Christina Rossetti, born 1830, in London, England. She wrote a variety of romantic, devotional, and children's poems and is best known for what became the popular Christmas Carol "In the Bleak Midwinter." Read poems by Christina Rossetti
Writer and all round literary don Maxim Jakubowski, our crime expert, also has a passion for erotic fiction. So, he has taken on the mantle of selecting books for our Provocative Prose genre. We hope you enjoy his selections.
Beneath This Man Jodi Ellen Malpas
Ava and Jesse’s passionate adventures continue in the second of ‘The Man Trilogy’ In the first instalment, This Man, Ava was totally overwhelmed by Jesse’s sensuality and the only way to keep her sanity was to leave him. But... Format: Paperback - Released: 24/10/2013
Mistress of Night and Dawn Vina Jackson
Growing up, Aurelia was haunted by the mysterious death of her parents when she was very young, and she has always longed to know the truth about her past. At 18, she meets a man who will change her life... Format: Paperback - Released: 12/09/2013
The Beauty of Surrender Eden Bradley
Are you ready for the dark side of love? The moments when Ava Gregory feels her most beautiful and complete are when she is tied up and bound. Then she meets Desmond Hale, a master in the ancient Japanese bondage... Format: Paperback - Released: 24/10/2013
A Secret Shared A S.E.C.R.E.T. Novel L. Marie Adeline
Hidden desires are set free in Secret Shared - the intoxicating, intensely sexy second novel in the internationally bestselling S.E.C.R.E.T series. Cassie Robichaud has come a long way from the invisible, insecure woman she was a year ago. As she... Format: Paperback - Released: 24/10/2013
From time immemorial, prose has celebrated the joy of the senses and addressed the joys and complexities of sex. Think ‘The Song of Solomon’ in the Bible or The 1001 Nights, through to Chaucer, Boccaccio and the often shocking sensual nightmares of the Marquis de Sade.
So where does the line between what is considered erotic and what might be termed pornographic stand? Some argue that if titillation is the only object of the exercise, then it falls into the realm of the latter. But then one must be careful to distinguish between titillation and provocation, and who would deny that D.H. Lawrence, for instance, withLADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER seriously attempted to combine both elements, while still offering social commentary and a deep examination of human feelings and attitudes to sexuality.
More modern practitioners of erotica like Henry Miller, Anais Nin, Anne Rice with her ‘Sleeping Beauty’ trilogy (as Anne Roquelaure) and others have pushed the envelope further, and I would argue that we are right now in the middle of a veritable Golden Age for literary erotica. Naturally, some will always find such books shocking. but I daresay none of those I have selected for your further perusal could be found guilty of being exploitative.
So, stretch your fictional limits and dip, with caution, into this ocean of pleasure!
Tampa Alissa Nutting
Maxim Jakubowski's October 2013 Highly Recommended.
A challenging but ultimately rewarding (and even in its own wonderfully twisted way, comic) exploration of the...
This Man Jodi Ellen Malpas
The first in a new sexy trilogy firmly aimed at fans of 50 Shades and the Vina Jackson books and it won’t disappoint. A young interior designer, Ava,...
The Secret Lives of Married Women Elissa Wald
Two identical twin sisters - one a sexually repressed defense attorney, the other a former libertine now living a respectable life in suburbia - are about to have their darkest...
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Valentina Evie Blake
Milan, 2012. Photographer Valentina Rosselli is living with her lover of one year, Theo Steen, but refuses to commit to anything more. When she is offered an intriguing photography assignment,...
A Private View Crystalle Valentino
Welcome to the world of the elite...As a model, Jemma is used to being the centre of attention. And when Dominic Vane, the world-famous photographer, asks her to pose for...