Hot between the covers as publishers embrace raunch ratings

Hot between the covers as publishers embrace raunch ratings.

The explicitness of trysts in romance novels is prompting mainstream publishers to introduce ”heat” ratings to forewarn – or entice – readers.

Mills & Boon has long had Sweet, Sexy and Blaze lines to guide readers and bloggers have used their own rating system for books, but now Penguin Australia’s romance e-book imprint has introduced to its website a heat-o-meter rating titles from sweet to spicy and hot.

”The last thing we want to do is to disappoint – or offend – readers and heat ratings tell readers exactly what they’re getting, up-front, when they buy a Destiny Romance,” says Penguin’s commissioning editor Carol George.

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