Want to add some sizzle to your summer trips? Check out this list to heat up your vacation reading.
Sexy books are back in vogue. This week, Annie Scudder of POPSUGAR brings us a list of delicious books for some fun and titlating reading for all your summer rendezvous.
Sex-fueled title Beautiful Bastard is heating up the New York Times bestseller list, practically making Twilight-inspired erotica its own genre. Just like E.L. James‘s Fifty Shades of Grey, the book follows two Edward and Bella inspired characters who just can’t keep their hands off each other. Racy novels, now often dubbed “mommy porn,” might seem like a recent trend, but in fact, erotic writing dates back at least two millennia to the Greek poet Sappho. If you want to give steamy reading a chance, here are seven titles to try besides the fan-fiction incarnations.
Exit to Eden
Anne Rice initially published Exit to Eden under the pen name Anne Rampling in 1985. In it, Lisa Kelly is the founder of a BDSM resort, The Club, where visitors can play master or mistress, and nothing is forbidden. Elliot, a photojournalist, shows up, and together they explore their dark sides and fall in love. The book was made into a movie by Garry Marshall and, not surprisingly, drastically changed.
Fear of Flying
Erica Jong’s Fear of Flying was a sensation when it was first published in 1973 and can be considered an important part of second-wave feminism. Isadora Zelda White Stollerman Wing is the 29-year-old protagonist, who finds herself stuck in an unhappy marriage and seeking a “zipless f*ck” — i.e., casual sex without any commitment.
Lady Chatterley’s Lover
Written in 1928, Lady Chatterley’s Lover once shocked readers with its account of an adulterous affair between an upper-class woman and a man who worked for her disabled husband. It also happens to be well written.
The Complete Poems of Sappho
If you’re looking for some vintage erotica, travel back 2,600 years with Sappho’s poems. The Greek writer from the island of Lesbos captures passion for both men and women.
Nine and a Half Weeks: A Memoir of a Love Affair
Author Elizabeth McNeill tells her own story inNine and a Half Weeks. She was a high-powered exec who started a casual fling with a man. But unlike your typical affair, it involves humiliation and sadomasochism.
Delta of Venus
Delta of Venus is filled with a wide range of characters and situations. There’s a Hungarian man who seduces rich women only to steal their money, and a Parisian housewife who ends up in Peruvian opium dens. Something for everybody. It was first published in 1977 by French writer Anaïs Nin.
Corralled: A Blacktop Cowboys Novel
Corralled: A Blacktop Cowboys Novel is for the cowboy lovers out there. Lainie Capshaw is a sports therapist who has the tough job of rehabilitating injured cowboys. She soon gets involved with a bullfighter and a bull rider. When the men agree to share her, she decides to choose the one who will give her “the ride of her life,” according to the book’s description.
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