- For me Romance deals with a book that FOCUSES on the Building of a relationship between 2 people, them interacting, learning about each other, showing their care and then love for each other often (not always) taking place in dates or romantic settings. It also “can” include sex. From implied sex, soft sex, raunchy/steamy/detailed sex or outright kinky sex. Sex scenes can be only once in the book or a few times (2-4). As long as the focus and majority of the book is how they meet/grow to like/love each other and how they overcome an obstacles (internal/external) to their relationship.
Erotica on the other hand (to me) is a fast fairly short book that has a flimsy or light storyline that moves QUICKLY to sex. The sex takes places many, many times. There are very few in-between chapters that won’t deal directly with a sex scene. The sex is pretty much always on the raunchy or kinky scale. The purpose of the book is to overall provide “readable porn” (btw not knocking it or real porn, nothing wrong with either).
Both have a purpose but they are not the same-I write ROMANCE with hot sex in it! (though levels/hotness of sex may vary depending on the characters, their personality and their story)