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Mills and Swoon Slip between the covers with these five frisky books


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Julia Quinn’s steamy Bridgerton novels are some of the bestselling titles of 2021.

Julia Quinn’s steamy Bridgerton novels are some of the bestselling titles of 2021.

Julia Quinn’s steamy Bridgerton novels are some of the bestselling titles of 2021.

Get ready to Mills and swoon this summer with our round-up of the hottest hardbacks definitely not suitable for nans

1. Insatiable: Daisy Buchanan

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At 49, I'm probably not the target audience for this story of Violet, a millennial living in London, unhappy in her social media job. But if you want a read that's both filthy and funny, then this is perfect - even for Gen X oldies like me.

Journalist Daisy Buchanan doesn't hold back right from page one, when we are introduced to the heroine pleasuring herself in a toilet cubicle at work to 'Handsome Dan', who she's matched with on Bumble.

It's a warts-and-all look at a lost young woman who gets sucked into a life of glamour, money and debauchery. And while there's threesomes, sex parties and plenty of body fluids, Insatiable is much more than that. It's about female desire.

The sex isn't pretty, it's explicit and realistic - although everyone does seem to reach orgasm incredibly quickly and easily. Sure, who has time to wait an entire chapter for the protagonist to have an orgasm anyway?

2. Bridgerton books series: Julia Quinn

Despite being published more than 20 years ago, Julia Quinn's steamy Bridgerton novels are some of the bestselling titles of 2021. And it's little wonder after the raunchy Netflix smash hit of the same name exploded onto our screens in lockdown leaving us all a flutter and gasping for more.

The Duke and I, a.k.a. the historical romance that inspired season one of Bridgerton, was the first novel in the collection. It chronicles the relationship between Daphne Bridgerton and the Duke of Hastings - made famous by the swoony Regé-Jean Page.

With heaving bosoms and haught-but-naughty men in (and out of) boots and breeches, Quinn offered a sexy new take on the period drama genre.

3. 365 days: Blanka Lipinska

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It's a tried-and-tested formula - rich, handsome man kidnaps young attractive woman then lavishes her with declarations of love while she attempts to crack his steely veneer.

So it's no surprise in 365 Days we are introduced to Laura Beil, abducted while on vacation in Sicily by Mafia don Massimo Torricelli, who plans to try to win her over or, you know, track her down and kill her if she tries to escape.

Following the success of the book, it was turned into an erotic hit for Netflix and tops the charts in Ireland largely due to the steamy sex scenes - you filthy mares.

4. Follow me darkly: Helen Hardt

This book will leave you begging for more as we meet small-town girl Skye Manning from Kansas. She's assistant to a social media influencer and meets emotionally distant (what else) billionaire Braden Black and sparks fly.

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Described as a 'contemporary romance with a dark feel', it's the first in the trilogy series that would make Fifty Shades fans blush. Edgy and provocative adult romance? We're not in Kansas anymore.

5. The Pleasures series: Evie Hunter

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What do you get when you cross a journalist stranded in a foreign country with a super horny Hollywood A-list star?

Answer: one very hot and sexy story in The Pleasures of Winter. It's an oldie, but worth a mention as it's Irish raunch, so it has to be good because we're a durrty bunch.

Evie Hunter is a pseudonym for writing duo Eileen Gormley and Caroline McCall who've had great success with their Pleasures series. If you're a fan of British author E.L. James, you'll devour this.

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