While there are similarities in sexual content and heat, the differences lies in story content. A common explanation is that an erotic romance will end with a happily-ever-after, whereas in erotica that isn’t necessarily the case.
In most instances, erotic romance has more of a story; there is an arc where characters change and develop, and love is involved. Erotica is more about the sex and less on emotion.
Of course it can’t be that simple, can it?
Erotic romance is a complete romantic tale—with scenes that’ll steam-up your eReader’s screen. It is about characters who have a romantic relationship that develop throughout the story. The bedroom door stays open…hell, you’re invited inside!…during the sexier scenes. And Love is the primary emotion with a HEA ending.
Erotica romance differs in that it is less of a story and more about the characters’ journeys. It is the hot and steamy sex scenes that move the story forward. While emotion can be a focal point to a suspense, intrigue, and adventure story, more often it comprises a character who looks inside themselves to find approval. As with erotic, a reader can expect explicit sex scenes; the difference being the act is gratuitous. It is a key to the developing relationship and becomes an integral part of the story.
Many believe Erotica is all about the sex. But it is a romance first and a sexual exploration second. The story shows through the sex scenes how the characters’ relationship matures. But if you’re someone who loves a happily-ever-after or even a happy-for-now ending, then Erotic and the relationship between the characters might satisfy better.
Personally, I’m all for the HEA. It’s what I gravitate toward since I like that warm and squishy feeling inside when I finish a story.
Do you have a preference? Let me know in the comments below.