These Romance Heat Levels are a standard I found online at RomCon.com. They fall in line with the standards of many romance publishers so I thought I’d use them also.
Sensuality is not the focus of the book. There may be profanity or mild violence. (e.g., Young Adult, Family Sagas…)
No sex or scenes of physical intimacy except kissing. No profanity. No graphic violence. (e.g., Christian Fiction, Sweet Romance, Young Adult Romance…)
There may be mildly described scenes of intimacy. There may be mild profanity or violence.
There may be detailed sex scenes. There may be profanity and/or graphic violence.
Series lines that are generally considered Hot include Harlequin American Romance and Silhouette Special Edition. Authors who often write at this level of sensuality include Nora Roberts, Susan Wiggs, Rebecca York, Judith Arnold, Mary Balogh, Edith Layton, and Candace Camp.
Other examples of Hot are most Harlequin Temptations and Blazes, as well as a good number of Silhouette Desires. Authors who tend to write Hot romances include J.D. Robb, Leanne Banks, Stephanie Laurens, Gaelen Foley, Karen Marie Moning, Linda Howard, Lisa Kleypas, Susan Andersen, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and pre-Romantic Supense Julie Garwood.
There are more but I wont be reading them so there’s no use posting about them 🙂