For several years I had been planning a literary novel inspired by my time as a professional dominatrix, a moonlighting I had undertaken to help fund several unpaid media internships. During this time, I had also found myself embroiled in a deleterious BDSM love affair, which almost threatened to ‘unmake’ me.
Then Fifty Shades broke its fervid wave upon popular literature’s shore, and suddenly the market craved erotica.
After writing a small piece for Stylist magazine on sexual submission, I was approached, more or less overnight by Hodder & Stoughton, to write a real-life sex memoir chronicling my time as a professional domme and a personal submissive. I signed the contract, and six weeks later, I had spun out 90,000 words, some filthy, some funny, most cathartic, for I was still mourning the loss of the most exquisite and kinky sex I had ever had.
From using a strap-on on a man, to being spanked to orgasm, Bound to You is the only new erotic book out there exploring the trajectory from dominator to dominated, both psychologically and physically.
In this scene, Nichi finally gets her dominant due. The night before, Nichi and Sebastian sleep together for the first time; desperately, passionately, but not kinkily. But the next morning, Sebastian gives Nichi what she has been craving.
Guest blog by Nichi Hodgson
Earlier this year we ran an Erotic Story Competition, and you have been eagerly waiting to read the winning stories. We are please to announce that Take Your Partner and The Intimate Stranger are now available to download.
Each collection contains a selection of the winning stories, alongside stories by published authors including Justine Elyot, Kay Jaybee and Lily Harlem (who won Lovehoney's very first erotic story competition!).
Available to download in the Kindle Store for FREE from 21st-25th December
If you liked the romantic storytelling of Fifty Shades of Grey, you'll love Take Your Partner. If you prefer your erotica to involve more than two people or more risque situations, check out The Intimate Stranger.
Or, up until Christmas Day, you download both for free and decide which you prefer!
If you don't have a Kindle, check out this list of Kindle Apps - you can still read the ebooks on your computer or devices.
Last year we ran our first ever TV advert across a range of channels and during different types of programmes.
But did you see it?
Of course, we know that our customers have many and varied tastes so it would really help us if you tell us a little about your favourite TV channels and programmes so we can make sure even more of you see what Lovehoney has in store!
As a thank you, you will be entered into our draw to win a We-Vibe Thrill worth £119.99!
If you're anticipating some quality twosome time this Christmas, make sure there's a copy of Monogamy waiting for you to play after dinner. And if you don't have the pennies to splash on a sexy board game, pick up a pair of cheap sex dice to add to your other games for a spicy twist!
Brrr! December is well and truly underway and we're almost at the shortest day of the year. While hats, scarves and gloves are all very well and good, we can think of a much better way to keep warm on these cold, dark nights.
Glass dildos are fun to experiment with when it gets cold outside, as you can indulge in sexy temperture play by heating them gently in some warm water.
To help you stay warm, we're giving away three sets ofTracey Cox Supersex Glass Dildos (worth £39.99). Simply comment below before December 21st to enter.
Ideal for a warming back massage, these best-selling textured toys are sure to raise the temperature in the bedroom, too.
Image of Spartacus Smooth G-spot Glass Dildo courtesy of Behind The Chintz Curtain.
You can't deny it, 2012 has been an amazing year for us Brits. First the Diamond Jubilee got us all excited, and the Olympics brought even the most firm non-sportspeople (myself incuded) out of their shells to support our wonderful Team GB. And as if we weren't excited enough, the year was topped off with news of a Royal Baby!
2012 was Lovehoney's sexiest year yet, and as we wave goodbye to December and get ready to welcome in the new year, we're dying to know how sexy the last 12 months have been for you! We wish you a Merry Christmas and a very, very sexy New Year's Eve.
Let us know how you'll be spending your festive period and you could be in with a chance of winning a Lelo Pleasure Bundle worth over £100! It's the perfect treat to beat those January blues…
In a break from the festive theme of recent Toy with me Tuesdays, we're celebrate National Cocoa Day a little early with this snap. We feel an emergency stash of the Chocolate Body Paint in a Tin stuffed away in the store cupboard would go undetected by even the most determined of chocaholics.
TENGA - the Japanese sex toy company specilaising in toys for men - have just released three brand new textures in their TENGA Egg range: Crater, Misty and Thunder.
Ever-popular as stocking fillers, TENGA Eggs are a great way to experiment with male sex toys as they're cheap, discreet and incredibly easy to use. Open it up, apply the lube included and prepare to revolutionise your experience…
Crater's wealth of stimulation comes courtesy of the unique 'sucker'-like bumpy nodules.
Misty's array of bumps and triangles work wonders to give you an incredible new sensation.
Thunder has dramatic, deep ridges that look like lightning to give you a thrilling experience.
After that news this week, it feels like the country has gone baby-crazy.
The news of the Royal Baby comes at the right time of year, as December is the month with the highest number of conceptions. There's something about festive cheer and long nights that inspires babymaking, which is why so many people have birthdays in September.
In fact, the most fertile day of the year is coming up in just a few days, with December 11thbeing the day when most conceptions take place. [The Daily Beast]
Whether or not you're planning on conceiving a baby, we think it's a good idea to celebrate this special day with some good, old-fashioned practice. To ensure you have a great night, we're giving away a luxury Lelo Tiani couple's vibrator (worth £104.99)! Comment below before December 14th for your chance to win.
Apologies for the delay in announcing Lovehoney’s Model of the Month, but we’ve been very busy getting everything ready for the sexiest Christmas ever. We’re about to make sure that one lucky person has an even better Christmas, with £100 to spend on gifts for themselves and their sex life.
We were wowed by the quality of photos submitted this month, but Kinkyclover’s shot showcasing the Obsessive Flower Fishnet Bodystocking and some very sexy rope suspension really stood out for us. We love the soft, erotic feel of the picture and we’re impressed with the intricacy of your rope bondage. Congratulations! You’re our Model of the Month.
Two lucky runners up have also been awarded 2,000 Oh! points to make the festive season more merry.