TOP 5: Book Besties – Celebrating our Favorite Females in Modern Romance (plus a giveaway)

MY TOP 5 BOOK BFFs
Celebrating our favorite females in Contemporary Romance

There’s a lot of talk about Book Boyfriends – those delicious males that keep us company in our fantasies long after we’ve closed their books… Those gorgeous guys would be nothing without the women who back them up.

Time for a little bit of Girl Power, because none of our book boyfriends are perfect – they all needed the love and support of an amazing woman to shape them into the men we know and love.

These are the fictional women I’d love to hang out with – to spend a night on the couch drinking too much wine and swapping stories. The women who prove that this genre is more than pushover virgins and shrinking violets. These women might enjoy a little power play inside of the bedroom but they are firmly in control outside of the house. They are strong, smart, funny, and their characters elevated their respective books to something infinitely more glorious just by being themselves.

Oh, and stay tuned, because we’ve decided to make a similar Top 5 List which will feature our favorite females in Paranormal Romance in the near future. Those ladies also need to be represented!

So here are my TOP FIVE Book BFFs of the moment

Genie by Kitty French
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Genie Divine
Sexually Empowered Burlesque Dancer
Role in my entourage: Group cheerleader

“Burlesque isn’t cheap, Abel, and it isn’t prostitution. It’s an age-old form of entertainment, rich in comedy and music hall tradition. It’s about striptease, illusion, art… a celebration of women. Yes, it’s suggestive. Yes, it’s sexy. But it’s not obscene, or debasing to the performer or the watchers.”

Genie is a believable, relatable, strong, smart female lead and I fell in love with her character instantly. She’s confidant and tenacious and stole my heart.

Genie is a dancer at a Burlesque Theater in London. She has an awesome attitude about burlesque, and about female sexuality in general. She truly raises her performances into an art-form… Even as Abel tries to pretend it’s something trashy. She defends her life choices, her sexuality, and her family business from the man she lusts after.

Afterburn & Aftershock by Sylvia Day

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Gianna Rossi
Independent, Driven, Business Genius
Role in my entourage: The girl you call to have your back in the boardroom

“I’d face all that and more for a guy who really loved me,” I told him coldly. “But I’m not putting up with this shit from a jerk.”

In a perfect world of literary crossovers, Gianna would be hopping from book to book slapping sense into women who lose themselves in their men… Women who are so dazzled by their alpha-male that they forget they had goals of their own…

That’s not to say that Gianna was apathetic toward her relationship with Jax. She was willing to work for it – to make compromises, but she wasn’t going to sacrifice her personality for grade-A dick.

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

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Caroline Reynolds
Sweet and beautiful – Inside & out
Role in my entourage: The hostess, we meet at her place because she always has a kitchen full of baked goods.

“Now you listen here, mister,” I said, trying for a more adult tone. “I’m not going to spend every night listening to you try to crash you girl’s head through my wall with the force of your dick alone!”

The first time I met Caroline Reynolds in Wallbanger, I laughed ’till I cried. She surrounds herself with amazing girlfriends who all support each other and make fun of each other in equal measure. She handles her struggles with grace and humor.

This woman is having a bit of an early-life crisis. Her business life is booming, but her sex-life is hilariously deplorable. Absolutely disastrous. She hasn’t had an orgasm in forever – whether donated, loaned, or self-induced. Her UST is through the roof people.

To make matters worse, new neighbor seems to have the opposite problem – loudly screwing a steady stream of women on the other side of her thin bedroom wall. Her banter with Simon is fabulous. Their enemies to friends to lovers romance was full of heat, heart, and laughter.

Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

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Chloe Mills
A take-no-prisoners modern woman
Role in my entourage: The girl you call when you need, well, just about anything.

If only he would keep his mouth shut, he’d be perfect. A piece of duct tape would do the trick. I had some in my desk that I’d occasionally pull out and fondle, hoping someday I could put it to good use.

Chloe gives as good as she gets. Her boss is a total asshole for the sake of being an asshole. Their back and forth would send any intern home to bury their feelings in a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, but not Chloe Mills. Oh no, she has a pair of brass balls inside those designer power-panties. You have to be one stubborn determined lady to handle a man like Bennett Ryan… And Chloe doesn’t merely handle Ben, she brings him to his knees.

Claiming Addison by Zoey Derrick

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Addison Beltrand
Sexy, silly, confident rock chick
Role in my entourage: The girl to keep things just a little wild on a random Tuesday.

One of them wouldn’t be enough for me, but the two of them just might be too much to handle.

My imaginary relationship with this fictional character is a little strange (even to me) – She is my number one BFF, and I kind of want to be her… and, well, if we drink a little too much wine and wind up making out? I’m cool with that too. Addison has all the qualities I look for in a female MC – she’s intelligent, tenacious, confident, and effortlessly affects everyone around her.

The way she narrates her story with humor and quirkiness had me grinning from ear-to-ear. She tells her story in a way that is almost conspiratorial… Like she’s your girlfriend spilling this naughty story over cocktails at your local hangout.

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Poll: Who is your Book BFF?

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Giveaway – Winner’s Choice:

    

The Smutsonian is so excited to introduce you to our book BFFs, that we’re going to giveaway an eBook of any of our Top 5 to one lucky winner! Enter here:

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2014 “OVER IT” List

Welcome to the First Annual “Over It” List!

Yesterday The Smutsonian released a list of our Favorite Books of 2014 and we really enjoyed remembering the stories which stuck with us this year. Reminiscing about our favorite books also got us thinking about all of the things we’re tired of seeing in Erotic Literature.

These are elements, characters, or plot-points which are so obnoxious or over used that we’re simply #OverIt – We felt obligated to compile a list of those themes.

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The Smutsonian’s Favorite Books of 2014 & Giveaway

Smutsonian Top 5

‘Tis the Season to look back and remember the best things we’ve read all year!

We read so many amazing books this year, we couldn’t narrow our favorites down to our usual Top 5! We’ve added several sub-categories so we can honor all the books that made 2014 a fabulous year!

Feel free to click on the covers to learn more about each of the books, and when you’re finished browsing, enter our Giveaway! We’re going to give one lucky winner a $10 Amazon Gift Card! 😉

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TOP 5: Book Boyfriends

MY TOP 5 BOOK BOYFRIENDS

As you may already know, it is my birth-week (that’s right, I celebrate the whole week) so it seemed fitting that the Top Five post should be about something completely superfluous and subjective… Every reader has their own literary spank-bank significant others… I thought this would be the perfect time to share mine with you 🙂

Ah Book Boyfriends…

I have a metaphorical harem of Book Boyfriends. It’s a revolving door of swoon-worthy men, ever changing because who knows what awaits me in the next book… This list might look completely different a year from now…

So here are my TOP FIVE Book Boyfriends of the moment

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Bared to You by Sylvia Day

Gideon Cross
Alpha-Male, business-brilliant, billionaire, sex-god, obsessed, relentless, broken… He is just the right side of being a complte stalker-lunitic. Gotta love those Billionares who can be cured with the power of love…

Transcendence by Shay Savage

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My sweet caveman with a heart of gold… He is the ultimate alpha-male hero looking to protect his mate, and, ya know… Put a baby in her. Plus, he doesn’t have any language skills, so you know he won’t talk back.

Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard

Professor Gabriel Emerson
The gorgeous Dante professor with a haunted past and a poet’s heart… He’s a completely arrogant asshole until he falls wildly in love, then he’s a smooth-talking, multilingual, jet-setting Casanova. Sadly this status only applies to book one in the series.

Double Time by Olivia Cunning

Trey Mills
 
No list of lust-worthy book boyfriends is complete without a rock star! Trey is a guitarist and a bisexual who believes three is company… I am totally fucking on board. He’s battled adversity, addiction, and a broken heart.

Beautiful Stranger by Christina Lauren

Max Stella
 My British Book boyfriend – a financial genius, reformed man-whore, & active sexual exhibitionist. Everything about him will melt your ovaries. I’ll share the rest of the boys on this list, but Max is mine.