Then, one of the warriors is killed. Their leader, Wrath, must recruit the dead warrior's half-breed daughter into their Underworld army. Beware: These are scorching.
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If you want to laugh and be turned on, read: Men in Kilts by Katie MacAlister Katie MacAlister's hilarious, charming protagonists and their equally witty and appealing love interests were my introduction to the romance genre; to this day, she remains my favorite romance writer.
A few banter-filled exchanges later, and Kathie and Iain's romance is at full capacity. The next step, naturally, is for Kathie to go to Iain's ancestral castle! The question is, can romance survive family? Whether she's writing supernatural stories or rom-coms set in Scotland, MacAlister will make you howl with laughter. If you want to get lost in a maze of manipulation and sexual tension The Magus by John Fowles Seeking a change from his dreary London life, Nicholas Urfe accepts a teaching position on a remote Greek island.
This is the '60s, and the Greek islands weren't filled with tourists. The island's resident eccentric millionaire, Conchis, takes an interest in Nicholas — and Nicholas takes an interest back, especially in the beautiful young woman who lives on the estate. Soon, Nicholas realizes he's just a pawn in Conchis' game.
A game that might follow Nicholas long after he's left the island.
After infusing vampire legends with erotic sensuality in The Vampire Chronicles, beginning with Interview With the Vampire , Anne Rice turned her unique sensibility to classic folktales. The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty removes all innocent elements from the familiar tale of Sleeping Beauty.
If you want to woo your partner with verse, read: Love Sonnets by Pablo Neruda In this collection, written for his wife and muse Matilda Urrutia, Pablo Neruda captures the essence of desire, and traps it in poems.
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Thanks to a fantastic English translation, you'll be able to tell your boo: "I love you as one loves certain dark things, secretly, between the shadow and the soul. Each of these 15 stories is set in a lush, imaginative world, where characters explore their sexuality in unexpected ways. Over the course of lazy days and aching nights, Elio and Oliver forge an intimacy that the rest of us read novels to experience. Later this year, Armie Hammer will star in the film adaptation of this unforgettable coming-of-age novel.
The book consists only of the dialogue held between two strangers set up through a party line — a relic of the pre-internet age. What begins as blisteringly clever conversation about life and family swerves swiftly into a discussion of sex and fantasy. Vox also has a special place in '90s lore. Legend has it that Monica Lewinsky bought a copy for Bill Clinton. In each story in Bad Behavior , Gaitskill peers into a different facet of sexuality — in a way that's not always sexy, per se. During their second honeymoon in the Scottish Highlands, Claire finds herself drawn to a mysterious standing stone.
When she touches it, Claire is transported to the year , an era where Scotland is fighting for independence and independent women like Claire are burned for being witches. You won't run out of Outlander lore anytime soon.
Gabaldon has just finished her eighth installment in the series. If the first love is the deepest, read: A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter Many years ago, our unnamed narrator was an itinerant young man, roaming through the French countryside. While in the village Autun, he met the young, brave, bold college dropout Phillip Dean — just the kind of man our narrator wishes he were.
Phillip has an affair with a young French local, Anne-Marie. In vivid, poetic detail, the narrator retells or reimagines their time together. This American classic sets the standard for rendering erotic encounters. Personal tastes regarding sexy novels are just that: personal. One woman's Sunday poolside read is another woman's special book she keeps hidden in the back of her closet. Which means labels really don't matter that much; it's more about what you're into. What is important to keep in mind is that good authors write good books and don't limit themselves to "genre conventions.
That's exactly what's going in today's erotic fiction renaissance. Veteran authors and newcomers alike are skewing the rules -- or ignoring them -- and are simply creating some great characters that readers care about and crafting creative scenes which draw readers in and make them feel intimately connected to the story. And everybody's on some kind of sexual journey. I answered my girlfriends' probing questions about my foray into the erotic and then I asked them some in return.
Most copped to reading Fifty Shades of Grey , but also to reading more recent releases that featured hot couples and very hot sex.
And they liked them. A lot. These were giggle-inducing reveals, from grown women. I am not sure I want to know the intimate details of my pals' very personal reading choices. But you can bet your lunch that I'll be checking out the contents of their shopping carts the next time I bump into one of them at Target. Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. Help us tell more of the stories that matter from voices that too often remain unheard.
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Romanticism, so out of fashion for much of the 20th Century, has had a notable comeback recently — the Schirn in Frankfurt devoted an exhibition to the subject a few years back — and many artists today are much more comfortable talking about love than previous generations were. As it went on into the night, not just the musicians but the audience became invested in an endurance contest, an effort to celebrate love at the limits of experience. Gerhard Richter, the great interrogator of painting, can produce a picture of lovers in the forest that feels as cold as a tomb, and then also paint his wife with such loving delicacy that it recalls Vermeer.
Nor does an interest in love have to mean a fear of politics, or a turning away from social issues. The photographer Zanele Muholi has been producing extraordinary portraits of lesbians in South Africa that are at once political activism and tenderly personal snapshots.
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