Over the years, erotic novels have garnered a bad reputation for being horribly cheesy. Blame it on bad cover art, blame it on a few poorly-written books, blame it on Fabio — but most of us either avoid erotica because we're embarrassed to be caught with it or read it in secret, hoping never to be found out.
However, it's time to flip the script. Erotica is a legitimate form of literature, and it's frickin' hot as hell. What's not to love? Now that BDSM and other kinds of kink have gone mainstream, it's about damn time erotic novels stepped out of the shadows.
If you're curious about erotic novels (duh, who isn't?) and aren't really sure where to start, we've rounded up some of the best sex scenes ever written. Now get going.
"'God, David.' I arched against him when he moved to my other breast. Two fingers worked inside me, a little uncomfortable but nothing I couldn’t handle. Not so long as he kept his mouth on me, lavishing my breasts with attention. His thumb rubbed around a sweet spot and my eyes rolled back into my head. So close. The strength of what was building was staggering. Mind-blowing. My body was going to be blown to dust, atoms, when this hit. If he stopped, I’d cry. Cry, and beg. And maybe kill... I came, groaning, every muscle drawn taut. It was almost too much. Almost."
"When she saw that he was dissolved with pleasure, she stopped, divining that perhaps if she deprived him now he might make a gesture towards fulfillment. At first he made no motion. His sex was quivering, and he was tormented with desire… Marianne grew desperate. She pushed his hand away, took his sex into her mouth again, and with her two hands she encircled his sexual parts, caressed him and absorbed him until he came. He leaned over with gratitude, tenderness, and murmured, 'You are the first woman, the first woman, the first woman…'"
"He drove his tongue inside her, setting off another shattering moan that was music to his ears. She was quite an instrument to play, so finely tuned, and if he touched her right, she made the most glorious sounds — raw, intense, absolutely delicious noises of pleasure as he plundered her with his tongue. She grabbed his hair, yanked and pulled him closer as he’d told her to do. He thrust one finger inside her, crooking it and hitting her in the spot that turned her moans into one long, high-pitched orgasm. She shuddered against him, her legs quaking, and when he finally slowed to look up at her, he saw her hair was a wild tumble, and her face was glowing."
Next Up: Exit to Eden by Anne Rice
Originally published April 2014. Updated June 2017.
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