Today, we’re breaking down the top 9 hottest erotic books and the sexiest reads of 2020. While some people think E.L. James made erotica great again, loyal fans of the romance genre know it was always pretty fantastic!

Our list covers various styles: from guilty pleasure dime-store paperbacks to provocative literary tales from trailblazers like Anaïs Nin and Anne Rice. Kilts, vampires, crime, meditative essays—they’re all here!

So let’s get down to business.


By Diana Gabaldon

If you’ve got Netflix—and who doesn’t—you’ve probably at least heard of Outlander. But before it was a must-binge streaming, it was a series of novels. The collection includes eight historical books spanning multiple genres.

If your idea of a good time is following a war-era nurse’s adventures as she time-travels, this is right up your alley. It’s an excellent pick for fans of romance, fantasy, and adventure.

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Naked in Death

By J.D. Robb

If you like stories about crime and romance, you’ll want to grab this book right away. Its focus is a New York police lieutenant hunting a killer. Along the way, she falls madly in love with a mysterious Irish billionaire, and that’s where things get steamy!

Unmasked by the Marquess

By Cat Sebastian

This is for anyone who loves those classic dime store novels with the provocatively-posed lovers on the cover. You know who you are! This book is a little fun and a lot naughty. It tells the tale of two stubborn people who try to move past a case of mistaken identity to honor the passion they can’t deny.

The Wedding Date 

By Jasmine Guillory

Suppose you prefer rom-com? This is our top pick for you. Described as a “fun and flirty multicultural romance,” this book is full of humor, blazing hot passion, and undeniable charm.

The story covers themes such as chance encounters, blind dates, and long-distance longing. It comes to us from New York Times bestselling author Jasmine Guillory, who you may recognize from her hit The Proposal.

The Sinner 

By J.R. Ward

This is just one in a long series of books, so you’re in for an ongoing treat if you like it. There are 19 books (so far) in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. If you’re a fan of vampires, erotica, ancient prophesies, and all-out war, you should probably add this series to your to-be-read list right this minute.

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Men in Kilts 

By Katie Macalister

Within the genre of romance are a million sub-genres! If you like your erotica to include some laugh-out-loud moments, Men in Kilts is our top recommendation to you. It tells the irreverent story of a woman who attends a mystery conference only to fall head-over-heels in love with a burly Scotsman.

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The Magus 

By John Fowles

If serious and psychologically-challenging is more your speed, add this book to the top of your list. The Magus follows a young Englishman on a remote Greek island. He navigates a complicated, seductive, and destructive relationship with a reclusive millionaire.

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The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy 

By Anne Rice

Anne Rice can do no wrong! In this innovative and erotic reimagining of a classic tale, the author takes a familiar tale and turns it on its head. There are three books in this series: The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, Beauty’s Punishment, and Beauty’s Release.

Considered by many to be the forerunner of erotic literature, this is an excellent series for people who need not only passion but also high-quality writing to keep them satisfied.

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Delta of Venus 

By Anaïs Nin

Another entry for people who place a high emphasis on the quality of writing is Delta of Venus. It’s a highly creative, mysterious, gorgeously-penned collection of stories that explore erotic themes, sensuality, sexuality, private trysts, and much more.

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