Erotic Fiction: The Pearl Trilogy by Arianne Richmonde

Tuesday, 23 April, 2013

The Pearl Trilogy by Arianne Richmondeis the kind of erotic fiction I can’t get enough of.  If you are looking for the antidote for the Fifty Shades of Grey series than this book trilogy is especially for you!  I loved these 3 books.  Both characters were extremely likable and I especially enjoyed the chemistry between these two!

The series is all about Pearl Robinson (yes she is called Ms. Robinson), a beautiful and successful film producer in her forties who hooks up with a handsome and charming billionaire fifteen years younger than her. He’s called Alexandre Chevalier, and he made his fortune co-founding an online co with his sister, Sophie. Pearl and Alexandre hit it off immediately after meeting in a coffee shop.

You’ll love the series too if you believe a woman doesn’t have to be in her early twenties to find love and passion.

The main attraction here is that Pearl is so true to life. Many reviewers on Amazon and elsewhere say she goes through the same life struggles we all talk about with our own girlfriends. What a change from the twenty year old virgins in other erotic novels. They make it look like acquiring a life partner and a high powered career is about as easy as ordering a salad.

As for Alexandre I found him so sexy.  Are there any men out there really like him I kept asking myself?  Alexandre is an alpha male who is just so hot and yet he also has respect and consideration for his woman.  Such a relief to read erotica where the sex is steamy and there is not any overtly kinky and bdsm themes to be had!

The relationship between Pearl and Alexandre is all the more poignant because it helps her to recover from a disappointing first marriage. She awakens sexually and finds her true self. Richmonde knows how to write amazing sex scenes readers want and deliver an inspiring message for women of any age. Pearl has her insecurities, but she also has the strength to lead her own life instead of dwelling in the shadow of a strong male.

Before you start worrying that you don’t have time to read three books, let me assure you they all get finished way to quickly. The momentum never lets up. Forty Shades of Pearl, the first installment, starts out like a fairy tale. Things get darker in part two, Shadows of Pearl, and the cliffhanger ending will send you racing for the final installment, Shimmers of Pearl. The conclusion is very satisfying but not at all what you would expect.

Arianne Richmonde is an American writer who has traveled all over the world. Along with her French husband, she currently divides her time between France and the United States. She describes herself as an author of contemporary romance fiction for adults and a lover of dark chocolate, champagne and all things French.

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Erotic Fiction Guest Blog: Arianne Richmonde, Author of the Forty Shades of Pearl Trilogy

Monday, 22 April, 2013

After writing book one of The Pearl Trilogy, Forty Shades of Pearl, something struck me. Obviously I read people’s reviews on Amazon (both positive and ‘negative’) as they can be very useful and I do take note of what readers say. I can’t please everyone but I do use criticism as an aid to my work rather than a hindrance. Most reviews have been extremely positive.

However, what I began to understand was that some younger readers have a very clear idea in their heads about how forty year olds are. My heroine, Pearl, being forty (and quite typical in my opinion) is insecure about herself. Although she is very beautiful and sexy and carries herself with outward confidence, she has crow’s feet and has to worry about hiding those telltale grey hairs with her Honey Blonde 8.3! So she doesn’t see herself as others see her. Sound familiar ladies? Not to mention how she feels about falling in love with a man fifteen years her junior…she is taken completely by surprise and feels ill equipped to deal with such powerful emotions.

Some readers believe that forty year-olds should have everything worked out by then and that Pearl’s insecurity is unrealistic. They assume that a woman of that age would be far more confident than Pearl, self-assured and not so doubtful. I feel both delighted and worried for these women. Delighted that they see older women as having all the answers and sad that, poor things, may have a few surprises waiting for them in the future. Getting older can be tough!

Pearl’s insecurities are manifested mostly by her inner dialogue (and some of her choices in book two, Shadows of Pearl). Indeed, they threaten to be her downfall. But so many older women do identify with her as they have been there. The gremlin that sits on your back and says you aren’t good enough, that time has passed you by, that youth is revered, not wisdom.

We see evidence of this everywhere. Why are fashion magazines full of nineteen year-old models when no nineteen year-old could possibly afford the sorts of outfits these girls are modeling? Because youth is worshipped in our society. All this is very real to a lot of women: feeling we are not good enough, not thin enough, not rich enough. I have friends who are stunningly beautiful with great jobs but who still feel unsure of themselves.

When I read about some young woman in her twenties feeling awkward about herself in a book, I think…why? Simply because I was pretty cocky in my twenties. I had all the answers, I knew where I was going (I didn’t but I thought I did)! In fact, I did read a novel recently where the woman, a 42-year-old doctor, was very sensible and I found her rather dull and boring!

I am thrilled that so many women can identify with Pearl. There was one review I loved. It was very short but said: “All women should read Forty Shades of Pearl. If you aren’t 40 yet you will be someday.”



Erotic Fiction Review: Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

Wednesday, 17 April, 2013

Office life heats up in the erotic fiction novel Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren. Chloe Mills is locked in a love-hate relationship with her boss, Bennett Ryan. Well, at least it’s a lust-hate relationship with the potential for true love.

Chloe is a smart, hard-working career woman who has taken her father’s advice to start at the bottom and work her way up. She’s been interning at Ryan Media for the past six years, and now she’s just months away from completing her MBA. Then, the drop dead gorgeous Bennett returns to the family business. She thinks he’s pompous and evil, but she can’t stop thinking about the time she saw him wiping his bare chest with his shirt when she walked in on him at a hotel gym. He’s secretly attracted to her even though he constantly gives her a hard time and calls her an “office girl.”

They finally get together on the conference room table one night when he makes her work late to polish up a speech. Somehow they manage to keep exchanging insults even while they’re getting it on, and Chloe literally runs out and leaves Bennett with his pants down. Even though they both swear they want to stop, they keep having sex everywhere imaginable around the office until Bennett has a drawer full of her La Perla panties. That’s right. There’s no BDSM here, but Bennett rips her underwear off every chance he gets. Some complications come up when Bennett gets jealous when his mother tries to fix Chloe up with a family friend, and when Chloe suspects that Bennett is trying to take credit for her work. Still, this is a novel that makes erotica fun and it never becomes too dark.

Light-Hearted Erotica

In fact, the light touch is one of the things that make this novel so enjoyable. It’s nice to read sexy scenes without keeping an eye out for some deranged sibling who might take a shot at the unsuspecting couple. Here, you can relax and savor the witty dialogue without worrying about anyone dropping a deep dark secret. The creative sex around the workplace is also pretty stimulating. Chloe and Bennett do it everywhere including the conference room, the elevator, the stairwell and up against the windows.

Interestingly, Christina Lauren is actually one pen name being used by two different writers working together, Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. Hobbs started the story back in 2009 when it was called The Office and published it online as Twilight fan fiction. The next year, it grew in popularity as Fifty Shades Of Grey swept the country, and women were looking for more erotica. A sequel is already in the works that will be called Beautiful Stranger and star Chloe’s best friend. Beautiful Bastard itself is scheduled to become a movie now that Constantin Film has purchased the rights to it.

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Fifty Shades Freed By E. L. James

Friday, 22 March, 2013

Shades of Momma Rating:


Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James revolutionized women’s erotica, and the revolution continues with the third installment, Fifty Shades Freed. Hold onto your handcuffs. Ana and Christian get married. Of course, there are a lot of twists along the way, and the torrid sex scenes keep on flowing.

The third book opens with the couple enjoying a luxurious European honeymoon, but the calm doesn’t last for long. Ana’s ex-boss, Jack Hyde, is up to no good. He’s still seething over Christian taking his publishing house and putting Ana in charge. It also doesn’t help that Ana rebuffed his advances. When Jack resorts to a kidnapping, you’re left wondering whether Ana will be able to foil his plot or if Jack will succeed in spoiling everything.

There are also dangers closer to home. Ana is still struggling with her feelings about the many other women in Christian’s past. Christian has some explaining to do, especially when it comes to Elena. She’s the older woman who got him started on BDSM.

Despite all this, Ana and Christian take the first steps towards starting a family of their own. Hard to believe that Anna and Christian could go for the happy family ending. The epilogue paints a surprising picture of what the future has in store. And through it all the hot sex continues indoors and outdoors, on dry land and under water.

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Erotic Fiction That Celebrates Marriage

Who would have thought that the Fifty Shades of Grey series would wind up celebrating marriage and the possibility of parenthood? Then again, these books are written for a wide variety of women so it makes sense that they could encompass all kinds of experiences from BDSM to being married with kids. It’s even nicer to see an affirmation that one woman can venture into different worlds rather than getting caught up in stereotyping people. BDSM practitioners may have loving relationships, and suburban married couples may be getting up to all kinds of things that you would never expect.

One final word of warning, the whole Fifty Shades experience is a great read if you’re looking for something sizzling that will rev up your libido. On the other hand, it’s easy to see why people make fun of the writing. If you can overlook the repetitive wording and silly stuff like rubbing noses, you’ll have a very good time and maybe even come away with some new ideas to try out with your own husband.

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More Erotic Books By E. L. James: Fifty Shades Darker

Thursday, 21 March, 2013


Shades of Momma Rating: [rating=5]

If you read erotic books, go on the internet or read the paper occasionally, you already know about the Fifty Shades Of Grey sequels by E. L. James. Fifty Shades Darker is the second installment. Of course, after soaked up the first Fifty Shades, I ran out and bought the second book. Once again it is a mixed bag. This is a fun and juicy story even if the writing is not so hot.

First, let’s get the usual complaints out of the way. No one is saying this is a work of great literary value, but it is entertaining. Judging by the sales, a lot of women have no trouble overlooking clumsy syntax, multiple references to the inner goddess, and characters that bite their lips and sigh a lot. Women buy it and read it because it delivers what they want.

About the sex, it’s steamy and abundant but not all that different from what you’d find in other women’s erotica. While the BDSM theme has been gathering a lot of attention, it’s relatively gentle in how it’s getting acted out. It’s not like anyone needs to go the emergency room after every tryst.

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Women’s Erotica With A Softer Side

In fact, one of the striking differences between the second installment and the first in this women’s erotica series is that the sex is noticeably more affectionate. Sure, there’s still the Red Room of Pain but the relationship between Ana and Christian is taking a new course. Christian is less hung up on getting Ana to sign a contract and more open to a little give and take. That’s not to say he’s not still controlling, but he’s making some changes.

You’re better off reading the first book before this one because it gives a lot of background. This one starts off with Ana briefly breaking up with Christian and joining a Seattle publishing house. However, Christian soon buys the publishing company and wins Ana back. The dramatic complications include Ana’s ex-boss Jack who’s angry about losing Ana and the company. There’s also a “Mrs. Robinson” type older woman who introduced Christian to BDSM and other women from his past, like a jealous ex-submissive who trashes Ana’s car and may be planning worse things now that she’s got a gun.

Besides all that, one of the best parts of this book is those changes that Christian is making. He actually starts opening up a little, talking with Ana about his past and how it has affected him. It makes you understand them both better and look forward to the next episode in Fifty Shades.

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Part I of the Women’s Erotica This Man Trilogy: This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas

Monday, 18 March, 2013

This Man, Erotic Fiction


Shades of Momma Rating: [rating=5]

If you thought Christian Grey was the most controlling man you ever read about in women’s erotica, get ready for Jesse Ward. First time author Jodi Ellen Malpas introduces a man you may hate and love in spite of yourself in the first part of her trilogy, This Man.

Ava O’Shea is a successful 26 year old interior designer who is just getting over the breakup of a four year relationship. She’s not expecting to find love when she goes for an initial consultation for a decorating job at The Manor owned by Jesse Ward. When she meets the handsome playboy who knows no boundaries, she realizes she should run, but she can’t shake her attraction to him. In the end, it almost doesn’t matter how she feels because Jesse is determined to have her, and he’ll stop at nothing.

Even though Jesse’s behavior is so extreme it would meet the legal definition of stalking, it’s not like Ava is any pushover herself. She stands up to Jesse and instigates her fair share of conflicts, but she can’t bring herself to walk away no matter how dysfunctional their relationship gets. The power struggle and sexual chemistry between them is so intense you may wind up sitting on the edge of your bed to read this one.

Lots of readers say that they understand Ava’s reaction because they have many of the same feelings about Jesse. His domineering ways are frustrating, but he also has a definite appeal. It’s clear that he loves Ava according to his own fashion. He just does not know how to express his feelings or communicate openly. You wind up being angry sometimes but sympathizing with him too.

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Maybe Even Hotter Than 50 Shades of Grey

As far as the sex scenes go, this novel may be even hotter than 50 Shades of Grey. It’s just as steamy, and the details are often more realistic so it’s easier to get caught up in the mood. It’s especially exciting when Ava and Jesse play this game where they give different acts different names like “the retribution” and “the truth.” Read it and you’ll see for yourself.

The author has no problem with her work being compared to 50 Shades. In one interview she said that she doesn’t see much similarity between the two books except for the dominant male. On the other hand, she thinks that E. L. James deserves a medal for opening up a new world for millions of women…I agree!

Jodi Ellen Malpas lives with her husband, two sons and a Beagle in the Midlands, UK. She worked in her family’s construction business for much of her life until her writing became a full time occupation. She says that the character of Ava is a bit like herself in real life, and she plans to keep writing more stories about sex and love.

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Erotic Fiction Reviews: Forty Shades of Pearl

Monday, 4 March, 2013

Shades of Momma Rating: [rating=5]

Forty Shades of Pearl by Arianne Richmonde is just what you’re looking for if you’ve been trying to find the kind of erotic romance novels where the woman in the story takes center stage instead of living in the shadow of an alpha male. To make it even better, this woman is over 40, beautiful, experienced and successful.

Pearl Robinson is a film producer hoping to make a documentary about a brilliant young brother and sister duo who launched a social dating empire called HookedUp. Unfortunately, Pearl missed the conference where she was supposed to meet the pair. Now, she’s stuck in a coffee shop trying to explain the problem to her boss. She’s taken by surprise when it turns out that the couple next to her in line are the very people she was trying to meet, Alexandre Chevalier and his sister Sophie.

Pearl immediately realizes she was all wrong when she assumed Alexandre must be a nerd. He’s actually a down-to-earth billionaire who is sexy, sophisticated and charming. He’s also infatuated with her even though he’s about 15 years younger. They start dating, and he gives her a fabulous antique pearl necklace that inspires the forty shades in the title.

If you couldn’t help but notice that this title sounds a lot like the runaway blockbuster Fifty Shades of Grey, be prepared to appreciate the many differences too. I think women will have a much easier time identifying with Pearl than with a 20-something virgin who meets the love of her life without ever having to go through any of the usual life experiences and setbacks. In this case, Pearl is a hard working career woman who is recovering from a divorce who hasn’t had a date in two years. This novel is also full of clever dialogue, funny moments and real tenderness.

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Erotic Fiction Starring Women Over 40

What makes the relationship between Pearl and Alexandre so exciting is that he helps her to awaken her sexuality. And awaken she does…she goes from worrying that she’ll never be able to have an orgasm to mind blowing love making and passion. It’s a great message that women can find romance and discover their true self at any age.  Alexandre has such a powerful and sexy persona…I found him very attractive and I think men have a lot to learn from him!

Arianne Richmonde is an American writer who has traveled all over the world. She currently divides her time between France and the United States. Richmonde won’t tell when it comes to saying who inspired the character of Alexandre, but she admits that it doesn’t hurt that her real-life husband is French. Forty Shades of Pearl is the first installment in the Pearl Trilogy. They’re all easy and quick reads so have fun coming back for more.

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Erotic Fiction: The Proposition by Katie Ashley

Thursday, 14 February, 2013

The Proposition by Katie Ashley is the kind of erotic fiction that manages to be heartwarming and sizzling all at the same time. Be prepared for a real emotional roller coaster of a read. It’s heartwarming and full of laughs, but it’s got a cliff hanger ending that will leave you wanting for the next installment in this series.

Emma is an accomplished woman, but she’s discontent. Her thirtieth birthday is almost upon her, and she feels pressured to have a child before it’s too late. She did make a backup plan in case her knight in shining armor failed to appear, but that has fallen through. Her gay friend turned her down when she asked him to be the father of her first child. One night she’s out arguing with her best friend about the whole situation, and someone overhears them. It’s Aiden Fitzgerald, a notorious womanizer who works at the same company as Emma. Aiden is still smarting from when Emma turned down his advances at the office Christmas party. Now, he thinks he’s got a second chance. He proposes to father a child with Emma as long as it’s done the natural way. Between his good looks and charm and Emma’s building anxiety, the deal is sealed.

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50 Shades of Motherhood

This book proves that motherhood and erotica do mix. Sex and motherhood are both natural urges, and it’s easy to sympathize with Emma’s position.

While any story that talks about a biological clock can get bogged down in stereotypes, The Proposition employs such deft humor that these potential problems are transcended. Emma and Aiden emerge as real and likeable characters. It’s also nice to see that they’re surrounded by lots of good friends and loving families. While troubled family histories often add drama to other works in this genre, sometimes you want to balance the scales and spend time with people who feel kind of familiar and ordinary in a good way.

As mentioned, that cliffhanger ending makes sure it never gets boring. And you don’t have to wait long to satisfy your curiosity. The sequel, The Proposal, is scheduled for release this month, and Ashely has another book, Music of My Heart, due out in February. So if you like this short work, keep on reading.

Ashelywas born and raised in the suburbs of Atlanta. This New York Times bestselling author describes her large extended family as a Southern version of the one in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. She has been teaching English for more than ten years in both middle school and high school. As a former cheerleading coach, she says that riding a bus with a squad of fifteen year old girls is the ultimate way to learn about life.

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Erotic Romance Novels: Unwritten Rules By M. A. Stacie

Monday, 14 January, 2013

Erotic romance novels are full of sexy neighbors and Elle can’t stop thinking about hers in Unwritten Rules by M. A. Stacie. She’s so stuck on the handsome but elusive Jonah Quinn, she feels like she’ll never be satisfied until she is intimate with him.

Elle moved from Cape Cod to New York a year ago after breaking up with her old boyfriend. Now, she keeps running into Jonah at the mailboxes in their apartment building. She’s intrigued by his taut muscles and chiseled jaw, but can’t seem to make any headway. The only sign that Jonah may share her attraction is the way the back of his neck reddens when she stands close to him. He avoids any eye contact and never speaks to her. When she asks around the building, she finds out that Jonah never talks to anybody. They’ve always figured he may be mute.

Her fantasies about Jonah make it hard for Elle to concentrate on her work as a web designer. She talks the dilemma over with her best friend J.J. but can’t muster up the courage to knock on Jonah’s door. All she knows about Jonah is that he might be a musician because she can hear him playing his guitar and piano upstairs.

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Women’s Erotica That Builds Up Slowly

Women’s erotica is often at its best when you’re kept waiting a little for the characters to connect. During Elle and Jonah’s first attempts at exchanging shy smiles and quick hello’s, you start to wonder how they’re going to really get together. Turns out Elle has a fat cat who’s prowling the building for handouts. When Meow puts the touch on Jonah, Elle finally knocks on his door to retrieve her pet. The next day, Elle goes out for a run and Jonah rescues her from an attempted mugging. From there, the relationship takes off. There’s no doubt they’re sexually compatible, but they’ve still got challenges ahead. Jonah has demons in his past that the two lovers will have to sort out if they’re going to have a future.

It is a story with a lot of depth. Their love affair is passionate and intense with a great deal of emotion…a spectacular read! I found myself all caught up in the relationship between Elle and Jonah reacting to their many ups and downs as if I knew them personally. Sometimes I was frustrated by their mistakes, but I always wanted things to work out for them.

The author M.A Stacie lives in Manchester, UK with her husband and children. Her bio says she tried out a few different jobs but never seemed to find the right fit. Then, she took up writing after her second son was born. When she’s not writing or reading, Stacie knits and plays the Wii with her two sons.

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Erotic Book Reviews: The Reluctant Dom by Tymber Dalton

Monday, 14 January, 2013

The Reluctant Dom by Tymber Dalton proves that erotic book reviews can pack a lot of surprises. In addition to BDSM and a threesome, this novel tells a tale of unconditional love, lifelong friendship and facing death.

Kaden and Seth have been best friends for over 40 years. When they get together for drinks on their weekly boy’s night out, Kaden shocks Seth with two startling announcements. He’s just learned that he’s dying from inoperable pancreatic cancer. He also asks Seth to take over his role playing master to Kaden’s wife and slave Leah. It’s the last thing Seth ever expected from the friend he knows as a soft spoken and successful corporate attorney.

Seth is too dumbfounded to promise anything having just learned that his friend is dying and wants to train him to beat his wife, but he agrees to have dinner with the couple at their home the next night. When Leah opens the door, she’s got a whole new look. Her beautiful green eyes are red from crying and she’s wearing a tiny black leather dress and collar with heavy makeup and stiletto heels. Seth can’t help but feel grief stricken and aroused all at the same time.

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It turns out that Seth has loved Leah for almost 20 years ever since he returned from the army and met her after her whirlwind courtship and marriage to Kaden. All three of them will learn a lot about each other and the meaning of love as Seth gets invited to live with Kaden and Leah and help Kaden keep the promises he made to protect Leah when they wed.

An Erotic Romance That Captures The Diversity of The BDSM Lifestyle

One of the most fascinating things about this erotic romance is how it captures the diversity of the BDSM lifestyle. It shows how you can’t tell whose playing with whips and ropes just by looking at them and the human needs and emotional connections that may be involved. In this case, Leah relies on BDSM to help her cope with childhood abuse and Kaden wants to make sure she has a partner who will love her and never injure her. In addition to the wild sex, it’s a moving testimony to all kinds of love and friendship. It is a strange and unexpected story and yet somehow it works.  You’ll never forget how these three people stand by each other through one tragedy after another.

Tymber Dalton is one of many pen names for writer Lesli Richardson, the award-winning, bestselling author of books that include Love Slave for Two, the Triple Trouble series and more. She also writes as Tessa Monroe and Macy Largo for Siren-BookStrand. Dalton is a native of Florida now living in the Tampa bay area with her husband and lots of animals. She is active in the BDSM lifestyle.

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