Our literary sex life sucks.

In response to my recent Huffington Post essay, Let’s Write About Sex, Baby, readers have sent me their recommendations for steamy literary reads. I share them now with you:

Sex, I mean, Six Sexy Reads 

  1. Endless Love by Scott Spencer. The classic novel that perfectly captures the intensity of first love includes an unforgettable “30-plus page love/sex scene,” according to one reader.
  2. OutlanderFans of Diana Gabaldon are obsessed for good reason. These historical romps feature remarkable characters, fast moving plots, and, as one reader claims, great sex scenes: “Truly fun: sexy, chatty, playful, and explicit.”
  3. The Bronze Horseman trilogy by Paullina Simons. Reminiscent of Dr. Zhivago, these books are sweeping sagas of love and war filled with “sizzling sex scenes.”
  4. Bunker 13 by Aniruddha Bahal. Thrill seekers will rejoice in the dangerous life of a pleasure-seeking investigative journalist living in Kashmir and the surprisingly hot metaphor that compares having sex to driving a car. 
  5. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. It’s difficult to believe this extraordinary book and Booker prize-winner was a debut novel. The story of an affluent Indian family living in a charged political time and forbidden love. It’s the latter that delivers some “tender, romantic love making.”
  6. Fates & Furies by Lauren Groff promises to be one of the hot books for fall in more ways than one. The story of a marriage told from both the husband and wife’s point of view, the reviews for this stunning and ambitious novel have been raves and I can see why: the prose is beautiful and the story itself–how two different people experience the same marriage–is a voyeuristic pleasure. And to the point of my above-mentioned essay, Groff delivers a full monty view of marriage.