BDSM Novels to Curl Up With for a Steamy Night In

The crème de la crème of the genre.

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BDSM: bondage, dominance, sadism, and masochism. If your curiosity is piqued and/or you get excited by the concept, you’re not alone; this is one of the most popular kinks in the world. For many people, especially those whose knowledge of BDSM stems from films like Fifty Shades and songs like Rihanna’s S&M, the practice can sound intimidating. Don't worry—there’s plenty of ways to ease into the community, and erotic novels (opens in new tab) are a prime place to start. Not only can these novels show how exactly what the lifestyle entails, they also offer a peek into the minds of those who practice it. Whether you’re new to the BDSM community or a connoisseur looking for your next great read, here are some steamy selects that take erotic reading to the next level.

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