stories demand the description of the depth of sexual connection between the characters in the love relationship. 

I think it’s necessary to mention Erotica here. (Which I don’t write) 

Erotica is about the sex, (and emotions sometimes,) not necessarily a relationship and it doesn't usually have a happy ending, (or it needn't have one as opposed to erotic romance that must) sometimes it doesn't have much of a plot. Even so, erotica is not porn. That’s a whole other blog post. (Smiles) 

Web definitions: 
(i) Erotic romance novels, as defined by Romance Writers of America's (RWA) special interest chapter, are stories written about the development of a romantic relationship through sexual interaction. 

(ii) A novel where the sexuality goes beyond that of a most romance novels and may use sexually explicit language, but the romance is still the core of the book. Can be either contemporary, historical or paranormal. 

(iii) Erotic romance blends traditional erotic fiction with a romantic backdrop. Erotic romances tend to be fairly graphic and explicit in describing scenes of intimacy between adults; they usually have strong sexual content and incorporate frank language into the storyline. 

Web links to articles about Romance and sub genres of romance, including erotic romance: Wikipedia , Best Romance Stories , Romance Writers of Amaerica

About the author:
Elodie Parkes is a British author writing romance, erotic, contemporary, and often with a twist of mystery, paranormal or suspense. Her books are always steamy — cool stories and hot love scenes. 

Elodie lives in Canterbury with her two dogs. She works in an antique emporium by day and writes at night, loving the cloak of silent darkness that descends on the rural countryside around her home. 

She has also released titles as an individual indie author.

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Unknown said...

Thanks for the giveaway!! And the book looks good, I have not read any of your books yet, but i look forward to reading them.

Elodie Parkes said...

Hi :-)
Thank you for hosting Cafe in the Park today on your fab blog.
Just so your readers know, the book is also available on the Siren website :-)


AND Hi to Cyndi F :-) TY for commenting I hope that you enjoy my books if you do read them.