Look no further than this list for the best erotic romance novels worth reading.
If you are new to the genre of erotic romance (or even if you are already a big fan!), these are the best erotic romance novels for your virgin eyes.
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Do you like erotic romance novels? Or are you a virgin erotic romance reader? Either way, you’re going to want to check out this list of best erotic romance novels.
If you are a virgin erotic romance book reader, let’s start at the beginning and clarify what exactly erotic romance novels are.
What Makes an Erotic Romance Novel?
Well let’s just start with saying that erotic romance novels are not P-O-R-N, even if that’s what your prissy neighbor might think.
It’s a legit romance book genre that many readers devour and which has exploded in popularity since the craze of 50 Shades of Grey.
Erotic romance also isn’t just a category of books filled with bedroom scene after bedroom scene, which can be a component of any romance book.
Erotic romance novels, according to Romance Authors of America, are “romance novels in which strong, often explicit, sexual interaction is an inherent part of the love story, character growth and relationship development and could not be removed without damaging the storyline. These novels may contain elements of other romance subgenres (such as paranormal, historical, etc.).”
I personally love how Sylvia Day outlines the various terms which often get confused with one another such as erotica, erotic romance and sexy romance.
On her website, she clarifies the definition of erotic romance novels even more in describing them as “stories written about the development of a romantic relationship through sexual interaction. The sex is an inherent part of the story, character growth, and relationship development, and couldn’t be removed without damaging the storyline. Happily Ever After is a REQUIREMENT to be an erotic romance.”
So erotic romance is not just graphic sex for the point of graphic sex.
The sexual component to the romance is key to the character growth and development of the story which has a happy ending (pun intended) which is not the case with erotica.
I compiled this list of erotic romance books for the virgin erotic reader to fit this definition of erotic romance so I hope I did it justice.
Sometimes a book may get the label as erotic romance but really its just a romance with graphic sex in my opinion.
Topics within Erotic Romance Novels
Given that sex is an inherent part of an erotic romance story, there are many sub genres or topics often explored within erotic romance books. These include:
- Sex club
- Menage/multiple partners
- Dom/sub relationships
- Harem/reverse harem
- Alpha males
- Sex kink
- Taboo sex and relationships
- Paranormal erotic romance
I think the popularity of 50 Shades of Grey may give the impression that all erotic romance is BDSM focused but that is not true.
I personally don’t care for BDSM or dom/sub stories (hence I’ve never read 50 Shades) but that still leaves quite a bit of options for me to read in this genre and I’ve listed some favorites below.
The Best Erotic Romance Novels to Read
The best erotic romance novels below are great for the virgin erotic romance reader who may be curious to check out the genre and just didn’t know where to start.
They will also appeal to the seasoned erotic romance reader as well if any of these titles have not made your must read pile yet.
To learn more about erotic romance, you can follow popular erotic romance authors (Sylvia Day, Maya Banks, and Jaci Burton to name a few) or groups like Passionate Ink, which is the Erotic Romance Special Interest Chapter of Romance Writers of America.
My Favorite Erotic Romance Novel
I consider this one of the most underrated romance books ever, and it’s one of the best romance novels of all time in my book!
This erotic romance book has a bit of everything in it plus a great story.
True to the genre, it follows the growing relationship between Wes and Nic which starts out with him answering her ad to be her personal bad boy and help her explore her sexuality.
There’s multiple partner action, sex toys and a bit of dom/sub action but it really focuses on their connection through their various sex meet-ups and how they both change as a result of them.
My Favorite Sex Club Erotic Romance Novel
Sawyer Bennett is one of my go-to erotic romance authors because her Wicked Horse and Wicked Horse Vegas, series are simply the best.
The erotic romance books in these series focus on a sex club, The Wicked Horse, where people live out their fantasies and explore their sexuality.
Wicked Envy is hands down my favorite of both series not only because it’s HOT but because the story explores what it means to move from friends to lovers in a menage relationship and how that can change feelings for each person.
It’s a definite must read.
My Favorite Sex Fantasy Erotic Romance Novel
Pillow Talk was one of the first erotic romance books I read and it sure did open my eyes to this genre.
The couple in this book share their darkest fantasies which they later play out together and with friends. These fantasies include exhibitionism, multiple partners and pretend abduction.
It’s just one example of why Maya Banks is such a popular erotic romance author.
My Favorite Menage Erotic Romance Novel
The Baumgartners Plus One is the start to a truly erotic series by Selena Kitt. Kitt doesn’t hold back in her erotic novels which can also explore taboo erotic romance topics.
This erotic romance novel however introduces you to Doc and Carrie who like to share another woman in their bed. It explores a lot of menage and FF action.
My Favorite Erotic Romance Novella
I love this erotic romance novella because it follows a committed, married couple who seek to rekindle and spice up their sex life which has gone neglected after years of marriage and children.
They receive an invitation to a sex party which they accept.
This erotic romance book dabbles in voyeurism and some sex kink, but I loved the communication between the couple that results from their experience.
My Favorite MM Erotic Romance Novel
This is one hot MM erotic romance set in college between two roommates.
This erotic romance book is all about the sexual experiences and sexual experimentation between Eric and Nate in their relationship development.
From the start it’s pretty much one sexual encounter after another starting with an “oops” run in at the house they both live in.
Nate is clearly letting off some steam in his room while studying for a calculus exam when Eric walks in on him unannounced. Only Eric doesn’t turn his gaze right away, enjoying the view, and Nate finds he enjoys it too.
Thus starts off a story of sexual discovery for Nate who realizes he’s not so straight after all.
Best Erotic Romance Novels That I’ve Read:
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I have not yet read these titles by popular erotic romance book authors, but they are on my want to read list!
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