Phantom: The Immortal by Mitzi Szereto and Ashley Lister

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Phantom The Immortal by Mitzi Szereto and Ashley Lister

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Micro Review: Literary, theatrical, operatic, with all the dark swooning grandeur and magical artifice that the theatre itself holds. Lush concoctions of unhurried phrases breath dark sensuality into sumptuously-described coupling. Every paragraph holds a metaphoric gem, making this writing ‘simply gorgeous’!

Description: Sexual desire and soul-searing need fuel this contemporary erotic sequel that relocates the original character from Gaston Leroux’s classic novel The Phantom of the Opera to present-day Paris…

While attending an auction of music memorabilia, young soprano Christine Delacroix bids on some letters written by another young soprano, Christine Daaé, who lived during the 19th century. Here she meets the handsome Compte Rezso Esterhazy, who immediately sets out to court her. Despite his attentions, Christine becomes obsessed with the Daaé letters and her namesake’s mysterious “Angel of Music”—a masked man who lived beneath the Paris Opera House.

Seemingly immortal and frozen in time, the Phantom is condemned to life below the opera house and in the shadows…until Christine Delacroix auditions for a minor role in Faust. Convinced the Christine from his past has been returned to him, he sets out for her to have the lead female role. He visits her in her dressing room to give her singing lessons, all the while remaining hidden from view. Insanely jealous over Christine’s budding romance with the Compte, the Phantom abducts her and takes her to his underground lair, where the singing lessons continue. Only this time they are far more depraved and sexual in nature.

A debut writing collaboration from bestselling authors Mitzi Szereto and Ashley Lister!

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Wuthering Nights by I.J. Miller

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Wuthering Nights by I.J. Miller

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Micro Review: Although there’s a bit of ‘tell, don’t show’ early on, we warmed to the writing as it went along. Rewriting arguably the best gothic romance -with its undercurrent of dark tempestuous love/hate – is a tall order. Lovers of Bronte will either adore it as an expressive extension or despise it as sacrilege.

Description: Romantics everywhere have been enthralled by Emily Bronte’s classic novel of the tragic love between beautiful, spirited Catherine Earnshaw and dark, brooding Heathcliff. The restrained desire between these two star-crossed lovers has always smoldered on the page. And now it ignites into an uncontrollable blaze. In WUTHERING NIGHTS, writer I.J. Miller reimagines this timeless story to reveal the passion between Catherine and Heathcliff–in all its forbidden glory. Set against the stark, raw beauty of the English moors, Heathcliff, an abandoned orphan, recognizes his soulmate in wild, impulsive Catherine, the only woman who can tame his self-destructive nature. And Catherine cannot deny the all-consuming desire she feels for him, despite his low birth. Together they engage in a fiery affair–one that will possess them, enslave them, and change their destinies forever…

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EcoErotica by Selena Kitt

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EcoErotica by Selena Kitt

 

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Micro Review:  Ecologically sound and environmentally hot-as-Hades! This collection shows the quality of Selena Kitt’s writing, as she checks her trademark taboo kink at the door, in favour of languidly painting with deep, rich colours that slowly build fire and develop understanding, as our protagonists discover moments of true connection that sizzle with a sensuality not seen enough in modern writing. This collection of stories melds the world of humankind with the environment to touch on what joins us all. A warning though: don’t expect an HEA with all of these.

Description: 2009 Eppie Award Finalist. In this tribute to nature and the environment, Selena Kitt pays homage to Mother Earth’s beauty and grandeur — and her conservation. Who else could tackle topics like global warming, strip mining, animal endangerment and environmental toxicity, all while making them hot, hot, hot?

This anthology includes seven sexy and environmentally provocative stories that will rock your world—and arouse and raise more than your environmental awareness.  Stories include: The Break, Cry Wolf, Genesis, Law of Conservation, Lightning Doesn’t Strike Twice, Paved Paradise and bonus story Core Deep.

Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 2 by Rachel Kramer Bussel (editor)

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Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 2 by Rachel Kramer Bussel (editor)

 

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Micro Review: Imaginative, high-heat, high-quality erotica. Varied stories that span the globe, but all have in common the heated bliss of finding a human connection, mind and body.

Description: Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 2 gives us fierce female passion, timeless love, and lustful encounters that are guaranteed to fill you with utter delight. Edited by the award winning Rachel Kramer Bussel, these sexy stories about women on the prowl span the globe, traveling from Peru to the Bahamas and beyond in pursuit of pleasure. Learn why “Teacher Appreciation” is so special, what sex is like “At the End of the World,” and explore some very explosive “Volcano Nights.” These unforgettable erotic tales by the top authors in the genre as well as newcomers will arouse and thrill readers looking for a hot time between the pages.

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Wanderlust: A Literary Erotica Anthology (Mofo Pubs Presents Book 1) by Megan Lewis (editor)

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Wanderlust: A Literary Erotica Anthology (Mofo Pubs Presents Book 1) by Megan Lewis (editor)

 

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Micro Review: Lovingly selected by Megan Lewis, the Mofo Pubs Presents series provide anthologies of short literary erotica at its best, bringing together a range of excellent writing showcased in themed anthologies. Book 1, Wanderlust, centres around that need to keep moving – from chance encounters by sexual-ships that pass in the night, to those wandering souls that seek to reach out to feel the warmth of human contact as the world rushes by.

Description: Wanderlust—a strong longing for or an impulse toward wandering. The stories in this anthology explore the ramifications of wanderlust—with an emphasis on lust. Twelve tales of those who cannot stay still—whether by choice, curse, or circumstance.

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Aphrodite Overboard by Richard V. Raiment

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Aphrodite Overboard by Richard V. Raiment

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Kidnapped and shipwrecked on a tropic isle, the Lady Susanna finds that paradise comes complete with the willing and most intimate worship of the natives, who appoint her as their goddess of love and fertility. When the island paradise is invaded by devils in the form of a priestly slave-trader and his crew, Susanna is forced to protect the people who consider her their goddess, rather than to succumb to the evil brought by her own countrymen.

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Katie in Love by Chloe Thurlow

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Katie in Love by Chloe Thurlow

 

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Katie Boyd has nothing in common with Tom Bridge, the volunteer doctor she meets at a party – except in bed she finds a passion to match her own. Tom is intense, puzzling, a man who cares about others and compels Katie to question her own life drifting through the hip clubs and London party scene.
When Tom returns to his post in a Sri Lanka orphanage, Katie isn’t sure if their passion was lit by its brevity, or if love, unexpected and not entirely wanted, has edged its way into her life. Should she go back to being who she always was? Or follow Tom into the unknown?
Katie in Love is a compelling contemporary romance that will grip readers as they follow Katie’s journey to an ending they may have expected – but not in the way they expected it. Brilliantly written and coolly self-aware, Chloe Thurlow was described by KM Dylan on Amazon as “…the Anaïs Nin of our times.” With Katie in Love – her sixth novel – Thurlow reveals a writer at the height of her powers.

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Bewitched in Budapest by Justine Elyot

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Bewitched in Budapest by Justine Elyot

 

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Ruby had no idea what to expect from her trip to Budapest, but a strange man in her bed on her first night probably wasn’t it. Once the mistake is ironed out, though, and introductions made, she finds herself strangely drawn to the handsome Hungarian, despite her vow of holiday celibacy. Does Janos have what it takes to break her resolve and discover the secrets she is hiding, or will she be able to resist his increasingly wild seduction tactics? Against the romantic backdrop of a city made for lovers, personalities clash. They also bump. And grind.

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Amorous Woman by Donna George Storey

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Amorous Woman by Donna George Storey

 

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The story of an American woman’s love affair with Japan and her intimate relationships with the many men and women she meets along the way. This modern reimagining of Ihara Saikaku’s bawdy 17th-century novel of the pleasure quarters, The Life of an Amorous Woman, offers a graphic, erotic tale that challenges everything we think we know about Japan.

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Death and Beauty: An Erotic Fantasy Romance Inspired by Norse Mythology by Samantha MacLeod

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Death and Beauty: An Erotic Fantasy Romance Inspired by Norse Mythology by Samantha MacLeod

 

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Baldr the Beautiful is dead. Desperate to get back to his privileged role as Óðinn’s favorite son, Baldr strikes a bargain with Hel, the terrifying half living and half skeletal queen of the realm of the dead. He offers her the only thing he’s got: knowledge from the living world. Hel gives him three days. If he can teach her something new, she will return him to the realms of the living.

But the icy Hel seems completely impervious to Baldr’s charms. What’s worse, she already knows everything. By the end of the third day, Baldr realizes he’s only got one chance left to impress her.

Returning to his former life depends on Baldr the Beautiful seducing the most formidable woman in the Nine Realms.

 

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Viking Thunder by Emmanuelle de Maupassant

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Viking Thunder by Emmanuelle de Maupassant

 

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‘We all struggle. We all desire.’

When the Northmen’s ship is brought ashore in a storm, Elswyth is faced with the prowess of Eirik: a giant of a man who lets nothing stand in his way.

Elswyth struggles to remain independent, but cannot deny her sexual attraction and, ultimately, the satisfaction she finds in Eirik’s bed.

Can Eirik offer her more, and what dark secrets await Elswyth, if she returns with the Northmen to their distant lands?

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The Innocent’s Progress and Other Stories by Peter Tupper

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The Innocent’s Progress and Other Stories by Peter Tupper

 

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In a steampunk society where sex is ritualized and marriage is sacred, the slightest misstep can bring your world tumbling down. In this collection, Peter Tupper explores the many facets of a time that never was, and a society that is all too familiar. Rich in eroticism, and immersive in its detail, The Innocent’s Progress and Other Stories is a sterling example of what steampunk can be.

In an unnamed place, in a time that never was, sex is elevated as high as ritual, and can be had for the price of a theater ticket. In The Innocent’s Progress and Other Stories, Peter Tupper explores the many facets of a complicated, sensual, and, in many ways, rigidly conservative society. Here, we are given passes to a theater of fantasies; we are allowed into the labyrinthine world of steam-powered workhouses; and we are given glimpses into the minds and mettle of the kind of people who survive in such a world.

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Islands by Richard V. Raiment

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Islands by Richard V. Raiment

 

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Menage, adventure, historical romance, and more. Two straight men shipwrecked alone on an island together for years. What do they do? What else could they do? And then a woman arrives…

The early 1700s, Thomas Carton, an English sailor is shipwrecked in the tropics, his ship destroyed and all lives lost, save his own and one other. That other, Peter Lightfoot, is gay—and thus is the last man alive that Carton or any of his ilk would choose to share his isolation. Peter considers himself a depraved freak rightfully despised by God. Thomas agrees.

Forced by the passage of time and the dictates of circumstance into increasing mutual dependence, what kind of relationship, what level of intimacy, might possibly be arrived at by two such men?

And what happens to that relationship when Fate introduces a desirable woman into the mix?

An erotic adventure and romance containing m/m and m/f.

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Auletris: Erotica by Anais Nin

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Auletris by Anais Nin

 

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Previously unpublished erotica by Anais Nin. After remaining hidden for more than 65 years, the story “Life in Provincetown” and the original, unedited version of “Marcel” were discovered after five copies were illegally printed in 1950 and sold to private collectors. Prime Nin erotica in its original form.

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Constraint by Siri Ousdahl

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Constraint by Siri Ousdahl

 

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Ten years ago, Alex Baine fell in love with Linnea Marr, a struggling young artist in a doomed BDSM relationship. Now he’s a very different man–rich, powerful, and someone who knows what he wants– and when he he meets her again, he knows he wants her. But Linnea has changed, too: a successful sculptor, strong-willed, and solitary.

He kidnaps her and takes her to his remote mountain home, but taming her is more difficult — and satisfying — than he ever imagined. As Alex and Linnea battle their way through pain and desire, the war between their bodies transmutes into something even more dangerous. Elegant, brutal, passionate, romantic, Constraint is a dark love story for the ages.

Siri Ousdahl is the pseudonym of a multiple award-winning author.

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Come Let Us Sing Anyway by Leone Ross

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Come Let Us Sing Anyway by Leone Ross

 

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In Leone Ross’s luminous short stories – ranging from richly extended stories to intense pieces of flash fiction, set between Jamaica and Britain – anything can happen. A richly varied, witty and entertaining collection whose frankness may sometimes tickle, sometimes shock; but always engages the intellect and the heart.

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London Triptych by Jonathan Kemp

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London Triptych by Jonathan Kemp

 

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Rent boys, aristocrats, artists, and criminals populate this sweeping novel in which author Jonathan Kemp skillfully interweaves the lives and loves of three very different men in gay London across the decades.

In the 1890s, a young man named Jack apprentices as a rent boy and discovers a life of pleasure and excess that leads to new friendships, most notably with the soon-to-be-infamous Oscar Wilde. A century later in 1998, David tells his own tale of unashamed decadence from prison, recalling life as a young man arriving in the city in the mid-’80s just as the scourge of AIDS hit. Where their paths cross, in the politically sensitive 1950s, when gay men were the target of police and politicians alike, the artist Colin tentatively explores his sexuality while working on his painting “London Triptych.”

Moodily atmospheric and rich with history, London Triptych is a sexy, resplendent portrait of the politics and pleasures of queer life in one of the world’s most fascinating cities.

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The Gentlemen’s Club (The Noire series) by Emmanuelle de Maupassant

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The Gentlemen’s Club
by Emmanuelle de Maupassant

 

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Victorian London 1898

Lord McCaulay falls under the enchantment of Mademoiselle Noire. Humiliated by her before his peers, he becomes intent on revenge, but is drawn only further into her web, entering a dark spiral of obsession.

Meanwhile, by day, Lord McCaulay’s path intersects that of young aristocrat Maud, as she struggles to assert her identity against the domination of men.

‘We live in the wondrous here and now and it is here that our flesh must take its pleasure. Your body is yours and yours alone, but not for long, and never long enough.’

Recommended by Stylist Magazine: a ‘mind-blowing’ read.

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Cover Him With Darkness by Janine Ashbless

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Cover Him With Darkness by Janine Ashbless

 

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In rural Italy, a priest keeps a dark secret beneath his chapel — a prisoner. Only the elder holy man knows who this prisoner is and even the priest does not know how long he has been there — hundreds of years, perhaps, or even longer. His fear is that anyone in his parish would ever come in contact with his mysterious and unholy charge. But what happens is even worse than he could have imagined. His lovely young daughter, whose innocence and devotion to god he prizes over all else, trails her father into the cavern and catches a glimpse of the prisoner, a beautiful being like the most handsome of men and yet not. She looks in his eyes and sees pain and wisdom and eternity. Unable to keep away from this silent creature chained to an altar stone, she lives in fear that her father will catch her. One day he does and sends her off to America to be raised by her aunt in Boston. But she never forgets her silent love. Cover Him with Darkness is a thrilling story of an archangel banished from heaven and the human woman with whom he falls in love.

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Bride of the Barbarian Princes (Skatha Chronicles) by Lily Reynard

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Bride of the Barbarian Princes (Skatha Chronicles) by Lily Reynard

 

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Torn from my home on my wedding day by the conquering troops of General Vespasian, I offer myself as a war-prize to two handsome, muscular barbarian princes in return for my family’s safety. Far from being afraid, I thank all the gods for this unexpected rescue from my loathsome bridegroom.

Hardened by years in the army, these two barbarians are looking for a voluptuous wife. Before they return to their tribal homeland on the distant Roman frontier, they will take what they’ve come for, and give me the passionate initiation into womanhood that I’ve always craved.

This boxed set contains all three volumes of the Skatha Chronicles:
– Taken by the Barbarian Princes
– Claimed by the Barbarian Princes
– Loved by the Barbarian Princes

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Claimed by the Viking Warriors by Lily Reynard

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Claimed by the Viking Warriors by Lily Reynard

 

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When Eadyth, a high-born Saxon maiden, inherits her father’s prosperous estate, her villainous uncle’s matrimonial schemes force her to take refuge in an abbey. But then her sanctuary is overrun by Viking raiders, and innocent Eadyth finds herself captive to two fierce Norse chieftains, each of them a mouth-watering specimen of handsome, virile masculinity.

Blond, earnest Hjalmar and hot, dark, bad-boy Leif are brothers in search of a new home after being unfairly banned from their own country. They’ve always shared everything — including women. When they learn that their beautiful prisoner is an heiress, Eadyth’s captivity becomes an exercise in seduction, with the brothers competing for her hand in marriage.

The Viking pair’s amorous abilities are more than equal to their skill as warriors. As each seeks to outdo his brother in pleasuring their prospective bride, the inexperienced Eadyth soon learns that while having one superb lover is wonderful, having two of them–at the same time–provides sensual delights far beyond anything she might have imagined.

Now that she knows what she’d be missing, turning away either one of her ardent suitors seems a tragedy. But her uncle has not given up his plans to seize her property, and settling down with one of the brothers is the only way for Eadyth to regain her lands and protect her people. Can she find a solution that will preserve her estate — and satisfy her would-be husbands?

This smoking-hot M/F/M historical romance is a standalone work (no cliffhangers) intended for mature readers.

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Dark Secret (DARC Ops Book 1) by Jamie Garrett

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Dark Secret (DARC Ops Book 1) by Jamie Garrett

 

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Will stumbling on a far-reaching conspiracy expose a dark secret or will the truth be lost in translation?

Her childhood filled with global exploration that sparked a gift for learning languages, Mira Swanson’s chosen career as a translator makes perfect sense. After she lands a position with a renowned senator, she quickly builds a reputation for being a skilled professional that doesn’t miss a single detail. But when she stumbles onto a hidden document implicating her boss in a black market arms trade, Mira’s detail-oriented life spins out of control. Headstrong and determined to put a stop to the senator’s dirty dealings before innocent lives are put in danger, Mira has no idea where to look for help. That is, until she meets Jackson Archer.

Billionaire white hat cyber security specialist Jackson Archer has been to hell and back, repeatedly. When the world-weary former Navy SEAL meets Mira, her allegations seem dubious at best and he has no problems telling her so. Mira’s complete lack of situational awareness and disregard for her own safety sparks every protective instinct he has, and the more she drives him crazy the more he wants her. But while his SEAL training prepared him for every imagined scenario in war, no exercise could have prepared him for how to deal with his growing desire for the woman under his protection. As they dig deeper and more secrets are exposed, can Jackson keep his focus on uncovering the truth about the senator and keep Mira safe or will countless lives, and their chance at love, be lost forever?

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Story of O by Pauline Reage / Anne Desclos

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Story of O by Pauline Reage (Anne Cécile Desclos)

 

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The notorious novel of dark obsession.  How far will a woman go to express her love? In this exquisite novel of passion and desire, the answer emerges through a daring exploration of the deepest bonds of sensual domination. “O” is a beautiful Parisian fashion photographer, determined to understand and prove her consuming devotion to her lover, René, through complete submission to his every whim, his every desire.

It is a journey of forbidden, dangerous choices that sweeps her through the secret gardens of the sexual underground. From the inner sanctum of a private club where willing women are schooled in the art of subjugation to the excruciating embraces of René’s friend Sir Stephen, O tests the outermost limits of pleasure. For as O discovers, true freedom lies in her pure and complete willingness to do anything for love.

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Delta of Venus by Anaïs Nin

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Delta of Venus by Anais Nin

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An extraordinarily rich and exotic collection from the mistress of erotic writing

In Delta of Venus, Anais Nin pens a lush, magical world where the characters of her imagination possess the most universal of desires and exceptional of talents. Among these provocative stories, a Hungarian adventurer seduces wealthy women then vanishes with their money; a veiled woman selects strangers from a chic restaurant for private trysts; and a Parisian hatmaker named Mathilde leaves her husband for the opium dens of Peru.

 

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The Experiences Series by Simone Freier

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The Experiences Series by Simone Freier

 

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“Sexy, imaginative, descriptive and filled with substance.  A fascinating, top-notch read.”

Spanning eight books and 922,000 words, the Experiences series challenges perspectives on love, sex, nudity and kink, as the main characters explore a mind-boggling range of fantasies, fetishes, sexual orientations and lifestyles.  Deftly weaving philosophical discussion and keen observation of human behaviour with a well-told central romance, it’s a thought-provoking and enjoyable erotic roller-coaster.

The series depicts many aspects of human relationships.  In Book 1, Origins of a Fetish, we meet Sam, whose story we’ll follow through the entire 8-book series.  Book 2, First Experience, introduces Kelly, while the third and subsequent titles add numerous additional elements to the couple’s developing relationship.

Fantasies and real-world adventures coalesce to mold a unique bond between the unlikely lovers as they set out on their journey of erotic exploration.  While being deeply philosophical and graphically erotic, the Experiences series is a story of female empowerment, and a social comment on roles and relationships in modern society.  It’s also just damned good reading!

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Dirty-Good by Evie Bliss

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Dirty-Good by Evie Bliss
Dirty-Good by Evie Bliss

 

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BDSM for brainiacs: “Scorching-hot, cerebrally sexy, and a geeky blend of steamy romance and smart discourse told in a fresh, new voice.”

Dungeon Dan is disillusioned with the purely physical, while diligent Deb seeks wicked sensuality to complement her rich inner life. When smoking-hot Dan promises desires beyond imagining, how far will Debbie go to fulfil her yearning for excitement? And will she thank him for liberating this new side of her, or resent him pulling the blinders from her eyes?

Thoughtful, wickedly creative, and brimming with metaphor and symbolism, this well-crafted novel uses evocative imagery to weave a lush, intelligent, steamy BDSM tale that’s not for the faint-hearted.

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