As someone who is in a long-term relationship, I'm always looking for new ways to spice up my sex life with my partner. Over the years, we've tried it all—role playing, dirty talk, new positions, you name it — but my new favorite turn on is reading sex scenes from books.
When I was younger, I tried watching erotic movies with a college boyfriend, but the acting was so bad and the quality of the movie was so low, I found myself laughing out loud and critiquing the film instead of being the aroused. Watching it with my then partner made me feel awkward and strangely detached, and I knew there had to be a better way to indulge in sexual fantasies.
Like most issues in my life, I found the answer to this predicament in a book — an erotic book, to be exact. When I realized how much of a turn on reading sex scenes in books was solo, I knew it was something I needed to try with my boyfriend, and not just because we're both book nerds, but because it was that titillating. And you can take it from me, it's fun for both you and your partner.
From erotic novels to classic literature, I found plenty of books filled with tender touches, passionate kisses, and hot sex that worked better than any movie could. If you're looking for a new turn on, here are 11 sex scenes from books to read with your partner.
1. A Sport and a Pastime: A Novel by James Salter
"She's in a good mood. She is very playful [...] She is so wet by the time he has the pillows under her gleaming stomach that he goes right into her in one long, delicious move. They begin slowly. When he is close to coming he pulls his prick back out and lets it cool. Then he starts again, guiding it with one hand, feeding it like a line. She begins to roll her hips,to cry out. It's like ministering to a lunatic."
Let me set the scene for you: 1960s Paris, where a Yale dropout and a young French girl carry on a passionate, steamy love affair which includes role playing, teasing, and whole lot of foreplay.
2. Addicted to You by Bethany Kane
"She was so hot she was melting. Her cheeks burned and the soles of her feet tingled from sustained arousal. Perspiration beaded between her breasts.He'd gathered her wrists in one hand and help them next to her waist,preventing her from doing anything but stare blindly at the television screen and gush in orgasm. She couldn't touch, but she could see the magnificent erection that pressed against his jeans. It was driving her crazy not to touch him."
Speaking of foreplay, if you want want not just minutes but hours of it, help yourself to Addicted to You, by romance and erotica author Beth Kery (writing as Bethany Kane). Full of sexual tension and and tortured lovers, this one is so much more fun read aloud.
3. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
"Now as she ran up the steps toward Sonny a tremendous flash of desire went through her body. On the landing Sonny grabbed her hand and pulled her down the hall into an empty bedroom. Her legs went weak as the door closed behind them. She felt Sonny's mouth on hers, his lips tasting of burnt tobacco, bitter. She opened her mouth. At that moment she felt his hand come up beneath her bridesmaid's gown, heard the rustle of material giving way, felt his large warm hand between her legs, ripping aside the satin panties to caress her vulva. She put her arms around his neck and hung there as he opened his trousers. Then he placed both hands beneath her bare buttocks and lifter her."
Because chances are either you or your partner love The Godfather movie, it's time you shared the book together. Action packed, violent, and sexy, this scene from early on in the novel is a taste of what's to come.
4. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
"That's what I thought. I thought I must show her how to do it, or her fear would spoil our plot. So kissed her again. They I touched her. I touched her face. I began at the meeting of our mouths—at the soft wet corners of our lips—then found her jaw, her cheeks, her brow—I had touched her before, to wash and dress her, but never like this. So smooth she was! So warm! It was like I was calling the heat and shape of her out of the darkness—as if the darkness was turning solid and growing quick, under my hand."
It starts with an innocent kiss, but it gets much sweeter (and hotter) from there. The rush of abandonment, impropriety, and deceit are all too much. If you like to imagine sexy Jane Austen or Charles Dickens novels, read Sarah Waters glorious Fingersmith .
5. Night Secrets by Kat Martin
"With his hands and his mouth, he caressed her, his fingers moving down her body, pausing for a moment at her navel, then sliding lower. They sifted through the thatch of copper curls at the base of her thighs, gently eased her legs apart, slipped between the damp folds of her sex, and a long dark finger slid inside her."
There's usually some pretty hot sex in historical romance novels, and Night Secrets is no different. Reading these intense, pleasure-filled sex scenes with your partner is like erotic role playing, book nerd style.
6. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
"The world seemed dreamlike as she pulled back from him, the firelight setting her face aglow. Without speaking, she started to undo the button on his shirt. He watched her as she made her way downward. With each button he could feel her fingers brushing against his skin, and she smiled softly at him when she finally finished [...] She felt short of breath as he lowered his head and kissed between her breasts and slowly ran his tongue up her neck. His hands gently caressed her back, her arms, her shoulders, and she felt their heated bodies press together, skin to skin."
A mostly romantic, sentimental book, Nicholas Sparks's The Notebook is know for it's sweet, thoughtful one-liners and less for it's toe curling sex. As you can see, though, it has it's scorching hot moments. Are you picturing Ryan Gosling as you read this, too?
7. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
"Or, if you will, thrusting me beneath your clothing,Where I may feel the throbs of your heart, or rest upon your hip,Carry me when you go forth over land or sea;For thus, merely touching you, is enough—is best,And thus, touching you, would I silently sleep and be carried eternally."
Walt Whitman is one of the many writers who proves that poetry can be a turn on. And you told your English teacher it was stupid...
8. The Snow Queen by Michael Cunningham
"He moves in on her. It happens more quickly than usual; there's no gesture of seduction, however brief. He is at one moment looking into her face, helpless and imploring, and at the next, he's pressing his lips to hers, as if her mouth were an oxygen mask [...] Tyler gets up onto his knees, pulls his jeans and boxers down. His hard-on pops. Liz kicks off her boots,pulls her own jeans and thong off, shimmies them down to her ankles and thrashed them away, spreads her legs around Tyler's hips. Tyler gets only the briefest look at her crotch—the trimmed line of her dark pubic hair, the robust pink of her labia—before pushing back down onto her."
Everyone enjoys an lengthy romp in the hay, but quickies can be a turn on, too. A great read only made better by it's hot-and-heavy sex scenes, it's about time you read The Snow Queen.
9. Burn by Maya Banks
"There would be plenty of time to exert his dominance, to have her submit in all manner of ways. Today was about their first time together and establishing trust. It was about him taking care of her needs. Pleasuring her [...] He leaned down, pressing his mouth between her breasts. She arched into him, seeing more of his mouth. So he gave her more, kissing a line down to her belly. A soft moan escaped and her stomach clenched and quivered beneath his mouth."
As a woman, it's a bigger turn on to read about women's pleasures, especially when they're the main focus of the experience. In Maya Banks Breathless, one domineering man is surprised by how much control he's willing to give up, and it is h-o-t.
10. Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
"He drew me gently in, to stand between his knees as he sat on the bed. Then he kisssed me softly, once on each breast, and laid his head between them, his breath coming warm on my bare skin [...] I wanted him, all right; my breasts ached and my belly was tight with it, the unaccustomed rush of arousal slippery between my legs, opening me for him. But as strong as lust, was the desire to simply be taken, to have him master me, quell my doubts in a moment of rough usage,take me hard and swiftly enough to make me forget myself."
A long and intimate sex scene that, yes, features a bloody nose, is tantalizing none the less. Read Voyager together — heck, read the entire Outlander series together, because there's a lot more where this came from.
11. Bared to You by Sylvia Day
"My head thudded against the glass, heat pulsing through my blood from the point where his tongue was driving me mad. My leg flexed against his back, urging him closer, my hands cupping his head to hold him still as I rocked into him. Feeling the rough satin strands of his hair against my sensitive inner thighs was its own provocation, heightening my awareness of everything around me…"
You can't talk sexy excerpts without mentioning Sylvia Day, the bestselling author of majorly hot books including the Crossfire series. In Bared to You, guiltless pleasure knows no bounds, and neither will you your partner when you read this together.