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8 of the Spiciest Erotica Books for Women

For an extra sultry escape from reality.

8 of the Spiciest Erotica Books for Women

Gone are the days of concealing the cover of your latest steamy read at all costs. Thanks to a wildly popular subset of the internet, like #SmutTok and related hashtags, book lovers are sharing their spiciest erotica-esque reads with no shame at all. 

Long regarded as a lower form of literature, people are finally embracing erotica novels and shouting their recs across social media. While interest in erotica isn’t new, it is becoming increasingly more accepted. The success of EL James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey” series is just one such example. 

In a 2021 study on erotica novels, researchers asked a group of primarily heterosexual women in committed relationships why they read this genre, and the prominent answer was for distraction and feelings of ease. Others said the sexual explicitness and the books’ potential to provide guidance in life was another reason for reaching for these reads. 

If you’re looking for a little escape with a healthy side of spice, we’ve rounded up eight erotica and spicy romance novels to add to your TBR list immediately. 

1. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang 

While not strictly erotica, this steamy romance book follows the story of Stella Lane, an econometrician with Asperger's and a less-than-positive opinion on romance. To improve her skills, she hires escort Michael Phan. What starts as a professional arrangement turns into a heartwarming and steamy connection that challenges stereotypes. This delightful read celebrates love, acceptance, and self-discovery, making it a standout choice in the world of erotica.

2. Neon Gods by Katee Robert

Dive into a world of forbidden passion and power. Persephone Dimitriou, a fearless heiress of the city of Olympus is ambushed by her mother with an engagement to Zeus. Fleeing to the forbidden underworld, she makes a devil’s bargain with Hades, himself. The story unfolds with tantalizing romance, family secrets, and the clash of two extraordinary worlds. Katee Robert's skillful storytelling weaves a captivating tale of desire and dominance, making "Neon Gods" a must-read for those craving an exhilarating escape into a world where gods and passion collide.

3. Bared to You by Sylvia Day

Following the tumultuous relationship between Gideon Cross and Eva Tramell, this steamy tale explores the complexities of love, trust, and desire, offering readers a riveting journey through the magnetic and passionate connection between two characters haunted by their pasts. "Bared to You" is a must-read for those seeking an intense and sensual escape within the realm of erotic romance.

4. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Come for the plot, stay for the incredible sex scenes. This historical fantasy-fiction is equal parts captivating and spicy. Claire Randall, a World War II nurse, mysteriously travels back to 18th-century Scotland, where she encounters the dashing Jamie Fraser. As their fates intertwine amidst political intrigue and historical drama, a passionate and enduring love story unfolds. Gabaldon's masterful storytelling combines elements of romance, adventure, and time travel, creating a spellbinding tale that has captivated readers worldwide. 'Outlander' is a must-read for those seeking a rich and immersive escape into a world where love transcends centuries.

5. The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice

Dive into a seductive reimagining of the classic fairy tale. In a daring departure from convention, Beauty is awakened not by a kiss, but by the intense and explicit desires of the prince. His reward for ending the spell is her enslavement to him. As Beauty embarks on an erotic journey of self-discovery and surrender, readers are drawn into a lush and sensuous world. 'The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty' is a bold and alluring exploration of the boundaries between pleasure and surrender, making it an intriguing choice for those seeking an unconventional and captivating tale of passion.

6. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

College student Abby Abernathy's life takes an unexpected turn when she crosses paths with the enigmatic Travis Maddox. Their intense and unpredictable relationship unfolds amidst college drama, secret wagers, and unforeseen challenges. This gripping tale of love, redemption, and personal transformation promises readers a rollercoaster of emotions and takes readers on a captivating journey through the highs and lows of young love.

7. Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard

In this tantalizing exploration of passion, academia, and redemption, Professor Gabriel Emerson, tormented by his own past, finds himself drawn to the mystifying graduate student Julia Mitchell. As their forbidden connection blossoms, secrets unravel and desire ignites. Reynard skillfully weaves a narrative of intellectual pursuits and simmering romance, with Gabriel and Julia navigating the complexities of love and personal history. Readers are sure to enjoy this seductive journey through the corridors of academia and the depths of the heart, making it an alluring choice for those seeking a captivating blend of sensuality and self-discovery.

8. The Siren by Tiffany Reisz

Step into a story where passion meets literature. Nora Sutherlin, a successful erotica writer, navigates a complex relationship with her editor Zachary Easton. As the boundaries between fiction and reality blur, the story unfolds with irresistible sensuality and intellectual intrigue. Reisz crafts a narrative that explores the art of desire, submission, and the power dynamics between characters. Every page holds the promise of secrets and seduction, making it a compelling choice for those seeking an intellectually charged and erotically charged tale.

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