In an ideal world history lessons would be taught by Deanna Ashford, whose historical romances are peppered with sex scenes so hot that even the laziest students would start paying attention.
Whether your tastes run to the slave markets of Ancient Rome (Barbarian Prize), the depraved aristocrats of wartorn Kabra (Wild Kingdom) or the courtly intrigue of Richard the Lionheart's crusade to the Holy Land (Templar Prize), Deanna's sure to set your pulse racing.
As well as running her own website and writing a blog, Deanna's kindly found time to talk to us about this month's Erotic Book Club selection, Templar Prize.
Previous praise for Deanna Ashford: 'Each sensuous escapade jumps off the page with non-stop, titillating thrills … a satisfying, indulgent tale' Romantic Times, 4 stars (reviewing Barbarian Prize)
If that hasn't piqued your interest, the following extract from Deanna's latest, Templar Prize, is sure to leave you hot under the collar:
Deanna Ashford's Templar Prize is the Lovehoney Erotic Book Club Book of the Month for January. Kick off the new year with a special treat by buying it for just £1.99 during January, and don't forget to discuss it with other erotic fiction fans in the Erotic Book Club forums.
At last free of a disastrous forced marriage, Edwina de Moreville accompanies Richard the Lionheart on a quest to the Holy Land to recapture Jerusalem from the Saracens. Recently reunited with her first and only love, Stephen the Comte de Chalais, she finds that their passion for each other is as strong as ever. But the path before them is shrouded in danger and betrayal.
Storms at sea, cruel emperors, tyrant kings, renegade Knights Templar and Saracen noblemen all make their desperate situation even more perilous, until even Saladin has a part to play in their destiny.
Share your thoughts on Templar Prize in the Erotic Book Club Discussion Forum - there'll be lots of lively debate.
You can buy the featured Erotic Book Club Book of the Month, Templar Prize, for just £1.99 during January, saving you £5.60 on the cover price.
Here are some questions to think about while you're reading the book…
Have sex and nail a New Year's resolution all in one move…
One of the best things about Lovehoney is that they are always adding in new toys that have enough innovation to keep even a girl with a huge toy chest interested. Of course, it does damage to my bank account, but I am constantly updating my wishlist to include the cool new finds that pop up under the What's New links. A month ago or so, the toy that had my attention was the Screaming O OHoney Vibrating Clitoral Sex Enhancer. I had to give into my temptation with that toy and go ahead and order it myself, and I'm guessing it won't be a terribly different story with the White Heat.
If your man loves having his testicles touched after he's orgasmed, see what he makes of this sexy little trick…
After your man has orgasmed, run your hands over his balls and ever so gently squeeze them between your thumb and fingers. It will feel like another mini orgasm!
Big apologies to anyone who showed up here on Monday looking for my promised post on Vibrating Eggs. Sometimes even the most dedicated of sex toy aficionados get distracted by Christmas. But, we're back on track now, so let's examine one of the more perplexingly simple toys out there.
There are - basically - two main types of vibrating eggs: there are those with cords and those that are cordless. Simple enough distinction, no? As you may guess, a corded egg tends to have more variable speeds and patterns, and has a longer running time. The downside, of course, is that you're limited to how far away your hand can be and some positions get tricksy.
A cordless egg, on the other hand, gives you a greater range of motion and options, but you'll find that the batteries run down a whole lot faster. You are also often limited to one speed or pattern (the Lovehoney Dream Egg 10 Function is an exception - and the cheapest model to boot. Toy Joy has a similar model out there, but it is currently sold out - ask for email notification if you're interested).
But let me answer the main questions you'll have:
If you're not really into sexual gymnastics, don't worry: there's something to be said for keeping it simple in the sack every now and then
What's the one thing you can pretty much count on for New Year's Eve? No, I don't mean bad telly and painful conversations with your auntie about what resolutions you're making this year - the great thing about New Year's is it is the one night of the year where pretty much everyone can go home with someone, if they want to. People will be feeling jolly, perhaps having an adult beverage or two, and wanting to really knock the old year out with a bang before bringing the new one in (there is a reason the old wisdom advises you to start the new year the way you want it to go on).