From All About Romance:
One of the things readers consistently tell us they like are our sensuality ratings. They’ve been a part of AAR since its inception and we think they help readers find books they love. We’ve not revised them, however, in quite some time and, with the trend towards more sex and more graphic sex in romance, we feel we may need to.
Here are our current definitions:
Kisses: Kisses only. Many of these books are quite simply “sweet.”
Subtle: No explicit sensuality. Kissing and touching, but physical romance is described in general terms or implied. The emphasis is on how lovemaking made the characters feel emotionally, and not on graphic description.
Warm: Moderately explicit sensuality. Physical details are described, but are not graphically depicted. Much is left to the reader’s imagination.
Hot: More explicit sensuality. Sex is described in more graphic terms. Hot books typically have more sex scenes and are more likely to depict acts beyond intercourse.<
Burning: Extremely explicit sensuality – these books are often erotic romances or flatout erotica.
We’ve thought about narrowing the system down–this would only be for 2017 and beyond–to Subtle, Warm, and Hot. We’ve also considered leaving the four of the five levels in place and getting rid of Burning.
Link to the rest at All About Romance
You can share your opinions about AAR’s ratings system at the link.
PG has lead a largely monk-like and innocent life, so he had no opinions or knowledge of sensuality ratings. So he did some research.
RomCon’s Heat Scale ratings are:
5) Wild Ride
6) Blood Thirsty
Harper Impulse’s A Romance Rookie’s Guide to Heat Levels lists:
Author Tori MacAllister discusses Romance Times’ list:
PG found several references to Simon & Schuster Great Balls ‘o Fire ratings and a related flamometer system, but was unable to locate technical specifications other than one reference to a 1-5 Balls ‘o Fire scale.
Since this is such an ambiguous area, PG decided to create the Last Romance Rating System You’ll Ever Need:
- Buick – your grandmother’s idea of romance
- Cast Iron Skillet – for outdoor enthusiasts
- Springbok – lots of running and jumping
- Committee – an agenda is involved
- Amoebic – there’s always a split at the end
PG waives all of his intellectual property rights to the Last Romance Rating System You’ll Ever Need (LRRSYEN) and irrevocably places it in the public domain for the free use of all raters, amateur and professional.