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The classic French erotic bestseller that preceded Fifty Shades of Grey
A beautiful young French woman, known only as ‘O’, is taken by her lover René to a splendid mansion near Paris. Here, she is initiated into an elite secret society, where she must learn to serve the sexual fantasies of René and his fellow members. But she must also explore the nature of her own darkest desires – and confront just how far she is willing to go for love…
Dr. A. Susan Williams (Edited by), Dr. A. Susan Williams (Author)
Stories by: Kathy Acker, Isabel Allende, Laila Baalabaki, Simone de Beauvoir, Svetlana Boym, Angela Carter, Kate Chopin, Colette, Elizabeth Cook, Candas Jane Dorsey, Carol Emshwiller, L.A. Hall, Radclyffe Hall, Bessie Head, Siv Holm, Evelyn Lau, La Marquise de Mannoury d'Ectot, Katherine Mansfield, Ann Oakley, Iva Pekárková, Claire Rabe, Alifa Rifaat, Joanna Russ, May Sinclair, Verena Stefan, Gertrude Stein, Nicole Ward Jouve, Anna- Elisabeth Weirauch, Edith Wharton, Amy Yamada.
Tales of forbidden lust, illicit desires, the twin hungers of loneliness and lust and the complexities of intimacy: all are explored in this fascinating anthology of stories on erotic themes.
Spanning the last hundred years The Penguin Book of Erotic Stories by Women brings together tales that capture the sexual mores of their ages. This is an anthology that acknowledges and confirms a woman's right to shape and define her own sexuality, rather than having it forced on her by men.
Published: 2 Oct 2008
Eddie Drax is a successful businessman with a short fuse and a taste for big blondes. A lot of people don’t like him: ex-girlfriends, business rivals, even his colleagues. He’s not an easy man to like.
When Eddie is found asphyxiated at the wheel of his garaged Porshe, DCI John Anderson investigates – not surprisingly, Eddie’s death wasn’t suicide.
Suppressing his distaste, Anderson becomes involved in Drax’s circle of passionate women and jealous husbands. The opportunity to renew his acquaintance with Catherine Marshall, Drax’s demure accountant, is a considerable consolation for Anderson. And he’s confident he’ll find the killer. Instead, he discovers romance, seduction, a lesbian couple with dark secrets – and another murder.
Published: 18 Apr 1997
Three unforgettable characters whose lives collide in a tangle of ambition, fantasies and dark appetites.
Jill Fleming rose from a nightmare childhood to become a beautiful predator who enticed men and women, always leaving behind a wake of aching desire, and always looking ahead...
Leslie Chamberlain thought only success at the nation's hottest ad agency could satisfy her, until one man's velvet caresses became an addiction that would forever change her glittering dream...
Jordan Lazarus had a razor-sharp mind, a vast business empire, and gallery of willing seductresses. But a long-buried obsession threatened to blaze white-hot again...
From the cutthroat corporate towers of Chicago, Detroit and New York, to Long Island's luxurious gold coast, where scandal smoulders restlessly beneath the polished veneer of wealth, these three will come together...reckless players in a high-stakes game, risking the ultimate betrayal, and abandoning the rules for the fruits of forbidden passion.
Published: 31 Aug 2012
The Pleasures of Summer is a steamy erotic story of romantic obsession and explosive sexual chemistry for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey, The Pleasures of Winter and Sylvia Day's stories.
Summer O'Sullivan is rich, beautiful and in mortal danger. Her father has made powerful enemies who are targeting his precious daughter. Until the threat passes, Summer needs a bodyguard - someone to protect her and, she expects, to treat her with the reverence she's used to.
Into Summer's gilded cage comes former ranger, Flynn Grant. As far as Flynn is concerned, this is the assignment from hell, minding the spoilt daughter of a multi-millionaire. Summer and Flynn are poised to hate each other on sight. Even his devastating looks do not make up for how Flynn's rules cramp Summer's style. Unsurprisingly, the sparks fly between them. But when Summer breaks the rules one time too often, Flynn teaches her a lesson that leaves them shattered - and bound together in a way that astonishes them both.
In their remote hideout, the two start a battle over who is the tamer, and who is the tamed. It's a duel that stretches their minds and bodies beyond every limit. And in time their hearts begin to surrender too.
But when the dark forces that have been stalking Summer finally track them down, the battle is no longer a game, but a matter of life and death ...
The Pleasures of Summer is a breath-taking, steamy and romantic summer read for fans of Evie Hunter's fantastic debut, The Pleasures of Winter, and all lovers of hot erotic fiction.
Published: 30 May 2013
Nexus is the third volume of the scandalous trilogy The Rosy Crucifixion, Henry Miller's major life work
The exhilarating final volume of Henry Miller's semi-autobiographical trilogy, Nexus follows his last months in New York. Trapped in a bizarre ménage-à-trois with his fiery wife Mona and her lover Stasia, he finds his life descending into chaos. Finally, betrayed and exhausted, he decides to leave America and sail for Paris, to discover his true vocation as a writer.
A cult modern classic, Tropic of Capricorn is as daring, frank and influential as Henry Miller first novel, Tropic of Cancer -- new to Penguin Modern Classics with a cover by Tracey Emin
A story of sexual and spiritual awakening, Tropic of Capricorn shocked readers when it was published in 1939. A mixture of fiction and autobiography, it is the story of Henry V. Miller who works for the Cosmodemonic telegraph company in New York in the 1920s and tries to write the most important work of literature that was ever published. Tropic of Capricorn paints a dazzling picture of the life of the writer and of New York City between the wars: the skyscrapers and the sewers, the lust and the dejection, the smells and the sounds of a city that is perpetually in motion, threatening to swallow everyone and everything.
'Literature begins and ends with the meaning of what Miller has done' Lawrence Durrell
'The only imaginative prose-writer of the slightest value who has appeared among the English-speaking races for some years past' George Orwell
'The greatest American writer' Bob Dylan
Henry Miller (1891-1980) is one of the most important American writers of the 20th century. His best-known novels include Tropic of Cancer (1934), Tropic of Capricorn (1939), and the Rosy Crucifixion trilogy (Sexus, 1949, Plexus, 1953, and Nexus, 1959), all published in France and banned in the US and the UK until 1964. He is widely recognised as an irreverent, risk-taking writer who redefined the novel and made the link between the European avant-garde and the American Beat generation.
The Pleasures of Winter is a steamy erotic story of romantic obsession and explosive sexual chemistry for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You.
When reporter Abbie Marshall needs to escape Honduras, a private jet carrying a Hollywood A-lister is her only way out. She has a ride home with Irish actor Jack Winter - notorious womanizer and all round bad boy. Abbie is shaken to the core by Winter's blazing beauty and provocative mind.
After the plane's nose-dive into the remote rainforest forces them to fight for survival, Abbie catches tantalizing glimpses of the complicated man behind the image. And the more she sees of him, the more he touches some primal part of her that she is determined to suppress. But after a devastating encounter with Winter's shadow side, Abbie's detachment is shattered.
On returning to normal life, Abbie cannot forget what happened, nor ignore the shocking rumours about the star's private life. Her struggle to make sense of her torment leads straight back to Winter, who is just as obsessed by her. But if they are to have a relationship, Abbie knows she must embrace his hidden desires ... and accept her own.
No longer caring about anything but their intoxicating love affair, Abbie is drawn deeper into the dark heart of Winter - and the secret that threatens to destroy everything ...
'Evie Hunter' is actually two Irish authors who discovered a mutual love of erotic fiction when doing a creative writing workshop two years ago. They are delighted the rest of the world has caught up with them. Before writing The Pleasures of Winter, their first full-length novel, they co-wrote a number of BDSM-themed novellas.
Published: 1 Nov 2012
Rowan Pelling (Edited by)A perfect gift of timeless erotic stories ranging from ancient Greek myth to modern stories of longing and lust. This beautifully jacketed Everyman's Library Pocket Classics hardcover anthology has a full-cloth binding and silk ribbon marker. Accounts of ardour and transgression also flow from unexpected pens: an astonishingly explicit scene from an unfinished novel by Edith Wharton, and Guy de Maupassant's heated tale of a young peasant woman offering her breast to a starving stranger on a train. Hunger is the fierce undercurrent to these stories: the gnawing lust of one lover for another, or the greedy pursuit of a particular inclination. The elegant depravity of an eighteenth-century French aristocrat, the dreamlike seductions of an Egyptian jinni in the form of a snake, the brutal anonymity of a highway truck-stop encounter--the stories in this richly varied collection reveal that the urge to articulate sexual desire is as inventive as it is timeless.
Published: 21 Nov 2013
Published: 14 Nov 2011
Petticoats, corsets, frilly knickers, lace, and canes - all part of the Imperial world inhabited by Thrift; a young and naïve foreign office agent sent on special missions on behalf of the empire. In Whalebone Strict, Thrift Moncrieff's assignment for the British Imperial Diplomatic Service takes her to the North
American colonies,where she is supposed to compromise the position of a politician. In this she is rather more successful than she had planned, leading her ever deeper into difficulties that more often than not lead to the opening of her ankle length corset and elaborate underwear, either for the entertainment of a string of lecherous men, or to have a hand applied to her delectable buttocks.
Published: 7 Dec 2006
Inspired by the story of the iconic Bettie Page, Logan Belle's sizzling erotic novel The Librarian explores the transformation of Regina Finch from shy librarian to the object of one powerful man's all-consuming desire.
Prim and proper, Regina Finch was a good girl until the day a sudden encounter awakens a lusty passion she can neither control nor live without . . .
Having just left university, Regina, brilliant, bookish and beautiful, has landed her dream job as librarian at New York Public Library. But her job unexpectedly leads her into a torrid new world of discovery and excitement. Among the famous library's hallowed halls and sacred books she meets Sebastian, the library's youngest benefactor and one of New York's most eligible, and infamous, bachelors - and an extraordinary passionate bond is formed.
Faced with a desire that threatens to consume her every waking minute, Regina knows she must master the arts of seduction if she is to make Sebastian her own . . .
The Librarian is a sultry, seductive tale of a young girl's sexual awakening and the next thing to read if you loved Bared to You by Sylvia Day and Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James.
Logan Belle is the pen name for Jamie Brenner, who, in eighth grade, smuggled Jackie Collins' Chances out of the library and immediately decided she was going to write 'sexy' novels when she grew up. This, of course, took some time and several different careers, including make-up artist, paralegal, and eventually a literary agent before becoming an author. She lives in Manhattan, where she is busy raising two daughters who aren't yet allowed to read her books. www.JamieBrenner.com
Published: 25 Apr 2013
Let Evie Hunter, the bestselling Irish erotica author, light up your autumn fires with her latest sizzling novel, The Pleasures of Autumn. This is another of hot-hot-hot tale of romantic obsession and explosive sexual chemistry, a novel that fans of Sylvia Day, Kitty French and E.L. James will love and devour.
When museum curator Sinead O'Sullivan is charged with stealing the Fire of Autumn, a dazzling ruby with a history of violence and treachery, bail is set at one million Swiss francs. Investigator Niall Moore is hired to stop her fleeing and to find the jewel.
Their sexual chemistry is electric but logic says to ignore it. Desperate as she is to convince Niall of her innocence, Sinead cannot reveal everything she knows. And the feisty red-head's improbable tale tells him that she is not to be trusted.
Yet it's impossible to ignore the carnal heat between them. Niall, an expert interrogator, uses every trick of the trade - and every weapon in his erotic armoury - to get at the truth. Sinead, a fast learner, counters his every move with one of her own. Thief and thief-taker fight for dominance and there can be only one winner.
But what happens in their red-hot game of cat-and-mouse when criminals chasing the precious jewel come after Sinead ... and the stakes become deadly?
In just a year Evie Hunter has shown that you can tell an addictive erotic story with a page-turning plot. The Pleasures of Autumn is the new must-have read all her fans have been waiting for. And if you're new to Evie, well you're in for a delcious treat ...