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June is Pride Month, so here at The Smut Report, we’re going to be focusing on romances featuring LGBTQ characters throughout the month.

While we try to read a range of romances throughout the year, we figured it would be fun for all of us to really focus on queer love stories in all their forms. Slash, Erin is sort of obsessed with M/M romance, so expect a lot of reviews of M/M stories.

We’re also working on a few lists – of LGBTQ romances we’ve read in the past and loved, and of ones that are on our TBR – and some Smut Reporting. If we tell you we’re doing it, we’re more likely to get it done, right?

Wrap Up

May Wrap Up: Our Favorite Smut This Month

It feels like we’ve published a million reviews this month. What can we say? Erin is reading about five times as much as normal – welcome to quarantine life. If you’re like Holly and Ingrid and are not reading five times as much as normal (and maybe a little less than normal), we feel you. Either way, we’re happy to make recommendations.

Without further ado: our favorite books for the month.

Ingrid’s Choice: Salt + Stilettos by Janet Walden-West

Ingrid especially loved the hero, Will, who wasn’t a perfect specimen of manhood, but was sweet and gentle and shy and cooked the sexiest food.

Holly’s Choice: Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev

This book has some serious angst, but it builds to something really amazing. Bonus points for an extremely sexy hero.

Erin’s Choice: Date Me, Bryson Keller by Kevin van Whye

Erin almost died of all the cuteness.


Hope all of our loyal readers are safe, healthy, and are able to set aside time to keep reading smut.

PS: If you’re looking for something fun and silly to do, you should follow #stepbacksaturday on Instagram – today’s reveal day. It’s a great way to connect with other smut readers and bloggers – and who doesn’t love a good stepback?

Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight: Ruby Dixon

Looking for a new author? Here’s everything you need to know about Ruby Dixon, whose books include Ice Planet Barbarians, The Corsair’s Captive, and Fire in His Blood.

What She Writes:

The sexiest keffing Sci-Fi smut you’ve ever read

What Makes Her Unique:

Ruby Dixon makes four arms sexy. She makes tails sexy. She makes giant, blue, three-fingered hands sexy. In short, whatever Ruby Dixon says ends up being sexy.

Writing Style:

First person point of view that alternates between the lead characters. Prose is zippy and easy to devour. Long, intricate plot lines with many different and dynamic characters. The (usually alien) men tend to be very hyper-masculine and the (usually human) women tend to be very strong and fierce in their own ways.

Why We Love Her:

Ruby Dixon absolutely nails diversity. Everyone is welcome in her fantastical, sexy, alien settings – everyone gets to have good sex. Everyone gets to have their own troubles and challenges. Truly wonderfully done.

How I Feel When I’m Reading:

She Might Not Be For You If:

The aliens are very anatomically divergent from what I would normally consider attractive in ANY way, so if tails and horns gross you out, steer clear. You may not like them if you don’t like Sci-Fi. If you’re uncomfortable with detailed sex scenes, she might not be for you. She also tends to explore all facets of the human experience and so if you find that you are easily offended by some triggers, you might have a hard time. And finally, if you prefer a modicum of realism in your smut, Dixon might not be the best bet. 

Notable Quotation:

“It wasn’t a monster come to eat me. It was this monster. 

Who’s come to eat me out.”

Ice Planet Barbarian

Content Warnings:

If it exists in the human experience, Ruby Dixon covers it. She does it with respect and understanding, but she doesn’t shy away from things that are messy or uncomfortable. Rape, trauma, disability, miscarriage, infertility, drugging, forced proximity – her longer series (Ice Planet Barbarians) has it all.

The Bottom Line:

If you’re in a smut rut and need something new…if you need to escape your day-to-day life in a dramatic way…if you like Sci-Fi…if you like to fall in love with a (hopefully) endless series…and most especially, if you’re remotely open to the most steamy, titillating, knee-weakening sex scenes you’ve ever read – Ruby Dixon is your next author.

Start With:

Ice Planet Barbarians. So many books! And several spin-off series!

Let's Talk Tropes

Favorite Tropes: A Positive Post from some Smut Enthusiasts

Ingrid said we needed some positivity, because Holly and Erin were ranting all the time. At least in our text messages to each other. So we’ve decided to share our favorite tropes. What we’ve learned is that our favorite trope might not belong to our favorite book, but for us, these tropes are a pretty sure bet for a satisfying read. 

An opportunity to get to know us – as individuals at TSR – a little better. 

What’s Your Favorite Trope? Why?

Holly:

Seducing My Spouse, full stop. Erin has talked about why this trope doesn’t work for her; the short version is that she either doesn’t buy that the problem in the marriage is actually fixable or she doesn’t buy that the problem was large enough to actually be a problem. I acknowledge Erin’s critique, but we’re just going to have to disagree here. What I love about Seducing My Spouse books is that the characters already know each other, at least on the surface. These are not stories about the initial courtship, but rather about people opening up to deeper intimacy. Courtship might be cute and butterfly inducing, but the love that you build with someone you’re already connected to feels like stability. Note: My love of this trope might stem solely from the fact that Eloisa James’ Desperate Duchesses series played a pivotal role in my development as a romance reader. 

No seriously. Go read Eloisa James’ This Duchess of Mine (but you really need to read the whole series to truly appreciate the awesomeness of Elijah and Jemma’s love story).

Erin:

THIS IS SO DIFFICULT! Although what all of my favorites tend to share is a Friends to Lovers situation. Like Holly with her Seducing My Spouse nonsense (I grant you, EJ does great things with it), what attracts me to the friends to lovers trope is that there’s already a relationship and it is deepened and strengthened as the protagonists are thrust into a situation in which they can realize that they want to be more than friends. But it usually doesn’t include some absurd wrongdoing that already messed up the relationship, which makes it great. I struggle with quick burns that rely too heavily on the sexual chemistry to develop the relationship, and a friends to lovers trope can have a quick burn that’s believable because the relationship development happened off the page and what we get is a peek at the protagonists really digging in to their forever.

Try one on for size:  Lorraine Heath’s When the Duke Was Wicked

Ingrid:

Major toughie, but there’s just no sizzle like Sparring Partners. It’s close to Enemies to Lovers but without the acid, so it’s just enough zip to cause some friction but not so much it’s a distraction. In other words, I love it when the chemistry is front and center. Sparring partners is also a diverse field, too–you can have a mild back-and-forth like a tiny verbal game of badminton, or you can have a high stakes game of barbed insults. No matter what, you know they’re going to make the dance to happily-ever-after an entertaining one. 

You’re going to like: An Heiress to Remember by Maya Rodale.


How about you? What’s your favorite trope?

Wrap Up

April Wrap Up

We can’t believe it’s the end of April already, otherwise known as Month 2 of New Life. It felt like April went by super fast, in the slowest way possible. Us, every day: Ugh, there are still 5 more hours until dinnertime. Us, every week: What? Friday already?

On the whole, we have all been very lucky. We are all healthy, and so are our families. We all have homes we can safely shelter in, and enough food to eat, and access to the internet. On the other hand, we also all have children under the age of five, so smut is the only thing keeping us sane right now.

Without further ado, here were our top reads in April:

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