Lisa HW, they are really good! you have to get one. Barnes and Noble should have a section. If you are comfortable going to an Adult store you may be able to find them there, that is where I used to get mine.
I tend to prefer romance over erotica. Romance has a little more of a storyline. I also like the fact that it hints at things (most times) and then fades to black. In erotica you see everything which i guess is good for some, but not for me. Let me exercise my rights as a reader and use my imagination to fill in the blanks.
I have to agree that the old romance novels were sort of predictable and kind of dull. After reading a few, they all started to sound the same. I decided to try my hand at erotica, but it seems the regular thing doesn't click with me. My book kept veering into the odd and it stayed there! But it was fun to write.
I have been thinking about trying my hand at a little erotica. The unusual sounds like fun to me and who doesn't like the sex, sex, handcuffs, sex - oops did I type that out loud - that was supposed to stay in my head.
I remember as a child i would from time to time run across one of my mother's romance novels. You know the ones with some lady and a buffed handsome man on the cover...any how I found when i got older that those novels...