The Fairy Godmother of Smut

I’m beginning to notice just how many friends I’ve collected whose first impressions include involved discussions about sex. From the mechanics of how one can conceivably have sex on a motorcycle (pretty sure he lost that bet) to recommendations for (ahem) items

In this regard, I’m finding that my truest talents lie with (pun intended) romance novels. For the third time this month, I wrote down a recommended reading list for a friend who was in need of better lesbian erotica.

Below is a summary of my general advice to all smut readers.

First things first; please put down whichever Fifty Shades book your nose is currently buried in. Please. Down. Now.

Done? Excellent. Thank you.

Secondly, please do me and the general BDSM community an enormous favor and never pick it back up again.

The most honest advice I can give you as you search through the pantheon of steamy reading (a process that has yet to bore me – there’s just SO much of it) is this: take a good hard look at the books you enjoy apart from romance. What do you read most often? Fantasy? Sci-Fi? Crime? Examine your existing bookshelf and take stock of what you already know you like.

Additionally, throw away any preconceived notions. I know plenty of lesbians who read smut about gay men. We all have our turn ons; don’t shy away from yours.

Next, trust your fellow readers, but trust yourself more. If a book about alien werewolf people seemed good enough for someone to have rated it five stars, it must turn someone’s crank. You will probably go through some you’re not crazy about before you get to the stuff that really does do it for you. A particular favorite series of mine is realm-traveling vampire steampunk. No joke. Another involves post-apocalyptic tattooed bootlegging bikers. We all have our vices. (See below for links…)

Finally (and I cannot stress this point enough), understand that there is no shame whatsoever in reading whatever the hell you want.

Happy reading, loves.

  

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