The past couple of weeks has been wonderful in the reading department. I've sneaked in and read a couple of books soon to be released here at Phaze in May and they both had one thing in common: Tone. The two authors, Sammie Jo Moresca [Type Dirty To Me] and Aurora Black [I Heart You], wrote two different erotic romances and both excelled at putting me as the reader right there within the pages with the tone they skillfully set.
Moresca's 'Talk Dirty To Me' has a snappy, 1940's vibe, with a heroine who wants desperately to serve the US in a different position than the one she's in. As the reader you start to visualize the characters in black, white and shades of grey. Men wear suits, polished shoes and short hair, while the women are in skirts, ill-fitting nylons [wishing for pure silk with a seam up the back] and sensible pumps. A wicked Secret Service Agent brings her a treat and so much more than she'd ever expected and the reader follows the two, never really getting all the twists until the end. And, Alfred Hitchcock makes an unexpected cameo. As delightful as the title implies.
Now, Black's 'I Heart You', was dark, full of threats at every turn, and the heroine is at the center of it all. The reader isn't sure who to trust in the tale because they are there with her, terrified of footsteps, simple visits and every person she meets. There is a light, and like Rachel, they'll gravitate to him, want to hold him close, and be held by him in return, but is he true? After every good moment, Black reminds everyone of that darkness seeping ever closer to the center. A wonderful mix of love and evil.
Remember, they're both to be released from Phaze in May so keep your eyes open for them.
WARNING! Red hot romances ahead!