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Want to Feel Sexy? Try A "Dirty Book!"

Want to Feel Sexy? Try A "Dirty Book!"

Okay, we love adult movies, but for really stimulating your imagination, check out the new crop of erotic literature. Movies are fun to watch, but nothing gets into your head – and stays there! -- like a well-written sexy book. And today's books go way beyond titillating and into full-steamy, pull-no-punches explicit sex.

Erotica is now very hot, and by hot, we mean in the sexual sense and also as a publishing trend. The big difference in today's erotica is that a lot of it is aimed at women and written by women, but the sex scenes are no less explicit as anything written by men. And the usual man/woman sex is very often man/man/woman, woman/woman/man, man/man and man/woman/vampire/werewolf/whatever. There's bondage,fetishism, kinky sex of all kinds, including group sex. Now reading in bed can lead to a lot more fun!

Guys apparently love it too, with lots of men saying they "borrow" the books from their girlfriends.

Classic Dirty Books.

In the U.S., it all started 70 years ago with James Joyce's Ulysses, which had to go through all kinds of court fights before a government obscenity ban was lifted. Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer (written in 1934) and subsequent books had to be smuggled into the U.S. but finally won the legal right to be published here in 1964. But the winner in the banned-books sweepstakes is Fanny Hill, or Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, written by John Cleland in 1749. It couldn't be sold in America until 1966.

Later books weren't banned, but raised plenty of eyebrows and libidos. If you're a big fan of masturbation, you can't find a funnier scene than that of Portnoy's teenaged erotic encounter with a piece of liver in Philip Roth's Portnoy's Complaint.

Grace Metalious' Peyton Place was the first great dirty book to come out of New England in the 1950's. Order a copy from a used-book seller and it'll likely fall open at one of the many "good parts" that thrilled readers. There's even a backseat heater where a girl squirms beneath her boyfriend as she asks, "Is it up, Rod? Is it up good and hard?" (Heh, heh...his name is "Rod.")

Beyond the Bodice Ripper.

If you haven't read a romance novel since you were sixteen, a lot has changed. In the first place, romance has moved waaaaaay beyond the bodice-rippers of old. Erotic romance is a big category, with almost every romance publisher inaugurating an "erotic" line. Kensington's Aphrodisia line features Kate Douglas' Wolf Tales series about sex between humans and wolf shapeshifters. Random House's One World/Ballantine publishes urban erotic fiction featuring African-American characters in crime-ridden big cities by Noire, a best-selling author.

M.J. Rose's "Dr. Morgan Snow" novels are gorgeously erotic, featuring a top sex therapist who sees it all, from secret sex clubs to internet porn that becomes all too real. In The Delilah Complex, The Venus Fix, and The Halo Effect, steamy sex is combined with solid murder mysteries.

Even science-fiction's gone raunchy. Marilynn Byerly's Star-Crossed features American astronauts trapped on a planet of women who keep and trade the hunky male space pilots as sex slaves forced into harems.

Most recently the headlines have been filled with the likes of the Fifty Shades of Grey series by E.L. James. While this series made waves because of the protagonist’s affinity for BDSM, it has brought to light something many people are shy to talk about.

If you want a sexy read, try this!

Ellora's Cave, an erotic romance publisher founded ten years ago by author Jaid Black is still going strong, publishing print and e-books in almost every category possible. You'll find contemporary tales, historicals, shapeshifters, bsdm, even erotic comedy. And, of course, the ever-present vampires.

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