Book Ratings

Heat ratings are our way of telling you how much sexual content a book has before you buy it. LGBT sex may be found at any level.


Here’s what they stand for:

Sweet – 🔥 (anything from no romance to sex behind closed doors)

Mild – 🔥🔥 (can contain several lovemaking scenes, but without graphic language. May include clinical terms for body parts.)

Sexual – 🔥🔥🔥 (can include hot, frequent love scenes, standard for mainstream romance)

Erotic Romance – 🔥🔥🔥🔥 (includes graphic terms for body parts and intercourse. Must contain a romantic theme. It may include light BDSM, ménage, and anal sex as long as its frequency does not outweigh vanilla sex.)

Erotica – 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 (highly explicit/graphic/frequent, may include heavier use of BDSM, ménage, and anal. Not entirely dependent on romance.)

Violence ratings are our way of telling you how much violent content a book has before you buy it.


Here’s what they stand for:

Pacifist – 💣 (no violence)

Mild – 💣💣 (schoolyard fights, angry drunks, sports, or siblings fighting)

Rough – 💣💣💣 (warfare handled tastefully, police at work, animals, monsters, not overly graphic.)

Very Rough – 💣💣💣💣 (any of the above, but more graphically portrayed; bullying; non-physical domestic violence, unjustifiable police violence)

Violent – 💣💣💣💣💣 (highly graphic versions of any of the above, any portrayal of rape or physical domestic violence, any portrayal of torture.)

A five on either scale, or 4’s on both scales, or a 4 and a 3 between the scales, will put the book in Siento Sordida. Otherwise, it goes to Eternal.

Our acquisitions editor may set the provisional value on each scale upon accepting the book, in order to determine if it goes to Eternal or Siento Sordida. As long as the editor and author can agree on the rating, then they may set the permanent rating. Otherwise, it will be set by the lead editor or the CEO.