5 Erotic Romance Novels Better Than Fifty Shades of Grey

While you’re waiting for the movie version of Fifty Shades of Grey to come out, here are a few highly recommended erotic titles to keep you entertained.

Bared to You by Sylvia Day – This is book one of a trilogy that focuses on the complicated relationship between Eva and Gideon who were both abused and are looking to find true love.

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by A.N. Roquelaure retells the fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty with an erotic twist.

Sweet Addiction by Maya Banks – The story of two lovers who seem to be living the ultimate love story, but end up separating and then meeting years later.

Sexual Life of Catherine M. by Catherine Millet – A memoir translated from French detailing  Catherine’s vigorous sex life.

House of Holes by Nicholson Baker.  A story about the exploits of an adult resort that specializes in sexual fantasies.

Erotic Romance vs. Erotica

erotic fictionErotic fiction has been around for a very long time.  One of the most erotic pieces of poetry is the Song of Songs in the Bible.  The late 18th century brought us the French aristocrat, Marquis de Sade whose name gave us the sexual kink of “sadism”.  In the early 20th century, Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Tropic of Cancer helped reform obscenity laws in the United States.  In the 1970’s there was a dramatic increase in erotic fiction with Fear of Flying, and My Secret Garden.  The 1980’s brought us Anne Rice’s Sleeping Beauty Trilogy.  Many new publishers were founded to keep up with the demand of erotic fiction.

Erotic romance gained more ground with the introduction of ebooks.  By the mid 2000’s when traditional romance publishers saw the interest in this genre, they launched imprints dedicated to the print publication of erotic romance.

There has always been a strong core of erotic romance readers, but with the introduction of the Fifty Shades trilogy, erotic romance became more main stream.  However, it is often confused with erotica.   Generally speaking, erotic romance ends with “happily ever after” and erotica does not.  Erotic romance has more of a story line, exploring love and emotions and centering on two main characters.  It’s all about the romance with the sexual journey second.  It differs from mainstream romance because it is more sexually graphic.  Erotica is all about sex and little else.  It can entail some romance, but the focus is the sex.

The Cheshire Library has been seeing more and more requests for books like Fifty Shades, or erotic romance.  In an effort to fulfill our patrons’ requests, we have placed orders for similar books.  The second most popular author of this genre is Sylvia Day.  She self-published Bared To You and when Berkley Books heard how popular it was, they immediately published it in paper.  It was followed by Reflected In You and the third book in the trilogy, Entwined With You, will be released in June.

Megan Hart is another author that is very popular.  We own several of her titles.

  1. Tempted 
  2. Switch
  3. Deeper
  4. The Space Between Us

There are three other trilogies that are “like Fifty Shades” and they have received excellent reviews.  They are:

The Submissive Trilogy by Tara Sue Me

  1. The Submissive
  2. The Dominant (due out in August)
  3. The Training (due out in October

The Stark Trilogy by Julie Kenner

  1. Release Me
  2. Claim Me
  3. Complete Me (due out in July)

Breathless Trilogy by Maya Banks

  1. Rush
  2. Fever
  3. Burn (due out in August)

You may place holds on these items.  Let us know how you like them and if you’re interested in the library acquiring other titles.

Today’s Romance Novels

Today’s romance novels are not the bodice ripping, sex saturated, moaning and groaning, air head woman vs. chest beating man, empty stories of the 70’s and 80’s.  Today’s romances have evolved to complex plots, with smart, savvy heartsheroines and sensitive, flawed heroes.  The old romance books had the domineering man “rescuing” the passive woman.  Today you’ll find strong, independent women who sometimes do the “rescuing”.  While most of today’s books have the “happily ever after ending”, some stories end up “happy for now”, or “satisfied with my live as is”.  Most romances today don’t center around just the two main characters.  You learn about their families and friends, the town they live in, the world around them.  Today’s romance reader is smart, educated, thoughtful, and complex.  Today’s romances run the gambit from historical England, to the wild American West, to the military, to small town life.  They can be inspirational, suspenseful, other worldly and a whole host of subgenres – so many that everyone will be able to find the right fit for their reading pleasure.  It is a bit deceiving to label a book “romance”, when it fits quite nicely as a “literary” novel.  Below is a list of just a few of the romance subgenres.

  1. Medieval
  2. Historical (England, Scotland)
  3. American Historical
  4. Western (Contemporary)
  5. Western (Historical)
  6. Contemporary (Serious)
  7. Contemporary (Humorous)
  8. Suspense
  9. Thriller
  10. Military
  11. Paranormal(Vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters)
  12. Paranormal(Ghosts, witches)
  13. Futuristic/Fantasy
  14. Regency Romances
  15. Victorian Romances
  16. Inspirational(Historical)
  17. Inspirational(Contemporary)
  18. Erotic
  19. Chick Lit
  20. Romantic Mysteries

The Library has an excellent selection of mass market romance paperbacks located on the main level near the front windows.

Which is your favorite genre?