10 Cogent Erotica Novels Every Adult Needs to Read

While it’s easy to stick to your favorite types of books or favorite author, sometimes you need to experiment with the genres. This is why the following 10 erotica novels, each with varying degrees of erotic content, make for excellent reading for anyone looking to add a new dimension to their collection of literature.

10. Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov

First Published: 1955

What It’s About:

This is one love story that created quite a stir when it was published. Humbert, the protagonist, is a scholar and a romantic at heart. Unfortunately, he is also madly in love with a 12-year-old girl called Lolita Haze who happens to be the daughter of his landlady. In a bizarre turn of events, his attempts to remain close to Lolita lead him to reluctantly marrying her mother. Unfortunately, things take a turn for the worse when Lolita begins to find love in her own age group and Humbert decides to whisk her away on an ill-fated cross-country adventure.

Why You Should Read It:

The book’s subject was controversial at the time of its publication, but it has grown in popularity over the years and is now part of Time Magazine’s list of 100 best English-language novels. Lolita is considered to be one of 20th century’s best literary pieces and as such is a must-read.

Best Quote:

“It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight.”

9. Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon

First Published: 1991

What It’s About:

The story begins in 1945 when Claire Randall, a former nurse is on a second honeymoon with her husband with whom she has recently reunited after the war. The couple is holidaying in the British Isles when Claire walks through a standing stone in an ancient circle. All of a sudden Claire finds herself transported to 18th century Scotland. Here, Claire realizes she is an ‘outlander’ and the object of affection of the young hero, James Fraser. The story takes a fascinating look at a woman torn between her love for two very different men, both of whom live in two different worlds.

Why You Should Read It:

The novel will appeal to anyone who is looking for a historical romance with a twist. The time travel aspect makes this story stand out. It was also adapted into a hugely successful TV show in 2015.

Best Quote:

“For where all love is, the speaking is unnecessary.”

8. The MacGregor Brides, by Nora Roberts

First Published: 1997

What It’s About:

The head of the MacGregor clan has reached the age of ninety and now wants nothing more than to see his granddaughters married. He finds three unsuspecting suitors for each girl and embarks on a mission to unite his granddaughters with the men he deems to be their perfect husband. However, the girls are so involved in their careers that they don’t even think about marriage so it will take a lot of meddling on their grandfather’s part to make his plan a success.

Why You Should Read It:

This book will appeal to those who enjoy reading about family drama with several twists and turns. The MacGregors are a close knit and loving family and how the three sisters find their suitable partners is great fun to read. The book is made up of three parts, one devoted to each unsuspecting couple.

Best Quote:

“Love gilds life.”

7. Dead Until Dark, by Charlaine Harris

First Published: 2001

What It’s About:

Sookie Stackhouse, the main character of this story, is a small town waitress in Louisiana and has the ability to read minds. This makes it very hard for her to find a suitable guy to date. All that changes when she meets Bill. He’s handsome and Sookie is completely unable to hear what he’s thinking, which she thinks is great. Unfortunately, Bill has another shortcoming: he’s a vampire. He also hangs out with a bunch of people who are suspected murderers. When one of Sooki’s coworkers is found murdered, Sookie suspects she is next in line.

Why You Should Read It:

This book was the inspiration behind the phenomenal hit TV series, True Blood and is a must-read for romance novel aficionados or even those who enjoy an adventurous tale about a handful of vampires.

Best Quote:

“Woo woo, secret vampire stuff!”

6. The Darkest Touchby Gena Showalter

First Published: 2014

What It’s About:

Torin is the god of sickness and death and a mere touch from him will cause disease. He is a fierce warrior who is forbidden from taking part in carnal pleasure. On the other side of the story is Keeley Cael. Known as the red queen, Keeley is immensely beautiful, but equally vulnerable. There is a growing attraction between the two polar opposites, but one touch by Torin could wreak havoc on Keeley and even destroy her. Torin finds himself fighting the toughest battle of his life in trying to stay away from Keeley. He knows he could potentially destroy Keeley, but finds it hard to stay away from her.

Why You Should Read It:

Enter the world of gods and queens through a novel about love of epic proportions. If you enjoy mythical figures and grand symbols of love, this novel is for you.

Best Quote:

“Pickup line… pickup line… she racked her brain until she found an explanation and brightened. ‘Mine would be- roses are red, violets are blue, if you don’t do what I say, I will kill you.'”

5. The Siren, By Tiffany Reisz

First Published: 2012

What It’s About:

Nora Sutherlin is a popular erotica writer who has recently finished writing what she believes to be her most accomplished work till date. She is convinced it will be her most popular book and shows it to her British editor, Zachary Easton. Unfortunately, Nora’s dream of publishing the novel has come to an end when Zachary demands complete control of the manuscript, making changes left, right and center. In order to pass Zachary’s standards, Nora must rewrite the entire manuscript to suit Zachary’s tastes within six weeks. Working tiring hours with Zachary is frustrating, but somehow Nora finds herself becoming closer to him. At the same time, Nora finds a former lover vying for her affection.

Why You Should Read It:

The story is a fascinating tale of a writer’s plight, forced to choose between two men and juggling deadlines at the same time. The book will make for a great read for anyone looking to explore the complexities of human emotions and three dimensional characters with immense depth.

Best Quote:

“Let me show you what life is like lived in the moment. No past, no future, just the one perfect moment you’re standing in and there’s no guilt and there’s no shame and there’s absolutely nothing to be afraid of.”

4. Compromised, by Kate Noble

First Published: 2008

What It’s About:

While riding her horse in the park, Gail Alton has a run in with a handsome gentleman, Maximilian, which lands them both in a chilly lake. Both, Gail and the man are unaware that he will be marrying Gail’s sister very soon. Despite being committed to the beautiful Evangeline, Maximilian simply can’t take his mind off the infuriating girl who made him fall in the lake. At the same time, he finds himself drawn more towards Gail than Evangeline, leading to an intriguing sequence of events.

Why You Should Read It:

It’s a light-hearted romance novel with plenty of humor, which will appeal to a wide range of audiences. The story makes for addictive reading due to the storyline about enemies becoming attracted to one another. Kate Noble is an Emmy award winning writer who has also worked on several Web and television series.

Best Quote:

“Love…love is understanding. Love is knowing that other person so well, you can anticipate them.”

3. Dreaming Of You, by Lisa Kleypas

First Published: 1994

What It’s About:

Sara Feilding is a writer with the talent to create beautiful stories. She is a well-bred, polite lady who is invited to write about the life of a man who couldn’t be more different from her. Derek Craven is a tough and handsome man from London’s east end who grew up in poverty, but now runs London’s most exclusive gambling house. He is immensely wealthy and when he meets Sara, her innocence fascinates him while her manners infuriate him. He sets out to transform the ladylike creature into the enchantress he knows she can be. However, Derek fails to realize that he may just fall in love with her during the process.

Why You Should Read It:

A love story that deals with two polar opposite characters, this is a page-turner right from the start.

Best Quote:

“A long time ago I learned not to explain things to people. It misleads them into thinking they’re entitled to know everything I do.”

2. Forever, by Judy Blume

First Published: 1975

What It’s About:

This is the story of Katherine and Michael, two young people who meet at a New Year’s Eve party and fall head over heels in love. All is great in their world until Katherine has to move away for a while. The couple must now put their love to test by spending the summer apart. When first published, this novel caused much controversy due to its explicit content, but the story remains ahead of its time even today due to the way it handles issues that everyone has experienced at some point in their lives.

Why You Should Read It:

Although Judy Blume wrote mainly for children, with this novel she forayed into the erotica world. This is a great coming-of-age novel that has been loved by readers around the world, putting Judy Blume on the New York bestselling authors list for almost every book that she has written. A romance novel that focuses on first love and how we grow from our experiences, this is a must-read.

Best Quote:

“Like my mother said, you can’t go back to holding hands.”

1. Lady Chatterley’s Lover, by D.H.Lawrence

First Published: 1928

What It’s About:

Connie and Clifford Chatterley live in the Midlands in England after the First World War. After being married for a month, Clifford was sent to war and return paralyzed from the waist down. After Clifford becomes increasingly withdraw from his wife and more focused in his writing, Connie embarks on an extramarital affair with the gamekeeper on their estate, Oliver Mellors. With Oliver, Connie feels emotions she hasn’t experienced before and the novel explores the complexities in the relationship between a husband and wife, as well as the physical and emotional connection between lovers and how their bond changes over time.

Why You Should Read It:

This book may be considered a masterpiece of English literature today, but it was banned and considered pornography until 1960 due to the explicit nature of its content. It’s a must-read to see how Lawrence approaches a subject that was considered out-of-bounds with complete frankness.

Best Quote:

“A woman has to live her life, or live to repent not having lived it.”

Conclusion

These ten novels are must-read cogent works of erotica, whose plots weave a range of themes together. These themes are as relevant today as they were when the book was originally published.

Despite being historical in timeline or even set in another world, the stories are relatable for any reader. These ten works of literature are must-haves for adults looking to add a new genre into their library.

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