Exit to Eden
Anne Rice initially published Exit to Eden under the pen name Anne Rampling in 1985. In it, Lisa Kelly is the founder of a BDSM resort, The Club, where visitors can play master or mistress and nothing is forbidden. Elliot, a photojournalist, shows up, and together they explore their dark sides and fall in love. The book was made into a movie by Garry Marshall and, not surprisingly, drastically changed.
Beautiful Bastard Series
Like Fifty Shades of Grey, the Beautiful Bastard series (written by Lauren Billings and Christina Hobbs) began as Twilight fan fiction. In the books, Chloe Mills is an intern at a major media conglomerate, and Bennett Ryan is the heir and executive who has returned from France to Chicago to take control of the company. "He's exacting, blunt, inconsiderate — and completely irresistible."
Fear of Flying
Erica Jong's Fear of Flying was a sensation when it was first published in 1973 and can be considered an important part of second-wave feminism. Isadora Zelda White Stollerman Wing is the 29-year-old protagonist, who finds herself stuck in an unhappy marriage and seeking a "zipless f*ck" — i.e., casual sex without any commitment.
The Submissive Trilogy
Tara Sue Me's The Submissive trilogy begins with The Submissive followed by The Dominant and The Training. Set in New York, the series follows librarian Abby King and her dominant, Nathaniel West, a powerful CEO. While it's a passionate agreement, can it be more?
Lady Chatterley's Lover
Written in 1928, Lady Chatterley's Lover once shocked readers with its account of an adulterous affair between an upper-class woman and a man who worked for her disabled husband. It also happens to be well written.
Wicked Lovers Series
Shayla Black's Wicked Lovers BDSM erotica series begins with Wicked Ties. It follows the hostess of a cable sex talk show who finds herself involved with her domineering bodyguard.
The Crossfire Novels
Slyvia Day's Crossfire series — Bared to You, Reflected in You, and Entwined With You — follows the steamy romance and emotional journey of two highly successful professionals, Gideon Cross and Eva Tramell, who are both hiding the damage within.
The Complete Poems of Sappho
If you're looking for some vintage erotica, then travel back 2,600 years with Sappho's poems. The Greek writer from the island of Lesbos captures passion for both men and women.
The Breathless Trilogy
Rush, Fever, and Burn make up the Breathless trilogy by Maya Banks. Each hot and heavy BDSM-filled book follows one of three billionaire business partners (and best friends) — Gabe Hamilton, Jace Crestwell, and Ash McIntyre — as they find love in their sexually charged relationships.
Nine and a Half Weeks: A Memoir of a Love Affair
Author Elizabeth McNeill tells her own story in Nine and a Half Weeks. She was a high-powered exec who started a casual fling with a man. But unlike your typical affair, it involves humiliation and sadomasochism.
Delta of Venus
Delta of Venus is filled with a wide range of characters and situations. There's a Hungarian man who seduces rich women only to steal their money and a Parisian housewife who ends up in Peruvian opium dens — something for everybody. It was first published in 1977 by French writer Anaïs Nin.
Blacktop Cowboys Series
The Blacktop Cowboys series follows cowboys from the same Wyoming hometown and kicks off with Corralled. This romance novel is for the cowboy lovers out there. Lainie Capshaw is a sports therapist who has the tough job of rehabilitating injured cowboys. She soon gets involved with a bullfighter and a bull rider. When the men agree to share her, she decides to choose the one who will give her "the ride of her life," according to the book's description.
The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy
Anne Rice's Sleeping Beauty series was originally published in the '80s under the pen name A. N. Roquelaure. The trilogy includes The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, Beauty's Punishment, and Beauty's Release and is a sexually explicit reimagining of the fairy tale . . . Let's just say that the prince awakens sleeping beauty with more than a kiss.