My problem is that I can never decide. I’m never quite sure which I want more: chocolate double dream delight, or perfect praline parfait? I just don’t know, because on the one hand chocolate is awesome. But on the other hand…ohhhh, praline.
Which is why, I think, that so often I simply can’t resist merging the two in some heavenly mess of nuts and cocoa and God knows what else. I’d mix the two with my body, if I could. I’d swim in a great pool of chocolate praline goo, churning that unctuous concoction until I went blind from sweet treat overload.
But I digress. About sweets–what a shocker. When what I really wanted to talk about was my inability to choose between hot and hot, and how it often means that my stories wind up with one dominant guy, and one submissive guy.
Because as much as I love a steely eyed hunk with bending-you-over-the-credenza-roughly on his mind, I also love a good beta. You know the kind I mean–a guy who isn’t afraid to be a little vulnerable. A guy who doesn’t mind taking a little of what he’s been doling out. A guy who understands that bending over in the bedroom doesn’t mean he’s a softy in real life, you know?
Yeah, I love that kind of guy. And I find myself gravitating towards him, too, because you see him so rarely in erotic romance. He’s like an unrepresented minority, a species that’s going extinct in the wild. The RSPCA keeps putting up appeals on his behalf on the television–please save the lesser spotted and totally sexy Submissive Man. This gentle beast, when startled, can spring for the hills. But slick him up with lube and slide him across the bed and he’ll be yours for life.
And being a kindly sort, I find I can put aside my love for alphas for a moment (there’s one in my novella Closer, and one in my novel Control, so I feel he’s been dealt a fair hand) and give a little time over to the beta man. The submissive man. The man who knows what he wants in the bedroom and it isn’t always what’s expected.
Which is why I wrote Giving. If you do take a chance and buy it, I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. And the lesser spotter Submissive Man salutes you, for your hard and dedicated work in the wilds of erotic romance.
You can find Giving here:
And here’s a brief blurb:
Clarissa Levinson’s boyfriend has asked for a very unusual birthday present this year. He wants her to fulfill three wishes, and all of them require Clarissa to push her own personal boundaries and become the boss not just at work, but in the bedroom as well.
His kinky demands initially make her nervous, but the more she gives him what he wants, the weaker her inhibitions become. In fact, she’s starting to really like being the one in charge. Who knew domination could be so much fun?
Charlotte Stein has published many stories in various erotic anthologies, including Fairytale Lust from Cleis, and Sexy Little Numbers, from Black Lace. Her own collection of short stories, The Things That Make Me Give In, was named one of the best erotic romances of 2009 by Michelle Buonfiglio. She also has novellas and a novel out with Ellora's Cave, Total-E-Bound and Xcite, and you can contact her at her blog: wwwthemightycharlottestein.