I really enjoyed the first two books in the series, and am beyond ecstatic that US readers will get a chance to read Sexile (Lawrence is a UK author).
As much as I love romance, my one true love, my first love, will always be mystery/suspense. It's what I cut my reading teeth on. It's the genre that made me fall in love with the act of reading. They say you never forget your first time (for good or ill), and my first foray into erotica was an erotic thriller, Topping From Below by Laura Reese. I was a 20-something college student, intrigued by a review I read in some magazine (I want to say Glamour). You think some of the erotic romance being published today pushes the envelope? Trust me when I say this book warped my fragile little mind. (Spoiler: There's a bestiality scene involving the heroine and a dog. No joke.) Then, of course, I passed it on to my BFF. Because that's how I roll.
Maybe it's because my first introduction to erotica was through a suspense novel, but I really think it's a travesty that the two genres are blended and mixed together more often. Sexuality and sex can be dark - and marrying that with a suspense tale seems like a perfect fit to me. The problem is, I'm not sure publishers know what the hell to do with it. It's "dark" and not "romantic, " so it's not romance - and do mystery/suspense readers really want to read sex when they're there for the whodunit? A recent example of this would be Sleeping With The Devil by Vanessa Marlow (AKA romance writer Cheryl Holt). I found the book very intriguing, but St. Martin's marketing of it problematic. Guess I wasn't the only one, because when I saw Holt at RWA this past summer she said that the book didn't do very well sales-wise. No wonder. Splashed all over the book was the fact that Marlow was Holt - romance readers were likely to think "romance" and be disappointed, while suspense fans were likely to think "romance" and stay far, far away.
But what do I know? I'm just a librarian. A librarian who would love to see more erotic-suspense hybrids. In the meantime I'm counting down the days to Sexile. I so want this book. Like yesterday.
There's a voyeur in each of us—
and Teresa Knight is no exception
Somebody’s shadowing Teresa Knight, watching the part-time investigator’s every move. And she’s about to find out why: tapped for an undercover assignment that takes her into the steamy world of erotic films, Teresa lands a job at Silky Pictures—and within weeks she’s directing the action, conjuring her own wildest fantasies onto film. But her employer is dabbling in something far beyond hard-core porn. And when the case culminates in murder, Teresa is at the center of the storm.
Framed for a crime she didn’t commit, Teresa’s on the run from Paris to Rio…and soon she’s playing hardball with the boys from Brazil while tangling with crime lords, terrorists, and one sexually adventurous clandestine agent. As she moves closer to the truth—and deeper into the erotic throes of her own unbridled sensuality—she’s following a trail that leads to the highest reaches of international government. Unable to trust anyone, caught in a tangled web of obsession and eroticism, suddenly she’s both hunter and prey in a deadly conspiracy that’s taking sex and power to a whole new level.…