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Erotic Fiction: The 12 Best Erotic Romance Novels of All Time

Updated: Feb 14

Discover 12 of the Best Erotic Romance Books - we think of all time. However, all the below-mentioned books are for sure worth your time and will give you exciting reading hours.

Treat yourself with Erotic Fiction that gives you more than just a Sex Story.

What are the differences between a Sex Story and top-notch Erotic Romance Novels?

Emancipated, feminist, and progressive are three terms that describe readers of top erotic romance books. The information adjectives come from a survey of more than 400 readers of erotic novels. To be honest, everyone surveyed was a woman.

However, not too many people can pass on a good adult romance novel. And we understand why!

So if you are looking for some steamy novels to read which are "not only sexy", but also provide you with a great storyline, you have to check out our roundup of the best erotic romance novels.

What are key features of Top Erotic Romance Books of all time?

One of the unique features that makes any Erotic Romance book stand out is capturing its reader's attention. It should be an excellent piece of work that makes a reader want to dive into the next chapter, flip the next page.

And, of course, it has to be romantic and steamy, but it has also to make you cry, laugh and, shiver.

A good storyline, well-developed and fascinating characters, a HEA and ... steamy sex - that are the must-haves of great Erotic Romance Books!

Anyone who has watched or read "50 Shades of Grey" may regard it as one of the best erotic romance works released: but in our opinion there are a lot of other Erotic Romance Books more fascinating, entertaining and inspiring than 50 Shades.

Those books achieved to catch us from the first page and let me dive into a world of Love, Sex, Romance and Inspiration. So without further ado, let's dive right in!

The 12 Best Erotic Romance Novels of All Time!

#1 Aiden by H.L. Swan

Aiden by HL Swan. Erotic Romance Book.

Opposites attract when the successful and sexy bad boy, Aiden, meets young and innocent Emilly and takes her on a sensual, seductive journey. Lovers of Fifty Shades of Gray will devour this erotic romance novel that will leave you lusting for more.

Aiden by H.L. Swan is everything we want from an Erotic Romance Novel: a badass dominant and submissive Erotic Story.

The author, H.L. Swan, exhibited Aiden Scott, which is the main character, excitingly. Like Grey in Grey's fifty shades, Aiden is also a strong, dominant, protective and possessive wealthy man. He thought he had everything in life till he met Emilia. She is the opposite of him, but he can't seem to understand why he falls so hard for her.



Even though Aiden is a "sexy bad boy" who is dominating and possessive towards Emilia, he is still so sweet. Swan's development of the main characters all through the book is just captivating.

Thus, reading it, the chemistry between them is steamy and swoon-worthy throughout the novel.

#2 Bared to You by Sylvia Day

Bared to you by Sylvia Day. Erotic Romance Book Cover.

Can steamy novels also have a subplot of redemption and healing?

Bared to You shows that it can, and it worked perfectly for Gideon and Eva in this sultry, dark, well-written erotic romance.

For those readers who are familiar with Sylvia Day's work, that's not a surprise. Sylvia hasn't stolen the moment of being regarded as number one Sunday Times and the number one international best-selling author of over twenty award-winning novels sold in more than forty countries.

A look at her handwork on "Bared by You" gives readers who are looking for a continuation for the "fifty shades of grey" a different story to crave on.

It has a similar tone and feeling that has pushed it to become the next best-selling book in the Erotic Novel category. "Bared to you" shouldn't just be regarded as a mere Erotic Romance book, but one that pulls the reader's interest along to every chapter.

The main characters are Eva and Gideon, but we see the information through Eva's female character. It's fascinating how Eva seems to be very real; Sylvia Day flats out Eva's character as an independent woman of today who knows what she wants.

Eva meets and falls for a handsome millionaire (Gideon), the dream of every lady and a role model for some men.

One credit lead for Sylvia in the story is her descriptive writing style and her clear English. She did a perfect job of creating a setting scene where the references of a character's memories and actions flow with the reader's envisions.

Even though this story has all the good vibes in it, the down part is that it may sound or seems too familiar for those who just want something different.

But hey, as a real Erotic Romance addict, you should give it at least a try!

#3 Blindfolded Innocence by Alessandra Torre

Blindfolded Innocence by Alessandra Torre. Erotic Romance Book.

Blindfolded Innocence is the first installment in Torre's erotic romance Innocence Trilogy.

We're introduced to powerhouse attorney Brad De Luca and Julia Campbell, a new law intern in the first installment.

“Blindfolded Innocence” is a fascinating Erotic Romance Book that tells the story of divorce attorney Brad De Luca (OMG, I just like this name). As a handsome playboy, he is used to getting whatever and whomever he wants. Brad De Luca's sexy charmer has bedded half the city, including some of his clients.

There comes the Pre-law student Julia Campbell; she is the newest intern at his firm. On meeting her, he poses a challenge, and his seductive prowess goes into overdrive. However Julia just comes off a failed engagement and finds herself happy about for her new independence. The last thing she needs is a man who has every chance to destroy her job potentials, not to mention destroy her love life.

But guess what: before she knows it or tries to get away from him, the incorrigible charmer Brad De Luca has her under his spell. She has fallen deeply for him, and his divergent tastes dive her deep into a forbidden world of sexual exploration, one she is not conversant with.

Being in this type of relationship is not new to her: will her heart survive?

We love this book because it really opens up a journey of discovery and self-realization. It is sensually erotic and gives other deep introspective that is exciting and enjoyable every moment.



#4 Emilia by H.L. Swan

Emilia by HL Swan. Erotic Romance Book. Best of Erotic Romance of all time

Emilia is book two in the Emden series. Emily and Aiden's story is among the top erotic romance books because it has everything steamy novels bring, plus a mysterious plot to keep readers engaged.

Unlike in "Aiden," where Emilia may seem weak and naive, now she has changed. Experience and situation made her more matured and strong. However, just as is it in her nature, she is still so innocent, especially for Aiden. This makes Aiden the best guy for her.

We love Emilia and Aiden's story because it's not only romantic and sexy, but also very enthralling.

It can be one of the most mysterious books you can read in a long time; if you haven't done so.

So it is easy to say that it is, hands down, one of the best duology, a real hot must-read. S

#5 Fixed on You By Laurelin Paige

Fixed on you by Laurelin Page. Erotic Romance Book. Book Cover of an Erotic Romance Novel

Compulsive behavior and dark pasts are the commonalities between Alayna Wither and Hudson Pierce.

Can they heal each other, or will their obsessive behaviors obstruct their happily ever after?

“Fixed on You” by Laurelin Paige is one of the Top Erotic Stories that has succeeded in becoming the first book in a trilogy.

And the best of it: it ends without a cliffhanger!

But to be clear, "Fixed on You" keeps you on the clip of what the story will entail even without a cliffhanger that you will end up reading the whole trilogy.

The best part of "Fixed on You" is that’s a story packed with Hot Erotic Sex scenes from the lead male and female characters. And these sex scenes occur at least about 80 percent of the book's time, so consider this as a spoiler alert!

Laurelin Paige does an excellent job by carefully crafting and organizing the storyline for the readers' reading pleasure. In addition to this, the story has a lovely, brilliant, real, and established record, which is often missed or absent from most typical erotic hardliners. As a reader, it's inevitable for you not to love the dialogues, the minor and the central characters, and the extraordinary chemistry that takes place between Alayna and Hudson.

Fixed On You definitely gets a thumbs up for its arousing and engaging scenes.

#6 Submit by Melody Anne

Submit by Melody Anne book cover. Erotic Romance Book.

“Submit” is an exciting follow-up to one of the USA and NYT's best-selling book by Melody Anne, “Surrender”.

In this Erotic Romance Story, Arianna Harlow, the lead female character in this series, faces an impossible ultimatum she never thought she would be in.

If Arianna accepts the coarse proposal of Raffaelo Palazzo (again what a name), he will make her to stay at his side as his 'purchased' mistress, giving him full control over her in his world and his bedroom. Arianna is caught in a decision to protect her loved-ones and keeping her dignity.

This Melody Anne four-part series tale is a story of two opposite personalities who are against each other. A classic story of a good girl meets bad-boy-turned-decent-guy by a hot woman who melts his icy heart away.

However, going through the pages of Submit, we were easily carried away with the story: Melody does so great exposing the characters in their real sense, it made me vividly see and have an imagination of how each character thinks, behaves and feels.



#7 The Dare by Lauren Landish

The Dare by Lauren Landish. Erotic Romance Book Cover from the best of Erotic Romance of all time list.

The story between Elle and Colton in “The Dare” is an alluring one that tends to make any reader guess but caught within the first chapters.

Lauren Landish's work is definitely a Hot Romance Story must-read.

The story centers on Elle and Colton, who come from different statuses and backgrounds, and whose love life was not meant to be or shouldn't be. Elle landed a job at Fox Industries as a business assistant. Even though her father works in the same company as a Vice President, she desires to make it independently while paying her dues.

And there comes Colton, the handsome young man who just left his hometown to search for a bigger and greater opening now battling Elle’s father for a more prominent role.

Elle is caught in a game between her father and Colton, and both tend to use her to monitor one another. While both men tend to use her for their advantages, she finds herself falling for Colton more than she expected. What is the right choice for Elle and how will she decide?

The book has all the ingredients you can think of in any perfect Erotic Romance Novel. A bossy alpha set his sights on a smart, sexy subordinate and fantastic secondary characters with stories just waiting to be told. Thus, it is sexy, flirty, smoking hot sex, and more sex.

#8 Wicked Envy by Sawyer Bennett

Wicked Envy by Sawyer Bennett. Erotic Fiction Book cover showing a man standing in front of a woman's legs

Wicked Envy is the third installment of the Wicked Horse Vegas erotic romance books series.

Set in Sin City, three friends embark on a sexual journey that can destroy their personal and professional bonds.

These three friends reunite back after years, and they all have things working differently for them.

Avril has freshly broken up with her boyfriend after catching him cheating on her in their bed with a much younger woman, just after she arrived home from a business trip.

Andrew, who seems to be a romantic one in the group, hasn't been in a relationship in the past six months.

And Dane has never been in a relationship, but has had numerous sex. The friends end up in the Wicked Horse, a sexclub, where they witness each other have sex separately; and the memories of that linger on their mind.

We think Wicked Envy is one of the Best Erotic Romance Stories because it shows what it means to move from friends to lovers in a ménage relationship and how people change feelings for each person. It is a Hot Threesome Story where people live out their fantasies and explore their sexuality but also showing the personal processes starting when doing so.

And of course is is an Erotica that has nice adventures or hot scenes in it! Just be prepared to open each chapter with a curious mind and have the expectation of sex scenes.

#9 Delta of Venus by Anais Nin

Cover of Delta of Venus one of the Top Erotic Romance Books of all time, Cover of Delta of Venus a top erotic Romance Novel

Anais Nin's erotic romance will forever place her among the top erotic writers of all time.

Her classic anthology, Delta of Venus, is a collection of 15 short stories. The work was released posthumously.

What makes Delta of Venus an exceptional erotic romance book is each fascinating erotic story is taken from Nin's sexual desires.

Each story in the collection invites the reader to indulge in sexual fantasies with new lovers in romantic settings in alluring countries.

#10 Bound by Honor & Bound by Duty by Cora Reilly

Cover of the steamy mafia romance book Bound by Honor which is one of the Best Erotic Romance Books of all time

We loved these two steamy novels that we had to include both in our best of Mafia Romance Novels list. Cora Reilly does an excellent job with the Born in Blood Chronicles.

In Bound by Honor, we follow the story of Aria and Luca. Their impending wedding will bind two rival families together and serve as a peace treaty. The only thing that can ruin this union is Luca's unwillingness to love over the family business and retire as their hitman.

Bound by Duty is the story of Dante and Valentina. Both have lost their spouses, and the only way to maintain their mafia rankings is to get married. Valentina has a secret that could be stronger than her passion for Dante.

Will love conquer all in these erotic romance novels?

11. The Sexual Life of Catherine M. by Catherine Millet

Cover of the Sexual Life of Catherine M. by Catherine Millet one of the top Erotic Romance Books

The Sexual Life of Catherine M. is the sexual exploits of the writer.

The stories are intriguing and have all the elements of erotic romances. And it is no surprise that this steamy novel was an NYT bestseller.

What places it in the top erotic romance books is it shined a spotlight on female sexuality. It made it okay for women to not only explore their sexuality but also to be free to enjoy it.

The stories range from a gang-bang with multiple men to the use of everyday objects as sex toys.



Cover of the great erotic romance trilogy Sleeping beauty which is probably the best erotic fantasy romance books to read

Popular author Anne Rice passed in December 2021. Many readers may not know she once wrote an NYT bestselling erotic romance trilogy under the pseudonym A.N. Roquelaure.

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty is the first installment in the adult version of the Disney classic Sleeping Beauty.

In Rice's steamy novel, the beauty is a royal sex slave forced to serve a Sultan after being kidnapped.

The original trilogy also included Beauty's Punishment and Beauty's Release, which continues the saga.

However, a fourth and final installment was released more than 30 years later, titled Beauty's Kingdom.

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Believe us: the novels mentioned above are some of the best sexy reads you can find.

And they all share a common feature: quality in writing, a proper story arc and well-developed characters.

However, maybe some of you are searching for more specific but not less titillating stories.

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