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Jocelyn DexI’ve been reading and writing erotic romance for three years now and I want to confess that just six years ago, the word “cock” in a romance shocked me.

I grew up reading Harlequin romances (no cock) and then found Johanna Lindsey’s historical romances (no cock). When she wrote a sci-fi romance (Warrior’s Woman), I almost peed myself. How fricking cool was that? VERY! Pretty steamy but still no cock.

When I moved to Texas years ago, I hit a reading slump. I don’t think I read a romance for about six years. What? Yep. Guess that qualifies as a reading suspension rather than a slump.

One day, I was in Walgreens and for whatever reason, I gravitated toward the small selection of paperbacks. There was a book, I can’t remember the name or author. I’ve tried to find it to no avail. It was sci-fi, either time travel or interplanetary travel (something like that) and something to do with guardians (maybe).

cockAnyway, my mouth literally dropped open when the word cock came into play. I’d never read a romance with that kind of language. Oh and trust me, I use that word on a weekly basis–did then, do now. But I’d never read it in a romance. I was shocked!!! Appalled even. Had I picked up a porn book accidentally?

That cracks me up now. Never fails to make me roll my eyes at myself. I use cock, dick, pussy and sometimes cunt in my stories without blinking. It’s funny how fast we can become accustomed to things with a little exposure.

What about you? Did you start with tame romances? If so, were you shocked the first time you came across explicitly depicted sex?

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