This wasn't supposed to happen - Baby's Got Bite (Take It Like a Vamp #2) by Candace Havens

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    Bennett Langdon has a firm no-relationships policy. Still, it doesn't stop her from hooking up with a super-sexy bad boy at her best friend's wedding. After all, it's only one night—what harm could it do? Ten weeks later, a pregnant Bennett has her answer...

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    Published: July 28th, 2015

    Bennett Langdon has a firm no-relationships policy. Still, it doesn't stop her from hooking up with a super-sexy bad boy at her best friend's wedding. After all, it's only one night—what harm could it do? Ten weeks later, a pregnant Bennett has her answer...

    Linc Monahan can't believe it. This wasn't supposed to happen. He's a werewolf, and shouldn't be able to father a child with a human. Now Linc has to find some way to tell Bennett that not only do werewolves exist, but she's about to have a baby with one.

    But when word of their surprise conception gets out, the fur hits the fan. There are people who don't want this baby to be born—even if it means killing. Now Bennett and Linc aren't just fighting each other...they're fighting for their lives.

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    The Heat Level

    Hey Gang, First, thanks for letting me hang out today. I’ve been asked to talk about what I believe the “adequate” heat level is for paranormal romance stories. The short answer is, it depends on the story. It’s true. If you’re writing erotic romance, the heat level can be pretty high. If you’re not, the levels of heat can vary greatly.

    For me, it’s about the romance. Does the sex drive the romance? Then the heat level might be a little higher, than if it’s really the emotions doing the dirty work of the novel. Though, I will say, no matter what, my characters have to have an emotional connection before sex. The passion and emotion have to be there even if it starts out as a one-night stand like Linc and Bennett in “Baby’s Got Bite.” (I’m going to use my books as examples–I’m always afraid if I use someone’s book and they don’t like what I say, they’ll beat me up in a dark alley some day.)

    The paranormal romances I’m doing for the Covet line at Entangled, I’d say are probably medium sexy. (Some people might say hotter) The first book, “Take It Like A Vamp,” might have had a few more sex scenes than “Baby’s” but it was a different trope. In “Vamp,” they were friends who became lovers. So the sex, and the level of intimacy that grew during those scenes was important to the story. In “Baby’s,” Bennett gets knocked up. There aren’t as many sex scenes, but what is there is super hot. Both stories are driven by the sexual tension and wanting the unattainable.

    The language can also determine the level of heat. Is the language really graphic? Then that story might be higher heat, than one that uses metaphors to describe what’s happening in a sexy scene. I have some characters who are bolder than others, and may talk more during sex. Their internal thoughts might be raunchier or sexier than others. Guys think about sex differently than women. So sometimes it’s the character voices who determine how sexy things get.

    Which takes me back to my original point: It depends on the story the author is trying to tell. I don’t think it matters if it’s paranormal or not, the heat level is determined by the story the author wants to tell. I don’t think paranormal “creatures” are any more carnal than humans. I think we all have the capability of giving into base desires. How far those characters are willing to go to satisfy those desires, is up to the author.

    I kind of love that we have such a wide breadth of choices in the heat levels in paranormal romance. If you like super sexy, there are a ton of books for you. If you like it closed door, then there’s that, as well. We are lucky to live in a time where we do have so many choices.

    I’d like to hear what you think about the heat in paranormal romance. Tell me, I really want to know.

    About the author: 
    Bestselling author Candace Havens has written multiple novels for Berkley, Entangled and Harlequin. Her books have received nominations for the RITA's, Holt Medallion and Write Touch Reader Awards. She is the author of the biography Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy and a contributor to several anthologies. 

    She is also one of the nation's leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities including Tom Hanks, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, George Clooney and many more. Her entertainment columns can be read in more than 600 newspapers across the country. Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 2200 writers, and teaches comprehensive writing class. She does film reviews with the Hawkeye & Dorsey on 96.3, and is a former President of the Television Critics Association. 

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