Sunday, January 27, 2013

Warning Labels

There is something about a book with a warning label that makes me giddy with anticipation. For those of you that aren't sure what I'm talking about please flip to the beginning of your nearest erotic book or look up some erotic fiction on Amazon. Somewhere on the page will be a context warning. Something like...

Warning: This book contains (mm/f/m, m/m, m/m/f, f/f, f/f/m), anal play, use of sexual toys, bdsm, forced seduction, rape in memory sequence (not by the hero) and other scenarios and language that may be disturbing to a reader.

Ok, so rape in the memory sequence isn't exactly titillating, but I appreciate the heads up! Some books are straight up vanilla erotica and have added the playful warning in favor of the boring, contains graphic sexual explicit scenes. I honestly find these just as delightful.

Warning: This book depicts HOT sexy naked cowboys and girls getting corralled, down and dirty and may cause heat flashes!

The warning let's you the reader know what to expect from your book. If you aren't into female on female action and f/f is in the content warning you know the book may not be for you. On the flip side if you are really into menage romance and you see m/f/m, you're going to get excited about the book!

I just read a book that after the warning there was a disclaimer.

Please do not try any new sexual practice, especially those that might be found in our BDSM/fetish titles without the guidance of an experienced practitioner. Neither Loose Id LLC nor its authors will be responsible for any loss, harm, injury or death resulting from use of the information contained in any of it's titles.

Oh holy mother of wet panties! Thank you Loose Id LLC! I could hardly contain my excitement! A warning and a disclaimer? Jackpot!!You as the reader are now intrigued and know that this book is going to push boundaries and will not be pc!

So my fellow readers, respect the warning labels and know that your comfort levels may be pushed and you may not find some material as arousing as others. What always makes me scratch my head is when a reader knows what their personal comfort level is, they read the warning, they know the book they are about to order is NOT in their comfort zone and they read it anyways.

They see all the great reviews (from ppl who have much different taste) and they try that proverbial dish on the menu they never wanted to try and then they are surprised when they don't like it. That would be fine but not only are they surprised ,they give it one star and a horrible review.

If you have ever ordered an erotic fiction on Kindle or Amazon I'm sure you've seen that review. I call this the, “I should have respected the warning label” review. This differs greatly from the, “crap editing” and “plot that went no where” reviews.

The, “I should have respected the warning label” review is when a greatly reviewed,  mostly five star book has a warning label saying something like, BDSM, forced seduction and a reviewer then gives the book one star and complains that the BDSM was too BDSM and the forced seduction made him/her uncomfortable. This review always starts with, “I don't like forced seduction and I read the warning BUT I decided to try it anyways...”

I get it. There is boudoir and playful BDSM that the majority of main stream erotic authors use in some shape or form and then there is the hard edged full tilt BDSM that the more daring and often times sci-fi/fantasy writers use. The people who are comfortable with the former aren't always nearly as comfortable with the latter.

The other thing I often see in erotic reviews is, “great story, too much sex”. O_o Umm, seriously? You just bought a EROTIC book and now you're complaining about there being too much sex? I would like to explain what erotic fiction means. For anyone not sure, erotic fiction means it is a story strongly based on sex with the intention of being sexually arousing and sometimes when done well an actual story breaks out around all the sex. <---That's not exactly strait out of Wikipedia, but you get the point.

You won't see me complaining when hot sex breaks out in the middle of an awesome story. I look forward to and expect it. I guarantee you, if the characters in a erotic fiction are on a rescue mission and time is of the essence, chances are they are going to stop and have sex. Also, if one of the main characters in a sci-fi/fantasy erotic fiction gets a strange affliction, sex and or some hot fresh sperm will probably be the antidote. I call this, Dire Situation Sex, and it's one of my favorite things.

With that being said, kudos to those readers that stepped outside of their comfort level and tried something new. Everyone is entitled to there own opinion!! That's why they have reviews. Quite honestly those types of reviews help others also thinking about trying that dish on the menu they know they wont like.

On that note.......

Warning: This blog contains frank discussion matter about sex, love and steamy literature that breaks boundaries, makes new boundaries and pushes those boundaries! Graphic language and poor editing may make some readers uncomfortable.


  1. So what was the name of the book with the disclaimer? If it is that Hot, there are a lot of us who would probably like to read it.

  2. The one I was referring to was actually Victorious Star, but all of the newer Loose Id LLC with BDSM/fetish titles now carry this disclaimer.

    If you liked Morgan Hawke you may really enjoy Katrina Strauss's Secrets Revealed (Eldritch Legacy1). I haven't done a post on her yet but I plan to. I loved that book!