Recommended Books

Legitimately Good Erotic Novels You Must Read

Beautiful Bastard, Christina Lauren

Choice descriptor: “An ambitious intern. A perfectionist executive. And a whole lot of name calling.”

You will enjoy this book if: You can’t get enough of Fifty Shades of Grey and Twilight fanfic. Yes, this too began as fan fiction originally titled The Office.

The Crossfire Series, Sylvia Day

Choice descriptor: “Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness … The bonds of his love transformed me, even as I prayed that the torment of our pasts didn’t tear us apart…”

You will enjoy this book if: You wish that Fifty Shades of Grey were better-written, with more developed, empathetic characters and hotter sex scenes.

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.”

You will enjoy this book if: You’re looking for a challenging, non-traditional love story that is intensely sexual and features an exploration of BDSM but also a very strong emotional component. 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”

Dreaming of You, Lisa Kleypas

Choice descriptor: “When shy and secluded author Sara Fielding ventures from her country cottage to research a novel, she inadvertently witnesses a crime in progress — and manages to save the life of the most dangerous man in London.”

Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, Julia Quinn

Choice descriptor: “Penelope Featherington has secretly adored her best friend’s brother for … well, it feels like forever. After half a lifetime of watching Colin Bridgerton from afar, she thinks she knows everything about him, until she stumbles across his deepest secret … and fears she doesn’t know him at all.”

Follow My Lead, Kate Noble

Choice descriptor: “Being the most sought-after bachelor in London can be trying. Jason Cummings, Duke of Rayne, should know. But when he winds up an unwilling escort to the headstrong Winnifred Crane on a trip across Europe, he realizes he’ll do anything to keep this independent beauty safe-even if it means marrying her.”

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