As a romance writer, I deal with cliches a lot. There are things I avoid altogether because I hate them – like whiny “heroines” who wait to be saved by jerks who treat their “women” like children. Blech!

Other cliches are cliches for a reason – they resonate deeply for a whole host of reasons. One of those I love is sex in the office.

Whether it’s being bent over a desk and given the business end of your mate with your skirt bunched up around your hips and the pens and papers hitting the ground or – my personal favorite fantasy- being taken standing up, against a big bank of windows in a high rise.

So many hot buttons here – a bit of voyeurism, a bit of “can’t deny the passion so take her in her shoes with her panties around an ankle, relative power issues (is he the boss, is she the boss, are you making a visit to your mate over lunch? is it a stranger in a business meeting? oh the possibilities there!)

Sex in the office is appealing because most of us have had jobs in one. We’ve spent long days there looking out the window or fantasizing what that new guy would be like in bed. We’ve looked at the photocopier or our boss’ hands with lurid intent. Sex is something natural in our lives and as we spend so much of our time at work, it’s only natural that the two combine.

Some suggested reading? My very favorite sex in the office scene comes (heh, no pun intended) in Emma Holly’s, Personal Assets when Bea is beneath David’s desk and, well, my, it makes me go in search of my husband every time I read it. Another Emma Holly goodie is in Menage when Sean and Kate are together for the first time alone in her bookstore.

What are some of your favorites?

3 comments to “Cliches”

  1. Sasha White
    December 14th, 2005 at 5:51 pm · Link

    I agree Menage by Emma Holly.

    Plus I admit I love my own short story SHIFT CHANGE. It’s in Sex in the office anthology by Blakc Lace, and I loved the characters so Much I wrote a full Single title based on them after I sold the short story!

    I think Sex in Public places is hot. LOL

  2. Lauren Dane
    December 16th, 2005 at 4:51 pm · Link

    Sasha, I’ve been trying to get a copy of that anthology in my hands forever.

    Did you write the single title for Black Lace as well?

  3. Sasha
    December 20th, 2005 at 10:21 pm · Link

    I don;t thinkthe anthology is in Stores anymore, but you should be able to get it off the internet. I just heard there’s a deal for it to get published in Italy as well so I’m sure BL is still printing it. it’s been less than a year.

    The Single Title will actually bo out in 2006 from Berkley HEAT. Their new erotica line. I’m very excited about it!!