Dec 13 2012 5:30pm

Scorching Stocking Stuffers: The Essential Erotic Novel Gift List

Mistral’s Daughter by Judith KrantzHave you been naughty, or nice?

If the answer is nice, then it’s time to remedy that with something dirtier than a lump of coal in your stocking this Christmas: my essential erotic novel gift list. These books all have two things in common: they will make St. Nick blush redder than his suit, and they are as timeless as tinsel on your tree.

Mistral’s Daughter by Judith Krantz

An epic novel of art, fashion, super-hot sex, that begins with an erotic romp through sumptuous 1920s Paris and follows three generations of super-fab redheads.

Why it makes the list: The anti-hero, Julian Mistral, who seduces and betrays the heroine, Maggie, only to fall in love with her daughter twenty years later.

Damage by Josephine Hart

A taut, devastating tale of a member of British Parliament falling madly in love with his son’s fiancé.

Why it makes the list: An affair so wrong it deserves a punishing conclusion— and Josephine Hart gives us one.

Beauty’s Release by Anne Rice, writing as A.N. RoquelaureThe Claiming of Sleeping Beauty trilogy by Anne Rice (writing as A.N. Roquelaure)

A lush, wildly imaginative BDSM-retelling of the Sleeping Beauty  fairy tale.

Why it makes the list: the all-male sadomasochistic orgy in book three, Beauty’s Release

Lace by Shirley Conran

The original “Bonkbuster,” Lace is a story about sex, glam careers, and three lifelong friends united by a secret that ties them to the international porn star, Lili.

Why it makes the list: the classic line, “Which one of you bitches is my mother?”

Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews

The four blonde, beautiful Dollanganger siblings spend years locked in their evil grandmother’s attic while their mother waits for her inheritance.

Why it makes the list: A novel that made 40 million readers root for a brother and sister love story.

Nine and a Half Weeks: A Memoir of a Love Affair by Elizabeth McNeillNine and A Half Weeks: A Memoir of a Love Affair by Elizabeth McNeill

Decades before Fifty Shades of Grey, author Elizabeth McNeill chronicles a brief, searing S&M love affair.

Why it makes the list: Inspiration for the cult classic film of the same name starring Kim Basinger at her most luminous and Mickey Rourke when he was actually a hot leading man.

Belladonna by Karen Moline

A novel of sexual slavery and revenge, Belladonna is completely over-the-top. 

Why it makes the list: The only erotic I’ve ever read featuring twin eunuchs.

Fear of Flying by Erica Jong

Jong’s classic novel of marital ennui and sexual fantasy. Almost forty years old, this novel holds up—plenty of heart and wit along with the sex.

Why it makes the list: coined the phrase “zipless fuck”


Help make this naughty novel list the gift that keeps on giving: What are some books that you’d be embarrassed to ask Santa to bring?


Jamie Brenner is the author of erotic novels published under the pen name Logan Belle, including her latest Bettie Page Presents: The Librarian ( Pocket Star/Simon & Schuster) and the erotic trilogy Blue Angel (Kensington.)  Her historical romance The Gin Lovers, will be out in paperback in February (St. Martin’s Press). For more please visit or follow her @jamieLbrenner.

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Jamie Brenner
1. jamieloganbrenner
I do realize that one of these books is not a "novel."
Allegedly :)
Megan Frampton
2. MFrampton
I think Judith Krantz's Scruples was the first contemporary racy book I ever read--and read again, and reread, ad nauseam. You never forget your first!
Jamie Brenner
3. jamieloganbrenner
Ah, Scruples. I definitely had Billie in mind when I opted to take French in 8th grade. I couldn't wait to move to France for my own transformation :)
Rakisha Kearns-White
4. BrooklynShoeBabe
Nine and A Half Weeks: A Memoir of a Love Affair by Elizabeth McNeill

Ha! I read that book when I was on the cusp of 14 years old. My grandmother freaked out when she saw what I was reading. I finished it in a day. I think it was on that exact day that my grandmother and I stopped getting along during my adolesence.

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