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The Erotic Cloth

Through their metaphorical and material qualities, textiles can be seductive, exciting, intimate and, at times, shocking and disquieting. This book is the first critical examination of the erotically charged relationship between the surface of the skin and the touch of cloth, exploring the ways in which textiles can seduce, conceal and reveal through their interactions with the body. From the beautiful cloth which is quietly suggestive, to bold expressions of deviant sexuality, cloth is a message carrier for both desiring and being desired. The drape, fold, touch and feel, the sound and look of cloth in motion, allow for the exploration of identity as a sensual, gendered or political experience. The book features contributions on the sensory rustle and drape of silk taffeta and the secret pleasures of embroidery, on fetishistic punk street-style and homoerotic intimacy in men’s shirts on screen, and a new perspective on the role of cloth and skin in the classic film Blade Runner. In doing so, it interrogates experiences of cloth within social, historical, psychological and cultural contexts. Divided into four sections on representation, design, otherness and performance, The Erotic Cloth showcases a variety of debates that are at the heart of contemporary textile research, drawing on the fields of art, design, film, performance, culture and politics. Playful, provocative and beautifully illustrated with over 50 color images, it will appeal to students and scholars of textiles, fashion, gender, art and anthropology.

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Hard At Work

It starts with a look shared between strangers–a sexy, appraising gaze that hints at the desire for more. Usually, because of commitments, timing, or social restrictions, it ends there. But in this steamy, x-rated new edition of Brad Saunders’ Men I Might Have Known series, the encounters go much, much further. The men in this provocative new collection are real–a gorgeous, hard-bodied young moving man, a handsome Latino interior designer, a striking silver-haired hotelier–but the intimate, erotic adventures that follow come straight from the author’s lusty, deliciously vivid imagination. From the eager young actor who stars in an unforgettable casting session, to the spectacularly endowed porn star who gives an interview that’s truly in-depth, these stories run the gamut from sweet to tawdry, but each one is undeniably hot. A cute sommelier offers an after-hours tasting session. . . A night spent bar-hopping in Berlin turns into a tantalizing threesome. . . When sex and fantasy mingle, every urge can be indulged, every taboo explored, and satisfaction is always guaranteed. Brad Saunders currently lives in Los Angeles and is hard at work on several books and screenplays. When he is not writing about the men in his life, he writes about food, travel, and the arts for several publications.

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Fifty Shades of Pleasure

Surrender to Your Desire for Naughty Bedroom Pleasures… If hot erotic romance novels have had you fantasizing about certain naughty pleasures, or if you just want to add a little spice to your sexy love sessions, this kinky how-to will bring your fantasies to life. Explore the pleasure of a little pain, flex muscles you didn’t know you had through hot sex positions, and learn how to make or break the rules in your playtime romp. With a light, playful tone, this book eases you into the stingingly sweet side of sex. Each section features excerpts from the Kama Sutra or classic erotica, extra tips like “Dirty Talk Dos and Dont’s,” and offers further resources to continue your naughty education. Gather your ben wa balls and feather ticklers while this handbook gives you the rundown on all the hot moves you’ve been wanting to try, from beginner bondage techniques and starter spanking to hot wax and flogging—no dungeon required!

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Fifty Shades of Ecstasy

If the latest wave of popular erotic romance has gotten your mo­tor running, this book will shift you into high gear!

Author Marisa Bennett steps up again to give you the dirty details on doing the horizontal hula, with wit, humor, and some hot new moves. This guide will help you expand your sexual repertoire and hone your sexytime skills while exploring ecstasy in fifty (count ’em, fifty!) different ways. You’ll learn a ton of fun and sexy positions like the visually-stimulating Pin-Up Girl, the cozy Lock and Key, and the hot and creative Bobsled (also known as “sledding on Bob”), each one beautifully illustrated to help make sure you’ve got every­thing in the proper place.

So what are you waiting for? Whether you are single and ready to (co)mingle or married and want to put some new moves into your old routine, pick up this hot how-to and kick your sexcapades up to the next level with fifty new ways to get it on

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Screaming Yellow

Laverstone Chronicles, #2 Laverstone Chronicles, #1 A Catholic priest and a pagan priestess come together to solve the murder of a sex-guru. Pagan priestess Meinwen Jones moves 300 miles to meet up with a man who turns up dead. She’s approached by Father Roberts, who needs her help to uncover the dead man’s secrets. Why did he have so many women around him, and why do they all have matching tattoos? Just who was having an affair with the old lady who hung herself, and when will the priest stop putting out Meinwen’s ritual fires? Content warning: BDSM, Erotic pain and violence, polyamory and murder. 83,000 Words

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Novel

Temptation Has Green Eyes

She holds the key to more than a fortune…
There’s more to love than meets the eye…
The daughter of a wealthy merchant, Sophia Russell has no interest in marriage, especially after a recent humiliation—and especially not to Maximilian, Marquess of Devereaux. But it’s the only way to save herself from fortune hunters—and those who wish to seize a powerful connection she prefers to keep secret—even from her future husband…
Marrying Sophia is the only way Max can regain the wealth his father squandered on an extravagant country palace. And while Max and his bride are civil, theirs is clearly a marriage of convenience—until a family enemy takes a questionable interest in Sophia—one that may lead all the way to the throne. Forced to become allies in a battle they hadn’t foreseen, the newlyweds soon grow closer—and discover a love, and a passion, they never expected…
“Lynne Connolly writes Georgian romances with a deft touch. Her characters amuse, entertain and reach into your heart. This book is a Must Read.” –Desiree Holt
“Romantic and entertaining…plenty of erotic passion for good measure. This romance is well worth reading.”—Library Journal

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Objects of Desire – The Eroticism of Touch

Since humans first began thinking creatively – as opposed to merely procreatively – about sex, men and women have spiced up their love lives with this and that. Every civilization has come up with its own sex objects and sex toys. From rudimentarily-fashioned objects to the most exquisite ivory carvings of the Far East, eroticism has found expression in a multitude of different forms all displayed here. The beauty and the craftsmanship of these artistic masterpieces bear striking witness to the powers of generation in every culture throughout history. From works of art to sex toys, historian Hans-Jürgen Döpp analyses the complexities of human behavior and the secret delights of those who own the little treasures featured in this book.

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Sexy Little Liar

“Urban erotica has never been hotter!” –Nikki Turner She seduced Texas’s richest oil family out of a fortune. But now petty thief and ex-stripper Mink LaRue has a rival for the ultimate temptation. . . It didn’t take long for Mink to blow all the money she conned pretending to be missing oil heiress Sable Dominion. And now that a sweet chunk of the huge Dominion family trust fund is up for grabs, nothing can stop her from going for even more. Trouble is, her drug-dealing ex-boyfriend and the Dominion’s irresistible eldest son, Barron, as well as his scheming fiancée, want to take Mink down in as many ways as possible. But her most dangerous opposition is the new pretender who’s come to town. . .and she looks–and lies–exactly like Mink! Now, if the sexy little liar is going to come out on top, she’ll have to make friends out of enemies and click up with a few very powerful haters. And knowing the insatiable Mink, she’ll gamble everything to keep her conniving house of cards from tumbling all the way down. . . “This is top-of-the-line street lit.” –Library Journal on Natural Born Liar (starred review)

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Bi-Satisfied

Summer Kennedy is a power player in Atlanta, GA. She has been on a journey of self-discovery since she was old enough to remember. From love to the identity of her real parents to her openly brazen sexuality, she has always felt something was missing. Working side by side with powerhouse lawyer and best friend David Hall, an openly bi-sexual black male, Summer feels a spark with David that dares to challenge the laws of attraction. Can Summer lose herself in David’s erotic call?When Michael, David’s friend and ex-lover, comes into town, the game of cat and mouse between two friends changes everything for Summer. Michael is aware of her sexual desires, and he uses her in his plot against the man who did something so unforgivable that ten years later, Michael is still looking to make him pay.In order to understand the method to Michael’s madness, you’ll have to take a walk on the wild side. Take a journey of learning to accept what society deems as unacceptable. Find out what happens when you mix sex, half-truths, and hidden agendas with burning lust and sexual curiosity.

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Female Sexuality in the Early Medieval Islamic World

In the early Islamic world, Arabic erotic compendia and sex manuals were a popular literary genre. Although primarily written by male authors, the erotic publications from this era often emphasised the sexual needs of women and the importance of female romantic fulfilment. Pernilla Myrne here explores this phenomenon, examining a range of Arabic literature to shed fresh light onto the complexities of female sexuality under the Abbasids and the Buyids. Based on an impressive array of neglected medical, religious-legal, literary and entertainment sources, Myrne elucidates the tension between depictions of women’s strong sexual agency and their subordinated social role in various contexts. In the process she uncovers a great diversity of approaches from the 9th to the 11th century, including the sexual handbook the Encyclopedia of Pleasure (Jawami’ al-ladhdha), which portrayed the diversity of female desires, asserting the importance of mutual satisfaction through lively poems and stories. This is the first in-depth, comprehensive analysis of female sexuality in the early Islamic world and is essential reading for all scholars of Middle Eastern history and Arabic literature.