There are romance novels … and then there’s literotica. Defined as modern erotic literature, the genre revolves around the idea that the sexual fantasies we read about in books can be arousing in real life. It makes sense when you think about it — after all, it’s no secret that what goes on in our minds during intercourse is every bit as important as what’s happening to our bodies — particularly for women. As such, literotica has seen a huge spike in popularity over the last decade (Fifty Shades of Gray, anyone?, $23.36, Amazon).
The uptick in readership has sparked countless authors to cover a wide range of erotic fantasies in their novels, so these days, there’s something for every taste.
If the thought of perusing the erotic fiction section of your local bookstore and interacting with a salesperson makes you bashful, not to worry: In addition to having these books shipped directly your home, you can download tons of literotica titles on your Kindle, tablet, or even your phone. We’ve rounded up some of the hottest picks we could find online to help introduce you to the realm.
Benefits of Literotica
As we age, our enthusiasm for sex can begin to decline. While some of this is related to natural changes that occur in our bodies over time, such as menopause and perimenopause, or busy, stressful home schedules, a dip in sex drive can also be attributed to monotony and a lack of spontaneity. Literotica can be an enlightening resource for you and your partner to explore new sexual experiences, as well as spark your imagination for solo pleasure.
In fact, Australia’s Women’s Weekly reviewed a scientific study by researcher Harold Leitenberg from The Journal of Sex Research which found that “women who read romance or erotic novels have an astounding 74 percent more sex with their partners than those who don’t.”
There’s also the clinically-proven health benefits of orgasms, which can equate to slashed stress, a boost in mood and confidence, and even radiant skin.
The Best Literotica for Mature Women
The best steamy novels are the kind that will get you in the mood for plenty of fun times ahead. From an anthology of sexy essays penned by writers over the age of 50 ($18.99, Amazon) to a steamy semi-auto-biographical sexual adventure based in Japan ($4.99, Amazon), we’ve got your bases covered. Keep reading for Woman’s World’s picks for the best literotica for mature women.
This story originally appeared on our sister site, FIRST for Women.
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'Outlander' by Diana Gabaldon
Where to buy: $8.49, Amazon
You may be familiar with the spicy television show Outlander, but did you know that it’s actually based on a best-selling book? This novel by Diana Gabaldon spans several genres, including historical fiction, adventure, fantasy, and of course, literotica, as you follow heroine Claire Randall on her journey back in time to 18th century Scotland. There, she meets sexy Scottish highlander Jamie Fraser, who becomes a bit of a complication, since Claire happens to be married to another man in the future. Still, the chemistry between them is indisputable — and plenty titillating.
The 'Pearl' Series by Arianne Richmonde
Where to buy: From $11.47, Amazon
The Pearl Series is a five-part literotica series featuring 40-year-old divorcee Pearl Robinson and her French love interest and 15-year junior, Alexandre Chevalier, that has sold more than half a million copies worldwide. Author Arianne Richmonde, a USA Today best-selling author, writes beautifully about the awakening Chevalier brings to Pearl’s body in ways she had never imagined possible.
'Bared to You' by Sylvia Day
Where to buy: $10.76, Amazon
If you’re interested in reading 50 Shades of Grey but turned off by the novel's BDSM (Bondage/Discipline/Dominance/Submission/Sadism/Masochism) elements, then pick up Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series, which starts with Bared to You. This five-part collection sees Day (a number one bestselling author in 28 countries) following the erotic lives of Eva and Gideon as they deal with their traumatic pasts while simultaneously falling deeper in love with each passionate encounter.
'The Family Jewels' by Carole Hart
Where to buy: $14.22 (Originally $15), Barnes & Noble
Carole Hart’s contemporary romance novel, The Family Jewels, follows the oh-so-naughty adventures of Olivia, a seductive master thief. Her plan to give up her thieving ways comes to a screeching halt when Paul, a former lover who taught Olivia everything she knows about the world of high crime, comes back into her life and the two set out to pull a heist together. The intensity and high stakes of their plot, combined with the erotic tension between them, make this one novel that will be nearly impossible to put down.
'Dark Lover' by R.J. Ward
Where to buy: $10.75, Amazon
Dark Lover introduces us to an alternate reality in which vampires walk among us. When heroine Beth Randall’s father, a part-time vampire and member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, is killed, she's left with no one to protect her — until Wrath, the only pure-bred vamp left on the planet and the leader of the mysterious group, steps up. This sexy newcomer carries the responsibility of introducing Beth to his dangerous and exotic world as the sexual tension between them grows more urgent with every passing day.
'Ageless Erotica' Edited by Joan Price
Where to buy: $18.99, Amazon
Ageless Erotica is an anthology of sexy stories and memoirs penned by both male and female writers over the age of 50. Edited by Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk About Sex After Sixty ($17, Amazon) author Joan Price, a self-proclaimed “advocate for ageless sexuality,” this volume is a groundbreaking literotica collection for seniors that embraces and celebrates the changing nature of sexuality as we age.
'The Amorous Woman' by Donna George Storey
Where to buy: $4.99, Amazon
Experience the erotic pleasures Japan has to offer — and the sexy men and women who live there — in the semi-autobiographical The Amorous Woman by Donna George Storey. Inspired by Ihara Saikaku’s 17th-century novel of the pleasure quarters, Life of an Amorous Man ($23.02, Amazon), Storey, who is known for her elegant, sensual prose, explores sexual aspects of Japanese culture that include etiquette in unspoken relationships.
Noted one review of Storey’s work: “In addition to being very erotic at many points (can't beat the hot bath scene with the professor), it is great writing at every point.”
'Gabriel's Inferno' by Sylvain Reynard
Where to buy: $13.78, Amazon
For all of the ladies out there whose fantasies center around the forbidden, we'd like to introduce you to Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard. Its plot follows Gabriel Emerson, a well-respected professor by day, who fights demons from a secret past and a wildly passionate sex life by night. Naturally, when he meets Julia Mitchell, a new student with a sweet and innocent disposition, he finds himself attracted to her in ways he can’t comprehend. All bets seem to be off, but will he jeopardize his career to pursue her?
'The Wedding Date' by Jasmine Guillory
Where to buy: $7.70, Amazon
If you’re looking for a literotica tale that reads like a romantic comedy (but doesn’t skip the hot sex scenes), then Jasmine Guillory’s The Wedding Date is for you. In this story, Alexa Monroe agrees to be Drew Nichols’ date for a wedding after they’re both stranded in an elevator during a power outage. Following their whirlwind first encounter and the undeniable chemistry between them, they both head back to their high-powered jobs with intentions of giving the long-distance relationship thing a try.
Entertainment Weekly reviewed this novel as “A swoony rom-com brimming with humor and charm.”
'The Siren' by Tiffany Reisz
Where to buy: $10.99, Amazon
The Siren is a piece of literotica about writing literotica. Still with me? It follows Nora Sutherlin, a successful author, and her demanding editor, Zachary Easton, who begin to feel more than pressure as they rework Sutherlin’s most recent manuscript. Fair warning, however: This story pushes the boundaries of erotic fiction and is not for the faint of heart, exploring BDSM and more despite its emotionally strong characters.