Seven Erotic Novels That Make 50 Shades Look Tame

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Becoming increasingly popular over the past few years, erotic novels have captured the attention of women all over the world. With the help of the normalization that was the 50 Shades phenomenon, women are taking charge of their sexuality and looking to explore their fantasies past the suits, whips and chains of Mr. Grey. As women, we love to read and visualize through our imaginations and let them run wild, seeing characters in our minds that may look or sound different in someone else’s. Men on the other hand like to get the job done without build up or interruption; they crave the actual orgasm itself while women enjoy the build up of tension before an explosion of orgasmic wonder.
With the increasing accessibility and affordability that e-readers provide, women are able to purchase erotic novels without feeling the judgement. After all, no more looking over shoulders and being susceptible to comments from the checkout person!
However, it’s also worth knowing that women who like erotic novels regularly are more open with their sexuality. They also lead more exciting lives in the bedroom. They’re having better, more thrilling sex and not just in the bedroom!
If you’ve dipped your toes in the 50 Shades trilogy, looking to expand your erotica collection or just want to get started, check out our top seven erotic novels that makes the Red Room sound like old news.

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Bared to You by Sylvia Day

If you loved a rich, sexy Mr. Grey you’ll love this! Written by veteran author Sylvia Day, Bared to You is a 2012 New York Time’s Best Seller with good reason. In the Crossfire series, this story follows Eva Tramell starting life in New York City as a recent college graduate. Her new job as an assistant to junior account manager at an advertising agency. However, billionaire playboy, Gideon Cross makes her acquaintance and this sparks their nuclear love story.

Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence

First published in Italy in 1928, Lady Chatterley’s Lover is one of the oldest erotic novels to date, it was so graphic for it’s time it was actually banned! Constance becomes frustrated after her husband returns home from WWII paralyzed from the waist down. As a result, she becomes involved with her educated and handsome groundskeeper Oliver. A tale as old as time!

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

A popular TV series with gorgeous men in kilts, Outlander is a period erotic novel set in 1945 in the Scottish Highlands, Claire Randall is a former British combat nurse who has just returned from the war, only to return to a life of passion, confusion and love. After that, she finds herself torn between two vastly different men, her life turns upside down! 

Vox by Nicholson Baker

Encapsulating the 90s/early 2000s texting era, Nicholson Baker brings a digital love to life with conversations between two strangers. Vox is an erotic classic known around the written world. Star-crossed lovers live in distant cities and go to an adult party line. For instance, their seduction through the sounds of each other’s voices becomes an enigmatic journey of passion.

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice

Known for the daring Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice takes her love of storytelling to new heights with fairytales. In The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, the young prince knows the story of the beautiful woman cursed to sleep for a hundred years after pricking her finger on the spindle. This novel is for you if you’re into erotic fairy tales that explore sexuality with characters we know and love.

The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by J.R. Ward

If you’re more into vampires than fairytales, this series on a society of sexy vampire warriors, who enter a deadly turf war between themselves and their slayers is about more than just defending their race. Begin with the Dark Lover novel, the ultimate introduction to this addictive and enveloping series that’ll have you thinking Twilight was childs’ play.

The Mister by E L James

If you loved her writing in 50 Shades, you’ll be happy to know E L James has launched another erotic novel in 2019. The Mister is a thrilling romance that follows Maxim Trevelyan in present day London; he’s good looking, has all the money he needs, a network of higher ups and women at his feet. He struggles as a result when he gets the family estate, wealth and title. A new foreign young woman who enters his life who captures his attention and interest.
Whether you’ve never picked up an erotic novel in your life, or wanting to tread the waters a bit more after seeing Fifty Shades, it’s time to get your sexual muscles moving and throw some intensity into your next bedroom session!
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