• The cover of the book The Kiss Quotient

    The Kiss Quotient

    Steamy, witty, and oh-so-romantic, The Kiss Quotient is a vivid tale filled with depth, humor, and a universal sense of humanity. The protagonist, Stella Lane, has Asperger’s and wants to learn more about intimacy—so she hires a professional to help her out. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan … from foreplay to more-than-missionary position.

     
  • The cover of the book The Awakening

    The Awakening

    Edna Pointillier sabotages her stifling marriage through infidelity in late-19th century New Orleans and Gulf Coast Louisiana. But husband and lover only play supporting roles in this one-woman show: “Whatever came, she had resolved never again to belong to another than herself.”

     
  • The cover of the book Rules of Civility

    Rules of Civility

    Set in 1938 New York City, 25-year-old Katy Kontent goes from the Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper classes of New York City after she meets Tinker Grey, a handsome banker in a Greenwich Village jazz bar. Amor Towles’s debut (before his mega-bestseller, A Gentleman in Moscow) is delectably atmospheric.

     
  • The cover of the book Rubyfruit Jungle

    Rubyfruit Jungle

    A modern classic, Rubyfruit Jungle unravels the unapologetically bawdy coming-of-age story of Molly Bolt (based on author Rita Mae Brown), who explores her fluid sexuality during the 1970s. It’s the sex-positive, crass-yet-sumptuous novel we all need.

     
  • The cover of the book Fear of Flying

    Fear of Flying

    This 1973 novel was instantly controversial for its portrayal of female sexuality. Narrated by 29-year-old poet Isadora Wing while she’s on a trip to Europe with her husband, the story tells of how she decided to indulge her fantasies with another man. Readers call Isadora the original Anastasia Steele.

     
  • The cover of the book Adèle

    Adèle

    Adèle is a sex-addicted journalist, wife, and mother, who plans her days around erotic extramarital affairs. Leila Slimani writes elegantly and evocatively of a woman struggling with addiction and also purposefully pushing the boundaries of her freedom.

     
  • The cover of the book Lady Chatterley's Lover

    Lady Chatterley's Lover

    Nothing says “sexy but smart” like a literary masterpiece that was initially banned in the UK and the U.S. as pornographic. Rest assured it was “pornographic” only by 1928s standards, as it narrates the sexual awakening of an aristocratic woman lost in a loveless marriage through an affair with her estate’s groundskeeper.

     
  • The cover of the book Dracula

    Dracula

    A sexy mystery man rolls into town and women are falling into a trance at his very presence, losing control and giving themselves to him completely. Then he meets one who’s possibly his reborn soulmate who killed herself years ago when she thought he was dead? Some say horror—we say passion.

     
  • The cover of the book Story of O

    Story of O

    This one’s just for adults. If all that “play” in Christian Grey’s Red Room of Pain intrigued you more than just a passing curiosity, this is the book for you. It’s got all the S&M you could ask for, when a naive young protégé is taken under the wing of a more experienced man.

     
  • The cover of the book The Godfather

    The Godfather

    You’ve probably seen the movie, but you won’t realize how much of the subtext you’re missing until you read the book, which gives more space for the wives and lovers of the Corleone men with much more detail, including Michael’s first night of marriage to his young wife in Sicily.

     
  • The cover of the book The English Patient

    The English Patient

    In this case, the movie did justice to the written word. But we definitely recommend the book if you want to slow down Count Almásy’s torrid love affair with the married Katherine Clifton, his chaste love with his nurse in a bombed out monastery, and her affair with a Sikh bomb-defuser in WWII Italy.

     
  • The cover of the book The Lover

    The Lover

    Originally L’Amant in French but translated into English for our reading pleasure, The Lover tells of the affair between a French teenager and her Chinese lover in Saigon. Both are outcasts for different reasons of race and class in the twilight years of France’s colonial presence, and it all plays out in their wildly passionate love story.

     
  • The cover of the book The Age of Innocence

    The Age of Innocence

    The engaged Newland Archer and the mysterious divorcée Countess Ellen Olenska are torn between duty and passion in New York City’s Golden Age. The two fall madly in love but manage to maintain some restraint, proving that just a kiss on the wrist can have you fanning yourself if done with enough sexual tension.