Romantic Wednesdays: Beyond Fifty Shades

Posted by Eric G.

There is much more to erotic fiction than Fifty Shades of Grey. If you are waiting for the upcoming film (and even if you’re not), there are numerous notable erotic fiction titles to explore in the meantime.

Bound in the Library catalogBound by Lorelei James

Lorelei James’ stories should come with an extreme heat warning! From cowboys to martial arts instructors, James’ intense lead characters are guaranteed to push their love interests (and very often, readers) out of their comfort zones. This sizzler is the first entry in her Mastered series.



The Other Side of the Pillow in the Library catalogThe Other Side of the Pillow by Zane

Zane has a well-earned reputation for scintillating erotic romance featuring Black characters and candid sexual descriptions. Her latest from past year pairs a damaged high school principal with a too-good-to-be-true surgeon.





Straddling the Line in the Library catalogStraddling the Line by Jaci Burton

I’ve mentioned Jaci Burton’s sports-themed romances in several previous posts, and Burton is still turning up the heat on and off the field with her latest in the Play-by-Play series. No prior reading is necessary to enjoy this title, though there are several quick mentions of previous couples.




Venus in Furs in the Library catalogVenus in Furs by Leopold Sacher-Masoch

The books I’ve shared so far were published within the last year, but why not try something older – much older! Leopold Sacher-Masoch’s classic novel from 1870 established the term “masochism,” based on his last name. Numerous Library locations have recently reordered this influential and once controversial title.




The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica Vol. 13 in the Library catalogThe Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica

Get in line for the 13th volume in this diverse collection, due in March. There are 45 stories of varying intensity and style to enjoy, and the Library has two previous volumes to check out once you finish.

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