Sheena, Tara and Jeannie join forces to give us an overview of sex in lesfic.

They talk about:

  1. The actual difference between a traditional romance with varying degrees of sex (from no on-page sex to A LOT of graphic sex), an actual erotic romance novel (because what makes an erotic romance an “erotic” romance isn’t just the amount or graphicness of the sex), and an erotic novel, all in the context of lesfic, of course.
  2. Why is graphic sex important in lesfic?

TLR Patron Listener Comment “I feel it is very important to have sex scenes in books. I hate the fade to black, or no sex” 

  1. Why is there an expectation for graphic sex in lesfic?
  2. How does it affect the culture of lesfic?
  3. How the expectations for sex on the page can hurt reviews for books that don’t have it, even if it it wouldn’t add anything to the book. 
  4. What does this mean for folks who are Ace?
  5. What kind of expectations do we setup for baby dykes by having graphic sex scenes in lesfic?
  6. Should straight women read lesfic to learn about sex or just because lesfic is freakin awesome?
  7. Recommendations for fab novels with tons of on page sex (please categorise the recs as either erotic or romance)

Listen to the podcast here

Book Recommendations 


Bring Holly Home by Amanda Radley (No on page sex)

Thursday Afternoons by Tracey Richardson (Graphic sex)

This Foreign Affair by Harper Bliss (Graphic sex)

Perfect Rhythm by Jae (Some sex)

Didn’t Stay In Vegas by Chelsea M Cameron (Some sex)


Erotic Romance:

Camp Rewind by Meghan O’Brien

Behind The Green Curtain by Riley LaShea

The X Ingredient by Roslyn Sinclair

The Night Off by Meghan O’Brien (BDSM)

Her Best Friend’s Sister by Meghan O’Brien


Erotic Novels:

The Club by A. L. Brooks

In Helen’s Hands by Nanisi Barrett D’Arnuk (BDSM)

Give Me Thorns by Elizabeth Andre (BDSM)


A couple that don’t quite fit into a specific hole:

Double Six by Brenda Murphy (Polyamory & BDSM)

Changing Perspectives by Jen Silver (BDSM & very little on-page sex)



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About the author

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Sheena is the founder of The Lesbian Review.

She discovered lesbian fiction when she was 19. Radclyffe and Karin Kallmaker soon became favourite authors and she spent a large part of her hard earned income on shipping books from to her home in South Africa.

Over the years she became frustrated with purchasing mediocre lesbian fiction feeling like it was a waste of her money and time. And so she decided to share only the best books and movies with lesbians who are looking for only the best. And so, The Lesbian Review was born