Redefining Erotica: Five Novels That Are Hotter than Fifty Shades of Grey

Here is a list of the hottest erotic novels that will make you grab your vibrator

Are you interested in exploring the world of erotica? Is BDSM your thing? Do you enjoy upping the kink factor in your life? What do you prefer – blindfolds or cuffs?

Over the last few years, the word ‘erotic’ has become synonymous to E.L. James’s famous novel Fifty Shades of Grey. I truly understand people’s fixation for this book. There is something appealing about reading someone else’s love story and falling in love with the fictional characters. Christian Grey’s character has given many sex goals.

Personally, I feel that Christian Grey’s character is completely f**ked up. He falls for Anastasia and makes her sign a stupid contract that has weird terms and conditions. However, this book by James made bondage and discipline (B&D), dominance and submission (D&S), and sadism and masochism (S&M) very popular among the masses.

But not everyone has a stomach for bondage, dominant and submissive relationship and feeble writing, and long passages describing the protagonist’s clothes and sense of style. This book has stereotyped people who practice BDSM by labelling them as sadists.

However, If you are someone who loves erotica and falls in the category of people who love sexy characters, powerful stories, hot steamy scenes and kinky content, Bayside Journal has come up with a list of erotic novels that will redefine your world of fantasy.

Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day

There are chances you might compare this book to Fifty Shades of Grey. The series revolves around a girl named Eva, who falls head over heel in love with a perfect and rich businessman named Gideon Cross. But the best part is that’s exactly where the similarity to Fifty Shades ends.

Writer Sylvia Day focuses on the romance between Gideon and Eva, unlike Fifty Shades that just talked about BDSM in every other page. Day focuses on the attraction between the two protagonists, their relationship, and the way characters are established throughout the series. The intensity between the lead characters literally makes you want to know more about them. Every scene, every dialogue makes sense, unlike Fifty Shades where unnecessary sex is thrown at you at every given opportunity.

The quality of writing and the gripping plot that never leaves you bored and disappointed. Ten pages in and you will understand why Day has such a massive fan following. Give it a try!

Excerpt from the book
I’m losing my mind without you.” His lips were gliding down my neck, his tongue stroking over my racing pulse. He sucked on my skin and pleasure radiated through me.

I can’t think. I can’t work or sleep. My body aches for you. I can make you want me again. Let me try.”

Bared to You, Sylvia Day

Island Flame by Karen Robards


Award-winning author Karen Robards surely has her way with words. Her words can make anyone fall in love with her stories. No one can beat Karen’s exciting read especially when it comes historic romance. This story revolves around Lady Catherine Aldley, who is on her way to London when pirates attack her ship. Enter Captain Jonathan Hale, who rescues her from the pirates and claims her. All Catherine wants is to win the game and make Jonathan her slave. The flaming chemistry between them will make you want an alpha man like Jonathan as well.

This book doesn’t mirror logical relationships of the 21st century. It is kind of old school, but once you start reading this one, you can’t stop without finishing it. This is a must read for historical romance lovers.

P.S. Don’t forget to read its sequel Sea Fire.

Excerpt from the book

His touch, his primitive male nearness, awoke something equally primitive in her. She felt strange, unlike herself.

She hated and feared him, but his hands on her body made her burn as though she had a fever. She shivered, and without conscious thought her arms slid up around his neck. She was kissing him back.

— Island Flame, Karen Robards

Sweet Addiction by Maya Banks


This story by Maya Banks has three protagonists – Cole, Renita, and Lucas. Cole is a successful man and women love him. But all he craves for is his childhood love Renita. Renita loves dominant men and Lucas is her new master. The book takes a turn when Lucas gives Renita to Cole, just for two weeks with an agreement that she will be returned back to him. Though Cole agrees, he knows he can never complete the end of his bargain. The book is recommended for people who have big appetite for BDSM.

Banks certainly knows what she is writing, and has developed her story and characters brilliantly, letting you understand the dynamics between the three characters. One can feel the love, passion, and intensity in a way that you will definitely like this love triangle. The book has five more parts, together they are known as the Sweet Series, though Sweet Addiction tops my list.

Excerpt from the book

When a woman submits to a man, it’s the most precious gift she can give. Herself. Unreservedly. The man has to respect and honor that gift above all else. Even if he respects nothing else in the world, he must respect the woman in his care. It’s his sworn duty to protect, honor and cherish his submissive. To take care of her and provide a safe haven. Someone who would put his own needs above his woman’s is no man.”

Sweet Addiction, Maya Banks

The Sleeping Beauty Quartet by Anne Rice


This series of four books by Anne Rice (pseudonym: A.N. Roquelaure) gives a new twist to the classic tale of ‘Sleeping Beauty’. Here, the princess is brought to life by the prince’s sexual initiation and not a kiss. In this story, the princess becomes his sex slave.

He introduces her to the whole new world of sex, desire, love, and pleasure. The writer has penned down a whole new world of erotic fantasy.

Excerpt from the book

The Prince’s thrusts came faster and faster ad then he too gave a soft cry, and held her close to him, her breasts aching and pressed to his chest, his lips on the back of her neck, his body softening slowly.

 He drove into her. She felt herself explode with pleasure, her back arched so rigidly that she lifted his weight with her. Her body was drenched in pleasure.”

 The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, A.N. Roquelaure,

 The Siren by Tiffany Reisz


Siren is not exactly a romantic book but definitely a good erotic read. The story is about Nora Sutherlin, who is known for her erotica writing and has a massive fanbase. Her world changes when her latest manuscript is in the hands of this new editor Zachary Easton. Zach works on his terms and wants her to rewrite the whole book in six weeks.

Nora’s writing session with Zach is not just mentally draining but also arousing. The story also has two male characters – Soren, Nora’s ex, who was also her master, and Wesley, her roommate who is a vanilla toyboy. It is amazing to see how all the three stories interweave so smoothly without losing its grip and confusing the readers.

The Siren unlike Fifty Shades of Grey is light on sex and talks more about kinky things. One also gets an insight into sadomasochism (S&M). The book is sharp, on spot and hooks you to it.

Excerpt from the book

Simple game—he’d fill a wineglass with one of his expensive reds and set it on the edge of the table. Then he would fuck me. Hard.” Nora grinned as Wesley flinched.

If I thrashed too much, or fought him and knocked the glass off… then the wine wasn’t the only red that we spilled that night.”

The Siren, Tiffany Reisz 

The beauty of erotica is the ability to explore your vivid imaginations. This is our list of some of the hottest erotic novels, tell us about yours.