Erotica is a genre that tells stories using sexual themes. While some readers might find erotica books too vulgar for their tastes, many find them enriching for their romantic life and sexual exploration.
Erotic literature is nothing new, but the rise of ebooks and other digital reading devices in recent years has revolutionized the genre by offering greater privacy—something that many readers seek, since the genre was long considered a taboo.
When Fifty Shades of Grey was released in 2011, it stirred the literary community for how explicitly the wild and sexual love story was told. But that’s not the only sexy read out there!
The Best Erotic Novels
Here is a list of the best erotic novels that can and add some fire to your reading time—and perhaps even your love life.
1. One Night: Promised by Jodi Ellen Malpas
When a heart-stoppingly handsome customer leaves behind a note saying he wants one night—and one night only—to worship her, every defense mechanism Livy has spent her life building is obliterated.
This mysterious stranger awakens something in Livy, something she never knew existed. But to have him, body and soul, she’ll have to brave his dark secrets.
2. Night Shift: A Choose-Your-Own Erotic Fantasy by Joanna Angel
Are you looking for a book to help kick-start your sexy imagination? Night Shift is a choose-your-own erotic fantasy in a sketchy and sexy world. Join Taryn, once a shy and sweet girl, who takes a job at an adult toy store.
Get to experience this fun and libidinous adventure as you decide how Taryn’s “sexploration” unfolds.
3. The Sisters of APF by Zane
Country bumpkin Mary Ann has just been indoctrinated into the ranks of the sexiest secret society ever: the sisters of APF. And she gets a lot more than she bargained for.
The Sisters of APF is Zane’s fan-favorite series about a sorority dedicated to sexual freedom and the fulfillment of its members.
4. The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
A first in a series of novels, The Wedding Date is about an on-the-spot pairing of a groomsman who takes a woman he got stuck in an elevator with to his ex’s wedding. Alexa and Drew discover hot romance while facing the challenge of a long-distance relationship.
5. Wetlands by Charlotte Roche
Wetlands is the story of a sexually confident Helen Memel, who contemplates her life from a hospital bed. This German book includes the narrator’s erotic accounts of her self-pleasuring, while also challenging society’s unrealistic standards for feminine hygiene.
6. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Helen Hoang brings you the unusual romance between a male professional escort and a math genius with Asperger’s.
This fun and sexy novel follows Stella Lane, an awkward data expert who builds a less than conventional relationship with her new escort friend.
7. Try by Ella Frank
Try reading this LGBTQ novel, the first book in The Temptation series, in which Logan Mitchell woos the straight and newly-divorced Tate Morrison.
8. House of Holes by Nicholson Baker
Find yourself in the fantasy world of sexual desires in House of Holes. Imagine reading a sinful and erotic Alice in Wonderland, this book is about how ordinary people get sucked into an alternate world from their drinking straws or the dryers in laundromats.
9. I Am a Woman by Ann Bannon
When heartbreak over a sorority sister’s decision to marry a man causes her to flee school, Laura turns to the lesbian bohemia of 1950s Greenwich Village. There, she meets Beebo Brinker, who walks her through being gay.
Originally published in 1959, I Am a Woman is the second book in The Beebo Brinker Chronicles, and is considered a classic in lesbian pulp fiction.
10. Compromised by Kate Noble
Aside from the sexy storyline, Compromised brings you a much desired historical bodice-ripper. The passion develops slowly with an in-depth story that explores romance and the main characters’ personality issues.
Sitting down with a good erotica story can feel like a brain vacation. Not only that, the steamy scenes can be a way to cultivate your romantic life.
We hope this list helps you to choose your next steamy read! You can also check out our list of where to find free romance ebooks to keep your romance cravings satisfied.
Which of the books on this list is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!
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