There's nothing quite like a good read of erotica to get your juices flowing. Here are some great books to help you fire up your sex life, and give you a few good tips on the way.
Fifty Shades of Grey
by E.L. James
This is the book that's made headlines all around the world and got people talking about the fact that - gasp! Women like erotic fiction. AND they like a spot of BDSM. This book was originally a form of Twilight fan fiction but it's since morphed into a bestselling series.
The blurb: When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.
Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires. Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.
Best Women's Erotica 2012
by Violet Blue
The latest in the long-running erotica series, this compilation takes the reader on numerous flights of erotic fancy, always putting women first.
The blurb: Sexy, smart and literate: Best Women's Erotica 2012 presents the year's hottest bedside reading. There's a hungry audience of readers who demand smart, literate, emotionally charged women's erotica--stories that tell the truth about women's sexuality in all its variety and emotional depth, with all its surprises and twists and turns....Best Women's Erotica 2012 is just for these readers. 5-star editor Violet Blue delivers exactly what readers want- fantasy-fueled, pulse-racing reads that push boundaries and are "let's try this as home" aspirational.
"Every story has one thing in common—as Violet Blue herself says, 'a woman is at the center of every pleasure.'...When erotica is made for women, there is a nervousness that it will be very gentle. Not so with this collection—the desires range from deliciously vanilla to spiced with kink....It's an anthology that will expand your palette... and your mind."
Note: Ms Naughty has a great story included in the 2012 collection!
Tasting Her: Oral Sex Stories
by Rachel Kramer Bussel
Cunnilingus. It's still rare in porn but thankfully it gets a whole book in erotic fiction. Well-known writer Rachel Kramer Bussel curates this compilation full of glorious pussy-licking fun.
The blurb: The primal sense of taking in the essence, taste, smell, and sexy up-closeness of a lover is a powerful aphrodisiac that affects one physically, mentally, and emotionally. Once this special connection is made, the heat of desire, passion, and lust focus before one's eyes and tie arousal directly to them. Tasting Her explores the ultimate joys of oral sex from a distinctly male point of view.
"For anyone who is an enthusiast of going down on a woman, this anthology is a winner. For any woman who's ever wondered why someone would want to go down on her, this book provides glimpses at the answer from many different angles."
Obsessed: Erotic Romance For Women
by KD Grace
The blurb: Obsessed is not about obsession for a new purse or a new car. Instead, these stories sizzle with the kind of obsession that is fueled by our deepest desires, the ones that hold couples together, the ones that haunt us and don’t let go. Whether just-blooming passions, rekindled sparks, or reinvented relationships, these lovers put the object of their obsession first. From the almost-divorced couple in “Aftershocks,” by Bella Andre, who finally confess their deepest desires during an earthquake, to a woman who confesses to her boyfriend just how much she lusts after another man in Emerald's "Then," these lovers push the boundaries of their relationship and the boundaries of their trust in each other. Obsessed lovers don’t always do what is rational; sometimes they chase their dreams, such as in Kayla Perrin’s “One Night in Paris,” across the world and across the landscape of their lovers’ bodies.
Take Me There: Queer and Transgender Erotica
by Tristan Taormino
Feminist porn pioneer Tristan Taormino was originally an erotic fiction author. Here she returns to her roots in a new and very different anthology.
The Blurb: In mainstream media, the erotic identities, sex lives, and fantasies of transgender and genderqueer people are often oversimplified, sensationalized, or invisible. Take Me There is an erotica collection unlike any other that celebrates the pleasure, heat, and diversity of transgender and genderqueer sexualities. The power of seeing and being seen is a central theme in the anthology; it’s not simply about passing or not passing (an idea often explored with transgender characters), but about being acknowledged and desired in a sexual context.
The book takes you from San Francisco to Israel, from heartache to lust, from stranger sex to a 10 year anniversary, from ballet shoes to butt plug bondage tables, from fumbling teenagers to leatherclad bears, from MTF and FTM—and in between and beyond.
Women In Lust
by Rachel Kramer Bussel
This book steps beyond the boundaries and lets its female characters boldly indulge in lust, unashamedly.
The blurb: Lust is urgent, overpowering, and potent. While in real life readers may not always act every time desire calls, in fiction, they can abandon the safety of propriety to seek out lust and sex wherever they find them. The characters in Women in Lust may vary in the objects of their lust, and how they go about acting on it, but what connects them is that pure impulse for a lover. Sometimes he is someone she knows well, a boyfriend or a husband; in other stories, he is a stranger, and is desirable precisely because he represents the unknown. Whether watching a lover playing guitar, going out for a smoke or simply engaging in a chance encounter, these women seize the opportunities presented to them, and savor the lovers who teach them about themselves, helping open them up to new sensual possibilities.
Steamlust: Steampunk Erotic Romance
by Kristina Wright
The blurb: Steamlust is romantic erotica that reflects the excitement, fantasy and rebellion of steampunk. Not sure what steampunk is? Think Victorian elegance and aesthetics meets futuristic invention and exploration. The genre of steampunk itself has transcended the Victorian (or Edwardian) eras — in Kristina Wright's inventive anthology, it can be any time period, real or imagined, that blends elements of science, history, fantasy and technology. Until Steamlust, the genre had been missing romantic relationships and erotic encounters. Steampunk erotic romance is shiny brass and crushed velvet; mechanical inventions and romantic conventions; sexual fantasy and kinky fetish. It's steam powered sexy romance!
Editrix extraordinaire Kristina Wright creates a lush and fantastical world of women-centered stories and romantic scenarios, first for steampunk fiction. Fetishizing the wardrobe, language, fantasy and rituals of steampunk, Steamlust includes alternate histories, second worlds, time travel and contemporary settings.
Gritty: Rough Erotic Fiction
by Sommer Marsden
Includes gritty fiction by: Quinn Gabriel * Willsin Rowe * Rita Winchester * Alison Tyler * Sommer Marsden * Aisling Weaver * Heidi Champa * Shanna Germain * Parker Ford * Justine Elyot Needs. We all have them. What you will find in this book are tales-tawdry and otherwise-of folks who are on a mission to fulfill their needs. Or, in some cases, people who are lucky enough to have partners willing to help them meet their needs. Dirty, rough, gritty, coarse, sometimes startling-always stimulating. This is love and lust, f*cking and seduction on the rough side. The gritty, edgy underbelly of relationships and love and sex. CONTENT WARNINGS: This book contains rough sex, explicit sex, explicit language, infidelity, m/f/m sex, m/m sex, ménage, corporal punishment, whipping, seduction and BDSM. Readers 18+ ONLY
Enchanted: Erotic Bedtime Stories for Women
by Nancy Madore
Who hasn't indulted in the occasional filthy fairytale fantasy? This book delves into that wonderland.
The blurb: Allow yourself to be drawn into a fantasy world like no other…where a beautiful princess is seduced into a love triangle with a handsome prince and her winsome maid…where a mysterious gentleman's young bride is deliciously disciplined for her unchecked curiosity…where a naive daughter is married off to a beast of a man whose carnal appetites awaken her budding desire…. With a unique and decidedly adult twist on thirteen classic fairy tales, Nancy Madore intrigues and arouses with her titillating, sizzling anthology of erotic stories guaranteed to keep you up late into the night.
Future Histories: Transgendered Sci-Fi Erotica - As science continues its progression of great technological strides, our understanding of the roles genes and chromosomes play in determining sex seem in constant flux. But are sex and gender one and the same? How many genders exist in this world? How many exist in our future history?
Best Bisexual Women's Erotica - explores the steamy sex lives and loves of bisexual women in various settings and combinations.
Best Black Women's Erotica - showcases the hottest, most arousing, and most surprising erotic literature by African-American women writers.
One Breath At A Time - Even as she is falling in love, Kelley fights against demons from her past. Following Tom on a journey through her darkest fantasies...
Fairy Tale Lust: Erotic Fantasies for Women - showcases clever twists to classic tales and introduces new stories inspired by the ever-popular genre.
Coupling: Filthy Erotica for Couples - A baker's dozen of stories about love and lust and exploration, from the down and dirty to the romantic and sweet
Older Best Women's Erotica Compilations
Best Women's Erotica 2011
by Violet Blue
The blurb: Best Women’s Erotica 2011 delivers risky, romantic, and heart-pounding thrills. Joyful, daring, and authentic, these steamy stories revel in erotic adventure, from the sparks between strangers to the knowing caresses of long-time lovers. These stories are not merely erotic, but filled with strong characters and clever narratives showing a wide variety of sexual expression. Violet Blue's newest anthology is a glorious celebration of the finest and friskiest female erotic fiction today.
This book is a wonderful collection of sexually ambitious short stories from some of the top female authors in the erotica genre. --Portland Book Review
Unapologetic for its explicit tales of lust and fantasy. At times shocking and risqué, in Best Women's Erotica 2011 readers will find themselves awash in corporally rich and emotionally authentic stories. --Examiner
Best Women's Erotica 2009
The blurb: Best Women’s Erotica 2009 is erotica by women, for women — contemporary, realistic, and explicit. Editor and best-selling author Violet Blue knows what women are looking for in an erotic anthology, and she delivers it here, with an amorous abundance of risky, romantic, heart-pounding thrills. Joyful, daring, and authentic, these steamy stories revel in erotic adventure, from the sparks between strangers to the knowing caresses of long-time lovers. Filled with strong characters and clever narratives that show how sexual experience is different for every woman, this seductive anthology is a glorious celebration of the finest and friskiest female erotic fiction today.
Note: Ms Naughty has a great story included in the 2009 collection!
Best Women's Erotica 2007
by Violet Blue (ed)
All steamed up and nothing to read? Best Women’s Erotica 2007 opens a Pandora’s box of pleasures, with scorching encounters, dreamy partners, and heart-pounding thrills that won’t put a run in your fishnets (and a few that will). In Teresa Noelle Roberts’s “Voice of an Angel,” an opera costumer helplessly infatuated with a countertenor — a man who sings a female part in baroque opera —makes interesting discoveries as she measures his inseam. In Susie Hara’s “Puffy Lips,” a refined woman indulges her primitive urge to take what she wants from a modern-day caveman in a dark alley. Kathleen Bradean’s “Chill” describes the lengths to which the heroine will go to enact her unusual, icy fetish at an exclusive “spa.” “Kink was the candy coating that made sex tastier,” she explains. “Fetish was sweet dark chocolate, straight up.” Stylishly edited by sex guru Violet Blue, the Best Women’s Erotica series showcases the most daring, best-written erotica available. And, like a gorgeous lover, it complements any bedroom decor.
Best Women's Erotica 2006
by Violet Blue (ed)
Twist your bed sheets and dampen your palms. Under the stylish editorship of sex guru Violet Blue, Best Women’s Erotica 2006 delivers risky, romantic thrills. These joyful, daring, authentic stories revel in erotic adventure, from the sparks between strangers to the knowing caresses of longtime lovers. In Kellie Gillespie’s “Another Assignation with Charles Bonnet,” a blind woman experiences “love at first smell” on a London street corner — cinnamon, sweat, leather, and tobacco — and determines to find again the man who carries this scent. Sydney Beier’s “Reading to Horst” is a paean to possibility: an American woman living in Germany has a languorous encounter with a tourist who asks her to read aloud to him at a café from the copy of Anaïs Nin’s Little Birds in her hands. And Elizabeth Coldwell’s “Heat” describes the fierce affair between a barmaid and her brutish temporary boss, a man she doesn’t even like but who sets her heart pounding.
Mammoth Book of Short Erotic Novels
by Maxim Jakubowski (ed)
Written especially for this anthology, these piquant tales do not only titillate. As novellas, they also expatiate, involving the reader in the complications of plot as well as of lust and exploring the emotional interiors of their characters as well as in their sensual intrigues and sexual gymnastics. These tales will arouse, fascinate, astound, and delight in their racy variety.
by Marcia Sheiner (ed)
Although there is plenty of frivolous, one-handed reading in this year's edition, many of the pieces included have the hallmarks of literary fiction; they are not merely about a sexual event, but offer a revelation of character through that event. Even the simplest and most graphic stories here can surprise the reader with their casual illuminations.
Stories for Lovers
by Joan Elizabeth Lloyd
From the renowned author of Nice Couples Do and Come Play with Me comes a wildly romantic collection of 25 sensuous bedtime stories guaranteed to keep consenting adults awake into the wee hours of the night.
6 - A new collection of Women's Erotica
by Marcia Sheinar (ed)
The sixth anthology of erotic fiction edited by Sheiner continues the recent tradition of writing and evaluating pornography from a female perspective, welcome reading to anyone who finds such an approach interesting or important. This time out, Sheiner has chosen to concentrate on partnerships, and in her introduction she explains that her concern was to provide an answer for the inevitable question: So how do women keep sex alive in committed relationships?
Sugar - A collection of erotic Black Fiction
By Carol Taylor (ed)
"In Brown Sugar we're here to represent, to show the real souls of black folk, our own particular ardor and passion." The stories span the spectrum of sexuality from straight to gay, with some kinky stuff thrown in. None of the entries are pornographic, though graphic depictions of sex abound. The best of the stories, like Diane Patrick's "Never Say Never," explore the emotional as well as sexual aspects of the erotic; readers may learn more about themselves as they explore the erotic imaginations at work in this book.
Best Bisexual Women's Erotica
by Cara Bruce
Cleis Press’s Best Lesbian Erotica and Best Gay Erotica series are bestsellers every year, raising and exceeding readers’ expectations with each new edition. “Bisexuality, like sex itself, is neither cut and dried nor black and white,” writes editor Cara Bruce. Best Bisexual Women’s Erotica explores the steamy sex lives and loves of bisexual women in various settings and combinations. Contributors include Carol Queen, Marcy Sheiner, Kathleen Bryson, and Anne Marino, and features 25 previously unpublished erotic short stories.
by Steve and Vera Bodansky
In this hands-on guide to getting it right, behavioral scientists Steve and Vera Bodansky describe how to give and receive remarkable orgasms, taking the experience of sex to a new level of enjoyment. Focusing primarily on women but addressing the needs of men as well, they cover anatomy in detail, address inhibitions and fears, suggest useful exercises, recommend the best positions, and most of all offer insightful advice for every technique covered.
to Be a Great Lover : Girlfriend-To-Girlfriend Totally Explicit
Techniques That Will Blow His Mind
by Lou Paget
Paget (a woman) aims "to empower you as a woman, heighten the intimacy of your romantic relationship, and enable you and your partner to enjoy yourselves in intense new ways." She lives up to that promise with this friendly, titillating, educational, and explicit guide to enlivening your sex life and keeping your man coming back for more.
Nights of Grrreat Sex : Secret Sealed Seductions for Fun Loving
by Laura Corn
Intriguingly packaged, 101 Nights is reminiscent of the book-in-plain-brown-wrapper, except in this case each page is sealed; no peeking! Once a week, according to 101's instructions, each lover picks a sealed page (with scenarios such as "Up Against the Wall," "Angel with a Lariat," "Fire down Below," and "Point of No Return") and tears it out of the book, keeping it a secret. Follow the scenario and, throughout the week, expect any number of erotic surprises.
of Better Sex
by Joel D. Block
Dr. Joel Block, senior psychologist and sex therapist at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, offers a frank, uncensored, and practical guide that could change the reader's love life forever. This cookbook to great sex gives specific directions, suggestions, anecdotes, and techniques for lovers of all ages. 20 line drawings.
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