Kinky Bank Robbers and Other Finds at the RT Booklovers Convention

29 May

by Elizabeth SaFleur

Greetings! I’ve recently returned from book paradise, also known as The Romance Times’ Booklovers Convention. Attendees get to meet and fangirl (or boy) all over their favorite authors, stock up on new book releases (they give you a rolling bag), and meet hundreds of other readers who get as excited as you over a shirtless guy on a book cover. And where else can you talk—actually talk—to the likes of Lexi Blake or Cherise Sinclair or Sylvia Day or [insert favorite romance author]?

RT is a reader’s heaven.

So, what’s next in the world of erotica and erotic romance? Literary agent Miriam Kriss (Irene Goodman Agency) believes we have yet to “peak” in the erotic romance market. During that panel, it was suggested Fifty Shades was just at the beginning of a trend for more explicit sexual romance. Yay for us. That means more scintillating tales to come.

Expect to see more stories of ordinary people set in the ordinary world. Lovers of billionaire romance, never fear. Tales of the super-rich are still hot. Therefore, they will be written. But we heard the millennial generation (which is frickin’ huge, by the way), wants more “real life.”

Of course, they also want more of the young adult paranormal and magical realism they grew up with, like the Harry Potter series and Twilight. Only with sex. Yeah, Harry and Ginny getting it on. (You were either turned on by that last sentence or completely squicked out.) The readers in their mid-twenties and younger want what they grew up with – plus some ordinary people thrown in – doing the Big Deed.

We also might finally see the end of cheesy covers. Oh, who am I kidding? Someone will always put out a Fabio-look alike ripping off a corset. I was still glad to hear much discussion about the quality of book covers—and how they’re going to grow hotter but classier.

Truth is, at RT, you can’t get away from sizzling book covers. They are plastered on every conceivable space in the hotel. I give you . . . one of the hotel’s elevator doors. With nipple-age!

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 As for lovers of the male/male (M/M) genre, hang on to your panties. The LGBT sessions were standing room only at RT.  I couldn’t stand in a coffee shop line without hearing someone talk about M/M, specifically. During a panel with Sylvia Day, Liliana Hart, Julie Ann Walker, Jill Shalvis, and Jennifer Probst, one attendee asked if they had planned on writing (more) M/M stories. The hundred or so audience members bounced in their seats in anticipation to the answer. Most of the author panelists reported that, yes, a M/M story was in their writing future. Unimpressed by vague answers, the woman asked, by when? When told it could be a year or more, the audience engaged in distinct pouting.

An author friend, who also attended RT, says no one does M/M like Kindle Alexander. I have yet to read her, but my friend swears by her stories. She also reports Riley Hart, L.A. Witt, Laura Harner, Alexa Land, and Ella Frank are must-reads in this genre.

Speaking of recommendations, below are three books I simply had to read after seeing their covers everywhere at RT. My three new “finds:”

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At the Giant Book Fair, I rushed to Kresley Cole’s table to buy The Master after staring at the cover on the elevator every day. Kresley Cole is an insta-buy for me but she outdid herself with this book. The plot has heroine Catarina Marin on the run from a scary ex – until she gets involved with billionaire Russian politician and Mafiya boss, Maksimilian Sevastya. It’s off-the-charts hot. I want a Russian now.

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How could anyone resist a title like Taken Hostage by the Kinky Bank Robbers? I’m only a little way into heroine Melinda’s adventures, but I expect all those bad boy fantasies to be satisfied by book’s end. Annika Martin also writes laugh-out-loud dialogue to go with the hot sex, which makes this book doubly fun. Who says erotica and romance has to be so serious, anyway?

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I read Beth Kery’s brand-spanking-new, Glimmer, during the Convention. As with every Beth Kery novel, just when I thought I had the plot figured out, bam! Plot twist. This book also is hotness incarnate, but a little more sophisticated than most. This author is another one-click buy for me. But I’m especially impressed with this new series she’s started.

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Oh, and a bonus read…Spurred (Studs in Spurs) by Cat Johnson. I haven’t read the book (yet). But I did stare at her covers on the elevator banks every day. Anyone who puts that much male nipple action out there deserves an honorable mention at the very least. Bring on the ranch hands!

The RT Booklovers Convention is in Las Vegas next year. Who’s going with me? (Bring an extra suitcase.)

6 Responses to “Kinky Bank Robbers and Other Finds at the RT Booklovers Convention”

  1. Madeline Iva May 29, 2015 at 8:50 am #

    Welcome to our Lady Smut gang, Elizabeth! These reads sound a-mazing! Wish I had been at RT to soak it all in, but I’m a-gog at all the news. Thanks for keeping us in the loop. 🙂

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    • Elizabeth SaFleur May 29, 2015 at 8:59 am #

      Thanks for the warm welcome, Madeline. RT was so much fun (and informative). Next year. perhaps? Sexy field trip!

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  2. Liz Everly May 29, 2015 at 12:58 pm #

    I hear RT will be in Vegas next year. Sounds like a great place for it. Thanks for the awesome post, Elizabeth!

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  3. Elizabeth Shore May 29, 2015 at 2:38 pm #

    I haven’t been to an RT convention in years. Your post reminds me of how much fun it is. Welcome to Lady Smut, Elizabeth!

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