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4 erotic books you should read instead of Fifty Shades

special repost from LAWeekly Blogs

4 Erotic Books You Should Read Instead of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’



Mon, May 14, 2012 at 9:00 PM


Not exactly Shakespeare.

  • Not exactly Shakespeare.

You may have heard of this book that media pundits and housewives alike are gushing about on camera and at brunch while trying not to squirm in their seats. It’s called “Fifty Shades of Grey” and was written by an English housewife whose obsession with “Twilight” led her to create an irritatingly similar storyline and publish it as an amateur e-book.

The only differences being no vampires, no glitter, lots of bondage, and far too much fantastical fucking.

“Fifty Shades of Grey” is bubble gum for your brain and an absolutely mindless read, but if you can ignore the 4th-grade writing level and excruciatingly painful character development you might actually get your panties wet.

Listen to this discussion of how “Fifty Shades of Grey” has swept the nation on “Between the Sheets With Lora Somoza” for more details!

The book desperately holds onto antiquated ideals of virginity, purity and innocence while forcefully — and lubelessly — pounding such taboo sexual concepts as spanking, suspension and period sex into readers’ minds. It’s a real mind-fuck and by the end of it you’re either panting waiting to get your paws on the sequel (it’s a trilogy — hooray?) or desperately trying to piece together the remnants of your tattered, tortured brain.

But I will not deny the positive effects that this hastily edited erotic novel has had on society. Much of the country had never been exposed to the idea of sexual activity other than missionary and the forbidden doggy style, and merely opening a dialog discussing sex, BDSM and safe words has been enough to change the sex lives of men, women and married couples for life.

Some women have written to author E. L. James simply to share that since finishing the book, they’ve had sex with their husbands more times in one week than they’d had in years. And I don’t care if the writing is Pulitzer-worthy or from the mind of a mental case, any $10 e-book that can help repair a failing sex life that fast is one I’ll recommend to the masses.

Riveting reading. Not.
  • Riveting reading. Not.

But I urge readers to keep in mind that what they’re absorbing into their brains is not reality. The floggers, restraints and silk bedding the main characters use are absolutely real and can be purchased online. But the instant sexual satisfaction, immediate effortless orgasms, unsteady sub/dom relationship, and the mind-numbing mixed messages that the two blast at each other exist only for dramatic effect.

Any virgins waiting to be swept up by a sexual pro only to be deflowered with a hard fuck that leads to explosive orgasms each and every time are setting themselves up for disappointment. And the extent to which the author goes to barely scratch the BDSM surface while casting judgment on the lifestyle using the innocent main character as a mouthpiece is infuriating at the very least.

So please please please read “Fifty Shades of Grey” for inspiration and titillation, but by no means use it as a manual or guidebook to figuring out whether or not bondage and dom/sub relationships might be your bag.

The closest you’ll get to discovering your endurance for torture and pain is seeing how many chapters you make it through before wanting to bang your head against the wall or start touching yourself in your private area.

But if you’re way beyond the “Fifty Shades” trend and looking for something different to satiate your hunger for literary porn, here are four books I suggest you take to bed tonight. Just be prepared to make a mess.

1. “The Classic Erotic Trilogy of Sleeping Beauty” by A. N. Roquelaure (aka Anne Rice)

Now this is a trilogy to sink your labia into. Rice, who writes these erotic folktales under a romantic pseudonym, tells of a lovely young princess under a nasty spell that can only be broken by the kiss of a prince. But not really…because what this prince does to her goes way beyond the Disney definition of rescue. And quite honestly there’s no other way I’d want to be awoken from a deep sleep.

2. “The Leather Daddy and the Femme” by Carol A. Queen

The female protagonist in this book is into macho leather daddies and the only way she can get her fill is to dress and disguise herself as a boy — but not always successfully. Yet when she meets her “daddy” her life truly begins and the well-written (thank goodness) prose describes a loving relationship while being sure not to skimp on the sexy stuff. This one will make you think.

3. “Tasting Her: Oral Sex Stories” by Rachel Kramer Bussel

“Fifty Shades of Grey” was noticeably void of pussy-eating, and every male dom knows that cunnilingus is the key to melting his female sub into a puddle of ultimate surrender. That’s why this unabashed and intoxicating series of oral sex stories should offer a bit of spice to your bookshelf — and bedroom.

She found her "O".
  • She found her “O”.

4. “The Story of O” by Pauline Reage

It’s a classic coming of age story with an erotic twist as the reader follows the female protagonist’s awakening into the world of sexual submission. The main character is 100 shades more likeable than anything you’ll read in the “Fifty Shades” trilogy, and the unique direction this novel takes with the topic of BDSM is thoughtful while still being sexy.


Serious Sexytime in Books

I am the author of Erotic Romance novels.  Steamy, sexy, hot – I write books where there’s a lot of sex!

I didn’t plan on doing this when I was growing up.  I always wanted to be a writer, but I never thought I’d write stuff like this.  My father still doesn’t know.  I’m nervous to have my mother read my books, as well as my husband because then what will he expect of me? (Actually, not that nervous about that…)

I’ve written other novels, with less steam and sexy bits.  I’ve published one, and am getting ready to put out another.  I use my real name for those and created Anna Ellis for my pen name because didn’t really want people to get confused. Erotica isn’t for everyone.

But it seems like a lot are reading it!!

I didn’t take too much interest in the genre before the Fifty Shades Trilogy put erotica on everyone’s radar.  I know it was around long before, I know there were tons of fans out there but no one talked about it.  It was like watching porn – if you did it, you didn’t tell anyone.

People can say what they want about Fifty Shades (I’m quite vocal about my criticisms of it!) but you have to acknowledge how much it did to bring awareness to the genre.  The third book in the series was one of the Top 10 books in Amazon’s books of 2012.  And if readers liked what Christian and Ana were up to, they moved on to Sylvia Day’s books with her Crossfire series.  There are tons of authors out there that are becoming well known for writing contemporary romantic fiction.  Or erotica – whatever you’d like to call it.

Maya Cross.  Pamela Ann.  K.Bromberg.  J. Kenner  Maya Banks.  Dylan Cross. Nikki Sex.  Minx Malone.  (love some of the names!!) That’s just naming a few of the authors I easily found on Amazon.

When I decided to try my hand writing erotica, I did some research.  And I was surprised – there’s a lot of stuff out there!

Such as…

F-f. (female on female)


M-F-M (male –female- male)

M-M(male on male)


Paranormal romance, with werewolves, vampires, you name it

Kink with a wink





BDSM.  This is a big one, thanks in part to Fifty Shades.   For those of you wondering,  BDSM is an acronym of bondage & discipline; dominant & submissive; S&M – sadomasochism.  BDSM  refers to any or all of these things, and a lot of stuff besides.  And it’s not all hardcore – it can be soft and sensual and subtle, more sensation than whips and chains.  But there are a lot of books out there on spanking.

And everything in between!

My books – The Husband and Wives Series – focuses on swapping.  Swinging.  The official name is apparently polyamory, which is the ”practice, desire, or acceptance of having more than one intimate relationship at a time with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved.   It’s different from swinging and may or may not include polysexuality.”  My books are about happily married couples who enjoy sex with their partner, as well as other people’s partners.

Sound like your cup of tea?  Check it out.

Why now?  Why is erotica so big right now?

You can get in to the discussion of feminism and how women are stronger and more independent than ever these days.  Women know what they want and how to go get it.  Being a 40 year old woman myself, I agree with that.  I’m different than I was twenty years ago, and so is society.

But then you have to ask – how are these women finding out what they want?  Do all women these days have the type of relationship with their partner where they can easily discuss their wants and desires and explore them together?

Ah – no.  That would be great, but it’s not how it works for most.

And that’s where books come in.  Books, written by authors who are in-tune with their own sexuality, understand what they want, what their readers want, and have a great imagination.  And no, I don’t think writing erotica means you have this kick-ass, hotter than hell sex life, where you explore anything and everything.  If you write about serial killers, does that mean you go out and kill people?

I think writers are a brave sort – they put their thoughts and feelings down so others can read them.  And those who write erotica are no different.  Maybe even more so, because they face ridicule and disapproval from so many.  But they have an added bonus of knowing what they write about might help someone accept and appreciate their own sexuality.  Discovering new things that turn them on, even if they save it for themselves.

I’m not suggesting this genre is for everyone.  But if you’ve ever been interested, this is the time to check it out!