A lot of people are put off by the idea of erotica, thinking it's all "throbbing members" and period drama-style tales of heaving bosoms and, many years ago, this was very much the case!
However, it's recently been given a 21st century face lift. Erotica is now not only stories that genuinely leave you reaching for your rabbit vibrator but sex guides and manuals that reveal all the hottest tips and techniques, too.
My favourite kinds of stories are those that are based on real life. I love knowing that the words that have sent a tingle down my spine are the true stories of someone's experiences.
But whether you're looking for shocking confessions, a guide to new positions or short stories to leave you breathless, Lovehoney has the perfect erotic book for you!
The Tenga Flip Hole Male Masturbator is fast becoming one of our best sellers! This incredible male sex toy not only has an amazing, modern design, it also provides better-than-real sensations which are unrivalled by any other male sex toy out there!
This brilliant product already has three 5 star reviews, so instead of letting me explain what this sexy and sleek device can do, let's hear from those that know it best:
Lovehoney readers reveal their favourite sex tips…
Fitness is important for a good sex life. When I first became sexually active I was playing sport regularly and had plenty of sexual stamina.
Once I stopped playing sport I found sex increasingly tiring and difficult on my stomach muscles, especially being on top in a missionary position.
Since I've started regularly exercising again (10 minutes a couple of times a week) it's had a dramatic impact on my sexual stamina.
Of course, if you're not in a relationship then being a bit fitter and slimmer will make you a bit more likely to have a sex life to worry about!
Improve your sex life with Lovehoney's range of Pocket Sex Guides.
It might have only just started to feel like summer outside but Pauline Réage's Story of O is bound (excuse the pun!) to leave you hot and bothered! This now infamous tale of dominance and submission is the Lovehoney Erotic Book Club Book of the Month for August.
As this is a classic book, we're giving away a classic vibrator with Story of O throughout the month of August: The Lady Lustfinger Mini Vibrator. With its twist operated base and multispeed motor, it provides powerful internal and external stimulation which is sure to make it one of your favourites!
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.
Put your party hat on and come join us in our appreciation of the orgasm and all its spine-tingling, lip-biting, toe-clenching, breathtaking wonder!
National Orgasm Day takes on a new relevance in 2008 due to a report in February in the Journal of Sexual Medicine by Prof Emmanuelle Jannini, who claimed that most women cannot achieve a vaginal orgasm because they lack a G-spot.
However, Lovehoney wants you to help prove that this is not the case! We believe that every woman has a G-spot, but the likelihood of you being able to achieve orgasm through it depends on your own sensitivity and response to stimulation.
Most women are unsure of how they can increase the sensitivity of the G-Spot and how they can stimulate it, but we have just the answer!
Lovehoney readers reveal their favourite sex tips…
I would just like to share a tip on how to make love to your other half just that little bit more exciting…
We both enjoy the classic 69 position, and just recently decided to purchase two little Pocket Rocket Vibrators (one speed, tiny vibrators) to use on each.
As you both get into the old sucking and slurping, try pressing the vibrators against each other's anus and watch what happens. It might feel strange at first but you soon get into the swing of things.
I have never cum so hard in my life. Her wet mouth sucking me and the vibrations from the toy were just too much!
My fiancée screamed down the house when she came this way :)
Want to try this? Check out Lovehoney's tremendous range of Mini Vibrators.
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.
If those unsightly bulges and material lines across your hips and back caused by badly fitting underwear are the bane of your fashion-existence, then check out the Shibue Couture Strapless G-String, new to Lovehoney this summer!
Whether you're attending a wedding, going to the spa or out for a night of partying, the Shibue strapless G-string will leave you looking smooth and sleek without the daunting prospect of going commando!
As Jenny, the creator of the Shibue Strapless G-String explains:
"I became engrossed in my search for that special product that would not cut into the sides of my hips, across the back or thighs, or squeeze me out in other areas. Another important criterion is that I wanted something very sexy!
I began cutting, taping, sewing and shopping for products that would help me create the look and feel of freedom without unflattering panty lines. And voila! The Shibue Couture Strapless G-String was born!"
This gorgeous piece of lingerie is not only sensationally sexy but is easy to use too! Simply press the self-adhesive strips provided onto the front and back edging of the G-string then apply to freshly washed and dried skin, one side at a time. The G-string will stay in place for as long as needed!
Keep checking back as we add more designs and products to the Shibue Couture range throughout the summer!