(im)perfect quest for love

Hilarious and flawed stories about my personal dating life

These books all contain hotter more explicit sex scenes than my nemesis book Fifty Shades of Gray, I promise.

I’m an advocate of empowering women to embrace and explore their sexuality. Through erotic books, we can live out our fantasies or find inspiration to reenact scenes in our own bedroom. More sex equals happier women.

As someone who accidentally discovered books with actual sex in the shelves of my local library as a young introvert teen. Let’s just say I have a lot of experience reading and in finding new books.

1. Liberating Lacey

by Anne Calhoun

Liberating Lacey by Anne Calhoun
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In Liberating Lacey, Lacey is a rich, successful businesswoman, but sex with her ex-husband was never exciting. Enter policeman Hunter, who’s much younger but knows exactly how to make Lacey moan. The sex is mind-blowing, as Lacey tries new positions and fantasies with Hunter.

2. Letting Go

by Maya Banks

Letting Go by Maya Banks
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Letting Go is perfect for BDSM newbies. Widowed Josslyn is ready to move on from her grief and explore her desire to become a submissive. Little does she know, her husband’s best friend is a dominant — and has been in love with her for years. He’s more than happy to introduce her to new pleasures.

3, 4 and 5. The Sleeping Beauty Chronicles

by Anne Rice

Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice
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Written by Anne Rice, author of the über-popular Vampire Chronicles, under the pseudonym A.N. Roquelaure, this trilogy is not your typical fractured fairy tale. Instead of being awoken with a chaste kiss on the lips, Beauty’s Prince stakes his claim on her in a much more adult manner, and Beauty is thrust into a new life of BDSM she didn’t even know she wanted.

6. Play with Me

by Alisha Rai

Play With Me by Alisha Rai
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Tatiana hasn’t seen Wyatt since she dumped him years ago, but in Play with Me she must beg him for a favor. Their reunion reignites the flames and passions from long ago. Can she resist the only man who understands her darkest desires?

More: Why women who watch porn have more ‘friends with benefits’

7. The Story of O

by Pauline Reage

The Story of O by Pauline Reage
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Anonymously published in 1954, The Story of O — an erotica classic — is a must read. The short but intense story about a woman’s BDSM training at an elite secret club was so groundbreaking French authorities brought obscenity charges against the publisher.

8. The Submissive

by Tara Sue Me

The Submissive by Tara Sue Me
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Looking for more excitement in her life, librarian Abby applies for a new job: as a submissive for CEO Nathaniel. She isn’t as experienced as Nathaniel’s previous submissives, but he’s willing to take on the challenge in The Submissive.

9. The Big Book of Submission: 69 Kinky Tales edited

by Rachel Kramer Bussel

The Big Book of Submission: 69 Kinky Tales edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel
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When you’re in the mood for a quickie, reach for The Big Book of Submission, a submissive-themed anthology. The collection covers power plays from bondage to spanking to being put on display. Who’s ready for a spanking?

10. X: The Erotic Treasury

edited by Susie Bright

X: The Erotic Treasury edited by Susie Bright
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Susie Bright is a pioneer in erotica. X: The Erotic Treasury is gorgeously bound and features short stories full of sexual tension — and orgasms, of course. You’ll feel sexy holding and reading it.

11. Rock Me Two Times

by Dawn Ryder

Rock Me Two Times by Dawn Ryder
Image: Amazon

In Rock Me Two Times, lead guitarist Syon is literally too big for his britches (ahem), so he hires Kate to design and custom-make the leather pants for his rock band. He’s determined to convince her that pleasure is good for business.

These reads should keep your mind — and hands — busy for a few days.

More: If you are a fan of listening to podcasts lisen to “My Dad Wrote a Porno” you can find the podcast here


Or watch this video on how to write good erotica


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