I've read far, far worse stuff that didn't raise an eyebrow in the SF&F world--because it was published by an honest-to-God smut imprint. From all the reviews, Touched by Venom sounds like perfectly respectable hardcore fantasy smut. So why, why in the name of all that is unholy, did a regular fantasy house publish it?
(I'm not going to ask why the author sent it to a regular fantasy house. Money overrules all.)