15 Books to Read If You're Looking to Dabble in Erotica

by Sara Dobie Bauer
Jul 12, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. ET

So you're interested in getting into erotica? It's OK to admit it. In fact, erotica is just another book genre that's been around for centuries — which is why you should try it, at least once. 

Plus, erotica can improve your sex life by teaching you things about yourself that you can share with your partner. What's not to love?

Dip your toe in with these erotic novels.

Originally published December 2015. Updated July 2017.

1 /15: 'It's In His Heart' by Shelly Alexander

1/15 :'It's In His Heart' by Shelly Alexander

A romantic story with some racy scenes mixed in, this one is the perfect beginner's book.

2 /15: 'The Unsung Hero' by Suzanne Brockmann

2/15 :'The Unsung Hero' by Suzanne Brockmann

Brockmann is known for stirring up a perfect recipe of action and sex.

3 /15: 'If I Were You' by Lisa Renee Jones

3/15 :'If I Were You' by Lisa Renee Jones

What if you discovered another woman's deviant lifestyle and assumed it for yourself?

4 /15: 'Wallbanger' by Alice Clayton

4/15 :'Wallbanger' by Alice Clayton

Friendship, comedy and a ton of sexual tension in this light, entertaining story of a bad boy and his curious neighbor.

5 /15: 'Welcome to Temptation'

5/15 :'Welcome to Temptation'

Sophie just wants to help her sister. Instead, she finds murder, mayhem and lust that might just turn into love.

6 /15: 'Lick' by Kylie Scott

6/15 :'Lick' by Kylie Scott

Evelyn married a rock star in Vegas. Can she handle the pressure?

7 /15: 'The Flame' by Christopher Rice

7/15 :'The Flame' by Christopher Rice

Rice is so good at writing sex. Some man-on-man action, but it's really all about three people in love.

8 /15: 'Beguiled' by Deeanne Gist

8/15 :'Beguiled' by Deeanne Gist

This book proves that it never hurts to add some danger to your lovemaking.

9 /15: 'The House' by Cassie Alexander

9/15 :'The House' by Cassie Alexander

You choose the path you take, so push the sexual envelope as much or as little as you want.

10 /15: 'Dark Lover' by J.R. Ward

10/15 :'Dark Lover' by J.R. Ward

Sexy vampires save a maiden in distress. This one has a great plotline and characters you'll care about.

11 /15: 'Up in Flames' by Shyla Colt

11/15 :'Up in Flames' by Shyla Colt

Kirk ends up stranded on an island with a woman who shows him love. Sounds like a vacation of the imagination.

12 /15: 'Enchanted' by Nancy Madore

12/15 :'Enchanted' by Nancy Madore

A collection of fairy tales with a sensual twist. Push your boundaries a little bit.

13 /15: 'Real' by Katy Evans

13/15 :'Real' by Katy Evans

14 /15: 'Beautiful Oblivion' by Jamie McGuire

14/15 :'Beautiful Oblivion' by Jamie McGuire

Cami falls for troubled Maddox brother Trenton, but is she willing to give up her self-control to have him?

15 /15: 'Fallen Too Far' by Abbi Glines

15/15 :'Fallen Too Far' by Abbi Glines

Dealing with family issues sucks, especially when they involve your spoiled, sexy new stepbrother.