Raunchy Romance Storytime 2012 – Reading list

A bibliography from last night’s Raunchy Romance Storytime at Customs House Library.

First, I think last night’s Raunchy Romance Storytime went really well. The performers were just fantastic, and I hope everyone who came along had fun. I learned a lot from it, too—but more on that later. I’ll also post a transcript (at least, the part that was scripted) of my introduction, and I think Decadence will be posting a recap of the night. (Update: Click here for the transcript.)

For now, I just wanted to list all the books that were featured, because I know quite a few people would like to know how the stories end! (Happily, I promise you. :D)


Red-Hot Renegade (or Her Singapore Fling) by Kelly Hunter

You can read my review of the book here.

Red-Hot Renegade by Kelly Hunter (The Bennetts, Book 5)In desperate need of protection, Jianne Xang-Bennett reluctantly turns to her estranged husband, martial arts expert Jacob Bennett, for help. But there are problems: they’ve been separated for twelve years and cannot be in the same room together without arguing or ripping each other’s clothes off—often at the same time!

But Jacob will go to extremes for those he loves, and Jianne is the only woman who can bring this honorable warrior to his knees. Can they delve beneath their red-hot desire and blazing anger to find the love that has always been hiding?

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Soulless by Gail Carriger

You can read Wandergurl’s review of the book here.

Soulless by Gail Carriger (Parasol Protectorate, Book 1)Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.

Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire—and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.

With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

Soulless is a comedy of manners set in Victorian London: full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.

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Whistling In The Dark by Tamara Allen

You can read a review of the book at Ann Somerville’s blog (formerly Uniquely Pleasurable).

Whistling In The Dark by Tamara AllenNew York, 1919. His career as a concert pianist ended by a war injury, Sutton Albright returns to college, only to be expelled after an affair with a teacher. Unable to face his family, he heads to New York with no plans and little money—only a desire to call his life his own.

Jack Bailey’s life has changed as well. After losing his parents in the influenza epidemic, he hopes to save their beloved novelty shop—now his—by advertising on the radio, barely more than a novelty, itself.

Sutton lands work in Jack’s corner of the city and the two conclude they couldn’t be less suited for friendship. But when Sutton loses his job, Jack gives him a place to stay. Sutton returns to the piano to play for Jack and finds the intervening months have healed him. The program promises to rescue Jack’s business and Sutton’s career…but success brings its own risks for two men falling in love.

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Shadowheart by Laura Kinsale

You can read a review of the book at Smart Bitches Trashy Books.

Shadow Heart by Laura Kinsale - Print versionShadowheart by Laura Kinsale - Ebook version…an extraordinary medieval-set tale of consuming love and fiery passion between a dashing, dangerous assassin and the beautiful princess who stands in the way of all he’s ever desired.

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Interstellar Sparks by Shannon Stacey

You can read a review of the book at TwoLips Reviews.

Interstellar Sparks by Shannon StaceyOut Of This World Lover (Anthology)After watching a late night porn flick, Acelan Ambassador Ilyna is convinced a smoking hot electrician will fulfill her in ways a virtual reality partner cannot. Though sex with humans is prohibited, Ilyna thinks she can get away with it just this once.

Sparks fly when Ilyna pays human electrician Bryan Cameron a visit, and it’s a house call he’ll never forget. When he realizes the woman who short-circuited his brain and kept him up all night long is the missing Acelan ambassador, he has to do something to keep her from paying a horrible price for their passion.

But maybe hiding out in a sex club with a wildly libidinous alien wasn’t one of his better ideas…

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Broken by Megan Hart

You can read my review of the book here.

Broken by Megan HartThis month, my name is Mary.

My name is different every month—Brandy, Honey, Amy…sometimes Joe doesn’t even bother to ask—but he never fails to arouse me with his body, his mouth, his touch, no matter what I’m called or where he picks me up. The sex is always amazing, always leaves me itching for more in those long weeks until I see him again.

My real name is Sadie, and once a month over lunch, Joe tells me about his latest conquest. But what Joe doesn’t know is that, in my mind, I’m the star of every X-Rated one-night stand he has revealed to me, or that I’m practically obsessed with our imaginary sex life.
I know it’s wrong. I know my husband wouldn’t understand. But I can’t stop.

Not yet.

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As Darkness Falls by Bronwyn Parry

You can read my review of the book here.

As Darkness Falls by Bronwyn ParryHaunted by her failures, Detective Isabelle O’Connell is recalled to duty by DCI Alec Goddard to investigate the abduction of yet another child from her home town. They have only days to find the girl alive, with few clues, a town full of suspects, and a vast wilderness to search. It soon becomes a game of cat and mouse, with Bella firmly in the killer’s sights.

For Bella, this case is already personal; for Alec, his best intentions to keep it purely professional soon dissolve, and his anguish over Bella’s safety moves beyond the concern for a colleague.

Their mutual attraction leaves them both vulnerable to their private nightmares—nightmares the killer ruthlessly exploits.

We had intended to have two other excerpts read out, but we ran out of time. I wanted to include them here, in case you want to check them out. They’re great books!

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Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

You can read my review of the book here.

Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh (Psy-Changeling Series, Book 1)

Dive into a world torn apart by a powerful race with phenomenal powers of the mind—and none of the heart…

In a world that denies emotions, where the ruling Psy punish any sign of desire, Sascha Duncan must conceal the feelings that brand her as flawed. To reveal them would be to sentence herself to the horror of ‘rehabilitation’—the complete psychic erasure of everything she ever was…

Both human and animal, Lucas Hunter is a Changeling hungry for the very sensations the Psy disdain. After centuries of uneasy co-existence, these two races are now on the verge of war over the brutal murders of several Changeling women. Lucas is determined to find the Psy killer who butchered his packmate, and Sascha is his ticket into their closely guarded society. But he soon discovers that this ice-cold Psy is very capable of passion—and that the animal in him is fascinated by her. Caught between their conflicting worlds, Lucas and Sascha must remain bound to their identities—or sacrifice everything for a taste of darkest temptation…

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Tempt the Devil by Anna Campbell

You can read a review of the book at Read React Review.

Tempt the Devil by Anna Campbell - Australian editionFor Olivia Raines, London’s most notorious courtesan, and the infamous Julian Southwood, Earl of Erith, falling in love will be the greatest risk of all in this wicked and wild romance from Anna Campbell.

Any man in London would worship her. Yet Olivia is, quite frankly, bored of them all. Despite her many dalliances, she’s never felt true passion, never longed for any lover’s touch…until Julian, London’s most notoriously wanton rake, decides to make her his mistress.

From the moment he first sees her, Julian knows he must possess her. And when he discovers her greatest secret, a scandal that could ruin her reputation and end her career, he knows just the way to use this damaging information to his most delightful advantage. He offers Olivia a deal with the devil: he’ll keep her secret…if she allows him the chance to show her true ecstasy.

But Olivia must be careful, for Julian has a secret of his own: he will not rest until she is completely, shamelessly his.

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Kat Mayo is a freelance writer, podcaster, Twitter tragic, and compulsive reader. Her reviews have appeared in Books+Publishing, and she was the winner of the 2014 RWA Romance Media Award. She believes in happy endings, and kills fairies with glee.


  1. Rudi says:

    Thank you so much for posting the bibliography! I definitely want to finish reading a couple of them. Also congratulations. Raunchy Romance Storytime was so much fun. It was so great to spend a night celebrating the romance genre and hearing some amazing stories being brought to life.

  2. Kat says:

    Rudi, thanks for coming along! I was a bit of a nervous nelly the whole night, so it’s great to hear that you enjoyed it. :-) Let me know what you think of the books and if they lived up to the promise of the excerpts!

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