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If you want to turn up the heat in the bedroom, try reading erotica with your partner — and explore your wildest fantasies in an exciting and safe way.

Whatever your fantasy, from BDSM to threesomes to public displays of passion, someone has probably written about it. Erotica is a broad genre that encompasses everything from the racy classics your grandmother might have hidden in her dresser drawer, like Anais Nin’s Delta of Venus and John Cleland’s Fanny Hill, to contemporary bestsellers like E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy and Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series.

To get you started on your literary adventures, here are some of my favorite sexy books, guaranteed to keep you reading:

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty trilogy by Anne Rice

You may have heard about this early trilogy of pseudonymously written erotic novels by the author of Interview with a Vampire. The series of wicked fairytales centres on Sleeping Beauty and features themes of domination and submission. If you’re new to reading BDSM erotica, The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty is a good introduction and a deliciously naughty bedtime story to read with your partner.

The Red by Tiffany Reisz

Tiffany Reisz is the author of the Original Sinners series of erotic novels, but The Red is a sexy standalone that lives up to its stunning cover and high praise. NPR calls it “smart smut” and Library Journal compares it to Rice’s Beauty series. The story centres on an art gallery owner and the mysterious man who makes her an intriguingly naughty offer. Reisz has a knack for writing hot, believable erotic fantasy and The Red is a pure sensual pleasure to read.

Come Again: Sex Toy Erotica edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel

Bussel is a prolific writer and editor of erotica anthologies and she knows a good story when she reads it. This unique collection takes on the titillating topic of sex toys and the women (and men) who love them. Whether you have a treasure trove of your own playthings or are new to the world of kinky gadgets and gizmos, this delicious collection of 24 short stories will give you a variety of scenarios to read — and ideas to try.

Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

The first book in a series, Beautiful Bastard started out as Twilight fan fiction — much like Fifty Shades of Grey — and has developed quite a fan following. This steamy and romantic novel is an enemies-to-lovers erotic fantasy, with a lot of angry sex in a variety of semi-public locales, from back seats to boardrooms. The novel is told in alternating points of view between Chloe, an intern working on her MBA, and Bennet, her boss (aka the beautiful bastard), which makes for a delicious read-aloud experience.

Filthy Housewives: Very Explicit Erotica edited by Violet Blue

Suburban domesticity just got a lot sexier! Violet Blue has curated some of the hottest erotica collections ever written and these seven domestically-inspired tales of lust give new meaning to the term “marital bliss.” Guaranteed to be 100% sexier than folding laundry or mopping the floor!

The Sexual Life of Catherine M. by Catherine Millet

The memoir of Parisian art critic Catherine Millet is chock full of exotic sexual exploits and observations. Millet recounts adventures from her uninhibited sex life and shares her insights on everything from masturbation to orgies. Whether you’re an adventure seeker or are happy to experience some things vicariously, Millet will spark your imagination and give you and your partner a lot to talk about.

Some tips for sharing erotica with your partner:

If the idea of reading an entire book aloud turns you off, try reading just your favorite steamy passages — or mark them for your partner to read on their own. You could also invest in two copies of a book, one for each of you to read, and have an intimate two-person book club. Snacks required, clothing optional!

The best thing about reading erotica together is discovering new fantasies and ways to arouse each other. Finding the kind of stories you both enjoy can take time — but this is the most fun you’ll ever have doing research! Happy naughty reading!