If you devoured 50 Shades then you are ready to try something, in our view a whole lot better, in the shape of Vina Jackson’s selection of Racy Romantic Reads. Go on … Let yourself be seduced.
The first book in a sensual and provocative romance series by the bestselling author of the After Dark trilogy.
How do you thaw the coldest of hearts? Find out in the sexiest romance to hit the shelves this year. When Aidan Flynn walks into Cluny's Restaurant, he can't take his eyes off his new flame-haired boss, Annabel Frost. With his heart set on seducing her, Aidan can think of nothing but getting beneath her cold exterior. Known as one of the toughest women in the business, Annabel is impervious to Aidan's many charms, and his grey-eyed gaze and lilting Irish accent do anything but captivate her. But Aidan knows there's more to Annabel than meets the eye. And he's not going to stop until he reveals all...
Sylvia Day's Don't Tempt Me - the classic erotic romance, part of the Georgian series - is a tale of mistaken identity, lusty liaisons and dangerous deceptions. Lynette Baillon's twin, Lysette, died in an accident. Or so Lynette believed until, at a seductive masked ball in Paris, sexy stranger Simon Quinn mistakes her for her sister Lysette. And Simon, who planned to hand notorious assassin Lysette Rousseau over to the French, finds his plans confounded. However, on learning that her sister still lives - for now - Lynette vows to be reunited with her twin. Now she must enter an alluring but ensnaring underworld of dark and twisted desires, where Quinn rules.
Originally published in 1995, Molly Weatherfield's erotic classic has stood the test of time alongside The Story of O and Justine. In this new era of 'BDSM romance' à la 50 Shades of Grey, Carrie's Story remains at the head of the class, literally. Set in both San Francisco and the more chateau-friendly, Napa Valley, Weatherfield's deliciously decadent novel takes readers on a sexually explicit journey into a netherworld of slave auctions, training regimes and human 'ponies' preening for dressage competitions.
A young widow, Cassie's life is filled with sadness and regret. She waits tables at the rundown Cafe Rose in New Orleans, heading home each night to her solitary one-bedroom apartment. But when she discovers a notebook left behind by a mysterious woman at the cafe, Cassie's world is changed forever. The notebook's stunningly explicit confessions shock and fascinate Cassie, and eventually lead her to Secret, an underground society dedicated to helping women realize their wildest, most intimate sexual fantasies. Cassie soon immerses herself in an electrifying journey through a series of rapturous fantasies with gorgeous men who awaken and satisfy her like never before. As she is set free from her inhibitions, she discovers a new confidence that transforms her, giving her the courage to live passionately at last. Enticing, liberating and emotionally powerful, Secret is a world where fantasy becomes reality.
February 2013 Provocative Prose Book of the Month. A romantic, well-written, storyline combined with some steamy sex ... the writing duo behind the Eighty Days series of books certainly know how to push the buttons of us literary types. In Eighty Days White we follow the tantalising tale of love, longing and self-discovery for the central character Lily. If you’re in the right mood it’s highly recommended. The Eighty Days series:1. Eighty Days Yellow2. Eighty Days Blue3. Eighty Days Red4. Eighty Days Amber5. Eighty Days White
'Would you like to watch us?' Shira is deeply, achingly in love with her best friend, Jean. This is unfortunate, because he's gay. But with one flippant invitation, Shira, Jean, and his boyfriend, Sebastian, begin their obsessive journey into the dark heart of sexual excess. When even their own edgy subculture refuses to accept them, Sebastian builds a new world with new rules to shelter the threesome. But the baggage they've brought with them can't simply be left at the door and, when the real world breaches the carefully constructed walls, it does so with tragic consequences.
In Wald's darkly erotic stories, characters enact the intricate and subtle ways that dominance and submission play a role in their daily lives: a young girl dreams of submitting to a boy who's not interested in controlling her, an ex-convict is so accustomed to serving his cellmate that he cannot adjust to the outside world, a professional dominatrix is beaten at her own game by a psychiatrist, and a student lies his way into the home of an army recruiter in order to become his houseboy.
The fourth book in the Eighty Days series. From elite private clubs in New Orleans to the London mansion of an enigmatic rockstar, Viggo Franck, Luba embarks on a journey of self discovery and embraces the exciting, enticing experiences her new life as a dancer brings. Her adventures introduce her to a fiery, flame-haired violinist, Summer, and Lauralynn, a woman with decidedly dark desires. But can this new life ever truly satisfy Luba, or will she forever crave the one man she knows isn't good for her. The Eighty Days series:1. Eighty Days Yellow2. Eighty Days Blue3. Eighty Days Red4. Eighty Days Amber5. Eighty Days White
Mallory Dale doesn't like surprises. At least, that was the case. When her boyfriend takes her to a burlesque club for her twenty-fifth birthday, all she wants to do is go home and get under her bedcovers. So when she is pulled up on stage by one of the dancers and stripped down to her bra, in front of a roaring crowd - surprisingly, she loves every second of it...
Step into Limehouse Wharf, the new, uber-luxury apartment building in Canary Wharf where celebrities who have had 'work' done can hole up until they have healed and which is about to see its most glamorous and scandalous Christmas yet. Staying there over the festive period is Melody Down, an actress whose career is in tatters after too much plastic surgery and who has fled LA to get her body and her boyfriend back. But is a 'well-meaning' friend about to sabotage all of Melody's Christmas wishes? Meanwhile, Aniela Fatyga, the nurse in residence, finds herself falling for the unlikely Jon Jordan, an assassin for hire who is also convalescing there. Will her feelings be reciprocated or will their sizzling relationship remain purely physical? And who is he on the run from? And then there's oligarch Grigor Khalofsky, the owner of Kensington football team, whose legendary Christmas party is about to get a whole lot more exciting when murder, blackmail and scandalous revelations decide to pay a visit along with Santa.
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?
The third book in Vina Jackson's red-hot romantic series. Summer and Dominik embrace danger, adventure and temptation in New York City as they push their relationship to its limits. The Eighty Days series:1. Eighty Days Yellow2. Eighty Days Blue3. Eighty Days Red4. Eighty Days Amber5. Eighty Days White
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, to take pictures of those engaged in the darker side of desire, she gets drawn into a shadowy world that reveals a part of her she never knew existed...Venice, 1929. Belle is the alter ego of a well-to-do socialite, trapped in an unhappy marriage and constrained by society. As Belle she plays out her fantasies by leading a secret life as a courtesan - but she will only truly be set free by finding the man who will love her. Though decades separate them, Belle and Valentina's lives are intertwined. Both will experience an awakening of their latent desires, but will they discover the connection between physical passion and true love?
In the second book in Vina Jackson's exhilarating new romance series, fiery musician Summer and wealthy academic Dominik experience the passions and pitfalls of a thrilling love affair with a difference. The Eighty Days series:1. Eighty Days Yellow2. Eighty Days Blue3. Eighty Days Red4. Eighty Days Amber5. Eighty Days White
Hidden behind the Fables Hotel's respectable facade, five specially adapted rooms wait; ready to cater for the kinky requirements of its guests. When Mrs Peters, the mistress of the hotel's exclusive entertainment facility, meets the new booking clerk, Jess Sanders, she instantly recognises the young woman's potential as a deliciously meek addition to her specialist staff. All it will take is a little education. Under the tutelage of the dominatrix, Miss Sarah, Jess learns to cope with her unexpected training schedule, the increasingly erotic chill she experiences each time she survives a new level of correction, and a truly sexy exercise routine. Temporarily distracted from her intimidating rule over Fable's top floor by an enigmatic artist, Mrs Peters begins to plan how she can secure his obedient assistance, in grooming Jess into the perfect submissive...
Can the power of lust overcome deadly intentions? A voyeuristic encounter on the fells ends in sex with a charming ghost for American Marie Warren who realises she has the ability to unleash demons. Her powers bring her to a coven of witches who practise rare sex magic that allows ghosts access to pleasures of the flesh. As ancient grudges unfold, Deacon, the demon Marie has unleashed will stop at nothing to destroy everything the coven s high priestess holds dear, including Marie and her landlord, Tim Meriwether. Only the power of lust Marie and Tim share can stop Deacon before the coven is destroyed and innocent people die?
For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey - the international bestseller - an explosive novel of sex, secrecy and escape. 'You've never been in control, until now; you've never, before, had exactly what you want...The lights turned off. A touch that's gentle, slow, provocative, that builds you up, that makes you want it too much...' Imagine on honeymoon, lulled by sultry heat and the promise of a lifetime's happiness, you discover a shocking secret about your husband. But instead of destroying you, the knowledge brings freedom; the freedom to bare your soul, explore your deepest desires and discover what you really want. THE BRIDE STRIPPED BARE is the story of a passionate sexual awakening, as erotic as it is dangerous. The seduction goes further when a married woman recalls her first love affair in Nikki Gemmell's WITH MY BODY...
August 2012 eBook of the Month. Exhilarating, seductive well written erotic fiction with a romantic plot. First in a sensual series of books, written by a double act consisting of an experienced published author and a leading city headhunter, perfect for fans of the MEGA seller Fifty Shades of Grey. The Eighty Days series:1. Eighty Days Yellow2. Eighty Days Blue3. Eighty Days Red4. Eighty Days Amber5. Eighty Days White
Take romance and erotica to the altar and, presto, you have racy romance. And it comes in more than shades of grey (for mystery) pink (for love) and red (for passion)!
Chick lit brought female empowerment to romance writing and now racy romance adds both thrills and sexual realism to the pages, where the chapter does not end when the characters embrace and the 'happy ever after' acquires brand new dimensions.
Vina Jackson, author of the Sunday Times bestselling EIGHTY DAYS series, highlights recent as well as overlooked examples of the new romance.
K.D. GRACE, Body Temperature and Rising
The first volume in K.D's ongoing Lakeland Heatwave Trilogy brings supernatural desire, ghosts and witches to the Lake District for a super sizzling love story and romp, which is both outrageously romantic and hotter than hot. Click here to read more...
EVIE BLAKE, Valentina
Inspired by the evocative graphic novels of Italian artist Guido Crepax, the first in a new series that combines romance with glamour. Click here to read more...
NIKKI GEMMELL, The Bride Stripped Bare
On her long-awaited honeymoon, a bride is introduced to a shocking secret about her husband and falls into a passionate spiral of lust unbound as she embraces a whole new world she had never even guessed at before. Click here to read more...
MODERN EROTIC CLASSICS
A new series featuring 20 titles, available in ebook format only from Constable Robinson. Despite the title, many of the books are deeply entrenched in the romance genre, with overlooked but major authors like erstwhile Black Lace star Cleo Cordell, Valentina Cilescu's page-turning vampire sagas, Remittance Girl's dark and hot BEAUTIFUL LOSERS and Elissa Wald's MEETING THE MASTER, inspired by real life and which makes Christian Grey look like something of a schoolboy! Many of the other titles are on the hotter end of the scale but truly classics and perfect examples of the borderline where explicitness and romance meet.
GRACE MARSHALL, An Executive Decision
The first in a fast-paced series about intrigue and lust in a blue collar environment of corporate takeovers, office intrigue and seduction, a saucy read. Click here to read more...
LOGAN BELLE, Blue Angel
When straitlaced Mallory Dale is taken by her boyfriend to a burtesque club for her twenty fifth birthday, her eyes are opened to a whole new world of pleasure and opportunities after she is tempted onto the stage. Click here to read more...
MOLLY WEATHERFIELD, Carrie's Story
Quite possibly the book that truly inspired FIFTY SHADES OF GREY. The tale of the slow, hypnotic and inevitable seduction into the dark side of BDSM of a young American female student and how she meets her eventual master, a rich and distant but charismatic man of means. Click here to read more...
L.M. ADELINE, S.E.C.R.E.T
A prematurely-widowed young woman still filled with grief comes across a notebook abandoned by a mysterious woman at the New Orleans cafe where she waits tables. Click here to read more...
KAY JAYBEE, The Perfect Submissive
Jess is the new bookings clerk at the Fables Hotel, where five very special rooms have been adapted to cater for many kinks. Click here to read more...