My First Taste of Erotica

Recently my friend and I were discussing an erotic novel I had recommended to her. The conversation was quite funny. There was a lot of “what the hell…,” “can you believe she…,” and “I thought I would die when…!” I loved how excited she was about the book, and I was proud that I had helped her find it. Listening to her explain how scenes affected her allowed me to relive my reading experience all over again. It was like reading it for the first time.

This same friend is completely new to the genre, so I have been happily introducing her to all the sexy delights available to her via erotic books! Her enthusiasm, excitement, and sometimes shock has brought to mind my first taste of erotica.

Now, let me be clear. I started reading romance novels in 9th or 10th grade. If it had a pirate or viking on the cover, I was sold! I remember carrying a bent up copy of Pirate by Fabio (yes THAT Fabio) everywhere with me. I was obsessed! These were the sexiest things I could imagine…fast forward a few years, and, y’all, my imagination was pushed to new limits!

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And We’re Off

I’ve been going back and forth wondering what to write for my inaugural post. Do I explain why and how I’m doing this? Do I share quirky details about myself? Do I share some interesting facts about the romance genre? Do I ramble on about what to write? It looks like the answer is all of the above.

The why is easy. I love getting lost in a book. There is nothing like that feeling of sitting at work or on the train and wondering what your current characters will do next. For me, they become friends, family, and sometimes enemies. I also have a habit of becoming so excited about the things I enjoy that I feel compelled to tell everyone; it doesn’t matter if it’s a coworker, a neighbor, my hair stylist, or the cashier at my coffee shop. I’m a compulsive recommender! So, one evening it occurred to me that I love reading sexy books, love talking about sexy books, and love sharing my opinions. BAM! Mercy Me What Did I Read was born.

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