I devoured it. I really struggled with how to review and grade Crosstown Crush by Cara McKenna because I personally found that the kink described in the novel was not for me. Despite that, the book is well-written with likeable characters and I thought that McKenna did a good job of explaining that kink to people who are unfamiliar with it.
If Fifty Shades of Grey has proven anything, it's that flipping through several hundred pages of NSFW prose is fun and nothing to be embarrassed about. So, please come no pun intended with us into a whole new world of books with stunning sex. Erotica often gets labeled a "guilty pleasure," and while yes—there are many campy books to read, some of which are on this list—plenty of erotica overlaps with genre and literary fiction.
If you ever just need to turn your brain off for a sec, might I suggest Toxic Desire by Robin Lovett. Each book was less enjoyable than the last. Sweet Agony by Charlotte Stein is an erotic romance with a Gothic twist, and it is pure unadulterated Elyse-bait.
Whether you're into Fifty Shades Of Greysexy historical drama, or a really hot story with a plot line that makes it impossible to put down, there is a story about pretty much every kink and desire now readily available on the high street or online. New erotic romance novels can make for great steamy poolside read for your next holiday escape, or even if you just want something to get you through the cold winter nights. This new erotica out in is proof that you're about to be spoilt for choice is an understatement, and there could well be a new Christian Grey around the corner. To cut a bit of the leg work out here are five books being released in the coming months which strike the right balance between super sexy scenes, strong female characters, and a plot line you can really buy into.
Skip navigation! A few years ago, people around the world were completely incapacitated by a literary phenomenon. I saw rows of mothers reading the book in chaise lounges while their kids splashed in swimming pools.
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. People seem to forget that erotic is a blanket term for anything that turns us on sexually, and the beauty of turn-ons is that they're different for everyone.
I love digging into the hazy, grey areas of the romance genre. Because the genre is so large, and because it both overlaps with other genres, and possesses sub-genres that overlap with each other, there are many areas where definitions get vague and borders begin to blur. Ultimately the category falls into an awkward area between romance, erotica, and horror.
Gone are the days of "pulsating members" littering the prose of erotic novels. TG, honestly. Now, the best erotica really delivers in the sexy department, covering BDSM, swinging, polyamory, and everything I mean, everything in between. The result?
Here's the thing about reading an erotic romance for the first time: It can be super intimidating. But when I finally picked one up, the reading experience completely shifted my thinking about what erotica novels actually are, and the real reason why so many people find them so awkward to read. It's not a secret that women's sex lives are still policed, discussed, protested, and argued over everywhere from cable news to Congress.
You've finished reading the Fifty Shades series, you've watched all the movies, so what's next? Answer: so many options. There's a whole world of erotic novels waiting to be read — and these picks are so steamy, even Ana and Christian would blush. Look, let's be honest: Most of us aren't reading romance novels for the plot.