"Embrace the Night" by Crystal Jordan
What it's all about: It seems like your classic tale of a woman searching for a one-night stand to erase the pain of a love lost. Except that our heroine’s a witch, her ex has been found dead and the lover she wasn’t meant to ever meet again is the detective investigating the case.
Why you'll love it: It might have werewolves and vampires, but it’s no "Twilight" (although you may be surprised to learn that that's the story that inspired "Fifty Shades of Grey.". Instead, this is a grown-up fantasy tale, with warlocks, elves, a liberal sprinkling of magic, and plenty of down and dirty sex.
"Eroma" by Piers Anthony
What it's all about: The novel takes us inside a steamy virtual reality game, where the players must complete sexual challenges to take the prize. As the virtual players are pushed to their limits, an eager audience watches their every move.
Why you'll love it: It’s more explicit than Piers Anthony’s more mainstream fodder, but it has the twists and rapid pace that made him a household name. And because it's an e-book, you can enjoy it in public - without the disapproving stares.y
"Purgatory: A Novel of the Civil War" by Jeff Mann
What it's all about: Ian Campbell, a closeted Confederate soldier, is charged with watching over captive Union recruit Drew Conrad. Despite fighting for opposing sides, the men cannot deny the attraction between them.
Why you'll love it: Don’t let the stuffy name and dated black and white cover fool you. This is no dry, historical account of America’s wartime past!
"Don Juan in the Village" by Jane Delynn
What it's all about: Through a series of interconnected short stories, we follow the narrator through Big Apple bars to Los Angeles S&M clubs in the search for Ms. Right.
Why you'll love it: This moving and sensual coming-of-age tale has been celebrated as a must for young lesbians. Delynn’s frank writing style can be confrontational, but it’s also very refreshing to read.
"History's Passions: Stories of Sex Before Stonewall," edited by Richard Labonte
What it's all about: Four writers imagine what it must have been like for gay men living before the liberation that followed the Stonewall rights. Their novellas take us from California’s booming gold mines to the era of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Why you'll love it: By choosing novellas rather than more traditional short stories, Richard Labonte made his anthology much meatier than average. The stories are sensitive to the time periods they’re set in without sacrificing sizzle.
"Take Me There: Trans and Genderqueer Erotica," edited by Tristan Taormino
What it's all about: This anthology celebrates diversity with stories written by transgender, intersexed, genderqueer and gender-variant authors.
Why you'll love it: The collection doesn’t just pay lip service to gender and sexual diversity; it’s truly inclusive, which makes it a fascinating read no matter what your orientation.
"Scarlet Thirst: Red Hot Diva" by Crin Claxton
What it's all about: Butch dyke Rob shakes up the world of naïve Rani when she introduces her to the vampire lifestyle. Rather than sucking the life from the humans that inhabit their world, these rather more polite creatures simply feed a little from their victims.
Why you’ll love it: Far from just cashing in on the "Twilight" trend, this vampire novel revamps the genre with its vivid descriptions and sassy characters.
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