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We may earn money from links on this page, but we only recommend products we love. Feb 27, Art Partner No matter how you feel about Fifty Shades of Grey as a book or film, its meteoric rise in popularity has put the spotlight on a frequently misunderstood and underappreciated genre of pop culture that deserves the attention: erotic fiction.

The common misconception about the genre is assuming the word "erotic" immediately translates to smut or filth or straight-up pornography. Same goes for the world of erotic fiction. Not every erotic novel revolves around BDSM, billionaires, and mousy brunettes, but the most popular titles do have one thing in common: a great love story. We love love. Finding the right erotic novel only requires your willingness to explore or have an answer or several to the following question: What turns you on?

Emmanuelle , by Emmanuelle Arsan Choice quote: "Suddenly dizzied by her half-nakedness, she took a deep breath.

She turned to the stewardess and looked at her with candid jubilation. The stewardess bent down, picked up the rumpled blouse, and pressed it against her face.

The language is literary, but the plot is minimal, not getting in the way of the many ways Emmanuelle explores her desire with women and men everywhere from her overnight flight to a squash court to an opium den. The Thorn Birds , by Colleen McCullough Choice descriptor: "A sweeping family saga of dreams, titanic struggles, dark passions, and forbidden love in the Australian Outback returns to enthrall a new generation.

Outlander , Diana Galbaldon Choice descriptor: " Addiction warning: There are eight novels in this series. So he hand-picked three unsuspecting candidates as worthy consorts … Now all he has to do is set his plans in motion. All of them were taken off guard when they entered the chalet. In every room throughout the hose, there were butt-naked women strategically positioned in front of a checkerboard, including myself.

The Alpha Phi Fuckem sorority is both a private investment club for professionals who also happen to really like sex and throw wild secret parties like the one above.

The intensity of his brown eyes raised her heart rate further, Maybe the increasing adrenaline was pulling her arousal with it, but she basked in the attention he gave her, enjoying the straps rubbing against her crotch when grabbed them roughly at her shoulders to check they were tight.

The latest of this anthology series includes stories of hetero, gay, and multiple-partner sex in all sorts of exciting scenarios, under the vague theme of "outsiders" and "risk. His thumb drew slow circles on her hip and then moved up her side to her ribs. His other hand moved up to her face and traced the outline of her lips with his fingers. She shivered. He waited. I was still new there and not entirely sure how to converse with the customers.

Was I supposed to act as though I was ringing up laundry detergent at Walgreens, totally nonchalant? Eastern European for sure. It was impossible to miss it in rehearsal. Seeing it up close was a whole different story. Now his three daughters — each born of a different marriage, and each unknown by the others — are are shocked to learn that before any of them can inherit, they must live together on the ranch for one year.

Bonus: It all revolves around a murder mystery and was made into a Lifetime movie starring John Corbett. He trailed his fingers over her jaw as he tipped her head back and sealed his lips over hers.

His tongue speared into her mouth, and the salt of him mixed with the flavor of the ice cream. They keep everything completely professional and part ways without complications.

Just kidding. Ward Choice descriptor: "Beth Randall is helpless against the dangerously sexy man who comes to her at night with shadows in his eyes. His tales of the Brotherhood and blood frighten her. Yet his touch ignites a dawning new hunger — one that threatens to consume them both Bestselling author Angela Knight put it this way: "Utterly absorbing and deliciously erotic … The Brotherhood is the hottest collection of studs in romance. Lords of the Underworld , Gena Showalter Choice descriptor: "In a remote fortress in Budapest, six immortal warriors — each more dangerously seductive than the last — are bound by an ancient curse none has been able to break.

He is puzzled when she greets him with icy indifference — for the chemistry between them is still sizzling and true. Angry, hurt and deeply confused, Mia refuses to admit that a passion for Sam still burns up her heart. But also, you will love it if you were ever a teenager with a massive, confusing crush on someone who would definitely leave you at the end of the summer, making every single touch of theirs intense and explosive.

Try , Ella Frank Choice descriptor: "Try — verb: to make an attempt or effort to do something or in this case … someone. Lover At Last , J. Ward Choice descriptor: "Fate seems to have taken these vampire soldiers in different directions.

A perfectionist executive. And a whole lot of name calling. Yes, this too began as fan fiction originally titled The Office. The Siren , Tiffany Reisz Choice descriptor: "Notorious erotica author Nora Sutherlin thought she knew everything about being pushed to your limits until she began to work with demanding and controlling British editor Zachary Easton.

In a world where passion is pain, nothing is ever that simple. To quote author Courtney Milan, "This is the kind of erotica that punches you in the stomach and then kisses you on the cheek.

Compromised , Kate Noble Choice descriptor: "A delectable and delightful debut about a pair of mismatched lovers who unwillingly find themselves engaged in a most scandalous position".


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