About Roni Loren:
If she’s not working on her latest sexy story, you can find her reading, watching reality television, or indulging in her unhealthy addiction to rockstars, er, rock concerts. Yeah, that's it. She is the National Bestselling Author of The Loving on the Edge series from Berkley Heat.
Five Myths About BDSM-Themed Romance
By Roni Loren
By Roni Loren
2. It’s all about spankings and handcuffs – Tiffany Reisz and I did a workshop at a conference last year titled “It’s Not About the Handcuffs" for this very reason. Yes, BDSM can involve equipment (and that can be fun to read/write), but well-written BDSM is much more about the mind and power dynamics than any of the accessories. You can have the hottest scene ever with no equipment at all.
3. The heroes are all abusive a--holes – No. Not if it’s well-written. BDSM is about consent. Both participants are on board and agreeing to the power exchange. Your hero should be heroic and always have the heroine’s best interest at heart whether he’s dominant or not.
4. The heroines are weak – On the contrary, I think romance novels in general are great at portraying strong women. And in BDSM, if you have a submissive heroine, I think it’s even more important to show her strength. My heroines can take care of themselves and often have risen out of very challenging circumstances in their pasts. In NOT UNTIL YOU, Cela is young and naïve to Foster’s world, but she’s tough and isn’t afraid to stand up to him.
5. They’re a guilty pleasure – I have mixed feelings about the term guilty pleasure. Why exactly should we feel guilty about what we read? Whatever that is. Own it. Enjoy it. Drop the guilt. Let’s just call it pleasure. ;-)
So what other things have you heard about the BDSM genre? Did you ever believe any of these myths yourself?
Cela knows how to be good. She’s had a lifetime of practice. But on the night of her college graduation, she decides she’s earned one wild night before she has to move back home to her overprotective family. So when the hot neighbor she’s been quietly fantasizing about for a year suggests a game of Never Have I Ever, she’s ready. But what starts out as a simple game takes an unexpected turn. Because Ian Foster doesn’t play games he can’t win.
Foster knows his desires aren’t for the faint of heart, especially not for someone as sweet and innocent as his pretty neighbor. But when Cela shows up at his door with an invitation that surprises him, he can’t resist indulging. Cela has no idea what she’s in for. The secret dark side of this man’s need will both intrigue and terrify her. But Cela has a secret of her own—and a new game to see just how far they’re both willing to go, and how much they’re willing to risk by crossing every boundary of desire.
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