Romance Remedy chili pepper heat rating scale
Full disclosure, we get really irritated when authors misclassify their books. Suffice to say that one of the biggest problems is the disparity between the level of sexual heat most readers would expect to find—based on how the book is classified, the blurb and the cover—and what the book actually contains. To help our readers know what to expect, we've developed our own rating system:
5 chili peppers: All romantic erotica would include a 5 chili pepper rating. Any ménage reads, BDSM, "reverse harem" (for lack of a better term...I hate that term, just to be clear), and anything else I deem super hot with super descriptive sex scenes. Generally, 5 chili pepper reads will have multiple sex scenes, as well.
4 chili peppers: Romance with 3 or more explicit sex scenes that use all the naughty words for body parts that would get your mouth washed out with soap if you said them in front of your parents as a kid. (Cunt, pussy, and cock being the prime examples, of course). Reads from Tia Louise, Sawyer Bennett, Penelope Ward, Vi Keeland, LJ Shen, and Melanie Harlow, would probably fall into 4 chili pepper territory.
3 chili peppers: Romance with explicit sex scenes, but generally milder language. Reads from Jill Shalvis, Isabel Jordan and Jennifer Crusie would fall into 3 chili pepper territory.
2 chili peppers: Romance with plenty of sexual tension, but closed-door sex. I’m thinking Kristan Higgins romance reads are in the 2 chili pepper territory.
1 chili pepper: Romance with some sexual tension, maybe some kissing and hand holding, but no sex. I’m at a loss for examples. I don’t read much romance that falls into this category. Like Jane Austen novel movie adaptations, maybe? Hallmark stuff? I dunno.
0 chili peppers: Nothing but longing glances. Not even any dirty thoughts, though. All the Christian romance would belong here (i.e.: romance were spiritual enlightenment and being “godly” is more important to the characters than anything else)
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