Jun 20 2013 4:00pm

Just Heating Up: June 2013’s Best Erotics

Glitterland by Alexis HallIn need of some sexy reading material to fill your e-reader? I’m here for you. Each month I will bring you an assortment of erotic pleasure reads to tempt your palate—and your credit card....

June’s blinding summer sun has nothing on the heat generated by the assorted erotic pleasures listed below.

Glitterland by Alexis Hall

The universe is a glitterball I hold in the palm of my hand.

Once the golden boy of the English literary scene, now a clinically depressed writer of pulp crime fiction, Ash Winters has given up on love, hope, happiness, and—most of all—himself. He lives his life between the cycles of his illness, haunted by the ghosts of other people’s expectations.

Then a chance encounter at a stag party throws him into the arms of Essex boy Darian Taylor, an aspiring model who lives in a world of hair gel, fake tans, and fashion shows. By his own admission, Darian isn’t the crispest lettuce in the fridge, but he cooks a mean cottage pie and makes Ash laugh, reminding him of what it’s like to step beyond the boundaries of anxiety.

But Ash has been living in his own shadow for so long that he can’t see past the glitter to the light. Can a man who doesn’t trust himself ever trust in happiness? And how can a man who doesn’t believe in happiness ever fight for his own?

Alexis Hall's Glitterland goes beyond the expected romance and examines the relationship between a reclusive writer and a young man whose joy of life attempts to chase away the shadows that surround the writer. Can our hero live and love again on his own terms? Or will he once again allow his illness to once again make him a prisoner of his own mind?

Blood Legacy by Vanessa RedmoonBlood Legacy by Vanessa Redmoon

The Vampyrs have seized control of what’s left of Earth. We humans live short and worthless lives fulfilling one of three roles, serving our Vampyr betters: Laborer, Administrative, or Donor. I chose a fourth role. A spy for the Resistance.

That’s how I wound up working for Victor Bressov, heir apparent to one of the oldest, most powerful Vampyr families. As his personal Administrative, I can feed the Resistance valuable information on the Vampyrs’ plans. But Victor–cold, calculating, cruel–has other roles in mind for me. It’s not just the taste of human blood that drives him. It’s spilling it. Through pain, through pleasure, though I’m having a hard time these days finding the difference between the two.

He says my pain can give us both unimaginable power. Power he can use to control the Republic, or that I can use to save humankind. When he ties me to his desk, whip trailing along the marble floor, I tell myself I’m enduring this for the Resistance. I’m doing it so one day, others can live freer than me.

Problem is, I’ve never felt so free.

How far will a young spy go to free her fellow humans from the ironclad rule of vampires in this dark erotic romance from Vanessa Redmoon? Especially when one sadist vampire uses his skills in pain and pleasure to leave her breathless and wanting more?

Wicked Beat by Olivia CunningWicked Beat by Olivia Cunning

From the moment he lays eyes on Sinners’ new front of house soundboard operator, drummer Eric Sticks knows he has to make Rebekah his.  Unfortunately, she’s too busy trying to seduce guitarist Trey Mills to pay him much attention. Rebekah never planned to fall for the tall, goofy drummer with the weird sense of humor and a heart the size of the galaxy. But Eric makes her laugh and his constant attention makes her feel sexy and irresistible–exactly what she needs after the things her last lover said to her. A woman who gives as much as she takes, Rebekah makes Eric feel like a total stud–exactly what he needs after surviving a decade of watching the incredibly talented members of Sinners from the wings.

Olivia Cunning brings us back to the decadent world of her rock stars and sex in her latest offering, Wicked Beat. Can a young drummer whose life is spent watching from the sidelines find his HEA with a wild uninhibited young woman? Or will her lust over a fellow band member leave him once again on the sidelines?

Possession by Jennifer LyonPossession (Plus One Chronicles #2) by Jennifer Lyon

Savagely sexy billionaire Sloane Michaels ruthlessly controls his life and everything in it. Even his sex partners are carefully negotiated plus-one arrangements, including his latest, the fiery bakery owner, Kat Thayne. But Sloane’s control is challenged when his mentor becomes seriously ill, and his need for Kat, his need to possess her at all costs, rivals only his single-minded goal of vengeance for the murder of his sister.

After surviving an attack six years ago, Kat Thayne escaped her fears in the protective world of her beloved bakery. Then Sloane Michaels storms into her life, making her feel beautiful, strong and sexy. Yet as Kat pushes her boundaries and uncovers a dangerous secret in her past, Sloane’s controlling side emerges. Worried that Sloane will possess her mind, body and soul, Kat fights to keep her hard won independence. But just as Sloane demands her complete surrender, she discovers he has a dark side that could destroy them both.

Jennifer Lyon continues her serial with more hot sexy billionaire loving and a heroine who fights tooth and nail to hold on against his ruthless need to control her.

Beauty from Surrender by Georgia CatesBeauty from Surrender (Beauty Series #2) by Georgia Cates

How do you move on when he’s every song you sing?

After Laurelyn Prescott walks away from the love of her life, she returns to Nashville to pursue the only dream she has left. Determined to find a distraction from the pain of losing Jack Henry, she immerses herself in her music. But with her old life comes old acquaintances and new expectations. When Laurelyn refuses her record producer’s outrageous demands, she finds herself without a career—until an unforeseen opportunity presents itself. From there it’s a rocket ride straight to the top where Laurelyn finds the success she’s always dreamed of. Will it be enough to bring her the happiness she so deserves, or will the absence of Jack Henry leave her wanting more?

Jack Henry McLachlan never expected to fall in love with Laurelyn Prescott—but he did. After he foolishly let her slip through his fingers, he spends three months searching for her, but their reunion doesn’t come easy. The woman he finds isn’t the same one who drifted away without a goodbye. No longer an insecure girl on an Australian adventure, this Laurelyn is a successful musician with a promising career. Her dreams are becoming a reality, and Jack is terrified his American girl won’t have a place for him in her new life. With only a month to convince her otherwise, will it be enough time to make her visualize a life beyond the glitz and glamour, a life that includes him?

Love and loss is the premise of book two in Georgia Cates’s Beauty series. When our heroine leaves her lover, she finds herself at loose ends both in her career and in her heart. Can she move on with her life and forget him? Or will her leaving be the catalyst that frees both of their hearts to a passion that will set the world on fire?

What’s on your erotic radar for June?

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Tori Benson can be found at Smexybooks and at Twitter.

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1. KathyB
I am so looking forward to Glitterland. I read the excerpt, and I was hooked right away.
Lege Artis
2. LegeArtis
Tory-my favorite kink-reads pimp! :)
I wanted to read Glitterland since Rachel Haimowitz said it brought her to tears at the time she was editing it. Can't wait!
3. AmyC
Unless Barnes & Noble is lying to me Wicked Beat will not be released until August 6th. Wish is was a June release.
4. Torifl
AmyC-You are correct, Wicked Beat is Aug release but I list what I read for the month, not necessarly what is available for the month. :)
5. AshleyA
SO READY for Wicked Beat. Double Time has been taunting me from iBooks every time I open the program. I refuse to read it out of order! No spoilers! Why the publisher did this, I have no clue.
Jennifer Proffitt
6. JenniferProffitt
Great recommendations as always, Tori! You haven't lead me astray yet. I'm pretty behind on the Sinners series but I look forward to each of Olivia Cunning's releases every time!
7. Smeech
I was excited to read Wicked Beat until I saw that it has an August release date. Since the title of this article was June 2013's Best Erotics, this was very misleading.

I would have preferred to be able to read the books immediately.
8. Torifl
Smeech-Sorry for that. As I explained above, I read months in advance so I list what I read for the month and it's not always books available that month. I feel it helps readers who may not know certain books are releasing and gives them a heads up. I do try not to list to far in advance.
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