My First Smut

My First Smut: God Bless Carpooling

My First Smut is a recurring feature where we talk about our formative smut experiences. These short confessionals may include such details as: What book did you read? How old were you? Were there other people involved? What made the experience special? What role does smut play in your life?

This week, romance author Constance Kersaint talks about avoiding a future as a nun due to the influence of Johanna Lindsey.


First romance novel you read:

Johanna Lindsey – Man of My Dreams

How old were you?

8 (yes, very precocious:-D)

How’d you get your hands on the book?

School carpool driver had thrown it on the floor of the Suburban

What was the reading experience like?

So very, very confusing. I was 8 and attending a Catholic school.

What made the experience special?

For an immigrant kid growing up in the Midwest, THIS was my introduction to the wild world of romance. We were so repressed, reading about lawn shirts and dukes and Georgian England was a RIDE. Seriously, due to this, I avoided a future as a nun (no joke, I was close during discernment) to the person I am today, a mother of 2 who writes romance novels with the husband who is long-suffering enough to accept it all.

What role does smut play in your life?

Well, for one, I am a romance author, and for two, that is for my husband to suffer through. He said no to the swing though.

Look, I’m blushing. We’re good here:-)


Connect with Constance (and check out her books!)


Thanks Constance! Constance’s debut romance, Irretrievably Wicked released last April. If you dig highwaymen and lots of shenanigans, check it out! (Our review is here.)

Have an early smut experience you’d like to share with us? If you’d like to see your story featured, send us an email or fill out our questionnaire and we’ll post it in an upcoming week.

My First Smut

My First Smut: It’s Like Water or Air to Me

My First Smut is a recurring feature where we talk about our formative smut experiences. These short confessionals may include such details as: What book did you read? How old were you? Were there other people involved? What made the experience special? What role does smut play in your life?

This week, an anonymous romance reader talks about joining the romance club after reading The Kiss Quotient.


First romance novel you read

kiss quotient

How old were you (or what life stage were you in)?

14

How’d you get your hands on the book?

my friend let me borrow it

What was the reading experience like?

amazing the book had lovey dovey moments and some sexy moments ofc. it opened me up to new authors and styles as well as understanding relationships and sex more.

What made the experience special?

the book wasnt just all sex it made the experience modernly romantic

What role does smut play in your life?

its like water or air to me. its necessary and exciting


Thanks for sharing your story! (Our review of The Kiss Quotient can be found here.)

Have an early smut experience you’d like to share with us? If you’d like to see your story featured, send us an email or fill out our questionnaire and we’ll post it in an upcoming week.

My First Smut

My First Smut: The Original Bully Romance

My First Smut is a recurring feature where we talk about our formative smut experiences. These short confessionals may include such details as: What book did you read? How old were you? Were there other people involved? What made the experience special? What role does smut play in your life?

This week, romance author Jeanne Oates Estridge talks about the influence of E.M. Hull’s The Sheik.


My first smut was the original bully romance, The Sheik, by E.M. Hull. Published in 1919, it was later made into a movie. A silent movie, starring Rudolph Valentino.

By the time I came across it, nearly fifty years had passed since its debut, but it was still scandalous, at least to thirteen-year-old me. I gobbled it down in a breathless afternoon.

The story revolves around Diana Mayo, a young Englishwoman whose parents died when she was an infant. Her 19-year-old brother, not sure what to do with a girl child, took the easy route and raised her as a boy. Utterly fearless even as a small child, and she grew up strong-willed, independent and totally unaware of the limitations of being female.

When she turns twenty-one, she decides to make a trip into the desert, accompanied only by a caravan of hired locals, despite dire warnings from pretty much everyone.

The night before she leaves for her month-long sojourn under the stars, a male friend asks to kiss her. She replies, “No. That’s not in the compact. I have never been kissed in my life. It is one of the things I do not understand.”

Ahmed, the titular sheik, is actually the son and heir of a British earl with a propensity for domestic violence. His very pregnant wife escaped into the desert, where she was rescued by a gentle sheik who protected her and raised her child as his own. After learning the truth of his heritage, Ahmed vowed to make an Englishwoman suffer the way his mother suffered.

Cue Diana Mayo. On her second day in the desert, her caravan hands her over to Ahmed, who hauls her back to his encampment and forces her to become his mistress.

“Why have you brought me here,” she asked, fighting down the fear that was growing more terrible every moment.

He repeated her words with a slow smile. “Why have I brought you here? Bon Dieu! Are you not woman enough to know?”

My little adolescent heart raced. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.

By today’s standards, the book is dreadful. It’s racist, misogynistic, elitist, stunningly non-consensual, and, even though the door (or tent hanging, as the case may be) remains firmly closed, pretty salacious. It ends, as all romance must, with the couple living happily together (although it feels like Diana has to get an emotional lobotomy, giving up all her courage and independence, to make it work).

To this day, dark romance is a guilty pleasure of mine. I trace that back to reading The Sheik when I was young and impressionable.


Connect with Jeanne


Thanks to Jeanne for sharing! Apparently you can get The Sheik for only 99¢ on Amazon, so maybe we’ll have to read the book that launched a thousand Harlequins.

Jeanne’s latest book, The Demon’s Secret Baby, released on Tuesday. Holly really enjoyed the first two books in the series, and is excited to read it! Watch this space for a review coming soon.

My First Smut

My First Smut: Fifty Shades of Disappointment

My First Smut is a recurring feature where we talk about our formative smut experiences. These short confessionals may include such details as: What book did you read? How old were you? Were there other people involved? What made the experience special? What role does smut play in your life?

This week, author Jessica Kay talks the thrills and disappointment of Fifty Shades of Grey.


My first foray into smut was 50 Shades of Grey. I read it in my late 20s, and I was excited to see what all of the hype was about. I kept reading, and waiting, and turning the pages hoping the smutty scenes would grow in their fervor, but the smut never impressed me. I have read way more depraved (in a good way) books since then which really fueled my fire. Smut has been a huge part of my life. I’ve always had this sexual part of me that seemed a little bit wrong or too much might be the better way to describe it. I have explored it in many different ways and have recently funneled that passion into my romance novels. Now I get to think about, write, and read smut all of the time. It’s a dream come true!

Connect with Jessica:

Website – https://jessicakayauthor.com

TikTok – http://www.tiktok.com/@jessicakayauthor

Instagram – http://www.instagram.com/jessicakayauthor


Thanks Jessica! We look forward to checking out Jessica’s Lone Mountain Ranch romance series, featuring cowboys, love triangles, and threesomes. Watch this space for a review coming soon!

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My First Smut

My First Smut: Romance books for everyone!

My First Smut is a recurring feature where we talk about our formative smut experiences. These short confessionals may include such details as: What book did you read? How old were you? Were there other people involved? What made the experience special? What role does smut play in your life?

This week, romance reader G. got hooked when he picked up his first Kristen Ashley.


First romance novel you read:

The Gamble by Kristen Ashley

How old were you?

50+

How’d you get your hands on the book?

Amazon Kindle

What was the reading experience like?

Good

What made the experience special?

The style and subject of writing.

What role does smut play in your life?

As a male, I love smut, but I also love romance. There is a time and place for everything.


Thanks for sharing your story, G!

Have an early smut experience you’d like to share with us? If you’d like to see your story featured, send us an email or fill out our questionnaire and we’ll post it in an upcoming week.