Delving into Story of O to find an excerpt that would provide a suitable taster was exceptionally difficult.
Not because it was hard to find something appropriate, but because the book is so hard to put down once you start reading, I didn't know if the extract would ever end!
I think journalist, critic and author Graham Greene described the book best: 'A rare thing, a pornographic book well written without a trace of obscenity'.
The following extract illustrates that point perfectly, using the passionate and elegant language that the whole book is laced with.
In normal circumstances we would feature an interview with the author of the Lovehoney Erotic Book Club Book of the Month but sadly, Pauline Réage, the author of Story of O passed away in 1998.
However, the author's life is so fascinating and the hidden tale behind the Story of O so intriguing, there's no way that we couldn't let you in on it!
Story of O is widely acknowledged to be one of the most famous erotic novels of all time. Graham Greene described it as "a rare thing, a pornographic book well written and without a trace of obscenity".
Harold Pinter called it "a remarkable piece of work", while Brian Aldiss proclaimed, "I do believe that Pauline Réage had confounded all her critics and made pornography (if that is what it is) an art".
These are just a few of the incredible compliments from some of the most prolific literaries of modern times, especially as Story of O has been so controversial and divisive in its approach to sex, feminism, discipline and submission.
Last year we ran an erotic story writing competition and the winning entry was Dirty Little Secret, by Carly Drew.
Six months later, and after we had unglued her hands from her head, we decided to offer Carly a job writing for Lovehoney - and we were delighted when she said: "Yes, that would be nice." (Or words to that effect.)
So you'll be seeing a lot more of Carly's words on Lovehoney by way of blogs, buyer's guides and (if we can persuade her) more erotic stories that we'll just give away for free. Because we (and Carly) are nice like that.
The Black Lace Wicked Words series is our best-selling range of erotic books so we're delighted to say that the Erotic Book Club Book of the Month for July is Wicked Words 10 - The Best Of Wicked Words.
Featuring seventeen (count 'em!) stories taken from the cream of Black Lace's Wicked Words series, Black Lace Wicked Words 10 is the perfect sizzling summer read. Buy the book during July and we'll send you a free vibe worth £14.99 too!
If you're going to put together a 'best of' anthology like Wicked Words 10 and ensure that each and every story hits the spot, you need someone who knows erotica to crack the whip and take charge!
Enter Kerri Sharp - Black Lace stalwart and editor extraordinaire - who was infamously accused by the Daily Mail during the early days of Black Lace of "corrupting the morals of the nation's women and betraying civilised values." A fabulous recommendation if ever we've heard one!
Here Kerri tells us what you'll find inside the covers of Wicked Words 10, how she went about selecting the stories, and what makes an erotica 'sizzling hot' rather than 'absolutely not'!
Selecting an extract from Wicked Words 10 - The Best Of Wicked Words was an absolute pleasure! With so many great stories to choose from ( written by some of Black Lace's very best authors including Mathilde Madden, Anna Clare and Robyn Russell), there's a story to fuel every fantasy!
Other reviewers have had nothing but praise for the Wicked Words series too - Romantic Times described them as 'filled with hard-hitting, mouth-watering, sizzling-hot action', Scarlet called them 'intelligent, horny and diverse', and Forum reckons that Wicked Words 10 'really does live up to the billing as wicked'!
Tease yourself with this free taster from Lois Phoenix's 'The Wytchfinder'…
The sign of a good erotic book is one that truly allows you to escape from reality and live out your fantasies. With Carrie Williams's Chilli Heat, the Lovehoney Erotic Book Club Book of the Month for June - you can escape to the foreign climes and enjoy breathtaking sex, all from the comfort of your bed!
"When her travelling companion lets her down at short notice, Nadia reluctantly agrees to take her recently divorced mother, Valerie, on her gap-year trip to India. However, her mother turns out to be anything but the conservative presence she had feared.
As the two women explore India's most exotic locations, it is Valerie who experiences a sexual reawakening with a succession of lovers and Nadia who is forced to wrestle with her own inhibitions and repressed desires."
Whet your appetite further with this exclusive extract from June's Book Of The Month, the sultry and sexy Chilli Heat.
As one of Black Lace's newest authors, Carrie Williams has already made her mark in the world of erotica with The Blue Guide, a sumptuous read which centres on the sensual exploits of a London travel guide.
In her latest book Chilli Heat, Carrie moves the action to India, where mother and daughter, Valerie and Nadia, are on a journey of discovery - both spiritually and sexually!
Carrie is also a travel journalist and a mainstream author, although if you search for her other work you'll draw a blank as she works under a pseudynom. Ah, the mystery!
We caught up with Carrie to find out more about the inspiration behind this month's Erotic Book Club selection Chilli Heat, and also to find out more about her recipe for exotic erotica!
First-time erotic story writer Carly Drew won £500 in Lovehoney's 2008 Erotic Story Competition. You can click here to download and enjoy Carly's story, Dirty Little Secret, for free!
Carly's writing talent was so amazing that we gave her the dream job of a lifetime as Lovehoney's Pleasure Director!
We caught up with Carly to find out what inspired her to turn her hand to writing rude stories. Turns out all you need is 3 rum & cokes and a box of chocolates…