“The Crib” by Sasha White is an explosive, edgy tale with a strong heroine who knows what she wants and goes after it. Lexy is a volatile woman who worms her way into a reader’s heart as she searches for the answers to clear the name of someone she loves and overcomes a painful past. Her determination and grit in this story is written at the strong hand of a strong writer. Only a writer, sure of herself and her pen, could write a character such as Lexy, as well as in the first person, and pull it off superbly.

“The Crib” is sexy, raw and intriguing. Devon and Lexy set the pages on fire and leave the reader wanting more. I hope to see these characters again in the future, working together and spending time in one another’s arms. They’re characters who are memorable, as is the author’s voice. “
Read Tracey’s full review at Road To Romance

PureSex_coverReviews for The Crib and PURE SEX are starting to trickle in…and it’s good timing I think too because there’s a discussion going on over at Dear Author about marketing and HEA and how Aphrodisia is categorized as Erotic Romance, but not all it’s stories have Happily Ever Afters.

This does concern me a small amount because The Crib does not have a traditional romantic Happily Ever After ending. However, I think the ending is a Happy one and is perfect for the story. It also leaves me room to continue with the characters, who I love.

Despite the lack of a traditional HEA I’m so happy to say that many romance readers have great things to say about The Crib.

Even Romance reader Megan, say’s “A thrilling murder mystery wrapped around some sizzling hot sex”. And in her review she comments on the ending. You can read her full review of PURE SEX HERE.

Romance Diva’s reviewer says:
“The Crib is dark, gritty and racked with tension… Tight prose with just a razor edge of noir sensibility. Excellent.”

She also gave the anthology 4.5 kisses and says…“While all three stories are well done, I felt Ms. White’s material didn’t fit the light, playful tone of the other two and would have been better placed by an editor, in another, darker anthology or been lengthened to fit the format of a single title release.”

Is that Bad? I don’t think so. I think anthologies should offer a bit of variety and a sample of each authors style. Some Anthologies are themed, PURE SEX isn’t. The theme for PURE SEX is just that, sexy erotic stories.

USA Today best selling romance author Julie Leto has read THE CRIB abd says...”Authentic and compelling…Raw when it needs to be, romantic and sensual when it needs to be. Sasha White is a writer to watch!”

Kristi Ahlers who reviewed PURE SEX for the Romantic Tiomes BookClub says of THE CRIB…“This is a raw and sensual story. Lexy is not your average heroine, and Devon is more than her match.” and of PURE SEX in general..”The title says it all! This steamy anthology has three unique stories with different levels of heat. ”

I understand that some people can get confused by a lable on a spine…but at the same time I wonder if it really is such a big deal? So while The book is labled erotic romance, I think that if someone looks at the title of the anthology, the cover, and even the reviews, they should have a pretty good idea of what they are getting.

It’s my understanding that readers buy authors, not lines. (except maybe category romance readers and Har Blaze ort Intrigue and such) Do you, as a reader, really examine the spine of each book you purchase to see if it’s labeled erotica or erotic romance or romance? Or do you go by the cover and the blurb for it? As well as reviews and word of mouth. Just how big of a deal is the Lable ? Does it cancel out everything else?

15 comments for “Reviews

  1. May 26, 2006 at 2:29 pm

    I read this somewhere else–so it’s a blatant ripoff (I’d give credit if I could). Labels comfort people, pure and simple. Another very smart person once said that (outside of epublishing) no writer’s entire readership is on the internet and it’s true.

    Frankly I rarely read lables (do I really want to know what they put in my Ben and Jerry’s ice cream? NO…hell I don’t even read directions!) and I NEVER check book spines to see how a book is categorized.

    But then, I’m one of those rare birds who WILL wander a whole bookstore and impulse buy everything from non-fic to YA to romance to straight mystery. There’s no telling what’ll end up in my basket.

  2. May 26, 2006 at 2:39 pm

    It doesn’t matter to me, but for staunch romance readers it will be an issue, but my thinking is Aphrodisia isn’t marketing toward the average romance reader. Just the ones that want more…and are willing to step outside the box for it. Is everyoen going to love the Aphrodisia books? Nope! I’m sure there will be our fair share of crap reviews and readers talking on message boards about the books being disappointing, mainly for that HEA reason. WE’re definitely not going to please everyone!

  3. May 26, 2006 at 2:43 pm

    I agree, we won’t please everyone, but then again…no one does.

  4. Little Lamb Lost
    May 26, 2006 at 9:06 pm

    I am the same style of reader as Cece. I may check the spine for what I feel like reading at the time. However, my decision to buy tends to be based on reading a few pages of a book, frequently picking up books of authors I know I like, or if author I don’t know, what I have heard from others.

    A happy ending gives me a lift, but I am not reading for the traditional HEA.

  5. SD
    May 26, 2006 at 10:12 pm

    No, I don’t think I’ve ever checked the spine on a book If the books synopsis is interesting I’ll probably pick it up, but most cases I browse through the first chapter and if it catches me, it’s mine. But never the spine, I’ve never even thought about it.

  6. May 27, 2006 at 1:10 am

    Yeah it matters to me but only with romance. When out of that section I don’t really worry about it.

    But lately I am rarely out of that section. I think books with a strong love story or relationship should be in the romance section – be it chick-lit, inspirational, women’s fic, erotica or romance.

    At the same time if the labels aren’t going to reflect what the book is, then I don’t want anything in the romance section BUT romance.

    I am one of those chatty people that talk to anyone, shocking I know. And more often then not end up talking to people in book stores (not sure if they think I am good for rec’s because I am there SO long or because I am carrying so many books ;) ). More often than not, they are not online. They may have their RT list made but I mention the net, blogs or review sites and they have no clue. So those people DON’T research their books.

    And oddly enough I get asked for rec’s (often EC ones) from older women who know nothing about computers than younger ‘sex in the city’ types. So those are the ones I worry about. And the price isn’t going to work in favor. At $13 a pop people are less likely to take a chance and less likely to try again once they didn’t get the HEA they expected.

    of course just my lil opinion

  7. May 27, 2006 at 7:34 am

    Sybil….Daisy has a great blog post about the older women in her WW group that have read her EC books–its’ a hoot!

  8. May 27, 2006 at 12:19 pm

    I’m a big label reader at the grocery store, in bookstores, etc. Obviously, I look at the cover and then read the blurb first. If that catches my attention, then I’ll look for taglines (ie erotica, erotic romance, horror, etc.) Whether I buy it or not will boil down to my mood. If the blurb catches my attention, then I most likely will, but I want to know what I’m getting. I don’t like the old bait and switch that some books do. If it says erotic romance, then it better be an erotic romance.

  9. May 27, 2006 at 3:48 pm

    First off, let me say WOOT! on those reviews. I know Lexy’s story from its very beginning and it deserves every kudo it gets. It’s a fantastic story – I love the noir comments, that is exactly it. Oh, and not to mention the sex. Hot diggity! (You know I’m envisioning my favorite scene, right? )
    As to the rest of it… I do look at spine labels, covers, blurbs, and so forth. If it’s an author I don’t know, I definitely comb over it to make sure it looks good to me. A traditional HEA is not a given in erotica and I wouldn’t expect it. In Erotic romance though, yep, I would expect it.
    The end of THE CRIB is a good “happy” one even if it’s not traditional HEA.

  10. May 28, 2006 at 8:55 am

    I know I keep saying this but I really really think it comes down to the HEA being in the eye of the reader….

  11. May
    May 28, 2006 at 9:20 am

    I don’t read the label either. But from what I’ve seen on blogs lately (or, since everybody disagrees with me), it will be an issue for many romance readers.

  12. May 28, 2006 at 12:57 pm

    Super reviews, Sasha! Well done you!

    Hmmm, as a reader ideally I like to be surprised by endings. I also like the story to run on in my head. But I read a lot of fiction outside romance. I find romance everywhere though. I tend to buy by author or blurb, not label.

  13. May 29, 2006 at 12:48 am

    Congrats on the fabulous reviews, Sasha.

  14. May 29, 2006 at 9:42 am

    Great reviews and love that cover!!!

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