Note: The headline above has been updated since Election Day. The post below remains the same.
There’s something deliciously naughty about reading an erotic romance in public, isn’t there? It’s a wicked little rush delving into your own secret sexy world while everyone around you is going about their daily business.
For the thrill seekers among us, reading sexy fiction while standing in line on Election Day carries the additional slightly edgy risk of running into one—or ten—of your neighbors while you’re deep in a sex scene. Sue and Al from next-door will never suspect the flush in your cheeks isn’t from waiting in an overheated gymnasium, lol.
That’s if you’re in the US, of course. If you’re not in the country, may I suggest you mute the volume on your TV, grab a sexy novel and forget the election is even happening?
Would you do it in a public place?
I don’t know if it’s because I live in a city where politics are discussed as often as the weather, but I love book and TV series written in a political setting. But there has to be romance too. And lots of steamy sex. And no politicians tweeting photos of their naked nether regions, or bragging about groping women…oh my god, not sexy.
“Not sexy” is only one of the problems facing erotic romance authors who write about politics. There’s also the fact that a lot of readers find politics too personal for fiction, akin to religion. Others just don’t care about politics, or they like their romances to be straight entertainment/fantasy/escape without a chaser of anything as potentially stodgy as the inner workings of government.
“The focus I want in a story is always the people,” says my friend Jeannie Zelos, reigning queen of Jeannie Zelos Book Reviews. “I have to like the lead characters and be rooting for them to get together. For me reading is relaxation, a way to take me out of everyday life and into another world. I don’t mind being educated along the way—that’s often fun and interesting, but I don’t want facts and issues rammed down my throat. I can go to Google if I need more knowledge of something.”
Don’t Drown Me in Details, Please
And then there are the readers living outside the country where the story takes place. It’s nearly impossible to follow the intricacies of another nation’s political environment unless you’ve lived there. Let’s face it: Books set in foreign countries and laden with political details can be a snoozefest.
For example, does UK-based Jeannie know or care about the machinations of US Congressional subcommittees or the electoral college? Um, no.
“If the background is US politics then non-US readers such as myself don’t want too much of the actual political nitty gritty,” Jeannie says. “I understand UK politics. I’ve always had a semi-political leaning, but not everyone does. When it comes to other countries, though, I’m lost. If a novel gets too politically involved it doesn’t matter how much I love the leads, how sensual and erotic the story, I just tend to switch off.”
Writing Sex + Politics Can Be Tricky
Sometimes an author falls in love with her theme and can go overboard sharing her research while readers just want more story. That goes for politics, law, investment banking, social work…it’s a fine line between building a credible story world and burying readers in too much detail.
Obviously, genre plays a huge role in determining how much actual politics should be in a novel with a political setting. My personal approach when writing my politically themed The Southern Gentleman Books 1 + 2 was to include only as much detail as necessary to understand the characters’ backstories, thought processes and emotions.
Jeannie’s approach to choosing a political erotic romance is similar. “I want the sex and the story to complement each other,” she says. “Too often one or the other dominates, and if politics is driving the plot then it needs to be done carefully, kept to the areas that affect the characters and storyline, and not to become overly complex.”
Thanks, Jeannie! Now I’m totally inspired for Election Day, and not just to breathe a sigh of relief that it’s almost over. I’ve got my comfortable boots on and my voter registration card handy. It’s time to queue up some sexy reading for the big day!
11 Political Erotic Romance Novels
Whether you love politics, hate them, or have a yawn-and-change-the-channel attitude, you’re going to swoon for these steamy political erotic romances. All books are first in series or can be read as standalones…
Mr. President by Katy Evans
Highly recommended by my bookish friend Heather of The Heathers Blog, I can’t wait to read this one! Book 1 in the White House series
He’s won the hearts of millions. But is he willing to lose his? Charlotte met the president’s son when they were both young. Matthew Hamilton was handsome, polished, and intelligent. He promised Charlotte he’d never run for president. She promised that if he did, she’d be by his side. Three terms later, an invitation to join Matthew Hamilton’s campaign is the most exhilarating opportunity she’s ever experienced. She’s determined to make a difference; he is determined to win. Focused on his goal, Matt is steadfast, ruthless, and disarming. All eyes are on him and his popularity surges. But soon, the next possible president of the United States is possessing Charlotte in more ways than one—and despite the risks, she’s helpless to resist. Winning will take everything. Walking away will be the hardest thing of all.
Off the Record by K.A. Linde
Sweet and sexy, this is the go-to political romance recommendation among my friends. Book 1 in the Record series
Liz Dougherty has no idea a single question is about to change her life. Her first big reporting assignment for her North Carolina college newspaper has her covering a state senator’s impromptu press conference. Brady Maxwell may have everything it takes to be a politician—a winning pedigree, devastating good looks, a body made to wear suits—but his politics rub Liz the wrong way. When Liz’s hard-hitting question catches the upstart senator’s interest, he sets his sights on seducing her into a secret romance that could destroy both their ambitions.
Misconduct by Penelope Douglas
A sexy forbidden love romance to warm you up while waiting outside your polling place!
Former tennis player Easton Bradbury is trying to be the best teacher she can be, trying to reach her bored students, trying to forget her past. What brought her to this stage in her life isn’t important. She can’t let it be. But now one parent-teacher meeting may be her undoing… Meeting aspiring politician Tyler Marek for the first time makes it easy for Easton to see why his son is having trouble in school. The man knows how to manage businesses and wealth, not a living, breathing teenage boy. Or a young teacher, for that matter, though he tries to. And yet…there is something about him that draws Easton in—a hint of vulnerability, a flash of attraction, a spark that might burn.
Bedmates by Nichole Chase
There’s nothing better than books about being in the public eye. This one adds the heat you crave in a celebrity romance
Everyone makes mistakes, especially in college. But when you’re the daughter of the President of the United States, any little slip-up is a huge embarrassment. Maddie McGuire’s latest error in judgment lands her in police custody, giving the press a field day. Now she must do her penance. Maddie never dreams good looking but annoying vice president’s son, Jake Simmon, will be along for her community service. Recently returned from Afghanistan with a life-altering injury, Jake doesn’t have the time or patience to deal with the likes of Maddie. They’re like oil and water. Every time they’re together, it’s combustible.
Seduction in Session by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake
The most political book yet (Book 2) in the series, The Perfect Gentlemen features a sexy group of alpha political operatives that includes a sexy U.S. president, yum
Recruited into the CIA at a young age, Connor Sparks values loyalty above all else. So when an anonymous journalist threatens one of the Perfect Gentlemen, Connor vows to take down the person behind the computer by posing as his target’s bodyguard. Publishing a tabloid revealing Washington’s most subversive scandals has earned Lara Armstrong the ire of the political scene—and a slew of death threats. To keep herself from ending up a headline, Lara hires a bodyguard, a man as handsome as he is lethal. When the bullets start to fly, Lara is surprised to find herself in Connor’s arms. Lara is devastated when she discovers Connor’s true identity just as they begin to unravel a mystery that could bring down the White House.
Lovely by Elizabeth SaFleur
Can you have love and power at the same time? That’s the question you’ll have to answer for yourself with this BDSM political romance. Book 1 in the Elite Doms of Washington series. Get it for $0.99 right now!
Politician and billionaire Jonathan Brond has mastered his work, his reputation and the art of sexual domination while keeping his family’s political legacy intact. But a chance encounter with college student Christiana Snow promises something he didn’t think was possible–meeting someone honest. When the charismatic man proposes a summer of sensual, sexual submission, Christiana leaps into his world—the antidote to her bland life. But Washington, DC is an unforgiving place. Soon gossip and scandal threaten their relationship. Yet, in a town of players, introducing a new game is the only way out. Who knew love would be the winning play?
The Dare by Rachel Van Dyken
A funny, sexy story to tickle your adventurous side. Book 3 in The Bet series
Beth Lynn has always lived up to her “boring” nickname… until she wakes up in a hotel bed next to a sexy as sin state senator she reconnected with at a wedding the previous night. What should have been a one-night stand turns into a six day adventure as Beth Lynn and Jace flee to Hawaii to escape the media firestorm. Jace isn’t looking for commitment — he believes he made that clear when he left the wedding with Beth. Then again, he can’t remember much of anything other than the way her skin felt beneath his hands. Now he’s stuck with her in some very tight situations, and trying his hardest to fight the attraction only a woman like Beth could invoke.
Flirting With Scandal by Chanel Cleeton
I love stories about sisters, and this Book 1 in the Capital Confessions series adds a political milieu to hit all the right romantic suspense notes
Jackie Gardner knows all about dirty secrets. The illegitimate daughter of an influential US senator, she grew up surrounded by political scandals. Now that she’s landed an internship with a powerful political consulting firm in Washington, DC, she’s determined to take the city by storm. William Andrew Clayton was born for politics. His campaign for the Virginia State Senate is the first step to cementing his future. It’s time for him to settle down, to find the perfect political spouse. He needs a Jackie Kennedy, not a Marilyn… When Jackie meets Will in the bar of the Hay-Adams Hotel, sparks fly. But the last thing Will needs is to be caught in a compromising position. And an affair with a political candidate could cost Jackie her career.
American Queen by Sierra Simone
A steamy BDSM romance set in the White House, includes an M/M/f ménage if that’s to your taste. Book 1 in the American Queen Trilogy
It starts with a stolen kiss under an English sky, and ends with a walk down the aisle. It starts with the President sending his best friend to woo Greer Galloway on his behalf, and it ends with her heart split in two. It starts with buried secrets and dangerous desires…and ends with the three of them bound together with a hateful love sharper than any barbed wire. Her name is Greer Galloway, and she serves at the pleasure of the President of the United States.
The Phoenix Candidate by Heidi Joy Tretheway
Checks all my sex and politics boxes. Book 1 in the Grace Colton series
Congresswoman Grace Colton is the most famous woman in politics—and the loneliest—until a drawling, sexy stranger offers her one night, no strings and no regrets. And it rocks her world. Then her one-night stand turns out to be Jared Rankin, a political consultant tasked with vetting her as a vice presidential candidate. He pushes hard—and she pushes back—to prepare her for a campaign that blurs the lines between ally and enemy. Grace is torn: play nice with Jared to earn her place on the ticket, or play hardball and back the opposition? Sticking to her principles could make Grace political road kill. As the convention approaches, Grace must decide where her loyalties lie, and whether she can trust Jared with her future—and her heart.
The Southern Gentleman by Sweden Reese
With an alpha Dominant hero who’s a well-known Washington insider and a heroine whose mother is running to the first woman president of the US, I couldn’t resist including my own book this time. Book 1 in the BDSM romantic suspense series, the Dominant Heroes Collection
When a shadowy group intent on stealing the U.S. presidential election targets a leading candidate’s daughter, jaded professional fixer Nolan Jackson is hired to safely escort her across the country to a star-studded Election Eve event. There’s only one problem: She’s ditched the campaign and disappeared… A southern gentleman who likes fast cars, deadly weapons and total control, Nolan is used to winning at all costs. Except in love. Yet, he’ll soon find himself irresistibly drawn to the candidate’s beautiful, naïve daughter. Sheltered heiress Lola Randall has always played it safe. Now she’s gone rogue. After escaping the media spotlight and her overbearing parents, the last thing she needs in her life is an alpha male. But Nolan is determined to win her heart and nail the bad guys before the opposition finds a way to steal the White House.
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