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Beginning with September 2006 issue reviews, these are the new sensuality ratings used for Historical Romance, Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Romance and Romantic Suspense books:
SCORCHER -- Borders on erotic. Very graphic sex.
HOT -- Most romance novels fall into this category. Ranges from conventional lovemaking to explicit sex.
MILD -- May or may not include lovemaking. No explicit sex.
For reviews before September 2006 issue, the following ratings were used for Historical Romance books:
SEXY -- Borders on erotic. Very graphic sex.
SPICY -- Very explicit sex.
VERY SENSUAL -- Spicy, but goes beyond conventional lovemaking. Explicit sex.
SENSUAL -- Most romance novels fall into this category. Conventional lovemaking. Explicit sex.
SWEET -- May or may not include lovemaking. No explicit sex.