Lustful Literature: 30 Erotic Books To Satisfy Your Deepest Desires

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July 14th, 2017   |   Updated on March 2nd, 2024

Looking for a steamy read? Curious about the top 30 erotic books to satisfy your deepest desires? 🔥📚 Dive into tantalizing tales now.

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. Rush

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Embark on a steamy journey with “Rush,” the first in a tantalizing trilogy. Meet Gabe Hamilton, a man of wealth and influence, captivated by his best friend’s sister, Mia, who’s blossomed into a woman he can’t resist.

Despite their age difference, Mia’s longing for Gabe knows no bounds.

With sizzling chemistry and forbidden desires, this seductive tale explores the thrilling pursuit of passion.

As Mia embraces her adulthood, “Rush” promises an intoxicating blend of romance and temptation that will leave you eager for more.

Explore the depths of desire and indulge in this unforgettable read, just the beginning of an enthralling series.

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12. Seven Days In June

Seven Days in June

Discover the electrifying fusion of literary passion and romance in this instant New York Times bestseller, a pick of Reese Witherspoon’s esteemed book club.

Eva Mercy, a single mom and renowned erotica writer, faces mounting pressure from all directions. Enter Shane Hall, an elusive, award-winning novelist who surprises everyone by appearing in New York City.

Their chance encounter at a literary event ignites a tempestuous affair, unraveling buried traumas and stirring the intrigue of the Black literati.

Set against a sweltering Brooklyn summer, their rekindled connection unfolds over seven captivating days.

But Eva remains guarded, wary of past heartbreak, longing to restore normalcy to her life.

Delve into this spellbinding tale of love, betrayal, and redemption, where desire and literature collide in a whirlwind of emotions.

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13. You Make A Fool Of Death With Your Beauty

You Make A Fool Of Death With Your Beauty

Delve into the poignant romance of Akwaeke Emezi’s latest masterpiece.

A young bisexual artist, grappling with loss, tentatively re-enters the dating world five years after tragedy strikes.

Yet, her newfound love affair takes a tumultuous turn as she finds herself drawn to her late boyfriend’s father.

With all the intensity and complexity one could imagine, Emezi weaves a captivating narrative, blending spice and drama in equal measure.

As a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist, Emezi’s profound exploration of grief and second chances in love promises a riveting journey. Prepare to be moved by this extraordinary tale from one of literature’s luminaries.

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14. Girl Meets Boy

Girl Meets Boy

Embark on a whimsical journey with Ali Smith’s “Girl Meets Boy,” a genderfluid retelling of Ovid’s timeless myth.

Set in a world of bottled water corporations and environmental activism, it explores the steamy romance between Anthea and Robin, navigating love, gender, and transformation.

This inventive tale dances with puns, doubles, and revelations, offering a refreshing blend of humor and poignancy.

Smith’s prose is both lyrical and incisively political, delivering a story that resonates with the complexities of modern relationships and societal change.

Dive into this funny, fresh, and thought-provoking narrative for a truly enchanting read.

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15. Lilith’s Brood By Octavia E. Butler

Lilith's Brood By Octavia E. Butler

Discover the mesmerizing world of Octavia E. Butler’s “Lilith’s Brood” trilogy, now compiled into one gripping volume.

From the depths of sci-fi legend, this trilogy—comprising “Dawn,” “Adulthood Rites,” and “Imago”—immerses readers in a tale of human metamorphosis, both evocative and sensual.

With an introduction by esteemed scholar Joan Slonczewski, Ph.D., this groundbreaking work delves into themes of identity, desire, and the unsettling journey of human evolution.

Prepare for a profoundly thought-provoking and unforgettable epic that challenges the boundaries of imagination.

Whether you’re a seasoned sci-fi enthusiast or new to Butler’s visionary worlds, “Lilith’s Brood” promises a captivating read that will linger in your mind long after the final page.

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16. Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Lady Chatterley's Lover

Dive into the scandalous yet profound world of “Lady Chatterley’s Lover.”

Lawrence’s timeless masterpiece challenges societal norms with its tale of forbidden love between a discontented woman and a rugged gamekeeper.

Once banned for its explicit content, it now stands as a beacon of liberation.

Through intricate psychology and raw passion, Lawrence explores themes of individual renewal and the transformative power of love.

This novel isn’t just about desire; it’s a celebration of life itself. Experience the complexity and richness of this classic, where every page pulses with the vitality of human emotion.

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17. Tipping The Velvet

Tipping The Velvet

Step into the mesmerizing world of “Tipping the Velvet” by Sarah Waters.

Set in 19th-century England, this captivating tale follows a naïve oyster girl who finds herself bewitched by the allure of music hall star Kitty Butler, a renowned male impersonator. Delve into a narrative brimming with sensual exploration and self-discovery.

Waters’ craftsmanship shines through in every page, weaving a story of courage, identity, and love.

Regardless of gender or orientation, readers will be enthralled by the protagonist’s journey of empowerment and longing. Prepare to be swept away by the richness of this unforgettable literary experience.

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18. Call Me By Your Name

Call Me By Your Name

Embark on a journey of raw emotions with “Call Me By Your Name” by André Aciman.

Set against the backdrop of the enchanting Italian countryside, this novel delves deep into the tumultuous inner world of Elio, a young musical prodigy captivated by the enigmatic Oliver.

Aciman skillfully portrays the agony of desire, the ache of longing, and the complexities of love in exquisite detail.

While fans of the film adaptation may anticipate the bittersweet conclusion, Aciman’s prose adds layers of intensity and intimacy, making every moment palpable.

From the feverish passion to the iconic peach scene, this New York Times, USA Today, and Los Angeles Times bestseller offers a profoundly immersive experience that will linger in your thoughts long after the final page.

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19. Emmanuelle


Indulge in the provocative allure of “Emmanuelle,” a timeless masterpiece of erotica that captivates with its seductive prose.

Following the journey of nineteen-year-old Emmanuelle from London to Bangkok, this French underground classic ignites passion and exploration.

From steamy encounters on an airplane to intimate liaisons with intriguing characters, Emmanuelle delves into the depths of hedonistic desire.

Explore the nuances of eroticism as philosophical and aesthetic dimensions intertwine with raw sensuality.

With two sequels and a blockbuster film adaptation, this novel continues to enchant readers with its uninhibited exploration of pleasure and intimacy.

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20. Sabbath’s Theater

Sabbath's Theater

Dive into the tumultuous world of “Sabbath’s Theater” by Philip Roth, where rage and desire collide in a symphony of raw emotion.

Follow Mickey Sabbath, a defiant sixty-four-year-old puppeteer, as he navigates loss, lust, and the complexities of human connection.

Roth’s narrative bursts with unbridled passion and searing wit, exploring themes of mortality, love, and societal taboos.

From scandalous phone calls to farcical misadventures, Sabbath’s journey teeters on the edge of madness and self-destruction.

A poignant exploration of grief and longing, this novel immerses readers in the chaotic depths of one man’s psyche, leaving an indelible mark on the literary landscape.

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21. Lust


Delve into the timeless exploration of desire with Susan Minot’s “Lust.”

This gripping collection of short stories delves into the tumultuous journey of young love, weaving a tapestry of passion and heartache across decades.

From illicit trysts in swimming pools to fraternity revelries under strobe lights, Minot captures the essence of desire in all its raw intensity.

As each affair unfolds, revealing the complexities of human connection, Minot skillfully navigates the nuances of desire and disappointment.

Through deceptively simple narratives, “Lust” offers profound insights into the ways in which individuals come together and drift apart, resonating with readers in any era.

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22. The Unbearable Lightness Of Being

The Unbearable Lightness Of Being

Embark on a profound journey through love, desire, and existentialism with Milan Kundera’s “The Unbearable Lightness of Being.”

Against the backdrop of the Prague Spring, Kundera intricately weaves the lives of four complex individuals, exploring the delicate balance between weight and insignificance in human existence.

From passionate affairs to philosophical musings, each character grapples with the weight of their choices and the fleeting nature of life itself.

Kundera’s prose, both romantic and realistic, immerses readers in a world where intimacy intertwines with political turmoil.

Through moments of sensuality and introspection, “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” transcends the physical realm, offering a profound exploration of the human condition.

A timeless masterpiece that lingers in the mind long after the final page, this novel is a must-read for those seeking depth and complexity in their literary experience.

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23. Couples


Dive into the scandalous and provocative world of John Updike’s “Couples,” a gripping portrayal of desire, secrets, and the tumultuous lives of a group of daring friends in small-town Massachusetts.

Set against the backdrop of the sexual revolution, this novel explores the intimate confessions, passionate encounters, and complex relationships of its characters with raw honesty and intensity.

Updike’s vivid prose captures the essence of a generation grappling with newfound freedoms and the consequences of their actions.

As the characters navigate love, lust, and betrayal, they confront the fragility of their own mortality amidst a backdrop of societal upheaval.

A timeless classic that shocked readers upon its release, “Couples” remains a captivating reflection on the human condition and the ever-evolving nature of relationships.

Delve into this captivating tale that continues to resonate with readers today, offering a poignant glimpse into a bygone era of liberation and longing.

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24. The Price Of Salt

The Price Of Salt

“Immerse yourself in the captivating world of Patricia Highsmith’s ‘The Price of Salt,’ known as ‘Carol.’

Set in 1950s New York, this tale follows the forbidden romance between aspiring set designer Therese and the alluring older woman, Carol.

Highsmith expertly weaves a narrative of palpable sexual tension against the backdrop of societal taboos.

You’ll find yourself drawn into the suspenseful anticipation of their love affair, despite the looming threat of societal judgment.

With every page turned, you’ll be rooting for this courageous couple, caught in a world where desire knows no bounds.

‘The Price of Salt’ is a timeless masterpiece that will keep you spellbound until the very end.”

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25. Beautiful World

Beautiful World

Discover the allure of Sally Rooney’s ‘Beautiful World, Where Are You,’ a captivating exploration of love, intimacy, and the complexities of modern relationships.

While Rooney’s earlier work sparked conversations with its intimate portrayals, this latest novel delves even deeper into the intricacies of desire.

Follow the journey of Rooney’s signature couples as they navigate the highs and lows of their on-and-off relationships, all set against the backdrop of Rooney’s unparalleled prose.

While some may find the introspective emails a tad lengthy, Rooney’s depiction of passionate, self-aware intimacy is unmatched.

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26. Fun Home

Fun Home

Dive into the groundbreaking world of Alison Bechdel’s ‘Fun Home,’ a compelling graphic memoir that captivates with its poignant storytelling.

This award-winning masterpiece not only chronicles Bechdel’s journey of self-discovery as a lesbian but also delves into the complex dynamics of her relationship with her closeted gay father.

Through evocative illustrations, Bechdel navigates themes of identity, family, and acceptance with profound honesty.

Named Time Magazine’s #1 Book of the Year and a recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the Stonewall Book Award, ‘Fun Home’ is a must-read exploration of love, loss, and the quest for authenticity.

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27. The Camomile Lawn

The Camomile Lawn

Embark on a journey through time with Mary Wesley’s “The Camomile Lawn,” an international bestseller hailed by The Guardian as a powerful portrayal of love and loss during England’s war years.

Set against the backdrop of impending war in 1939, the novel intricately weaves together the lives of cousins Oliver, Calypso, Polly, Walter, and Sophy.

Their final summer night together becomes a pivotal moment, shaping their destinies for the next forty years.

As they gather for a funeral decades later, they reminisce about the profound impact of that fateful evening.

Wesley masterfully navigates themes of love, betrayal, and the tumultuous era of World War II.

The characters’ journeys are richly textured, from Oliver’s tragic quest for validation to Sophy’s haunting secrets.

The novel fearlessly explores diverse expressions of sexuality, offering a candid portrayal without judgment.

“The Camomile Lawn” is a captivating ode to the resilience of the human spirit and the enduring power of love in the face of adversity.

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28. Follow Me Darkly

Follow Me Darkly

Enter the seductive world of Helen Hardt’s “Follow Me Darkly,” a captivating tale reminiscent of “50 Shades of Grey.”

Skye Manning, an ambitious young woman, is swept off her feet by billionaire Braden Black.

As their passionate romance unfolds, Skye discovers Braden’s hidden desires and the darker side of his persona.

Heat crackles between them, but beneath the surface lies a web of secrets.

Experience the thrill of this intoxicating series with “Follow Me Darkly,” offering Braden’s perspective, or delve into his story at any point in the “Follow Me” series.

Brace yourself for a spellbinding journey of love, lust, and the allure of the unknown.

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29. The Company Of Fiends

The Company Of Fiends

Step into the thrilling world of Kathryn Moon’s best-selling novel, “Company of Fiends.”

Follow actress Hazel Nix as she navigates the complexities of love and the enigmatic occurrences haunting her theater.

With a web of current and former lovers complicating matters, Hazel faces a decision: stay in the familiar world of the stage or confront the unsettling mysteries unfolding around her.

Brace yourself for a riveting tale of romance, suspense, and the supernatural that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

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30. Fifty Shades Of Grey

Fifty Shades Of Grey

Delve into the provocative world of erotic fiction with E.L. James’s groundbreaking novel, “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

Follow Ana and Christian as they embark on a passionate journey filled with desire and exploration of BDSM.

This instant #1 New York Times Bestseller has captivated millions worldwide, spawning a major motion picture adaptation.

Originating as Twilight fan fiction, it has since become a standalone sensation, with over 125 million copies sold globally.

Join the legions of readers who have been entranced by this steamy tale, hailed as one of the Great American Reads and a fixture on the New York Times Bestseller List for 133 weeks.

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