Content Ratings Defined

This site is meant for all audiences, and while the content levels of books shared and featured may differ, actual content posted is suitable for the general audience. Content ratings are found at the bottom of each excerpt/feature post, and are based upon our ratings below. We are unable, realistically, to read every book featured on this site to determine content, so ratings for books are provided by the authors.

Please use your own judgement, regarding content, when purchasing books.


  • Heat Level 1 - Kisses and sweet caresses only. Sweet/Chaste romance suitable for all readers.

  • Heat Level 2 - A little heat and some passionate kisses. Nothing graphic. Suitable for most readers.

  • Heat Level 3 - A little sweet and a little spicy. A little detail but sex happens behind closed doors.

  • Heat Level 4 - Spicy romance with some detail. Nothing too graphic, but definitely hot.

  • Heat Level 5 - Steaming hot with one or more graphic sex scenes.*

*For Heat Level 5, think of books by authors (bit of a range here) such as Nora Roberts, Johanna Lindsey, Jo Goodman, and Kathleen Woodiwiss. We do not feature books that would be considered by the industry to be erotica or erotic romance. There is often confusion between erotic romance and steamy, but for purposes of this website, the above ratings are what we use.


  • Level 1 (None) - No swearing, not even the minor stuff. Suitable for all readers.

  • Level 2 (Mild) - Minor swearing such as "h**l" or "d**n," and not much of that.

  • Level 3 (Moderate) - Some expletives that include the s-word, a-word, and similar, but no f-word. Nothing extreme.

  • Level 4 (High) - Swearing that may include up to five uses of the f-word. Swearing cannot be gratuitous.*

*We are firm on not allowing anything higher than Level 4 under language.


  • Level 1 (None) - No violence. Suitable for all readers.

  • Level 2 (Mild) - Some violence but nothing graphic.

  • Level 3 (Moderate) - Some violence and death with description. No gore.

  • Level 4 (High) - Violence described in detail.*

**We do not feature books that contain BDSM, incest, pedophilia, necrophilia, bestiality, rape, cruelty to animals, racial intolerance, or sexual encounters with minors. If you ever discover that one of the books featured on this website contain any of these elements, we hope you will let us know.

Now for a content caveat (Sensitive Category): Though very rare on this site, rape and cruelty/violence may be mentioned in some books, but we look at these on a case-by-case basis to make sure they are used in a way that accurately depicts events of an era (ie, The Civil War, Medieval), and that the author has been sensitive toward the subject matter. Books like this will have a "Sensitive Category" rating.

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