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TRR GLBT Madness Hop ~ Review: The Harder She Comes

Welcome to The Romance Reviews GLBT Madness Hop! Over forty bloggers are participating, with prizes at each stop. When you’re finished here, leave a comment to enter, then click on the Hop button at the bottom of the page to whisk yourself away to the next stop on your hop! You have four days to make the rounds (9/27 – 9/30) and winners will be drawn Monday, October 1.


What is it about a pretty girl in a tight skirt bent over to adjust her stockings? Or that hotter-than-hot butch, swaggering into the bar like she owns it, eyes undressing every pretty girl in the place?

Some butches worship at the altar of their femmes fatale and many little girls have a need to serve their big, strong daddies. In The Harder She Comes, we meet girls salivating at the sight of well-filled and packed jeans and bois dreaming of having a beautiful girl’s red lipstick smeared across their mouths. D. L. King has curated a singular set of stories filled with sexy sirens luring unsuspecting butches to their demise on the rocky shores of love and hot, confident women in silk and lace during the day who will do anything to serve their daddies’ needs at night. The Harder She Comes is great writing with characters that will stay with the reader for a long, long time — sometimes sweet, always sexy, often romantic, and more than a little dangerous.


In a word, delicious. Like a box of fine chocolates, each one unique and hand-crafted, a little something for everyone. I’ve been savoring the eighteen stories in D. L. King’s most recent collection, The Harder She Comes (Cleis Press, 2012), for over two months, rationing them out, tasting each one thoroughly, pausing to pay attention to the details that most speak to me, and not wanting to pick up the next one too quickly, for fear of spoiling the lingering sensual aftertaste of the one I’ve just finished.

Some favorites:

“Winner Take All,” by Andrea Dale. This one stood out for the unexpectedness of the encounter, the unrehearsed serendipity of seizing the moment and going for it.

“Born to Ride,” by Beth Wylde. A snappy dressed-to-the-nines femme decides I know what I like and I’m not afraid to go after it.

“Birthday Butch,” by Teresa Noelle Roberts, for its layers of control and submission, the heady mix of soft curves and steel.

“The Bucket List,” by Charlotte Dare, for being a well told cougar story with just the right balance of lust, romance and bravery.

“Tamales,” by Kathleen Bradean. I love stories that propel me from humor and hot banter and laughter right to the very heart of what it is to be filled with love, and this one delivers. My favorite lines: “There was nothing like a lover you knew when you were in a hurry. Confident touches in all the right places; curves that fit together like memory; fingertips that glided over heated skin; shared gasps between soul kisses.”


My giveaway for the Hop is a free download of our lesbian erotic romance novella, The Lady Wants More (Torquere). Here’s the blurb and a LINK to an excerpt. To enter for the drawing (and for the other hop prizes), leave a comment below.

The Lady Wants MoreThe Lady Wants More: Janet Baxter keeps her post-divorce life neatly compartmentalized: Secure job, spacious Westchester County home, successful adult children, dependable community volunteer activities. Why is she drawn – for the first time ever – to attend her twenty-year college reunion in New York City?

Always a free spirit, Brenda Cassidy is comfortably bisexual and has no plans to ever settle down. But a fling? The reappearance of svelte, reserved Janet Baxter in Brenda’s life is nothing less than a gift, worthy of every enticement Brenda can conjure up. Can Brenda seduce Janet into an endless night of the lovemaking they enjoyed too briefly as college roommates? What if the lady wants more?

My lesbian short story, “A Bucket List Tattoo,” is available as a free read for subscribers to my newsletter. For details, click on the links in the my upper left sidebar.

Click the button to travel to the next stop on your Hop!

The Romance Reviews GLBT Madness Hop


New #Free Read ~ A Bucket List Tattoo!

New Free Read! Our two year contract on one of our fave short stories has run out, and that means YOU can get a PDF copy free!

“A Bucket List Tattoo” is a quick, spicy f/f read, complete with a recipe for edible body paints (and who wouldn’t love that!). Plus, it comes with a link and discount code for where to get some of the hot temp tattoos featured on its new cover!


Just past fifty and freshly divorced, cardiac nurse Natalie Gardner decides it’s time to create her personal bucket list. On the top of her list? A tattoo – but she’s nervous about the pain. Maybe Cindy McGraw, the hot young physical therapist she often lunches with, can help her out. Next on her list? It may be too much to hope for, but she’s definitely angling for more than tattoo advice from Cindy. Would a taste be too much to ask?


How to get your copy: Two simple rules – (1) subscribe to my newsletter (sign up is in the left hand sidebar), and (2) send me an email (adrianakraft99 at yahoo dot com ) with FREE READ in the subject line – I’ll take care of the rest!


Writing #GLBTQ Literature

Welcome to the Rainbow Book Reviews Blog Hop! Be sure to click on the graphic to link to the rest of the participants. Lots of fabulous prizes – leave a comment to enter, for ours as well as all the grand prizes. We’re offering one free download, reader’s choice, from our published books.

What does writing GLBTQ literature mean to us? We’re a married couple writing erotic romance together under our pen name, Adriana Kraft. We’re also proud parents of a gay son, members of our local PFLAG chapter, and social activists who’ve supported causes we believe in across more decades than we necessarily want to count.

Nearly three and a half years ago, we stood with other supporters on the steps of our local county Courthouse on an April afternoon awaiting word on the Iowa Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision. We were prepared to stand for our values whichever way the decision went – and we were thrilled with the outcome (and blogged about it, HERE). I don’t think we can say it better than one of us told a reporter that afternoon: “Love is love, and every couple deserves a happy ending.”

So that’s one major reason we write what we write: to celebrate love wherever it can be found, and to share with the world our belief that all persons, whatever their sexual orientation, deserve equality under the law when they form a love relationship.

There’s more of course – we do write erotic romance, after all, and our tag line is Erotic Romance for Two, Three, or More. There are so many varieties and combinations under the rainbow banner. We’re especially partial to scenes and stories that feature two women together, whether lesbian or bisexual. Our short stories and novels explore what’s possible for women (well, and the occasional man) who can’t fit themselves neatly into the box labeled “straight.” Sometimes their foray into same sex relationships turns out to be a small part of coming into their own sexually, as in Mistress of Purgatory Point. More often, same sex erotic encounters become more central for them, and they find a range of solutions for ongoing expression of their entire spectrum of sexuality. We write a world where three- and even four-way committed relationships are not only possible but welcomed.

We hope you’ll leave us a comment on why GLBTQ literature matters to you, and what your favorite pairings are. We’ll pull a winner by random number Monday morning, August 27. Good luck!

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