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The 20 Erotic Books You Absolutely Have To Read

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July 14th, 2017   |   Updated on August 12th, 2019

Are you in the mood to read? There’s a type of erotica books for all audiences–mature audiences, that is. We’ve listed some of our steamiest titles that master the art of seduction.

Reading about sexual trysts and forbidden desires ignite your libido in a natural way. Writers of hot and steamy romance novels, erotica reawaken parts of our minds and bodies.

Let’s be real, reading a love story with a steamy plot is more arousing than the joy of sex. These erotica books took you away from dull and boring life to the world of fantasy we all wish we could live.

1. Bared To You


Like the Fifty Shades trilogy, Sylvia Day’s “Bared to You” and the sequel, “Reflected in You,” found a place at the top of the New York Times bestseller list. Day’s novel focuses on the complicated relationship between Eva and Gideon, both abuse survivors finding true love and passion for the first time.

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2. The Claiming Of Sleeping Beauty

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Published under the pseudonym A.N. Roquelaure, this retelling of Charles Perrault’s famous fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty with an erotic twist. Rather than waking up the princess with a kiss, the handsome prince in this book stirs her with seduction and is rewarded with her submission to his desires.

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3. Crescendo

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Because there’s no such thing as too much, Leah Brooke brings you not one but two Christian Grey-type characters: Nick Morietti and Steve Vanguard. Both men dominate the submissive Julianna Lovette in this erotic adventure set against a story of mystery and revenge.

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4. Sweet Addiction

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Ever wonder what would have happened if Anastasia and Christian hadn’t worked out? Bestselling author Maya Banks introduces readers to Ren and her paramour Cole, who seem to be living the ultimate love story until Cole takes his desires a step too far. Years later, Ren is living as a submissive to a new man who offers her everything she ever wanted … except for true love.

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5. Sexual Life Catherine M.

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Catherine Millet has had a sex life worth writing about, and she’s recalled many of her most exciting experiences in this memoir. The book, which is translated from the French, follows her from peep shows to orgies. Millet takes time to think about her actions, providing an essential bit of reflection to her otherwise tantalizing read.

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6. House Of Holes

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Nicholson Baker is no stranger to writing about erotic encounters. In the early 1990s, he took phone sex to the published page in “Vox.” Then in 2011, he introduced a new vocabulary of sex acts in “House of Holes,” which describe exploits of an adult resort reserved for those looking to satisfy eyebrow-raising fantasies.

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7. Bad Behavior

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Nine stories that depict the darker side of humanity. The stories focus on a sect of society dislocated from the norm. The film Secretary was based off the story of the same name if that gives some perspective.

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8. Sex Love Repeat

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Polyamory is on the tip of everyone’s tongue lately. Maybe it’s not your “thing” but nearly 85 percent of women polled took something they’d read and used it for real life inspiration.

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9. Les Liaisons Dangereuses

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Published in 1782, this series focuses on two ex-lovers and rivals as they use humiliation to degrade others for personal gain. This renowned work is a tangled web of lust in the French aristocracy, complete with revenge and seduction.

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10. Tropic Of Cancer

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Once banned by US censorship laws, Miller’s erotic work gained notoriety because people love what they can’t have. The book is a first person account of Miller’s time spent in Paris during the late 1920s. His explicit descriptions of sexual encounters are more akin to real life than standard erotic fiction. Even if starving artists don’t turn you on, this is a classic work worth reading.

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11. Wicked For You

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He’s already claimed her body, and now he must win his lover’s heart before a murderer silences her for good.

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12. Best Erotica 2014

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Best Erotica comes in three forms: gay, lesbian and women’s erotica. There’s no waiting until page 100 buildup, Best Erotica gets to the point. This anthology of essays contains stories of varied themes. some will make you clutch your pearls, others will make you swoon. Best Erotica delivers on giving the reader more than one flavor.

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13. The Exhibitionist

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After pushing her limits, one dominant must discover how far his submissive is really willing to go.

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14. Exposed

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Madame X is a master of control who is allowed none, but now freedom is now within her grasp.

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15. The Ex Games

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We’ve heard this story before: a young girl meets a mysterious billionaire and all hell breaks loose. If it worked the first time, why change the equation? This series of three novellas are currently on The New York Times best sellers list and the biggest complaint by reviewers seems to be the length, readers want more – no surprise there.

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16. Strip Me Bare

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Pages sizzle when a wealthy good girl meets a biker bad boy in the Big Easy.

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17. The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy

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Nobody’s sleeping through Anne Rice’s erotic literature.

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18. Naked

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Violet’s physical and mental recovery from tragedy hasn’t been easy, but her neighbor may be the guiding light that can thrust her into bliss.

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19. Endless Love

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This love story is all about the body-aching love of being a teenager. This highly acclaimed novel will take you back to your first love and how everything felt urgent and earth-shattering.

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20. A Girl Walks Into A Bar

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Styled after the Which Way books, readers get to determine how the story plays out. Within its choices are limitations and the authors perceived opinions but there aren’t many books of its type. The Paris Book Review wasn’t a fan for deeper reasons that this author can sympathize with.

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