We all need a little romance in our life but what if you don’t need flowers and candy, and want something slightly different? Thanks to E. L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey erotic romance has been propelled to the commercial spotlight, giving you the opportunity to escape into a fantasy world and take on the role of female protagonist whose sex life will make Samantha Jones’s escapades on Sex & The City seem like a Disney fairy tale.
To add extra spice into your reading life we’ve developed a list of five erotic authors whose works will get you hot and bothered this summer. However, we have to warn you the books recommended are not for the faint of heart or the blushing bride; each should be slapped with NSFW (not safe for work) warning label.
This New York Times bestselling author has written more than 20 books and there are no signs of her stopping. Kresley Cole is best known for her sizzling paranormal romance series Immortals After Dark, which currently consists of 14 books and counting. If you loved watching True Blood and Buffy The Vampire Slayer, then the bruiting male warriors of the Immortals After Dark novels, with their super skills on the battlefield and in the bedroom, will light a fire under you both literally and figuratively.
Game Of Thrones has gone on a year-long hiatus so to fill your time with mystical beings, dark arts, twisted plots and sexual encounters curl up with one of Jacqueline Carey’s books. The bestselling author exploded onto the fantasy/sci-fi scene in 2001 with the publication of Kushiel’s Dart, hailed by Publisher’s Weekly as a “brilliant and daring debut… (that) catapults Carey immediately into the top rank of fantasy novelists.” Thanks to the success of her debut novel, she has gone on to develop it into a series of nine additional books dubbed Kushiel’s Legacy series, centring on her protagonist Phé¨dre né³ Delaunay, a trained courtesan, whose adventures in this historical fantasy world will have you transfixed for hours.
Living in the hills of Kentucky is not the where you would expect to find one of erotic romance’s most popular writers. Lora Leigh is another New York Times bestselling author whose works line the shelves of Indigo Books like customers at Best Buy’s Boxing Day Sale. Leigh is best known for her Breed series, which won a 2009 RT Award for Erotica. The Breeds consists of more than 20 books; evil government scientists combine animal DNA with human embryos to create the ultimate solider. The result is a new species feared and tortured by their makers who then escape and try to peacefully coexist in society. However, danger is never too far away and the Breeds must battle against a corrupt government and assassination attempts, as well as the irresistible pull of mating heat – Leigh’s novels are definitely NSFW!
Maya Banks is another popular writer who churns out books like cars coming off the Ford assembly line. She is the author of several bestselling erotic romance, romantic suspense, contemporary romance and historical romance novels. Two of her most popular works are the Kelly/KGI series which centre around a military family and the Colters' Legacy series where three brothers are in love with one woman – can we say love triangle?
Angels, vampires, demons and humans with superpowers really do exist! New Zealand author Nalini Singh has published numerous paranormal romance novels garnering rave reviews from critiques and devoted legions fans due to her page turning Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter series. Her female protagonists aren’t helpless damsels in distress as they fight, kick, punch and do the horizontal shuffle with extremely hot muscular males who are not all necessarily human. Hot!