Ah, snow days in NYC. Those beautiful, magical days when the city that never sleeps slows down, the air is fresh and crisp, and selfies are considerably fire (yes, trust us, snow lighting makes some of the best selfie lighting. Open up your windows and give it a shot!)
For some, snow days equate to precious free time to chip away at our ever-growing To Be Read Lists or our To Remember lists. With the temperatures rapidly dropping, there’s no time like the present to indulge in a good steamy novel. (Remember: there is a fine line between good and groan-worthy steamy scenes).
Warm up from the inside out with the following steamy novels:
1. Forever, Judy Blume
Let’s start off easy. I’m pretty certain most of us women grew up reading Judy Blume, and Forever is no exception. Forever dives deep into the politics of virginity and the proverbial innocence of burgeoning teenage sexuality. It’s sweet, yet steamy, and a great stroll down memory lane to easier times.
2. Summer Crossing, Truman Capote
Written by one of the Twentieth Century’s greatest authors, Summer Crossing explores life through the eyes of Grady McNeil, a young Fifth Avenue socialite wrapped up in a torrid summer love affair in post-WWII New York. Like most passionate summer romances, the heightening fireball of passion soon turns to a gentle spark, and Grady must decide where to turn next. A must read.
Fun fact: Summer Crossing is Capote’s first novel that got lost for over 50 years until it was posthumously published in 2005.
3. Basketball Jones, E. Lynn Harris
Basketball Jones follows AJ Richardson, the hidden male lover of the fictitious NBA star Dray Jones, and their torrid love affair hidden in plain sight. From the minute you pick the novel up, the tone is set as a gorgeous man graces the cover. Every page is packed with twists, turns, and steamy sex scenes.
I was assigned this steamy same-sex novel for my African American Literature in the 20th and 21st century (shout out to Professor Janis Mayes, she’s one of the greats!). I will admit, I had no idea what to expect going into this one, but the cultural significance of such a novel is not lost throughout it. Harris has made a name for himself highlighting a section of the community too often swept under the rug.
Steamy and thought-provoking. Double yes.
4. The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series, J.R. Ward.
Let’s turn it up a notch further. Paranormal fans, this one’s for you. Slightly reminiscent of True Blood-esque stories, The Black Dagger series offers “muscle-bound, demon-fighting, take-no-prisoners men” you’ll find yourself dreaming about long after you close the book shut. Once you look past the cheesy cover art, Goodreads says the story-line is fresh and the men are enticing. Doesn’t get much better than that.
5. Sex, Love, Repeat, Alessandra Torre
Alright, time to break that proverbial notch. We’re ready. Alessandra Torre’s Sex, Love, Repeat is textbook erotica that’s actually really well written. It follows the life of a woman deeply in love with and involved in a sexually-gratifying relationship with two different men. There’s sex, there’s drama, there’s heart-bending conflict. Read it, if you dare.
“You are mine,” he grunts out, pumping into me, the length and level of his arousal brutal. “Mine,” he swears, as he releases my mouth and turns me around, pushing me forward as he yanks my legs back, one hand hard on my back, the other gripping my ass.
He doesn’t slow the movement, giving me full, hard thrusts, my breasts bouncing from the top of my dress, the mirror above the sink giving me a full view of my slutdom. Paul, in worn jeans, a white tee-shirt, light hair mussed, mouth open, intensity over his face. His reflection pulls at my hair, tilting my head back, and I find his eyes on mine in the mirror.”
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