Blog Posts by Relationships The Shine

  • The 'Fifty Shades of Grey' effect: "Mommy porn" goes mainstream

    It seems “mommy porn” has gone mainstream. For many, 'Fifty Shades of Grey' was an introduction to erotic romance novels. Today, erotic romance is the fastest growing genre in the publishing business. According to Patty Marks, CEO of Ellora's Cave, one of the largest publishers of erotic romance, “Fifty" has brought the media ‘up to speed’ with the genre and taken erotic romance ‘out from the shadows.’ Before Fifty, we felt like "the publishing world's dirty little secret." E-readers have made it easier to access the steamy novels and read them with privacy. We know women have always liked sex - now we're talking about it and reading about it. More from Patty Marks on today’s episode of “The Shine”.

  • Who's in your gaggle?

    Do you have a gaggle? Of course you do. Everyone's got one according to authors Jessica Massa and Rebecca Wiegand, co-creators of The Gaggle. It's the group of guys who you might not be “dating,” but who play different roles, fulfill different needs, and help you figure out what you want and what kind of relationship you ultimately desire.  Any time you feel the slightest spark of connection with a guy, no matter how quick or undefined, he’s in your gaggle. Everyone's got a different gaggle, but guys in the gaggle typically include the Ego Booster, the Hot Sex Prospect, and the Boyfriend Prospect. Massa and Wiegand say traditional dating rules are over! They sat down with “The Shine” to offer a guide to helping you find your match in the post-dating world.

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  • How to spice things up in the bedroom

    Keeping things exciting in any relationship can be a challenge. Often, after years of marriage or time together, couples can lose that sparkle that brought them together in the first place. Rekindling that passion and keeping things "alive" in the bedroom are essential for a strong union. "Sex is such an important part of any relationship. It strongly supports a love connection and for many couples it’s part of the glue that holds them together", says relationship expert Rachel Sussman, author of 'The Breakup Bible'. But there are ways to bring back that passion, right in your own bedroom. Sussman is here with advice on how to spice it up behind closed doors.


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  • What Men Really Think of Your Beach Style

    Men's Health Contributor Matt Bean sits down with Alesha Renee to give the male perspective on women's behavior and style at the beach, covering all topics, including: tanning, playing beach sports, big sunglasses, sarongs, makeup, and beachy hair.

  • Why You're Not Married

    Writer and bestselling author Tracy McMillan talks about her new book "Why You're Not Married...Yet" and discusses the top reasons women are still single and what behavioral and emotional changes they can make to lead to a healthy relationship and eventually marriage.

  • Krazy Questions with Kendra

    Kendra Wilkinson stops by The Shine to dish about her new show "Kendra on Top", Jenny McCarthy posing in Playboy, Hugh Hefner, and her craziest moment at the Playboy mansion.


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