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Erotic Research (Black & White Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Mari Carr
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Book Description

It was just a little innocent research…

Romance writer Julia Martin is fine with her life, just the way it is. Her simple apartment, successful career and Thursday-night pizza dates with her too-hot-for-words editor Ross are more than enough for her. At least, that’s what she thinks until her cat dies.

Ross Philips has spent years lusting after his shy best friend, but fears his rather strong sexual desires will be too much for Julia. When she falls into a depression over the death of her cat and stops writing, Ross decides she needs a change.

His suggestion? Try a new genre—erotica. And, of course, being such a good friend and editor, he even plans to help her do a little research.

Editorial Reviews


"...a thoughtful and sexy romance. Amusing sexual antics gave this book a sexy and spicy edge."  - Sarah, The Romance Studio  
"I was left with a smile on my face and tears in my eyes, which is why I am Joyfully Recommending Erotic Research."  -Jambrea, Joyfully Reviewed

About the Author

Writing a book was number one on Mari Carr's bucket list. Now her computer is jammed full of stories -- novels, novellas, short stories and dead-ends. A New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller, Mari finds time for writing by squeezing it into the hours between 3 a.m. and daybreak when her family is asleep.
You can visit Mari's website at She is also on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

Product Details

  • File Size: 292 KB
  • Print Length: 111 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (March 18, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0016IXMCI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,557 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Erotic Research June 1, 2008
Format:Kindle Edition
Julia Martin is a historic romance novelist stuck in a deep rut. After the death of her beloved cat Duke, she became even more lost and depressed. Her editor Ross Phillips had suggested a change of scenery as well as a change in her writing genre for inspiration. Julia had packed up to stay at his vacation house in West Virginia, and to give erotic romance writing a try. She was the only one to blame for her self-imposed isolation from everyone. She was afraid to let anyone get close to her because of all the loss she had experienced in her life.

Ross showed up at the cabin, and surprised Julia. He was tired of pretending he wasn't in love with her, and being snowed in with her presented him the opportunity to show her how good they would be together. He had introduced her to erotica, so that she could get used to his darker tastes, and not be put off. Ross knew how afraid she was of any type of relationship, so he planned on getting her addicted to him, and then easing her into it. When she agreed to do some hands on research with him, he never imagined the tigress she kept so well hidden. Ross just had to convince Julia that she was now his forever.

Julia is a strong independent woman, but the losses that she had thrust upon her as a young girl molded her into the frightened shell she had become. Ross is so determined to be with her, but he takes their friendship seriously, and takes things slowly at a pace she can handle. Who wouldn't love a man like that?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 blue ribbons from Romance Junkies February 21, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition
Under advisement of her editor, romance author Julia Martin is about to embark on a new venture - writing erotic romances. Unfortunately she doesn't have any experience in anything but vanilla (and even that was a very long time ago). The erotic books her editor Ross leant her have her imagination in overdrive and him starring as the hero in every single fantasy.

Over the past decade she's locked herself away from the world with only her cat Duke for company - and of course the Thursday night pizza date with Ross. Two months ago her beloved companion Duke passed away leaving her depressed, lonely and in a funk that she's been unable to shake. Ross suggested she make a major change in her life and offered his cabin in West Virginia as an escape. That it's January, the dead of winter and it's snowing with no signs of letting up is a little disconcerting. In New York when the doldrums set in she could head out to be around other human beings. She'll be staying in this cabin for months and being snowed in isn't a thought she relishes.

Ross Philips has been Julia's best friend and editor for the past decade and over the past several years discovered that his feelings for her go much deeper. He's afraid she wouldn't be able to handle his strong sexual appetites so he's kept his attraction to her a secret and dated a bevy of beauties, which Julia refers to as "The Miss America brigade." Since the death of Duke, she's stopped writing and sunk into a depression which entices Ross to tempt her into making some major changes in her life and hopefully a big part of those changes will involve the two of them and tangled sheets.

Julia thinks she'll be at the cabin all alone until Ross arrives bringing supplies and a few other odds and ends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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From what I understand, this is Mari Carr's first published piece and frankly, it kind of reads that way. I liked the two main characters and enjoyed their connection, plus there were some places with decent chemistry and sizzle. Overall though, it all felt very inconsistent. At some points Ross seems very alpha, at others we're told he's alpha but really see no evidence of that.

The beginning of their sexual relationship felt a little awkward, with them running hot and cold and bouncing around back and forth on what they understand their relationship to be. The whole thing felt choppy, the love scenes short, jumping from one to another, then skipping a few days, etc. There were only a few lines in each scene that started to make me feel hot and bothered, and then it would sizzle away. It sometimes seemed like the ingredients were there, but for some reason they didn't come together as they should and it ended up feeling ... flat.

One *HUGE* complaint I have: They start off almost at the beginning with role-playing - and role-playing in which Julia is a captive or sex slave, i.e. she's supposed to be somewhat resisting. While resistance is not a big part of the role-playing, it's still present, so I found it extremely disturbing that there was no safe word and they didn't lay down any rules or understandings beforehand.

As I said before, I liked Julia and Ross and really enjoyed their friendship and the dialogue back-and-forth between them. I think the story could have turned out far better if that part had been more heavily explored and the sexual component of their relationship slowly integrated in.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Erotic Research- A Joyfully Recommended Title May 16, 2008
By M. Nix
Format:Kindle Edition
Julia Martin is stuck. She's an author who can't write anymore. She has become depressed since her cat died and she feels alone. Her editor, Ross Philips, suggests she try a new genre to get her out of her depression.

Ross Philips will do whatever it takes to get Julia out of her funk, even if it involves a little erotic research.

Will Julia be able to see Ross as anything more than a friend and editor? Can Ross convince Julia it's more than just research? Will their friendship survive?

Erotic Research is a wonderful debut novel by Mari Carr. The emotion and passion of this story is brilliant. The first kiss was wonderful and, as the tension built to that final exploration, the anticipation was delightful. Julia broke my heart with her struggles in love and Ross is just the man to help her take a chance on it.

Erotic Research is a story of tingling goodness! I didn't know that helping keep someone warm would be that hot. The innocence of that scene was scorching on so many levels. The slowly-built passion between Julia and Ross was excellent. I was left with a smile on my face and tears in my eyes, which is why I am Joyfully Recommending Erotic Research. I can't wait to see what Ms. Carr with do with her next story.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Erotic Research
Fun, silly in parts, erotic sex scenes and hot. I would love to get research like this for the books I write.
Published 3 months ago by EAlfaro
5.0 out of 5 stars a great book to end a terrible day
What a great story ! Perfect ending to a rotten day ! I love these two characters! Wouldn't I love to trade places! Ha ha !!! Mari Carr is the best
Published 6 months ago by Janet Anne
3.0 out of 5 stars Research in fun
A fun adventure!
Published 10 months ago by Kimber M
4.0 out of 5 stars Erotic Research
A short, hot, sexy read. Not as erotic as I though it would be but but still a great read. Need more!!!
Published 16 months ago by clpetit56
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I was shocked to hear this was the authors first erotic novel. She definitely did her "research". I was drawn in to the storyline completely. Very believable and very hot. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Laura H.
4.0 out of 5 stars Yummy!
If you are looking for a fun, quick steamy read than this is the book for you! I loved the characters and could not put this one down!
Published on April 6, 2013 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Erotic Research
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever felt less than adequate. I luv'd the way the main characters interacted with one another, yet never really knew that they... Read more
Published on April 4, 2013 by miriam perez
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it!
Romantic, sizzling story for anytime! If you like a little romance or a lot, role playing and friends, enjoy your read!
Published on July 25, 2012 by krliz
4.0 out of 5 stars Smokin' hot!!
I very much enjoyed this introduction to this author. This was a very hot read and I recommend it to anyone!
Published on April 20, 2012 by Laura L. Pink
5.0 out of 5 stars Ross is a Keeper!
I'm new to erotic romance, and I have to say I'm hooked.

If you like a hero who's alpha with a big heart, this is the book for you. Read more
Published on April 9, 2012 by Solexa423
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Writing a book was number one on Mari's bucket list and on her thirty-fourth birthday, she set out to see that goal achieved. Now her computer is jammed full of stories -- novels, novellas, short stories and dead-ends. A New York Times and USA Today bestseller as well as winner of the Passionate Plume, Mari found time for writing by squeezing it into the hours between 3 a.m. and daybreak when her family is asleep and the house is quiet. You can visit Mari's website at

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