Erotic romance is a romance category that contains more explicit sexual material than other romance novels. Erotic romance books usually, but not always, have a contemporary setting. The characters' sexual encounters drive the narrative, as sex is key to the development of the romantic relationship between the hero and the heroine. The genre often explores sexual practices or fetishes, such as BDSM.
E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey, which has sold millions of copies worldwide, is by far the most popular erotic romance title, and is largely responsible for the genre's newfound popularity. Other big names in erotic romance are Sylvia Day and Tiffany Reisz. Erotic romance is sometimes mistakenly called "erotica"; however, that is a different literary category. Book Country's genre map will continue to change as new literary categories emerge and others fall out of fashion. If you write novels focused on erotic romance, explore this subgenre to connect with other like-minded writers, workshop, and publish your book.