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Sexy Sunday Snippet: Stolen in Love by G.G. Andrew

9 Apr

by G.G. Andrew

Stolen in LoveThe next in my contemporary romance series Love & Lawbreakers will be out May 13th. Called Stolen in Love, it’s a second-chance romance between a single dad cop and a recovering kleptomaniac wild girl.

If you dig second-chance romance or reading love stories that involve people like thieves and artists, here’s a sneak peek of what I’ve been working on. This is a scene near the beginning of the book where Officer Scott Culpepper has his neighbor’s black sheep of a daughter, Kim, watch his daughter while he’s on duty. When he comes home, he finds her asleep with his little girl on the couch. After he puts his daughter to bed, this is what happens…


His mouth dry, he was having trouble forming words, and after an awkward pause, she stood.

“Well, thanks for everything,” she said.

He uncrossed his arms, surprise at her leaving so quickly mobilizing his mouth. “Thank you. Lily really seems to like you. I’ve never seen her fall asleep with someone else before, besides me.”

“Oh?” She was pleased. “Well, I like her.” There was something sad in her voice, but before he could fathom its source, she was reaching the front door.

“Wait.” He walked until he stood beside her. The doorknob was already in her hand.

Kim studied him expectantly.

He didn’t know why he’d told her to wait, exactly. There was something he’d wanted to say, but it’d slipped his mind at the sight of her. It probably wasn’t important. There wasn’t anything to say at this late hour, not with Lily fast asleep and the knowledge that he should be headed in that direction, too. But something in him didn’t want this to be it, didn’t want this woman to be leaving. In the long moments where he furiously tried to think of something to say, her large brown eyes stared at him, her pretty pink lips pointed upward. They were like two ripe petals—or, something, he couldn’t figure out what—and they drew his eyes down and his body like a magnet and she was so sleepy and pretty, and before he knew it, he’d touched his lips to hers. Lightly, just once, like he’d only meant to kiss her goodnight.

In response, Kim’s eyes widened. She was wide awake now, and she reached up and drew his head to hers and deepened the kiss.

As her eyes fluttered closed again and her lips parted underneath his, he drew in a quick breath at the sensations that ripped through him. The obscene softness of her lips, the heat of her mouth. The sudden urgency that gripped him and made him tug her forward by the waist to press against him, his free hand bracing against the door to hold them both upright. Her tongue darted in his mouth, feverish and wicked. It was just a kiss, but dammit if he didn’t want it all then, everything, her pink mouth and crimped hair and curves and her naked on his couch with his kid sleeping down the hall.

He shouldn’t have found out what he’d been missing.

She was the first to break the kiss, confirming his suspicions that she was stronger and also that she wasn’t as overcome. “You shouldn’t have done that,” she whispered against his mouth, but he could tell she was smiling.

He remembered what he’d meant to say before. “I’ll watch you leave,” he said, out of breath and with a telltale tightening in his pants. “I’ll keep an eye on you until I know you’re back at your parents’ with the door locked behind you.”

She stepped away, and the temperature dropped as she removed her heat.

“You’re a good guy,” she said softly. “You deserve a good woman.” She opened the door and left out into the night.

His hands shaking, he pushed the door open wider and watched her go, his eyes scanning both of their yards. His cop instincts hadn’t yet left him. Good. Even if he’d just been about to ask Kim Xavier to stay the night, at least he had a brain cell or two jingling around in there.

She walked across the street and across the dark expanse of her parents’ lawn and entered a side door, turning to give a little wave before she disappeared into the house. He raised a hand in farewell, but waited an extra beat to make sure that, true to his word, the door was safely locked behind her.

Then he shut his own door and leaned his back against it, exhaling.

Dammit. He didn’t want a responsible, suitable woman without a criminal record. He didn’t want someone who’d make a stable girlfriend, someone he could invite to neighborhood potlucks or to come around the station and meet the guys.

He only wanted Kim Xavier.


Stolen in Love is available for preorder on iBooks and Kobo for only .99, and you can add it to Goodreads. Follow me on Amazon to be one of the first to learn when it’s available for Kindle!

Buffy, But More Bawdy: Deborah Wilde’s The Unlikeable Demon Hunter and Crazyhead

31 Mar

by G.G. Andrew

I miss Buffy the Vampire Slayer. A lot of us do, especially with the recent release of the cast photo for the 20th year reunion of the popular Joss Whedon show about a chosen one and her friends battling supernatural baddies. Along with its stellar cast, the show had wit, romance, and demons–what’s not to miss about that trio of goodness?

But as it turns out, Buffy is back. She’s just a bit raunchier.

This November I discovered the show Crazyhead on Netflix (via Madeline Iva; thank you, Madeline!). A British show, it’s the story of two women who form a friendship because they can both see, and thus fight, demons. If you haven’t already, check out Madeline’s post on all the reasons the show is fantastic. Like Madeline, I read many reviews on the show comparing it to Buffy, and while I can see that it’s a direct descendant in many ways, it’s very much its own animal. I think it owes as much to the rise in female comedy in recent years as it does to Whedon. Because Crazyhead is not only funny, but pretty dirty. In an early episode, one of the women pees on her friend to exorcise the demon that’s inside her. There’s also foul language and awkward sexual encounters aplenty.

April marks the debut of urban fantasy author Deborah Wilde‘s Unlikeable Demon Hunter series. I’m reading an advanced copy of the first book right now, and it’s also filling that sweet spot that was vacated by Buffy, but adding its own hilariously adult humor to the mix, much like Crazyhead does. To see what I mean, check out the beginning of the book’s blurb:

The age-old story of what happens when a foul-mouthed, romance impaired heroine with no edit button and a predilection for hot sex is faced with her worst nightmare–a purpose…

Deborah Wilde describes her books as “Bridesmaids meets Buffy,” which is the perfect way to capture this awesome thing I see happening here: supernatural stories with kick-ass heroines who push the envelope humor-wise.

Nava Katz, the heroine of The Unlikeable Demon Hunter, is a party girl who’s taking a walk of shame back home after a hookup when she crashes her twin brother’s initiation into a demon-hunting brotherhood by trying to get herself a little hair of the dog–which turns out to be wine intended for the ceremony. Then she’s got another surprise coming: she appears to be chosen instead of her twin. The brotherhood, which is a Jewish organization tracing back to King David and a boys-only club, is not somewhere where Nava thinks she fits. She wears “trollop togs,” has a “collage of speeding tickets spelling out vroom” in her room, and feels more loyalty to her bras than her hookups. She sometimes ends up in bed with demons, like you do. And when she sees hot barkeeps, she tends to think thoughts like these: “Ladytown flooded like it was time to start collecting two of every animal.”

Basically, Nava’s like the fun-loving, dirty-talking, drink-tossing best friend you’d want to take to the bar. But you’d also want her around, because, you know, demons.

Buffy will always have a special place in my heart, but nowadays when I often spend my days doing too much adulting, there’s nothing better than ending the day with the naughty laughs I get from Nava Katz or the girls in Crazyhead. I’m hoping these saucy supernatural stories are here to stay, because I’ll keep devouring them.

The Unlikeable Demon Hunter releases April 18, but you can snag it for .99 as a preorder right now.

What have you been filling the Buffy-shaped hole in your life with? Let us know here or on our Facebook page!


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G.G. Andrew writes quirky romantic comedy. Her latest is the short story Girl Meets Grammarian in the geek romance anthology Covalent Bonds. It involves a sexy sentence diagramming scene or two, because YES.

Are you celebrating Galentine’s Day?

13 Feb

It’s February 13th, which means 3 things:

Leslie Knope on Galentine's Day

Leslie Knope on Galentine’s Day

1.) You’ve got 24 hours, give or take, to buy any sweeties in your life awesome Valentine’s Day gifts.

2.) It’s probably time to take the Christmas decorations down.

And, most importantly,

3.) It’s Galentine’s Day.

For the uninitiated, Galentine’s Day is a day celebrating female friendship held the day before Valentine’s Day. The holiday was coined in 2010, on the second season of comedy Parks and Recreation by the fabulous Leslie Knope, who described it as “Lilith Fair minus the angst and plus frittatas.”

Since 2010, Galentine’s Day has become a thing. There are articles with Galentine’s Day Party ideas, adorable pink mugs, posts of gift ideas for your girlfriends–even Hallmark has a page dedicated to it. And we all know that Hallmark is the maker of holidays. (Just ask anyone who hates Valentine’s Day.)

I love the idea of Galentine’s Day. Sure, there’s a Friendship Day at some point in the year, but do you really know the date off the top of your head without Facebook telling you? I like the idea of Valentine’s being a celebration of love–not just romantic, but other types of love in our lives–so celebrating our friends the same week just makes bookstoresense to me. And our female pals–our gals–deserve a little love. Plus, they’re also more likely to appreciate all those pink, fuzzy, heart-shaped, and/or chocolate-covered things in all the stores right now.

One of the ways I celebrated Galentine’s Day this year was by doing a Secret Cupid gift exchange with an online group I belong to. Just shy of 20 of us bought gifts to mail to one other person. The fun part? We all got Harlequins for each other. So it was a win/win/win: a Galentine’s Day celebration, a fun book in the mail, and a chance to visit my local used bookstore.

How are you celebrating Galentine’s Day this year? Breakfast with your girl gang like Leslie Knope? A call or a care package to a friend across the country?

If you’re looking for a fun way to celebrate the holiday, fellow Lady Smut writer Rachel Kramer Bussel will be featured at a Galentine’s Day erotica writer panel tonight at WORD bookstore in Jersey City. She’ll be talking along with a group of authors about writing erotica, what makes a story sexy, how to get published, and more. Go here for details.

However you celebrate, have a happy Galentine’s Day from all of us at Lady Smut!

Speaking of romances and treating the ladies in our life right, remember to subscribe to the Lady Smut newsletter to get free stories and other goodies in your inbox all year long. It may not be frittatas, but they’re guaranteed to put a smile on your face.


G.G. Andrew writes quirky romantic comedy. Her latest is the short story Girl Meets Grammarian, coming out Feb. 14th in the geek romance anthology Covalent Bonds. It involves a sexy sentence diagramming scene or two, because YES.



Join our Newsletter and Get FREE Stories All Year!

16 Jan

uzamr0jyqwi-les-andersonby G.G. Andrew 

I have some exciting news to share from the Lady Smut crew: we’re launching our newsletter! 

Starting January 21st, we’ll be sending out monthly newsletters with treats you”ll love. The newsletters will include links to our most popular posts, from robot sex to which Tv shows we can’t get enough of. There will be special profiles of our authors and sneak peeks at what they’re writing, which you won’t find on the blog. And, best of all, we’ll be offering FREE stories to our special subscriber list.

Because who doesn’t love free stories?

See the pink button at the top right of this page or go here to get these and other goodies delivered to your inbox all year.

Our free story sent in the January 21st newsletter will be Somewhere Warm, my short novella about a woman who falls for her best friend’s ex. It’s a snowbound, enemies-to-lovers tale, and a great read for a winter evening. It’s usually for sale for .99, but if you subscribe to our newsletter soon, you’ll have it in your hot little hands next weekend without paying a cent.

Here at Lady Smut, we not only know what we like, we know what you like. So subscribe and let us treat you each and every month with all things sexy and fun!


G.G. Andrew writes quirky romantic comedy. Sometimes it’s paranormal, sometimes it’s New Adult, sometimes it’s between two consenting adults in the real world who are arguing about grammar–but it always involves a lot of awkwardness and ill-advised kisses along the way. Her latest is the short story Girl Meets Grammarian, coming in February in the geek romance anthology Covalent Bonds from World Weaver Press.

#ReadHotter with the 2017 Lady Smut Book Challenge!

30 Dec

by G.G. Andrew2017-ls-reading-challenge

Those of you who’ve been following Lady Smut for over a year may remember our #ReadHotter book challenge in 2016. Well, we’re back at it for 2017 with a book challenge to get you reading even hotter!

This past year has been such a difficult one for many of us. There have been big political changes, high emotions, and too many celebrity deaths. Because of this, I’ve focused the challenge this year on stories that help us escape: romances that transport us to another time or culture, make us laugh, or sweep us away with an intense love story between exes or opposites or two people who have a big age difference.

There are also items on the challenge to provide you that much-needed romance escape during your day: a short story or novella you can read during your lunch break or an audiobook you can listen to at the gym.

Reading books, and romance in particular, has long been a way I cope with stress. It’s relaxing, it’s fun, it gets my mind off the world when the world seems sad or overwhelming or scary. What about you?

If you’re like me, let’s all make 2017 the year we vow to #ReadHotter! Comment below if you’re joining us! We’d also love to hear about the book categories you’re most excited about, and/or the stories you have in mind to read.

Feel free to share the image above on Pinterest, Facebook, or Twitter. You can also tell us what you’re reading on social media under the hashtag #ReadHotter. 

And if you have a great book to recommend, let us know! There’s no better way to ring in the New Year than new (or new-to-us) books!

G.G. Andrew writes quirky romantic comedy. Sometimes it’s paranormal, sometimes it’s New Adult, sometimes it’s between two consenting adults in the real world who are arguing about grammar–but it always involves a lot of awkwardness and ill-advised kisses along the way. Her latest is the short story Girl Meets Grammarian, coming in February in the geek romance anthology Covalent Bonds from World Weaver Press.

Workplace Romance–Oh, How I Love Thee!

1 Jul
Click to buy it now---only .99 cents!

Click to buy it now—only .99 cents!

by G.G. Andrew

This week we are celebrating the release of Hero to Obey, a box set featuring military heroes which has Alexa Day’s story “Passing Through” in it, along with a great selection of other novellas.

Along with being a military and femdom tale, Alexa’s “Passing Through” is also a workplace romance between a heroine and her employee. Like many other romance readers, I adore workplace romances. Let me share the reasons why–

They’re relatable
Besides school, work is the other common context where people meet other people to date, marry, or sleep with. Probably most of us have had office crushes of one sort of another, from the CPA where we interned to the movie projection guy at the theater in high school. We understand how these affairs can work: you’re seeing a lot of this person, which can make feelings come fast…or awkwardness and jealousy ensue.

They add sizzle to monotony
Along with us being able to relate to the world of work, all of us have likely experienced being incredibly bored on the job. Long, pointless meetings, daily drudgery, that guy who doesn’t know how to work the register–all are situations ripe for fantasy to come in and whisk us away from the doldrums.

They’re deliciously forbidden
Especially in certain supervisor/employee circumstances, workplace trysts are ill-advised. Ever heard the phrase, “Don’t shit where you eat”? It’s not always a great idea to begin sleeping with someone you’ve got to have a healthy working relationship with outside of bed…which is exactly why it’s so hot to succumb. Sometimes nothing feels better than being bad.

They come with a crapload of sexual tension
Usually work affairs equal secrecy, since co-workers may balk at their boss dating a new employee on the sly. Even without the secrecy, though, sleeping on the job usually is frowned upon, which means you may be working next to that co-worker you’re hot for and trying to pretend you’re very interested in the latest budget figures. (You’re really not.)

If you love these stories like I do, check out Alexa’s novella and the rest of the stories in Hero to Obey. Here’s a bit more about her “Passing Through”…

The summer’s brought two surprises to bar owner Gigi Deane: the former Army Ranger she hired is the perfect barback, and he takes orders in bed as well as he does on the job. Noah Malone’s told her that he’s just passing through, but as the seasons change, can she convince him to make their summer thing a little more permanent?

This box set is available now!


On a personal note, today is my last post for Lady Smut. Due to some boring health issues which require a couple upcoming surgeries and increased freelance writing, I’ll be taking a break, though I’ll still be active as a reader and commenter here. I’ve had so much fun writing for this site, so do stick around and follow Lady Smut–there are some awesome posts planned in the next couple months you won’t want to miss!


G.G. Andrew writes quirky romantic comedy–stories about people who fall in love with the most unlikely person, and who stumble through some awkward conversations and ill-advised kisses along the way. Her latest book is SCARY, LOVESICK, FOOLISH, a New Adult goth rom-com about a couple in love who find their relationship tested when they compete against each other in a horror festival.

Are You Doing the #ReadHotter Challenge?

3 Jun

by G.G. Andrew

Back in January, we introduced something fun for the year here at Lady Smut: the 2016 Read Hotter Challenge. The idea was simple: ten categories to expand your reading and bring more fun to your book binges.ReadHotter

It’s hard to believe, but the year is almost half over! (Cue wailing and gnashing of teeth.) I’ve taken my relationship with books to the next level by vowing to #ReadHotter; have you? Post in the comments and let us know what you’ve been reading if you have–or feel free to hop on this train for the rest of the year! The Read Hotter Challenge can be done in any order, at any time.

Here are some of the categories I’ve ticked off the list:

A romance set overseas
For this, I’ve recently read How to Fall by Rebecca Brooks. Set in Brazil, it’s the romance between an American teacher and an Australian screenwriter. And it’s hot. Brooks has a knack for good writing and developed characters, and she also brings the steam. (There’s a scene in a pool…and the back of a bus.)

A story with a hero with magical powers–and fingers
On St. Patrick’s Day, I read Paula Millhouse’s novella Three Wishes. The idea of the hero being a leprechaun interested me (Can leprechauns be hot? Turns out they can.), and this was a fun read with a unique premise.

A short, hot novella you read in one sitting.
Molly O’Keefe’s The Heart of It was my first time reading her, and I’m hooked. This story was short enough to read in a day, and took a tricky premise–a hero with a painful past trying to overcome it with an escort–and made it something very emotional and very sexy.

A love story set between 1900-1970
This past winter I read the novella A Midnight Clear by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner. Set in 1940s Annapolis, this was a really romantic read, and a free story introduction to their space-race romances set in the 1960s.

That book about a guy you couldn’t bring home to your parents.
I’m about to start the second in Darynda Jones’s Charley Davidson series, Second Grave on the Left. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, and from it I know that the hero, Reyes, is also the son of Satan–which would probably get a strong NOPE from most parents and thus make this book an excellent fit for this category.

I’m halfway there!

For all of you reading at home: have you read any books that fit these categories, or others on the list? Comment here, and/or post on Twitter under the hashtag #ReadHotter and let us know which stories are heating up your reading life!


G.G. Andrew writes quirky romantic comedy–stories about people who fall in love with the most unlikely person, and who stumble through some awkward conversations and ill-advised kisses along the way. Her latest book is SCARY, LOVESICK, FOOLISH, a New Adult goth rom-com about a couple in love who find their relationship tested when they compete against each other in a horror festival.





Why Do We Love to Read about Secrets?

6 May

YGQRGVJ3MWby G.G. Andrew

Secrets: awkward in real life, but so delicious to read about.

It’s no, um, secret, that characters keeping information from other characters has made all sorts of stories, from primetime Tv to the romances we read, so much juicier. A secret is different than a plot twist–a surprise nobody saw coming, including the main characters and the reader. Secrets in books are often when you as the reader know something, or at least have hints at it, but one of the people in the tale you’re reading doesn’t.

Why is this so satisfying to read, even when it’s a dark secret? Four reasons:

Secrets rock worlds.
If someone keeps a secret from someone else–or the whole world–in the story you’re reading, it’s because that secret has the potential to change lives in dramatic ways, and maybe not for the better: break up relationships, cost people their jobs, shatter their security. Knowing a secret is out there is like watching a volcano that’s about to erupt.

Secrets create dramatic tension.
Watching and waiting for the reveal of a secret it so tantalizing. Even a fantastic plot twist doesn’t have the impact of knowing that secrets will be outed and wondering how characters will react. What happens when a woman is forced to admit to the world she’s in love with her neighbor–even though he’s her student? In a lot of ways, the buildup is often better than the release.

Secrets are about power.
Secrets can create power differentials, and often even upset the usual balance of power. One character who has information others don’t could have power in a sense, since he holds the cards; but if the secret could make him look bad, it’s a point of vulnerability, even if he’s a high-powered CEO who’s moved beyond a troubled past.

Secrets add layers.
Having secrets laying below the surface of a story means that every conversation, every interaction between characters, may be about something else. Maybe a girl is giving her friend a warm hug, but really she’s trying to assuage her guilt that the person who killed her friend’s father is her ex…whom she still has feelings for.

High School Confidential: Click here to score this story of two friends separated by a dark secret.

High School Confidential: Click here to score this story of two friends separated by a dark secret.


Do you love reading about secrets? Isabelle Drake’s new YA book, Best Friends Never, is about two friends who are now enemies because of a dark secret. Check it out if you love reading about secrets for these reasons, and more. I know I will be–not only do I love secrets, but complicated female relationships are totally catnip for me!


G.G. Andrew writes quirky romantic comedy–stories about people who fall in love with the most unlikely person, and stumble through some awkwardness and ill-advised kisses along the way. Her latest book is GRAFFITI IN LOVE, a romance between an infamous British graffiti artist and the American woman who hates him. There’s a secret or two in it–including the hero’s real name.

Six Ways Sweet Valley High Lied To Us

1 Apr
Double Love

Photo courtesy of Goodreads and my childhood.

by G.G. Andrew

There are many memories that burn bright in my early days of reading, but few can compete with the day I discovered Sweet Valley High.

As a third grader, I was at a friend’s house when we stepped into her sister’s room and saw a revolving book carousel filled with paperback Sweet Valley books. Those 1980s covers held such pretty, pastel images of handsome guys, pink phones, and two perfect blond twins (with their matching size six bodies, aquamarine eyes, and lavalier necklaces). It was book love at first sight.

A lot of my friends read The Baby-Sitters Club books, but here was something even better. Smuttier. Older girls who drove and french-kissed! Much to my mom’s chagrin, I spent the next couple years devouring the series whenever I could (and even, years later, still read book blurbs to find out what befell my beloved Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield).

But, as much as Sweet Valley has fed my fascination with sisters, opposites, and relationship drama through the years, it wasn’t all that…realistic. Here are six ways Sweet Valley lied to me about love and life:

1.) Kisses don’t always taste like french fries and milkshakes. 
In Sweet Valley, Elizabeth Wakefield’s perfect boyfriend Todd always seemed to be french-kissing her after they left the Dairy Burger, the local hangout. In real life, it’s more likely you’ll be kissed by someone who recently drank a Pabst Blue Ribbon, or just rolled over in bed.


Photo courtesy of Goodreads and my desire for that pink phone.

2.) Your flirty and likely evil sister will probably get the guy.
We were supposed to root for Elizabeth in Sweet Valley High, the “good” sister who kept up her grades, worked on the school newspaper, and was kind to all. And Elizabeth usually ended up with the best high school boys. But in real life it’d be Jessica who’d nab all the guys. Sure, Jessica was pretty much a sociopath, but she was a perfect size six too, and she wore bikinis and knew how to flirt.

3.) You don’t get to date the high school basketball star and then the stellar soccer player.
It just won’t happen.

Dear Sister

Photo courtesy of Goodreads and my irrational fear of motorcycles.

4.) If you land in a coma, then come out of it with a temporarily different personality, people aren’t going to let that slide.
Elizabeth Wakefield took an ill-advised ride in her boyfriend’s motorcycle in Dangerous Love, and as a result got into an accident and slipped into a coma–and then somehow woke up with a completely different personality. She flirted shamelessly, she hung out with rich bad boy Bruce Patman, she was irresponsible–shit, she was like Jessica. Then something happened like she got hit on the head again and bam! back to the old Elizabeth, and everybody was happy. But if this ever happens to you in real life, you’ll be lucky to come back with any friends, let alone the star basketball player by your side.

5.) Getting listed in anything resembling a slam book will be more likely to lead to an uglycry, not romance.
Superlatives (“Most popular,” “Most likely to marry”): less likely to start love connections, more likely to ruin your life.
Slam book

6.) That rich, arrogant jerk you knew in high school probably isn’t going to do a 180. 
In a strange followup to the world of Sweet Valley, in 2011 Francine Pascal published Sweet Valley Confidential, an update of the Wakefield twins ten years after high school. Elizabeth and Todd had broken up, and he was now with Jessica, and (spoiler alert) Elizabeth developed feelings for… Bruce Patman? While the pairings were kind of inspired, the book was not so much, and I couldn’t help but think that Bruce probably couldn’t go from alphahole to Nice Guy in ten years. Unless, of course, he had a motorcycle accident that landed him in a coma. Then, as we all know, anything is possible.


G.G. Andrew writes quirky romantic comedy–stories about people who fall in love with the most unlikely person, and stumble through some awkward conversations, mistaken identities, and ill-advised kisses along the way. Her latest book is GRAFFITI IN LOVE, a romance between an infamous British graffiti artist and the American woman who hates him. There are no twins in it. Nor, sadly, pink phones.

Why Short, Hot Reads are Awesome

4 Mar

by G.G. Andrew


A novella with an erotica writer/bookstore owner, a billionaire, & lots of sexytimes.

I’ve noticed this past year that several book bargain and review sites expressly state that they don’t feature novellas, those 20,000-40,000-word stories that fall under novel length.

I understand that some readers like to sink into a long, involved novel, but I feel like the novella is underappreciated. Of course, I’m biased; several of us here at Lady Smut, myself included, have published novellas. But in addition to liking to write novellas, I also love to read them. (It’s one of the reasons “a short, hot novella you read in one sitting” is one of the items on our #ReadHotter book challenge.)

Want to know why you should be reading these short, hot reads, if you aren’t already? Read on for the ways they’re awesome, with recommendations of novellas that I’ve read or are sitting at the tip-top of my TBR.

I read Cara McKenna's Brazen in just an hour. Okay, I read it twice. (It's really hot.)

I once read Brazen in an hour. Okay, I read it twice.

*You can read novellas in one sitting.
After a long, hard day at the salt mines (or wherever your place of work or earthly toil), there’s just something great about coming home, pouring a glass of wine, and reading an entire story in one sitting. Of course, some of you speed-readers can read an entire novel at once, too–but I can’t, and I’m willing to bet there are many others like me. Reading a whole story in a night feels complete, and productive, and allows you to tell someone the next morning, “I read a book last night.” Because you totally did.
Recommendations: The hot reads Brazen by Cara McKenna or Craving Flight by Tamsen Parker


*They’re a quick way to sample new authors or genres.
If you’re like us, you probably have a staggering pile of books you want to read, but it’s hard to know where to start–which authors or genres are really going to be your thing. Reading a novella gives you a chance to sample an author you’ve been wanting to try, or see if science fiction romance is right for you, without the commitment of a big book. Of course, you can sample the first few pages from a longer novel, but that’s not like reading a story to, er, completion. It’s helpful to know if an author not only begins a story well, but ends well, or if a subgenre delivers what you expect.
Recommendations: The paranormal romances Hot as Hades by Alisha Rai or Three Wishes by Paula Millhouse

*You can read more subgenres, historical time periods, and authors over time.

Sweet, sexy, geeky--and short!

Sweet, sexy, geeky–and short!

Similar to above, if you insert more novellas into your reading life now, you’ll probably be exposed to more writers and types of stories by the year’s end. Paranormal romance, early twentieth-century love stories, m/m–if you haven’t tried them out by now, read some shorter stories and see what you think.
Recommendations: Waiting for Clark by Annabeth Albert (m/m), or the 1960s romance Strawberry and Sage by Amanda Gale

*You can get introduced to a story world or characters.
In addition to short reads allowing you to sample authors and genres, they also allow you to meet characters and decide if you want to spend another novella or even a whole novel with them. It’s like that first, brief date over coffee to decide whether you like someone enough to have dinner with them.
Recommendations: The bookstore owner and the billionaire in Tamara Lush’s Tell Me a Story or the workaholic and forest ranger in Tina Ellery’s White Pine


And last but certainly not least:

Intro to a series about astronauts.

Intro to a 20th century astronaut romance series.

*Novellas are cheap, and often free.
Since novellas are shorter, and often used to introduce readers to a world or cast of characters, they’re often .99 or under, and increasingly are free. (Check your favorite authors; some may have free reads, too.) And, really, right up there with free coffee and free love, free books are really the best thing ever.
Recommendations: Cath Yardley’s Level Up or A Midnight Clear by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner are both free now. (Craving Flight and Waiting for Clark from above are currently free on Amazon, too.)


Want more recommendations? Check out the novellas and short stories the Lady Smut authors have written. They’re short and hot, we promise. And follow us here for more on books, the short and long and everything in-between.


G.G. Andrew writes quirky romantic comedy–stories about people who fall in love with the most unlikely person, and stumble through some awkward conversations, mistaken identities, and ill-advised kisses along the way. Her latest book is GRAFFITI IN LOVE, a romance between an infamous British graffiti artist and the American woman who hates him.

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