Sexy stories to spice up your nightstand

Feb 9, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. ET

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, we're wondering if you're thinking what we're thinking? (Wink, wink!) So spice up that bedroom and heat up that nightstand of yours with some sexy stories that will keep you up at night (in a very good way.)

The Science of Kissing by Sheril KirshenbaumThe Science of Kissing: What Our Lips Are Telling Us
By Sheril Kirshenbaum

How and why do we kiss? Have you ever wondered? I know I have. It's such an intimate act that I'm often mesmerized when people lock lips for all to see in public. A science journalist explores why human beings kiss and why in some cultures (like ours), it's integral, but in others, it's practically nonexistent. The book may be full of the latest studies and theories, but it's also incredibly romantic and engaging. Kirshenbaum looks at pop culture, history, psychology and more to write a book that will not only educate but also prompt you to want to do some serious kissing of your own.

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine HarrisDead Until Dark
by Charlaine Harris

The popular HBO drama True Blood is based on this novel by New York Times best-sellling author Charlaine Harris. Dead Until Dark is the first book in the Sookie Stackhouse series, told from the point of view of Sookie, who lives in a United States where vampires are real. Sookie is a waitress in small-town America (Louisiana) until she falls for a vampire. This is an engaging mystery with sex scenes that will definitely inspire you — you'll enjoy the truly unputdownable Dead Until Dark.

Great-Aunt Sophia's Lessons for Bombshells
by Lisa Cach Great Aunt Sophia's Lessons for Bombshells by Lisa Cach

This book is sexy with a capital S. Grace Cavanaugh, who is convinced that being beautiful only leads to bad things, decides to research her great-aunt Sophia, a former B-list movie star, for the thesis she's working on. Sophia is now nearly 90 years old and facing surgery. Grace expects that her great-aunt will be helpless — lonely even. But to her suprise, she finds a diva who still woos every man in her presence. And Sophia wants to transform her great-niece from dowdy into sexy. A woman who "purrs" for her suitors and devours them, her aunt teaches classes in everything from how to wear lingerie to cutting carbs. It seems the one being researched is now Grace, not Sophia. And for Grace's final exam, her project is the painfully awkward Dr. Andrew. Grace wonders if her great-aunt is right: If she trusts her heart, will she find beauty where she never thought possible?

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