Erotic romance vs Erotica
When I went to the ARRA seminar, one of the Erotic Romance Authors defined this for me perfectly I think.
She said that Erotica is the sexual journey of a single person and the ending doesn’t have to have a happy ending.
Erotic romance is still a romance. The story of two or more people who fall in love and their journey together. There still must be a HEA (Happily Ever After) or at least a HFN ( Happy for now) ending.
The biggest difference between Erotic romance and sweeter romance is the sex. In an erotic romance the sex is used to further the story, to develop the characters and the relationship from an emotional point of view. If you took the sex out of an erotic romance, the story would fall over.