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
- 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.
- Outlander. Fans 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.”
- 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.”
- 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.
- 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.”
- 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.