Since I mainly read novels involving erotica or romance, even as a sub or secondary genre, I thought it appropriate to now include steam levels in my reviews. Here is a guide explaining the steam levels I use.
1 flame – No sex. Maybe some kissing.
2 flames – Sex may be present but it’s only alluded to. Some heavy petting/kissing, but no descriptions of sexual acts themselves.
3 flames– This is open-door sex that is described but usually with vague terms or innuendos. I.e. orgasms being described as “an explosion of stars” or female genitalia being called “their most secret place,” etc.
4 flames – Sex that is graphic and detailed, being described with blatant terms. While the sex has a large part or impact to the story, it is typically not the focus.
5 flames – Typically sex and nothing but. This is your erotica, sex focus stories, and stories so explicit, it would make porn stars blush. Language could be considered crude or vulgar, and, if there is any plot, it is only to progress the story.