Sunday, January 26, 2014

Sex and Bad Language in New Adult Novels

I may be in the minority here, but I'm certain I'm not the only one who gets turned off by all the sex and coarse language in New Adult novels. I've read excerpts from quite a number of NA books, and to be honest, most of them are bordering on erotica. Now if I wanted to read about the explicit, graphic details of sexuals acts (which isn't something that's ever really appealed to me in books), I would buy an erotica novel. But that's not what I want. I want romance and a good story!

So when I read the description of Lee Strauss's SUN & MOON and saw the note at the bottom -- not erotica - no explicit sex or coarse language -- I thought, Yay! How refreshing for an NA novel! And better yet, I was offered an ebook in exchange for an honest review! (Love it when that happens for a book I've already decided I want to read ;-) ) So I'll soon be letting you know what I think of SUN & MOON.

In the meantime, if you want to read this book for yourself, the fantastic news is that it's NOW AVAILABLE! Yip, today is release day!

Sun & Moon by Lee Strauss
(Book One in the Minstrel Series)

If you’re a fan of the movie Inside Llewyn Davis, ABC television’s Nashville or Colleen Hoover’s upcoming novel, "Maybe Someday", the Minstrel Series is for you!

The Minstrel Series is a collection of contemporary romance novels set in the singer/songwriter world. The books are companion novels, with shared settings and characters, but each are complete standalone stories with a HEA (happily ever after) and no cliffhangers!

She has a past. He has a secret.
Katja Stoltz is a risk-taking singer-songwriter hoping to make it in the indie music scene in Dresden, Germany. Micah Sturm's a brooding uptown banker on a quest.

Driven to the streets, Katja is picked up by Micah - but he doesn't want what she thinks he does.

There’s an undeniable attraction between them, a gravitational pull they both struggle to resist. Katja knows she mustn’t fall in love with this handsome enigma. There’s something dark lurking beneath the surface. He could be dangerous.

And even if her life isn’t on the line, her heart most definitely is.

*not erotica - no explicit sex or coarse language

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What about you?
What do you think of all the sex and coarse language in NA?
Love it? Could do without it?
Couldn't really be bothered as long as the story's good?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations to Lee!
I certainly don't want to read that stuff, nor write it. I had a hard enough time writing a kiss into my second book.

Tizzy Potts said...

I don't mind a little kissing and the hint of something sexual going on but I don't want to read explicit scenes or lots of coarse language. Just a subtle indication is fine, leaving the rest up to the imagination. I quickly become bored with a book when the plot gets taken over by so many steamy scenes.

Cathy Keaton said...

I'm right there with you, Rachel. I never read NA for these reasons. To me, it seems like NA gets so edgy like this because authors have to hold back so much in YA. But, I prefer YA so I can avoid all that near-erotica stuff.

Damaria Senne said...

I don't mind erotica it is what I'm choosing to read. But I don't like sex and coarse language in NA. For me, it's inappropriate.

I also think sometimes the sex and bad language don't add to the story and I usually end up skimming through that to try to find the actual story, which puts me off a book.

Then there is the fact that I'm an adult and reading about NA's in sexual situations just me makes me uncomfortable. Yes I know they are adults,but I'm in my 40s, and it's just out of my comfort zone.

Krista McLaughlin said...

I agree with you, I'm not much into reading those types of scenes and I tend not to read books that do. It's one of the main reasons I write romance without the language and sex scenes. A sweet, but passionate romance is still great to read!

J.L. Campbell said...
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J.L. Campbell said...

Hi, Rachel,
I haven't read more than a few NA novels, but can understand why you wouldn't enjoy the bad language and erotica. I saw a writer protesting once that the bad language and sex isn't what NA is about, but I guess there will always be writers at both ends of the spectrum where language and heat level are concerned.