The erotic genre is definitely underrated in pop culture. The heavy sexual imagery in porn and sex scenes in movies has largely overshadowed the erotic novel and we only ever get around to talking about Fifty Shades of Grey or the outdated Mills and Boon. However, the success of Fifty Shades did manage to pull people toward erotica by acting as a gateway to sexy novels. Now that they’re at the gateway of this foreign genre of erotica, novice erotica readers may be a little confused about where to start their journey.
It can be tough to pick out a sophisticated but sexy novel when there is a sea of erotic literature. So, we present you a diverse and eloquently-written collection of erotic novels with a tinge of romance by authors who have mastered the art of crafting evocative erotica. Fair warning: You will get hot and sexy thoughts in your head after just reading the descriptions for the books.
1. Electric Feathers: The Tranquebar Collection of Erotic Love Stories by Ruchir Joshi
The Tranquebar Collection of Erotic Love Stories is a diverse authentically Indian erotica. It has snippets of modern love in India such as Sonia Jabbar's "The Advocate" which delves into communal tensions and the desire toward "the other".
All the stories are very mindful of the female desire but don't shy away from vivid descriptions of a sex scene - it will guide your imagination and your body to its peak perfectly.
A passage from "Arles" by Joshi reads, "She moves his hand away from his penis, holding it herself now and moving the point of its arch - under the jaw, then on to her long neck, and then touching it to her earlobe, unseeing, as if putting on an earring without a mirror". Give this anthology a try if you're looking for some homegrown erotica.
2. Faraway Music by Sreemoyee Piu Kundu
Kundu's Faraway Music is a narrative-heavy erotic romance novel. It isn't merely about sex or lust but traces the story of an ambitious Indian girl Piya, whose journey is loosely based on the author's life.
Piya aspires to a journalist and moves to the city of dreams, Mumbai to find a job. Soon she finds herself entangled in a workplace romance with her married editor but when presented with a choice between her love and integrity, she chooses her integrity. We then follow her journey to New York where she finds true love but the story takes a twist when she is revisited by someone in her past who interrupts her 'perfect life'.
3. Sita's Curse: The Language of Desire by Sreemoyee Piu Kundu
The story isn't literally about Sita but a reimagination of what her desires could've been when Ram was away. Sita's Curse is Kundu's second book narrates the story of Meera Patel, a lower-middle-class housewife living in a chawl in the suburbs of Mumbai. Coming from a traditional family, her parents get her married soon but the man wants her to stay at her parents' home even after a year of wedlock.
When he does take her, Patel isn't delighted as she realizes she's stuck in a loveless, sexually abusive, dull marriage. So, the book is an insider's view on Patel's sexual exploration and her physical needs in a relationship where she's deprived of it.
4. Erotic Stories For Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal
Balli Kaur Jaswal pens down the story of Nikki, a second-generation immigrant in London, and her rocky relationship with her religion. Her life turns upside-down when her father passes away suddenly, this leaves her family financially strapped. Nikki, to support her family, impulsively takes a job teaching a "creative writing" course at the community center for London's close-knit Punjabi women's community.
During the classes, a Sikh woman discovers a book of sexy stories in English and shares it with the students. Looking at their excitement about it, Nikki realizes the suppressed sexual desire of these Punjabi women and attempts to liberate them by having them write their own erotica. It delves into the fantasies of women who've held on to their desire for decades and now finally have a chance to express them.
5. The Pleasure Principle: The Amaryllis Book of Erotic Stories edited by G. Sampath
If you like variety while reading, here is another anthology for short-stories enthusiasts. The Amaryllis Book of Erotic Stories brings you 15 of the finest contemporary erotic fiction which includes romance and stories of sex between characters of different sexualities. From homoerotic, transgender romance, to bisexual and gay romance - it has it all!
They even cover new ground in the 'straight' territory. Taslima Nasrin writes about the transmutations of online lust when it goes offline. Meena Kandasamy tells us about sex tapes but of our ancient gods and Jaishree Misra pulls focus on the yearnings of an elderly widower. This is a small glimpse into the erotic sub-themes explored in the book which we’re sure has left you wanting for more.
6. Losing My Virginity and Other Dumb Ideas by Madhuri Banerjee
Bannerji weaves a rich and exciting fiction about Kaveri, a single 30-year-old language interpreter in the crowded city of Mumbai. Being single is never easy but it's especially bothersome when you're 30 and a virgin. She embarks on a journey to find the 'right man' and jumps from one 'ideal' man to another all the while exploring her sensuality. So, yes, she doesn't find ' the one' that easily but at least she discovered her sexuality.
As we accompany Kaveri through her sexual liberation journey, Bannerhi hits the audience with tough questions such as 'does the right man exist?' and 'is a perfect marriage an urban myth?' If you're facing a similar roadblock in love or are apprehensive about marriage, maybe reading Kaveri's story can help you and tell you that you're not alone.
7. Mistakes Like Love And Sex by Madhuri Banerjee
In the sequel to the fun and exciting "Losing My Virginity and Other Dumb Ideas", Madhuri Bannerjee continues the story of Kaveri. Living abroad, Kaveri discovers that her dashing Spanish boyfriend was cheating on her and moves back to India to start afresh.
Soon, she begins falling into an existential crisis but picks herself up with the help of philosophy and focus. Things also begin to look up in her love life when she finds an alluring man on Twitter but she again starts to question if her life is really moving forward or not?
The book features love-making sequences that will tease you right and stay lingering in your mind long after you've closed the book. Bannerji likes to maintain a balance between sex scenes and the story so the novel has a lot of relationship discussions, life-lessons, and takes on maturity.
8. Play with Me by Ananth
Here's a story for men that had a hard time choosing between two wonderful women or meet a striking woman long after being in a relationship. Anath writes the story of Sid, a successful man who meets Cara half-Indian half-Turkish from America, an intern in his agency. Cara has explosive sexual energy, she always thinks of sex when Sid is around so much so that she gets aroused and masturbates in the office washroom.
But soon Sid meets Natasha, a married woman, and starts to fall in love with her while dating Cara - a classic love-triangle dilemma.
9. Panty by Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay
Can a piece of underwear make you feel sexier than before? Well, a lot of people experience different emotions when they wear certain clothes. This book revolves around a young woman who discovers a soft and silky leopard-skin print panty in the closet of her guest house. She feels a magical connection to its owners, who she assumes must be sexually wild for owning such sexy lingerie.
"A woman who wears a leopard-print panty must be quite wild. At least when it comes to sex. The question was, how wild? Wilder than me, or less so?" she ponders.
Bandyopadhyay then explores how this attachment to an object stirs up sexual desire and promiscuity in her.
10. A Pleasant Kind of Heavy and Other Erotic Stories by Aranyani
Featuring nine erotic stories, this anthology is sure to grab your attention with its unabashed descriptions of sex. A local artist has a wild affair with her Russian neighbour in the story "The Touch of Sun" and a pregnant woman stumbles upon new sexual cravings in 'A Pleasant Kind of Heavy'. The sex scenes are not confined to the bed, they take place in a small locality of Mysore, a transatlantic jet, an abandoned bridge in Chennai, and a small studio apartment in America. It's going to take your imagination to destinations unimagined and it does so with a sophistication hard to bring into erotica.
11. Night Shift: A Choose-Your-Own Erotic Fantasy by Joanna Angel
Have you read an interactive book before? What better way to start if not an erotic do-it-yourself novel? You will be making choices for Taryn, a recent graduate who starts working at a sex store in Florida. In this sexy world filled with lubes, condoms, sex toys, and hot lingerie, you need to help Taryn make her way in this kinky sex shop.
The story isn't just sexy but hilarious as well especially when she's held at gunpoint over a bunch of dildos! As Taryn transforms herself from a shy, innocent girl to an empowered woman, you get to be there for the whole journey.
12. Rock Hard by Lucia Jordan
The title of the book itself may have stirred your imagination and sparked a smirk on your face and this is going to continue as you read the book. Jordan pens the story of Dallas Henry who moves to her home in America after living in Europe. Everything seems the same in her childhood town until she meets her old friends Cole and Zane who have grown up to be irresistibly hot.
She feels a tingling down-there whenever she lays eyes on them and wants them bad. But her fantasies are hindered by her over-protective brother who is wary of the two men. What is he protecting her from? Well, you'll have to read and find out.
13. Let Me Please You: A McClain Family Novella by Alexandria House
An intense erotic romance book which tells a heartwarming story of divorced people finding love again. Jo Walker is trying to move forward with her life and focussing on raising her little girl but still feels empty in her heart.
This is where Rap legend Everett "Big South" McClain, who is also divorced, enters the story. He lays his eyes on Jo and feels an instant connection - surely there's a sexual connection but will this transform into something real?
14. Bared to You by Sylvia Day
Lust isn't enough to hold a relationship and people often confuse lust for love. The protagonist of "Bared To You" faces a similar situation. She meets Gideon Cross, a handsome and brilliant man whose magnetic presence had her craving his touch like a drug. She found solace in him sexually and emotionally as she opened up herself in every way to him.
Soon they would become mirrors to each other's desires and wounds. Will sharing intimacy to such an extent break their relationship? - Sylvia Day offers an interesting take.
15. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
People say that there is a very fine line between hate and love. In Sally Thorne's "The Hating Game", it might be true. We're introduced to Lucy Hutton, a likable woman working at Bexley & Gamin who is adored by everyone except the cold, physically intimidating, Joshua Templeman.
Their relationship starts at a competitive note where all they want is to beat each other in petty games and at work. After making a bet on a huge promotion, Lucy suddenly starts having steamy dreams about Joshua. It starts getting real when an elevator ride ends with a passionate kiss between the two. Is this the start of a relationship or another petty game?
16. Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai
In the genre of hate to love, we have the story of Livy Kane and Nicholas Chandler who have a deal saying every year, they would share one night of carnal pleasure. Why aren't they together? There's a tragedy that stops them from being with each other
One night, Livvy disappears and while Nicholas tries to brush it off, he can't stop thinking about her and how right she feels in his bed. They weren't together as it was against the rules but now he realizes that being apart is also impossible.
17. The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
A love story that starts with a lie, Drew Nichols convinces a woman he barely knows to go to a wedding as his fake date. A ploy to make his ex jealous turns out into the most fun night of Drew's and Alexa's life.
But their budding love story is interrupted when Drew and Alexa have to head to different cities for their professional duties. How do they navigate sex and love in a long-distance? How will their desires affect their relationship?
18. Wallbanger by Alice Clayton
Alice Clayton presents the reader with the classic trope of a hot neighbour. Caroline, the protagonist, moves into her new apartment and realizes she can clearly hear her neighbours nocturnal adventures, thanks to the thin walls. As his bed bangs against the wall every night, Caroline grows frustrated and decides to confront him.
When she sees his ripped body, she can't help but feel attracted. Her sexual fantasies are running wild and things only get steamier from there.
19. Inside Madeleine by Paula Bomer
Unrealistic representations of women in media often put a lot of pressure on young girls to have the perfect physique. This collection of short stories by Paula Bomer elucidates how young girls deal with their body image and desires.
A young anorexic girl comes to terms with her changing body, Polly deals with the transformation of puberty, Madeleine discovers the power of menstruation and a kinky sexual relationship turns into a dangerous obsession - the list continues.
20. Misadventures of a Curvy Girl by Sierra Simone
Sierra Simone, an erotica author focusing on the theme of body positivity, tells us the story of Ireland Mills, a curvy woman who is content with her single life.
One night Ireland's Prius breaks down on a Kansas dirt road and she's left stranded on the road. In Kansas for work, she can only think of the two men selected for her company's promotional campaign - Caleb and Ben to save her. The two country boys are impossible to resist and seeing at this hour incites a desire in Ireland.
Lucky for her Caleb and Ben are interested and they're willing to share. We don't want to give too much away so give this a read if you've ever held a fantasy for a threesome.
21. Boyfriend For Hire by Kendall Ryan
Have you ever wanted to be seduced by a stripper or an escort? If calling a stripper to come home seems like a big step, you can live your fantasy through Kendall Ryan's "Boyfriend For Hire". It follows a story of a handsome and charming male stripper who makes his clients feel desired but never falls for them until he meets Elle.
Elle's friend had hired him for her but Elle didn't know he was an escort. As planned, they have sex and he experiences a fire between them like never expected. Will she fall for him if she knows about his real identity? It's an interesting tale of how sometimes, there's an instant connection between two people and what it takes to sustain that.
22. If Only I Knew by Corinne Michaels
From the New York Times bestseller, Corinne Michaels comes a new heartwarming and erotic romance novel. Written along the lines of the transition from ‘hate to love’, a recent divorcee finds herself smitten by her boss's new assistant, Milo Huxley. She can't stand him because he's arrogant but also because he is "devastatingly sexy" and has a panty-dropping British accent.
Soon, they develop a friendship working alongside and she finds herself more attracted to him than ever. A thrilling office romance that is much more titillating than anything you would find office tropes in pornography.
23. Best Lesbian Erotica Of The Year by Sacchi Green
Most mainstream novels tend to be targeted towards straight readers but Best Lesbian Erotica Of The Year edited by Sacchi Green holds the hottest lesbian stories you'll come across. It's a fan favourite and caters to readers ranging from 18 to 80 years old. This book has every women's fantasy from lust-at-first-sight quickies to romantic sex between couples and will leave you satisfied.
24. Best Gay Erotica 2010 by Richard Labonte
Filled with sexual intensity and literary flair, Best Gay Erotica edited by Richard Labonté gathers the most intelligent, provocative gay erotic fiction from years worth of collection. The 2010 edition was one of the best with private and public lusts of gay men with stories like "A Beautiful Face" a Hollywood-esque tale of gay love and many more.
25. Best Bisexual Erotica 2000 edition by Bill Brent And Carol Queen
Best Bisexual Erotica 2000 edition is one of the most powerful erotic anthologies. Edited by Bill Brent and Carol Queen, a well-known author as well, the stories will appeal will to straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and fetish audiences. They pick the best stories so you don't have to. The spotlight is often taken away from bisexual individuals but these stories reflect the bisexual identity with tremendous breadth and diversity.
26. Off The Clock by Roni Loren
Being asked to get better at sex for work purposes is strange right? Well, not in this literary universe. Maria Rush, the protagonist of "Off The Clock" loves studying sex in a research lab but is bad at practicals. But she's forced to upskill her sex moves when she gets a job at a sex therapy institute.
Dr. Donovan West, her new hotshot colleague, advises her to get hands-on experience or he'll have to fire her. Maria, unable to find a sex partner, asks Donovan to assist her but promises to keep it a secret. How will their little experiment unravel? Read on to see for how long Donovan and Maria can keep sex professional.
27. G-Spot: An Urban Erotic Tale by Noire
In a crossover between a crime-thriller and erotica, Noire brings us the story of a drug dealer and owner of the notorious G-Spot Social Club and his extremely young girlfriend, Juicy.
She's a nineteen-year-old girl dating a man much older than her but she sticks around as G showers her with material gifts. But even with all the money in the world, Juicy feels restless because he doesn't fulfill her sexually so she looks for sex outside. But things start to get risky when she is tempted by her desire for G's very own son.
28. The Almond: The Sexual Awakening Of A Muslim Woman by Nedjma
An autobiographical piece of erotic literature by a Muslim woman in contemporary North Africa, The Almond offers insight into the sexual undercurrents among women in orthodox religions.
Badra, a young Muslim widow flees the small town of Imchouk to take refuge with her Uncle Slimane's ex-wife. At her new home, away from her husband, she begins to think of her own needs. Soon, she finds herself in a consuming relationship with a wealthy doctor who helps her become sexually liberated. Nedjma writes a novel that resembles a Muslim Vagina Monologues and reminds us of the power of desire and pleasure.
29. Addicted by Zane
"Addicted" by Zane is just what the title says it is - about addiction to sex. Zoe Reynard, a businesswoman with a perfect family and career grapples with a deadly sex addiction which nobody knows about.
She cannot control her overwhelming desires and soon her life starts to spin out of control and her sexcapades lead her to a self-destructive path. Simple temptations for touch and climax now threaten her sanity and her ideal life. Zane creates immense tension and speaks about the rawest of sexual desires that will keep you reading until the end.
30. Claimed (Brides of the Kindred) by Evangeline Anderson
An erotic science fiction, "Claimed (Brides of the Kindred)" is set in an era where humans have discovered life outside of earth. The Kindred, an alien warrior species had saved the earth from an invasion.
As their reward, they made a deal with earthlings to claim any human woman as their bride. Baird, the Kindred, chooses a woman named Olivia Waterhouse but she decides to resist herself from having bonding sex with him so she can go back to Earth.
But Baird isn't going to make it easy for her. His touch drives her crazy and she starts second-guessing her decision to go back. Anderson then introduces a sci-fi villain to balance out the erotic writing.