Monday, 18 January 2016

Crossing the Line Why It Feels So Damn Good To Be Bad… by Kate Deveaux

Thank you so much Brit Babes for having me. As a Brit myself, I am a huge fan of all of you and I am delighted to call many of you fellow Totally Bound authors.

And it’s no secret I am a big tennis fan and love Lucy Felthouse and Lily Harlem’s Grand Slam Series. Oh la la, it has made me look at my tennis game with new eyes and imagination!

I am so happy to stop by today and chat with you about something I’ve been pondering lately.

Crossing the Line
Why It Feels So Damn Good To Be Bad…

I don’t know about you, but when I want to read something really juicy, or watch a really good movie, there is one element I can almost always identify as the ‘hook’ that catches me every single time. What reels me in and keeps me turning pages and on the edge of my seat?  

It’s the Taboo factor.  That moment when the hero or heroine crosses the line between acceptable social behavior and behavior that is — let’s be nice and call it ‘questionable’— but oh, so drop dead sexy. As an erotic romance writer who enjoys reading and writing just about every type of erotic story, the topic of that taboo factor came up just last week. Mr. Deveaux and I and some good friends were sipping wine on New Years Eve when the subject came up of what our favorite books were. The first thing that came to my mind and I quickly blurted out was  “Thorn Birds.” Everyone looked surprised. Me, an erotic romance author picked the Thorn Birds? Colleen McCullough’s gut wrenching runaway bestseller from 1977? Yup, that was the first thing that came to my mind. Okay, I had a few glasses, but it was my first response and it made me think…

What is it about that decades old story that captured my imagination years ago and that of nearly 30 million readers? Taboo. Plain and simple. The priest and the woman he could not have. The same goes for many of my favorites, such as Jane Eyre, where a governess and her master Mr. Rochester find a tortured but compelling attraction to each other. Or a modern day story such as On The Island by Tracey Garvis Graves, where the female teacher and her sixteen-year-old student are stranded for years on a deserted island. These themes thrill us.  How about the torrid romance between a brother and his sister in law, or the sizzling attraction between an older woman and the twenty-year-old son of her best friend and neighbor? But the list of these naughty themes goes on and on and I am sure you have your favorite taboo themes.

We know in taboo romance that as the sexual tension and attraction builds, the story is going somewhere. Somewhere unspeakably delicious. Temptations will ignite into something intriguing, lusty and a little bit naughty.  Or a lot naughty. These stories push the envelope. Themes founded in everyday life, in the thrill of breaking rules in the face of a passion so ardent it knows no bounds. The “badder the better” and the hotter it gets when the stakes are totally taboo.

I don’t know about you, but I so love a naughty girl who gets just what she wants, a naughtier man. And I love a love story that breaks all barriers: race, sex, religion — you name it — begs to be broken. The sexiest thing in the world is two people, or more if you’re into that (and of course you are, you read erotic romance just like me!) who give up everything for their uncontainable passion.

I’d love to hear what you think about the taboo factor. What makes it so hot? It’s the theme of many of my novels and certainly will be for more in the future.

Thanks so much for having me and let’s keep the conversation going…

Best,
Kate
xx

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BRIDE UNDONE

This bride takes ‘I do’ to a whole new level — just not with the groom.

In one week Chloe will walk down the aisle. Yet she’s a bride who can’t stop spying on the weddings of total strangers. Desperate to catch a glimpse of what true love really looks like, she is having serious second thoughts about tying the knot.

Until she meets Wes — the sexy long lost father of her groom. The hunk from Texas confirms her worst fears. She is marrying the wrong man.

Battling her intense attraction for Wes, the flame between them burns too hot to resist. Chloe and Wes give into their scorching passion and struggle with the consequences of their love.


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ABOUT KATE:

KATE DEVEAUX is a die-hard romantic. A former wedding planner, Kate has always been "in love" with love! She was inspired to transition from writing racy short stories to full length manuscripts after meeting other authors in the romance world at industry workshops, conferences and events. Born in London, England, Kate has lived in both the U.K. and the U.S. When she’s not busy writing or reading, Kate can be found on the tennis court—yes, there’s even "love" in that game too!


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6 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for being our guest on the Brit Babes Kate :) Also I'm thrilled that you enjoyed Grand Slam and I agree, it gives a whole new meaning to tennis LOL and the Thorn Birds - I too am a huge fan!

    Lily x

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    1. Lily, love being your guest, you are such a talent. Looking forward to reading your latest "HOT" book Heat of the Day! Perfect to warm up this winter :)

      Best,
      Kate
      xx

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  2. Great blog - and yes the Thorn Birds is a favourite of mine - I even loved the TV series of the 80's!! Last year I read a really good 'taboo' book called Stepbrother Dearest - not really taboo as they were not blood related but - it was good and it seemed to start an avalance of similar books - which were not as good and they appeared to be copy cats... anyway.. taboo books seem to have come full circle as I have noticed a few books with Priests as the main character fighting their feelings, wether it be for their parishioners or step-siblings.

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    1. I loved the TV series too, oh la la it was scandalous at the time. So glad we have progressed from the 80's and the taboo stories are more abundant and even more racy, we have Thorn Birds partly to thank for paving the way.

      Best,
      Kate
      xx

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  3. Thanks so much for having me as a guest. Always fun stopping by to chat with such talented authors!

    Kate
    xx

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