Because let's face it, with kids around it's easier for us to read about sex than it is to watch it.
Did you know that Netflix's new hit series, Sex/Life, was adapted from a book? Yup, it sure was. The series that has everyone talking was originally inspired by the novel 44 Chapters About 4 Men by BB Easton. The author of the book began journaling her sexual fantasies after her sex life with her husband went downhill. Sound familiar? Uh-huh, Billie, we're looking at you.
For those who regularly enjoy reading erotica and romance, this probably doesn't surprise you. Some of the sexiest, hottest scenes aren't on the television—they're written in books that will make you feel like you're on fire while reading them.
We're talking take-a-cold-shower-after-fanning-yourself sexy. And seven of those books are right here in this roundup.
You probably watched Sex/Life when everyone else in your house was asleep, right? It's not exactly something you can have on in the background while your kids are playing in your living room. The thing about books, though, is you can read them no matter who's around. Especially for those of us with e-Readers—no one can see the cover of that sexy book you're devouring!
If you're looking to continue the heatwave of Sex/Life after your Netflix binge, try any of these brilliant, too-hot-to-handle books that will literally take your breath away while reading.
This smoking hot book is like Fifty Shades but with excellent writing, even sexier sex, and none of the emotional manipulation. Also? It's completely free for all Kindle users.
Sophie Scaife had a hot one-night-stand with a stranger a long time ago that changed the course of her life. When it turns out that the irresistible stranger she still fantasizes about years later is her new boss, well, you can guess what happens. Billionaire Neil Elwood is charming, generous (in more ways than one) and loves to be the Dom to Sophie's submissive side.
If you like scorching hot sex + feelings, this is the book for you.
What makes it like Sex/Life: All the creative, uninhibited sex. Plus, you know, feelings.
I'm not going to lie to you, there were several times I had to physically set this book down and take a deep breath because YOWZA. And, excellent news, it's another freebie for Kindle users (which is perfect for erotica and romance because it's no one's business what we're reading)!
Do you love the tortured-yet-tender romance of Jane Eyre? Well this is that, but HOT. Like, hot hot. Don't sleep on historicals, folks, because what else was there to do back then? People had to get creative in the bedroom!
Ivy Leavold is left destitute after her brother's untimely death, and, as was customary for single, young women back in the day, is taken in by her cousin's widower (Because young women can't be left alone, of course. How dare you even suggest such a thing!)
Julian Markham is handsome, possessive, and like a true Byronic hero: broody (but not a total jerk). She falls for him, but he has dark, sexual secrets and desires. This book will literally set you on fire, be warned.
What makes it like Sex/Life: Remember that spark you felt during all of those sexy Brad and Billie flashbacks? Yeah. This is that, just...the entire time you're reading it. Both main characters in this book have the same sort of insatiable sexual appetite, too.
If traditional romance and erotica isn't your thing, welcome to Immortals After Dark. This is fantasy/paranormal romance, and it's basically unputdownable (yes that's a word sweetie, look it up).
Personally, fantasy/paranormal stuff hasn't always been my jam. It's not that I don't like it, but it's just never at the top of my list. Until I came across Kressley Cole's series here, that is. Because WHEW.
Vampires, wild beasts, faeries, you name it—this series has it. And you definitely want to start with book two (not one), A Hunger Like No Other.
Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he's waited millennia for is a vampire. Or partly one. This Emmaline is a small, ethereal half Valkyrie/half vampire, who somehow begins to soothe the fury burning within him. They're supposed to be (im)mortal enemies in a Romeo and Juliet kind of way, based on their clan histories.
But Lachlain claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. There, her fear of the Lykae - and their notorious dark desires - ebbs as he begins a slow, wicked seduction to sate her own dark cravings.
What makes it like Sex/Life: Not unlike Brad and Billie, the sexual chemistry in these books is unlike any other sexual chemistry I've ever read or seen. And that's all I'll say.
Like Billie in Sex/Life, the heroine here is trying to reform her former "bad girl" image. Rana Malik is over being her family's resident black sheep. She's ready to ditch her penchant for casual hook-ups and set her sights on Mr. Right to appease her very conservative mom.
But of course she meets a desperately sexy Mr. "Right Now" instead, a starving-artist type who has the hots for Rana big time. They know it's wrong, but it's also oh so right.
What makes it like Sex/Life: It's got that whole bad girl heroine/artist-hero vibe going for sure. And the chemistry is amaaaazing.
Queen Move by Kennedy Ryan
Who doesn't love a second-chance romance? The hero and heroine of this story started out as childhood friends who reunite 24 years later. And BOY do they reunite.
This story is full of twists and turns and drama and obstacles aplenty between the two main characters. Things are...messy. Very messy. But the heroine is so smart and so strong, and the hero will literally do anything to win her love. It's angsty, it's emotional, and it's HOT. Also? This story is as rich in diversity as it is complex characters. It's just so, so good.
What makes it like Sex/Life: The second-chance romance aspect, the messy drama that stands in their way, and, of course, the chemistry.
Alyssa Cole's Reluctant Royals series is a must-read in general, but this book is *chef's kiss.*
Likotsi and Fabiola are ex-lovers who reunite across the world from where their love began, at the most inconvenient time for both of them. These two women find themselves trapped on a stalled NYC subway together (we stan a forced-proximity trope) and discuss how their fleeting, Tinder-esque romance went wrong and what they can do to...rekindle things. A+ queer and Black representation too.
What makes it like Sex/Life: The New York setting, the harsh breakup, and the sexy making up.
Not all women want the picket fence, wedding bells, and to hear the pitter-patter of tiny feet. And that's exactly how the heroine in this story likes it. This is very much a friends-with-benefits story with lots of erotic heat (*cough* a threesome *cough*) and lots of Big, Complicated Feelings.
Warning: this book will make you want to jump into a tub of ice when you're done reading it. The naughty scenes start in chapter one and they keep up the momentum allll the way through.
What makes it like Sex/Life: The disenchantment with motherhood aspect (though it's a bit more complicated for the heroine here), the sex (duh), and there's a little dose of sexy voyeurism not unlike THAT Billie/Brad/Sasha scene.
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