7 erotic novels to notch up your not-so-guilty pleasure

By Bhakti Paun Sharma

With the progression of time, numerous new authors, genres, and titles have made space on our shelves. However, erotica as a genre was spoken about in hushed tones, in the wee hours of the night and under the blankets, still is. Despite the same, recent years have seen a revolution in the genre, with literary works weaving seduction into their pages. Though Mills & Boons were always existent with their romance and sensual quotient intact, one can credit EL James’ Fifty Shades series for propelling this genre of pleasure and fantasy into the limelight, even though the series itself received much flak from the literature critics. Nevertheless, thanking James for doing the unthinkable, we finally started getting books that are a mix of steamy sex and raunchy plots, stimulating our imagination into a sexual frenzy and hot mess, not once compromising on the path of literary goodness. 

Let us introduce you to some of our picks; a few exotically erotic novels that arouse with just the right words and prose as they play with your forbidden cravings.

The Sleeping Beauty Quartet by Anne Rice


A twist on the original fairy tale, this one is based on the sexual adventures of the protagonist Beauty, and the three men in her life. Revolving around surrender and slavery, the books are delicious, sensuous, with tonnes of sex thrown in for good measure, and pleasure. Originally a trilogy, a fourth book of the same was written to continue the story, 20 years after the last one.

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The Surrender Series by Melody Anne


There have been multiple love stories with two opposite personalities coming together, but this one’s a series which has a healthy dose of lust thrown in. What happens when two individuals, scarred by faux relationships they thought were true, who are damaged beyond repair, tumble onto each other? What if they want no strings, and just a satiation of the hot animal need that there is? But just when they thought love couldn’t knock anymore, the tables are turned. Pick these for steamy night reading sessions, and delve into a mesh of hot with just the right hint of mush. 

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Call me by Your Name by André Aciman


A story about desire, obsession, and a lot more, unfolding between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parent’s mansion. A tale about intimacy, this is not just story of erotic desires, but filled with an all-consuming power of love and attraction. What happens when human passion is unleashed, unreigned and raw? This is the answer, between the pages.

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Innocence Series by Alessandra Torre


If you are the one who loved to explore the world of Christian Grey, pick this one up. It is a romance with its own cheesy world, but oh man, it scores perfect on the ecstacy spot when it comes to scenes that are full of hot and steamy sex. A well-strung tale of following your heart and desires, it is the story of two beings who are irrevocably drawn to one another as they chase and delve into a world of exploration. 

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Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by JR Ward


Fantasy and erotica has always been a successful combination, and this one proves it. The first book ‘Dark Lover’ entices you with its cover and pulls you further in as you get to know about these half-breed woman who is to be engulfed into a world of sensualities beyond her imagination. And then you can’t help but flip the page, as with every sequence you are left out of breath, wanting for more. “Racked by a restlessness in her body that wasn’t there before, Beth Randall is helpless against the dangerously sexy man who comes to her at night with shadow in his eyes”.

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Little Cat by Tamara Faith Berger


Double the pleasure and fun with this set of two short stories that bring out the power of female sexuality and the lustful happiness it brings along once you own it. The first one ‘Lie With Me’ is about the sexcapades of a woman who picks up random guys from bars, where as the second one, ‘The Way of the Whore’ is about a girl who starts working in the sex industry. Get ready for a double whammy of sultry sex and hot affairs.

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Gabriel’s Inferno Series by Sylvain Reynard


The virgin love between a dark and enigmatic professor, with his young and innocent student. A lust which is downright sinful yet turns on the taps of sensuality like none other.  This is a tale of the forbidden love of a teacher by day and a sexual pleasure connoisseur by night, and what happens when he meets a new student, and falls into a hot tempest of pleasure and love, jeopardising everything he has in the process.

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