Off Limits.

I was going to write a short story with orgasm denial…but I’m not feeling it so much tonight. So I thought I’d talk a little about some trouble I’ve come up to with writing the fourth book in my Windy City  Series.

The hero, Bradley, is extremely strict and the darkest Dom in the series. Meaning he plays rough.  The road block I’ve hit is that he doesn’t call the heroine, Erin, by her name while they play. The reason is because during their play sessions, she’s more an object, more a fucktoy than his girlfriend/submissive.  Calling her something other than her name adds to the humiliation.  She loves all of this, by the way, but I am having the hardest time because it feels like he wants to call her ‘slut’ or his ‘whore’ during these scenes.  Those words feel natural during a rough scene, at least to me, but I’m afraid that readers will jerk back in response.

I feel like those words, although completely acceptable when both parties enjoy their use- or even when one doesn’t, but consents to it’s use (even hotter), will make readers turn away. And as a writer that’s the last thing I want.

So in the meantime, I’ve decided to use, ‘pet’.

I’ll pose the question to you.  Is having the Dom (who is otherwise loving and awesome-even when he’s being strict) call his girl a slut or whore during their scenes off limits in Erotic Romance? Is it too hard core?  Or does it add another erotic level to the book?

Penny for your thoughts….then make sure you hop over to the other steamy reads this week.


1. Is That Weird? 2. Eleven Steps
3. Dogging and Spanking Approach 4. Inspection
5. OFF LIMITS – but next time? 6. Limits
7. Limits: Fixed and Fluid 8. Completely Hard Limit
9. A real slap in the face