May 11, 2014

For the Mom Who Has Everything … Get Two Men

By Alexa Day

Today is Mother’s Day in the U.S. In the spirit of the day, and in service to those of us who are still searching for the perfect last-minute gift for the woman who has everything, I’d like to dedicate this post to my mother, to her journey into the sexy world of e-books, and to her favorite erotic romance novels.

I see some of you starting to click away. (Yes, I do. If that bothers you, you might consider covering the built-in webcam with a Post-It note because if I can see you, other people can, too.) Something about the words ‘mom’ and

Your mom wants Handyman for Mother's Day.
Your mom wants Handyman for Mother’s Day.

‘erotic romance’ that close together is off-putting for some of you. But I encourage you to stick around for a little while. Mom’s been reading romances longer than I’ve been alive — let’s just say that’s a long time. And I know for a fact that my mother isn’t the only one with a keeper shelf of erotic romances. I figure if there are moms out there writing this stuff, it makes sense to think moms are out there reading it.

Here are a few classics from Mom’s keeper shelf … um, keeper directory? Keeper hard drive? You see where I’m going. All her picks are m/m romances. She’s pretty well read in all the subgenres, but m/m holds her attention most persistently.

Joey W. Hill — Rough Canvas. By the time she found Joey W. Hill, Mom had been reading m/m for a while, but this book introduced her to the BDSM genre. Rough Canvas is number 6 in the Nature of Desire series; I’ve got the second book, Natural Law, on my own keeper shelf. If you and your mom have gotten this far without Joey’s work,

Go get some.
Go get some.

now’s the time to remedy that problem. The stories are scorching, the romance is touching, and it’s clear that the BDSM content is written by a woman with a true knowledge of the subject matter.

Shayla Kersten — Thirty Days. How much does Mom love Shayla Kersten? Well, let’s see. Mom keeps a spreadsheet on her computer to organize her hundreds of e-books. The books themselves are stored in various genre-related folders on her hard drive: “Interracial,” or “Younger Man,” or what have you. Shayla Kersten is the only author on Mom’s hard drive with her own dedicated folder. Thirty Days is the story of Biton and Cavan, a Dom and sub making their own way back from the pain of their individual pasts. It’s not a long story, though — pick it up with its sequel, Forever.

Claire Thompson — Handyman.  Will and Jack are opposites in a few different ways. One’s a major player on the stock market and in the bedroom, and the other, the handyman from the title, is still in the closet and mourning his wife’s death. Add to that a pretty significant age difference, and you get a story Mom loved so much that she wrote the author to ask for another installment. (Claire Thompson wrote her back, too!)

I remember the night my mom called me to ask what an e-book was. When I told her you downloaded it, she lost interest. “Why would I want to read it off the computer when I could just read an actual book?” she asked.

“Well, it isn’t for everyone,” I said.

At press time, according to her spreadsheet, my mother is now the owner of 487 e-books. I usually just get her a gift card so that she can add to her library. But if you’re looking for a stimulating gift idea that will still arrive on Mother’s Day, consider getting your mom a classic of m/m erotic romance. You might want to check first, though, to make sure she doesn’t already have the one you’re thinking of getting her.

Your mother follows Lady Smut. Shouldn’t you?

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  • Post authorC. Margery Kempe

    How nice that you and your mom share reading and romances. My mother doesn’t really read much and doesn’t read what I write (even the stuff that’s not steamy). That’s sweet.

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    • Post authorAlexa Day

      I don’t know that Mom reads me — as wide open as I am, I rarely ask! I caught her reading the beginning of my book, but I don’t know that she ever finished it.

      She would definitely read you, though! M/M is really her chosen subgenre right now.

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  • Post authorMadeline Iva

    My eyes would have been popping out of my head a little bit, but about six months ago I had a friend who just graduated from college who said her mom had shared 50 Shades of Grey with her. I mean, wow. That blew my mind. But then again, you know, how did I start reading romances? I read my grandmother’s romance and my aunt’s romance — and their friend’s romance novels…. so there it is.

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    • Post authorAlexa Day

      I know, right? Mom started me reading romance novels when I was in law school, which is when I was most ready for them. That was a dark time in my life.

      But then Mom sent me a friend’s copy of Maggie Shayne’s Twilight Phantasies. Not sure how that would have turned out with 50 Shades. I’d probably be a much better lawyer.

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  • Post authorElizabeth Shore

    Great story, Alexa. I think it’s nice that you and your mom can share erotic romances. Hey, you didn’t come into this world by accident by mom knew a thing or two before you arrived on the scene. 😉

    My mom, alas, is no longer around, but while she was she shared her passion for reading with me. I don’t know that she would have shared 50 Shades, then again, who knows?

    Reply to Elizabeth Shore
    • Post authorAlexa Day

      I’m so grateful that my mom started me reading! I don’t think I thank her for that often enough, but reading has made a tremendous difference in my life. Back when we used to have a thriving community of used bookstores in my hometown, we used to carve out a few hours each visit to hang out and spend our trade credits. Good times, good times!

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