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Sex on the beach (with the right protection) is one of our top fantasies. What can we say, something about the pounding waves and all that bare skin on display. BUT if the opportunity to get down 'n dirty in the sand doesn’t ahem, arise for you, here for your reading pleasure are 10 Sexy Summer Beach Reads That Turn Us (and we guarantee, you) On:

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1. Fear of Flying by Erica Jong

A sensation when it was first published over 40 years ago, Fear of Flying chronicles the quest of Isadora Wing for no-strings sex. Frank in its descriptions of sex, women, men and Isadora’s encounters, Fear of Flying coined the term the “zipless fuck.”

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2. The Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day

Gone through all of Fifty Shades of Grey? Well then move on over to Sylvia Day’s Crossfire Series, where successful billionaire Gideon Cross meets twenty-four year old Eva Tramell to very steamy effects.

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3. The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice

She didn’t just write about vampires. An updated, erotic twist on the fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty, Claiming is the first book in a trilogy. Sexy and suspenseful, the story explores the links between pleasure, pain and sexual awakening.

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4.  The Sexual Life of Catherine M. by Catherine Millet

This unfettered explicit sexual memoir of a Parisian art critic even shocked the ultra-sexually liberated French. Narrating the exploits of an openly sexual women who “fucked for the pleasure of it” its unsparing and titillating details are even more shocking because they’re true.

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5. The Secret Diary of A Call Girl by Belle du Jour

First an anonymous blog, then a bestselling book, and then a hit Showtime series starring British pop star and TV darling Billie Piper, Secret Diary is the story of what happens when a 20s something jobless London post-grad discovers her new career: being a high-end call girl.

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6.  Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

We couldn’t start listing awesome memoirs without giving a shout-out to our favorite comedy It-Girl Mindy Kaling. This hilarious, smart and touching book is shows what it’s like to be a funny, fierce female and is one read you won’t want to put down.

 

7.  Heroines by Kate Zambreno

Girl-As-Philosopher Kate Zambreno takes on feminism, heroines, and who is and is not allowed to write “literature” in this excellent expansion of her blog essays on the same subject

 

8. The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf

This 1991 bestseller examines the rising social prominence of women against the very specific and rigid “beauty standards” women are held to by society, it makes you want to take the fashion and beauty industries by storm.

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9. Venus in Furs by Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch

Thought Fifty Shades of Grey was too tame? Then crack open the original S&M book, original because this story by Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch actually is the source of the term masochism. A compelling psychological drama, the book has also been made into a movie by Roman Polanski, and inspired a hit Broadway play.

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10. Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey

For those who like to combine erotica with fantasy, Jacqueline Carey’s first book in her Kushiel’s Legacy series is an imaginative, lush read full of intrigue and mystery that follows heroine Phèdre’s adventures in the world of Terre D’Ange, which is governed at all times by one highest precept: “Love as thou wilt.”

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