Over the years, countless books have caused outrage for their explicit depictions of sex and frank discussions of sexuality. For decades, novels were banned for featuring any mentions of “lewd conduct” at all. It may be hard to believe, but there was a time when even writing about sex between married couples was too taboo for many readers. Even recently, the kinky relationships between the characters in the best-selling Fifty Shades of Grey series have shocked many readers.
50 Shades of Grey is this generation’s go-to erotic-romance, but there are plenty of incredibly hot reads you probably haven’t heard of yet. With scenes that would make Christian Grey embarrassed, these selections are super steamy with just the right amount of romance and plot.
The author was accused of exploiting his real life for material. In fairness, Henry Miller made no secret of the fact that his book Tropic of Cancer was a partially autobiographical work. However, this was the least controversial element of the book. Throughout the novel, lengthy passages describe Miller’s sex life in great, all-encompassing detail. The book dedicated entire paragraphs to climaxes, and pages to foreplay.
As a result, Miller’s masterpiece was banned and branded “obscene”. This soon led to a landmark court case centred around defining the limits of free speech in America. The novel was eventually published, and remains considered a classic of twentieth century literature.
Competitive gymnast Kelsey Martin falls for trapezist, Theo Zamora, who is mourning the tragic death of his partner. They enter a dark and therapeutic relationship where they learn to trust each other in the midst of having an explosive BDSM-tinged bond.
In Liberating Lacey, Lacey is a rich, successful businesswoman, but sex with her ex-husband was never exciting. Enter policeman Hunter, who’s much younger but knows exactly how to make Lacey moan. The sex is mind-blowing, as Lacey tries new positions and fantasies with Hunter.
For many of our readers, Fifty Shades of Grey will be their only introduction to the kinky world of BDSM. But while Christian Grey keeps his lover on a short leash for much of the series, few books have featured male heroes dominated by their female love interests.
Venus in Furs, written in 1870, was one of the earliest depictions of this still controversial topic. It tells the partially autobiographical story of a young man, who meets a young woman who begins a relationship with him, and eventually dominates both his personal life and his love life.
Written by Anne Rice, author of the über-popular Vampire Chronicles, under the pseudonym A.N. Roquelaure, this trilogy is not your typical fractured fairy tale.
Instead of being awoken with a chaste kiss on the lips, Beauty’s Prince stakes his claim on her in a much more adult manner, and Beauty is thrust into a new life of BDSM she didn’t even know she wanted.
From the author of the bestselling Fifty Shades trilogy, this passionate new romance will leave you breathless to the very last page.
The story follows Maxim Trevelyan, a good looking, rich, aristocrat. He has never had to work and he’s rarely slept alone. But all that changes when tragedy strikes and Maxim inherits his family’s noble title, wealth, and estates, and all the responsibility that entails. It’s a role he’s not prepared for and one that he struggles to face.
But his biggest challenge is fighting his desire for an unexpected, enigmatic young woman who’s recently arrived in England, possessing little more than a dangerous and troublesome past.
From the heart of London through wild, rural Cornwall to the bleak, forbidding beauty of the Balkans, The Mister is a roller-coaster ride of danger and desire that leaves the reader breathless to the very last page.
The entire story is centred around a phone sex conversation. Imagery becomes paramount when phone sex is involved and Baker champions at that. A man and a woman, strangers to each other, residents of distant cities, have both called an adult party line.
Finding each other’s voice attractive, they soon switch to a private, “one-to-one” connection. Their seduction-through-conversation begins hesitantly and then becomes erotic.
Celeste Price is an eighth-grade English teacher in suburban Tampa. She’s undeniably attractive. She drives a red Corvette with tinted windows. Her husband, Ford, is rich, square-jawed, and devoted to her.
But Celeste’s devotion lies elsewhere. She has a singular sexual obsession—fourteen-year-old boys. Celeste pursues her craving with sociopathic meticulousness and forethought; her sole purpose in becoming a teacher is to fulfill her passion and provide her access to her compulsion.
The sensuous suggestion and yearning of sex is sometimes steamier than the actual act. In The Virgins, two college characters indulge in early explorations of one another and the readers watch them through the voyeuristic perspective of another student.
Like de Sade’s Justine, Story of O blurs the line between reality and writing. The book’s author stayed anonymous for years after its release, afraid to identify herself with the explicit, erotic text. The story of the novel has a few similarities with E.L James’ bestseller, centered around a young woman who takes part in a submissive relationship with a powerful man. However, Story of O is made of significantly stronger stuff than the Fifty Shades series.
The heroine of the story is shared by countless men across the novel, as you read on you will discover that she enjoys the entire journey. The novel remains a shocking read over fifty years on, and many critics believe that Desclos makes a serious point about society’s treatment of women through the story.