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2020 Wrap Up: So Long and Thanks for All the Smut

As we say farewell to 2020 and look forward with cautious optimism to 2021, we’re looking back on our year of reading smut. There was a lot of really really good, but there was also a lot of bad and weird and good in a sexy way and good in a funny way. So instead of a best-of list, we bring you without further ado: The Inaugural Smut Report Superlatives.

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Book that gave me the biggest belly-laughs:

Erin: Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

Just describing scenes from this book five months after reading it, I was still able to make myself laugh so hard I cried and couldn’t speak real words. 

Holly: The Gift by Julie Garwood

This book is utterly ridiculous. She destroys his big scary pirate ship with her parasol collection. By accident. It is also a tropetastic bodice ripper that doesn’t take itself seriously. I had a blast reading it. 

Ingrid: Sin and Chocolate by K.F. Breene

My post is forthcoming, but I have to say it–It’s The Demigods of San Francisco Series by K.F. Breene. I laughed, I cried, I delayed my move by at least three days because I couldn’t put it down.

Book most likely to make me ugly cry:

Erin: If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane

Overcoming grief, letting go of the past, and growing with a partner who really cares is totally killer.

Holly: Paradise Cove by Jenny Holiday

These characters have massive grief to deal with, but the way Holiday slowly unpacks it just had me sobbing the whole time (except when I was laughing) – and it builds to a black moment that is a doozy. 

Ingrid: Finding Joy by Adriana Herrera

The heroes in this book were so memorable and so tender and pure that my poor heart couldn’t handle it in the absolute best way.

Book most likely to make me text the other smut-reporters because “what did I just read?!?!?!”: 

Erin: Cathian by Laurann Dohner

She’s propositioned to have sex with the captain for six days because he’s IN HEAT and he needs female hormones, and HE GETS THEM BY GOING DOWN ON HER CONSTANTLY, AND HE CAN’T ORGASM UNTIL HE’S EATEN HER OUT FOR SIX DAYS, and then he orgasms for, like, 4 hours.

Holly: Forbidden Desire: Kidnapped by an Alien Sex Goddess by Robin Lovett

She has three clitorises and also heals people with her magical orgasms. But also, I did a lot of “WTF?!?!” texting because she’s polyamorous (lives on a sex planet!) until she gets with a human, and humans are by definition monogamous and…that is a choice

Ingrid: A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole

All I have to say is: Vampire Blow Job.

Book that inspired the ranty-est rant:

Erin: Vitality by Crysta Levere

This is a dark “romance” that doesn’t make any sense at all and yanked me along for 400 pages only to result in…NOTHING BECAUSE THEY DON’T END UP TOGETHER.

Holly: Indian Prince’s Hidden Son by Lynne Graham

Between the constant reminders that this Indian Prince has ice blue wolf eyes and the heroine who decides that losing her virginity immediately after her father’s funeral is the most meaningful moment of her life and a phrase so bad that it inspired it’s very own post, we can safely say that this one didn’t work for me on any level. 

Ingrid: Be Your Anything by Jillian Liota

I had virtually no rants this year–but this was my only DNF. I’m all for messy characters, but messy characters should still have good values and I had a hard time seeing them in what I read of this book.

Book most likely to make me fan myself: 

Erin: Fire In His Blood by Ruby Dixon

Don’t judge me: This enormous dragon man-thing has a tongue like a cat, and he likes to use it. A lot. 

Holly: Hate Crush by Angelina M. Lopez

Look, there is emotionally complicated hate sex, but what really got me was the dirty talk. 

Ingrid: By a Thread by Lucy Score

Good lord, this grumpy sunshine makes me fan myself when I so much as read the title.

Book that gave me the biggest heart eyes:

Erin: Love Hard by Nalini Singh

Jacob is just the most perfect book boyfriend, but I couldn’t take him for myself because he and Jules are so perfect together.

Holly: Wanted, A Gentleman by KJ Charles

When I finished this book, I held it close to my chest and just sat quietly for a moment and was utterly content. 

Ingrid: Pursued by the Rake by Mary Lancaster

This was such a sweet, pure, fun read and I had to take a few days off reading afterwards because I just needed to wallow in the afterglow.

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December Wrap Up: All Our Favorite Smut This Month

Erin’s Choice: Spellbound by Allie Therin

Erin is here for the magic, the mayhem, and the hero’s stern daddy energy.

Holly’s Choice: To Charm a Naughty Countess by Theresa Romain

Sometimes you just need a really well-executed historical romance where the protagonists don’t know how to talk to each other at all but have ALL the feelings.

Ingrid’s Choice: Sin & Chocolate by K.F. Breene

During Fated Mates week, Ingrid dipped her toe into the waters of paranormal romance, and kinda liked it. So she read this one and laughed and cried and immediately inhaled the entire series.

Other Things We Got Up To This Month:

January Preview

Here are some of the books we’re looking forward to reading in January

We might be talking about Daddy kink in January. You have been warned.

And one more thing…

Tomorrow, we’ll be announcing our Inaugural List of Smut Report Superlatives.

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November Wrap Up: All Our Favorite Smut this Month

It’s that time again. The end of another month. Which means it’s time for us to pick our favorite reads. This month, we’ve got a little something for a variety of tastes.

Holly’s Choice: His Grumpy Childhood Friend by Jackie Lau

Sometimes you just need something low-key and charming without a lot of drama, and this hit the spot. (And pulled Holly out of a massive reading rut.)

Ingrid’s Choice: Thief of my Heart by Karla Kratovil

Maybe you need a bit of suspense with your historical romance? With bonus sexytimes.

Erin’s Choice: The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler

There was no shagging, but this rom-com was actually a rom-com, not an angst fest pretending to be a rom-com.


And here’s a sneak peek at some of the stuff we’ll be reading and talking about in December…

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October Wrap-Up: All Our Favorite Smut This Month

Ingrid’s Choice: Lovers Lost by Ashton Abbott

Is it murdery? Yes. But Lovers Lost is also sexy as heck-fire.

Holly’s Choice: A Princess for Christmas by Jenny Holiday

Are you ready for some non-saccharine Christmas cheer? Holly was cackling with glee the whole time she was reading A Princess for Christmas. (And she refuses to apologize for picking a Jenny Holiday book as her favorite three months in a row.)

Erin’s Choice: Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley

Not sure if you’ve noticed, but Erin’s been really into MC romances lately? Motorcycle Man is a stand-out example of the subgenre.

Other things we got up to this month:

November Preview

We’ve got some great stuff on deck for November! Billionaires! Some good old-fashioned historical romance! And a very grumpy heroine!

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September Wrap Up: Our Favorite Smut This Month

Is 2020 over yet? No? Well, at least we have smut to keep us going.

These were our favorites this month:

Holly’s Choice: Three Little Words by Jenny Holiday

The more she thinks about this book, the smarter she thinks it is. Plus, who doesn’t love a road trip? No one, that’s who!

Ingrid’s Choice: By a Thread by Lucy Score

Ingrid raved about this book so much that Erin had to read it too. When we convince each other, you know it’s good.

Erin’s Choice: Beauty Tempts the Beast by Lorraine Heath

Sometimes you just need a solid historical romance, and Heath is a great storyteller.


What else have we been up to?


October Preview

We’ve got some spooky reads (look at that levitating body!), some exciting new releases, and a hot ghost. Are you excited, because we are!