One letter. That’s all that separates the two words, but that one letter means so much.
Erotic Romance is a story about the emotional journey of the two main characters, and as part of that journey, they have sex a few times. The sex in this type of genre is generally explicit, but usually restricted to only a couple of times a book. The overarching plot is about the two characters falling in love. Think Fifty Shades of Grey and Sylvia Day’s, Crossfire series.
Erotica is a story about the sexual journey and little else. Your characters will be having sex all the time.
Sex, sex, sex, sex, sex.
So there you are, in a nutshell, the difference between erotic romance and erotica is sex.
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