Erotic Romance, Genre Rules, Romance, Science Fiction Romance

Genre Police! Sexuality and Physicality in SciFi Erotic Romance

Horns, Tails, Inhuman Eyes…and a Penis that does what?

Physicality Scale

  1. Basically Human
  2. Special Features
  3. Recognizably Humanoid
  4. Freakazoid

Sexuality Scale

  1. SciFi Kink
  2. That’s…Different
  3. Instructions Required
  4. You WHAT NOW?

New Species by Laurann Dohner

Special Features: Dohner’s heroes, depending on the animal genes they are mixed with, have unique physical traits that make for some exciting discoveries for the human women they mate. In no way will the women forget they are having sex with a guy who is more than human at that special moment.

Instructions Required: Some of the great conflict in this series results from the unique mating behaviors and attachments the New Species form for their women. Because each new heroine and her hero have some misunderstandings and adjustments to make time and again, perhaps the NSO should consider writing a pamphlet for would-be mates.

Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon

Recognizably Humanoid: Skin tone, glowing eyes, horns, and armored ridges—oh and a symbiotic organism that lives inside them—these bestial aliens are masculine, but they definitely aren’t human men.

That’s…Different: The mating practices of the Ice Planet Barbarians are unique, for biological reasons I won’t spoil, and it takes the human women who meet them some getting used to.

Celestial Passions by Judy Mays

Basically Human to Recognizably Humanoid: Because Mays’s books feature different kinds of “human” aliens, some with tails, some with green skin and gills, and others, there’s a scale of physical uniqueness. And then, of course, there are the better-than-Earth proportions (waggles eyebrows).

SciFi Kink: I will say that I haven’t read all the books in this series, but I found the weirdness factor to be toned down or glossed over. Granted, some of the unique alien societies are more hedonistic or animalistic about their sex, which makes for some creatively hot reads.


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