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It could be said that we are in a Golden Age for Provocative fiction. With more and more authors releasing books that explore the various realms of sexuality while still offering social commentary and a concentrated examination of human feelings and attitudes throughout. Indulge your secretive sensual side, peek into the lives of others and explore a complex pleasure of human existence. Find out more in our adult fiction category.
GEORGES BATAILLE - Some would say the French have always had a discerning touch for the sexual as well as the bizarre and Bataille’s THE STORY OF THE EYE, imbued by the excesses of surrealism take sex into another dimension. Not for every palate but adds a fascinating philosophical layer to matters of the flesh. A controversial modern classic.
Overworked CEO Ellison Thorne has no time for sex, let alone romance. The only answer, at least where his retiring business partner Beverly is concerned, is a no-strings sex clause in her replacement s contract, designed to make Ellis busy life easier and hotter. But she s joking, right? When Dee Henning takes over Beverly s job, sparks fly between her and Ellis, but work takes priority in driven Dee s life too. Can one night of passion in a Paris hotel room prove Beverly s Sex Clause is their secret to success in the boardroom and the bedroom, and what will happen if that private clause becomes public knowledge?
Depending on your outlook on life this very funny book deserves an X or an E (Educational) rating – and the fact it’s a memoir makes it even more extraordinary. Grant Stoddard loved America but America wasn’t loving him until he won an online contest to have sex with a sex columnist. This lead him on to becoming a sexual ‘crash test dummy’ and writing a column called ‘I did it for science’. Cringing, hilarious and poignant, a real eye-opener.
Yeong-hye and her husband are ordinary people. He is an office worker with moderate ambitions and mild manners; she is an uninspired but dutiful wife. The acceptable flatline of their marriage is interrupted when Yeong-hye, seeking a more 'plant-like' existence, decides to become a vegetarian, prompted by grotesque recurring nightmares. In South Korea, where vegetarianism is almost unheard-of and societal mores are strictly obeyed, Yeong-hye's decision is a shocking act of subversion. Her passive rebellion manifests in ever more bizarre and frightening forms, leading her bland husband to self-justified acts of sexual sadism. His cruelties drive her towards attempted suicide and hospitalisation. She unknowingly captivates her sister's husband, a video artist. She becomes the focus of his increasingly erotic and unhinged artworks, while spiralling further and further into her fantasies of abandoning her fleshly prison and becoming - impossibly, ecstatically - a tree. Fraught, disturbing and beautiful, The Vegetarian is a novel about modern day South Korea, but also a novel about shame, desire and our faltering attempts to understand others, from one imprisoned body to another.
The British Queen of Burlesque, Immodesty Blaize, turns her talents to writing, with great success. With all the racy, raunchy fun you could expect from a novel about a girl who has risen to the top of her game in burlesque, but has dark secrets just waiting to be uncovered, this is the perfect, indulgent, fun read for the summer holidays!
Chick-lit with a sexy bite in the naked tail. Saucy stories of sexual encounters by the premier league of British female authors, including Kathy Lette, Adele Parks, Joanne Harris, Stella Duffy, Ali Smith, Fay Weldon and 10 others. Each tale is anonymous, so you have to match story and author for extra fun! Sarah Broadhurst's view... This is the most enormous fun – a collection of sexy short stories written by bestselling authors. To add to the fun, they have all used ‘porn’ pseudonyms, a combination of their first pet and their street names. So you get the like of Pom Pom Paradise and Sunset Proudfoot! There is a list of the actual authors, ranging from Joanne Harris to Chris Manby, so you can try fitting the ‘real’ name to the ‘porn name’. But besides all that the stories themselves are varied, absorbing, sometimes ponderous or sad, but certainly all sexy.
'It's simple. No sight. No questions. 48 hours.' An intensely charged erotic journey, perfect for anyone who was seduced by 50 Shades of Grey. When 37-year-old psychologist, Alexandra Blake, leaves her comfortable suburban existence to give a series of lectures , she meets up with Dr Jeremy Quinn, the man who opened her eyes and body to the world in ways she never thought possible. After a few glasses of champagne in his luxurious hotel penthouse, he presents her with an extraordinary proposition. Alexandra knows that they never promise each other something they can't commit to and that he will challenge her every inhibition. But she soon finds herself seduced into a level of surrender - and danger - she could never have imagined. Destined to Play is the first book in the Avalon trilogy exploring the intricate relationships between trust and betrayal, desire and love, risk ...and reward. If you liked 50 Shades of Grey, you will love Destined to Play.
The night Heavenly Young gave her innocence to Dr. Kenneth Beckman and Seth Cooper, her world was ripped apart by betrayal and tragedy. She leaves behind everything and everyone to fulfill a deathbed promise and start her life over. But her solitary quest forces her to face her past and question where her future truly lies-alone or in the arms of the two unforgettable men she loves? After putting his heart on the line, Seth's devastated when Heavenly walks away from him and Beck. Hell-bent on reclaiming her, they chase her down and help her complete her solemn duty. But Heavenly is caught between independence and love, forcing him and Beck to make her a deal. She'll give them total commitment for eight weeks. If she still wants her freedom after that, they'll let her go-for good. After Beck's reckless mistake implodes the fragile bond he and Seth share with Heavenly, he's determined to prove they can give her both the adventure she seeks and the devotion she craves. So the men devise a game to break down her barriers and bind her in bliss. But when their dreams are within reach, a demon from Beck's long-forgotten past returns, bent on revenge that might cost him his life.
A Wall Street Journal bestseller. There’s nothing richer than a second chance in the steamy second book of New York Times bestselling author J.S. Scott’s Accidental Billionaires series. Aiden Sinclair was a commercial fisherman before he suddenly came into his billionaire inheritance—not that he’s complaining. Being a Sinclair does have its perks. But things were simpler before the money. He may have been dirt poor, but he loved his job and fully intended to always come back from the sea to his girlfriend, Skye Weston, so they could move toward something more permanent. Or at least that had been the plan…until he returned from a two-month fishing trip to discover she had moved away and was marrying somebody else. It tore his world apart. Now Skye’s back in town after nearly a decade. She’s a single mother and just as beautiful as ever. However, for some odd reason, she appears to hate him, when it should be Aiden who wants nothing to do with the woman who dumped him. Unfortunately, more than nine years of separation have done nothing to put a damper on their white-hot chemistry. But even if those feelings are real, Skye has been keeping secrets. The truth of the past is about to come to light, and there is so much more at stake than just Aiden’s heart...
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. It's Romeo and Juliet modern grunge style when Elise Perez, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks and colour meets Jamey Hyde, the scion of a rich family studying at Yale. The attraction is raunchy and immediate and they soon move to Manhattan. What develops is raw, a clash of worlds and sensibilities, mental health frailties and exacerbated emotions. When Jamey's family vengefully attack their relationship, the couple embark on an odyssey of lust, drug taking and despair that can only lead to a dark conclusion at the end of the twisted road. Despite the basic set up, this is not a book for young adults, but rather a tale of young adults abandoned by hope and hanging on to the anchor of their love, inarticulate, drowning and on a slippery road to nowhere. Libaire (and Elise) has a distinct voice, sardonic, sad and picturesque, with a wonderful touch for the telling details (such as Elise's coat, which gives the book its title). A familiar but fascinating tale. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
A splendid demonstration of how to ally sex and humour, this first novel by a new American author is a jolly romp that will both raise eyebrows and generate belly laughs. Staid journalist Jacob Hastings is assigned to write a feature on a mysterious Museum of Rocking Horses, normally closed to the public. His meeting up there with a frisky female astronomer leads both down a trail of sexual encounters and comic capers that will raise the reader’s temperature and royally entertain.
A much talked about novel of female alienation, US poet Essbaum's is a curious blend of Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina brought into the modern post-feminist age. Married to Bruno, a stolid Swiss banker, American middle-aged wife Anna Benz is stranded in middle class Switzerland, feeling trapped in her marriage, with three children towards whom she is highly ambivalent about, her German language skills imperfect, isolated in a spider web of trains running on time, mountain peaks, her own secrets and the depressingly clean Zurich suburbia. A curiously passive character she almost accidentally falls into an affair, then another, finding sex a momentary relief from her assigned role in society. Inevitably, between language classes, few close friends and psychotherapy sessions, her life begins to unwind. Even the eroticism of her liaisons, albeit reasonably explicit, has a bland Swiss monotony until tragedy strikes and engufls her. A book that could both fascinate and annoy you. Make your mind up. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
Literature has addressed sex throughout history. The joys and complexities are shown in 'The Song of Solomon' in the Bible. Byron, Chacer and Donne are famous for their compemplations on sex and desire.
Provocative prose is not simply pornographic, and product created simply to excite and arouse. Provocative prose stands apart as it is able to offer excitement while also deliviering social commentary and an examination of human feelings and behaviour. This genre can help you to think more deeply about sex, desire and how are attitudes to this topic are formed and what impact they have.
One of the most famous literary erotica would be Lady Chatterly's Lover by D.H. Lawrence, which manages to combine titilation and provocation while also offering character development, and an examination of the theme.
While some will still find these books shocking and a step too far. However there are marvelous modern authors such as Henry Miller, Anais Nin, and Annie Rice with her 'Sleeping Beauty' series which was published under the name Anne Roquelaure. With the development and exploration of this genre, there is a wide and varied selection of books for those interested in indulging.