Book Binge: Please join us in welcoming one of our favorite people to the blog today. Jill Sorenson has a new contemporary romance series out and we’re pretty stoked to promote it on Book Binge. Riding Dirty came out yesterday and is available everywhere so stay tuned for a chance to win your very own copy!
WELCOME TO BOOK BINGE, JILL SORENSON
He’s her weapon of choice…
Psychologist Mia Richards wants revenge. Her new client, tattooed Cole “Shank” Shepherd, provides the perfect means. She just has to manipulate the felon-turned-informant into eliminating her husband’s killers—members of Cole’s rival motorcycle club. The first step, seducing Cole, is simple. As for walking away before she falls hard—it’s already too late .
Dirty Eleven practically raised Cole, and he plans to double-cross the cops rather than sell them out. But smart, sexy Mia is an irresistible distraction. While she’s evaluating his mind, all he can think about is her body until he discovers her true intentions. Walking a fine line between desire and betrayal, they’ll have to outrun her past, his enemies and the law for a love that’s dangerously real.
Jill Sorenson: Hello Book Binge! It’s great to be here, talking about dirty books and dirty girls!
I’m a Sandra Brown fangirl from way back. Slow Heat in Heaven was my first single-title romance, and what a transcendent experience. I’d read dozens of Harlequins, but this book was longer. The sex was more explicit. The words were dirtier. Yes, yes, yes!!
I glommed Brown like crazy and consider her my number one influence. I loved her category-length contemporaries and her romantic suspense novels. My favorite is probably Mirror Image, a crazysauce story about a reporter who gets disfigured in plane crash and is mistaken for a senator’s wife. Her face is reconstructed, death threats ensue, and she decides to pretend to be this woman. There might have been amnesia. There was definitely some hot sex. At one point, the hero and heroine go at it inside his car in the rain before a political rally. While she’s riding him, he says, “Damn, you can fuck.”
Whew. That line…it still gets me.
Many of Brown’s novels have sexy subplots that give you even more bang for your buck. One of the characters in Mirror Image is a party-girl character named Fancy, the senator’s niece. She smokes pot, sleeps around, and curses like a sailor. She seduces one of her uncle’s campaign advisers. She even has anal sex. The mark of a true bad girl! I loved her.
Fancy is written as sympathetic, not merely titillating, but she’s too slutty to be a heroine. Only the hero gets to say dirty things like “Damn, you can fuck.” This was the 90s. For that time, it was edgy stuff, and I ate it up.
Now heroines can say all the dirty things they want. They can have anal sex—in erotic romance. Most are still good girls, however. It’s more common for heroines to be virgins than heroes, especially in YA and NA. Hero roles are rigid in a different way. Men in romance are rarely inexperienced or tentative about sex. The good news is that the range for both male and female characters has become broader. Many authors are writing shy heroes or unapologetically horny heroines, and I applaud them.
Mia, the heroine in Riding Dirty, is a widow who wants to feel again. She embraces her sexuality and fulfills all sorts of dirty desires with the hero. I had a lot of fun writing a heroine who wasn’t afraid to go wild. I also introduce a couple of other bad girls in the story, and I hope to continue the Dirty Eleven series with more sexy action.
What do you think? Do you prefer good girls or bad? Do you have a favorite dirty-girl heroine?
Jill Sorenson is the RITA-nominated author of more than a dozen romantic suspense novels, including the Aftershock series by HQN. She lives in the San Diego area with her family. She’s a soccer mom who loves nature, coffee, reading, twitter and reality TV. Jogging keeps her sane. Riding Dirty is her first erotic suspense novel.
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