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Sex Toy Sommelier: Pairing Romance Novels With Sex Toys for the Ultimate Grown-Up Reading List

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Nicole Brinkley: Yes, it’s a book about grief  but it’s a pretty sexy romance, too. Poston claimed to write The Dead Romantics so that she could look her grandmother in the eye after — but maybe her grandmother is kinkier than she thinks. If you think your hot ghost editor watching you as you [I don’t know, is there a good ghost pun for masturbation here?], you should try…”


The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston


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Sex Toy Sommelier: Living in the future means there’s plenty of ways to get sensations you might otherwise only get with a partner while you’re hanging solo (or even just far apart). App-controlled toys offer plenty of options for remote play and pre-programmed individual settings that can go on for like ever — while it’s not an exact stand-in for a hot ghost voyeur whispering in your ear, it’s the closest you’ll get without a ouija board. For penetration lovers, We-Vibe Nova
is a forever standout (one of the softest and most luxurious-feeling G-spot stimulators I’ve ever owned!) and for those looking for a suction toy that will give that unique clitoral stimulation that feels almost like oral sex, I love Satisfyer Curvy 3+
. Both offer ways to pre-program the settings that keep you satisfied for hands-free action that will let you really focus on fantasizing.


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The Accidental Pinup by Danielle Jackson x Lingerie & Sex Toy Jewelry

NB: If you’re looking for an excuse to get dressed up in lingerie so your partner can take sexy photos of you, The Accidental Pinup is here for you. And if the person you’re partnering with is your enemy-turned-lover? Why, even better. This plus-sized romance takes photographer Cassie Harris out from behind the camera and into the spotlight of Buxom Boudoir’s latest photoshoot — a photoshoot taken by her rival Reid Montgomery. Turns out all that animosity between them might have been hiding some pretty heavy chemistry.


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STS: This one is a bit of a two-fer but the idea of recommending cute, inclusive lingerie that you’ll look and feel cute in and playing with the power-play of enemies-to-lovers is like too much for me to pass-up. So first of all, I love to recommend Lovehoney’s collection of lingerie (and other sex-wear — including costumes and “wet look” or rubber-y looking ‘fits) because they have a solid selection of plus size options that aren’t all the same and they almost always have a deal going down. Another brand I’m kind of obsessed with (that I learned about via TikTok) is Solstice Intimates. Mixing textures, patterns and cool prints, they aren’t always serving what you’d think of as the platonic ideal of “lingerie” but I’m a firm believer that the whole point is to find what looks and feels sexy to you (and you can and should be out-of-the-box as you want to be on that front!) 

Adding to the wearables and playing off the power-play/love-to-hate each other energy, I’d also say you should score yourself a cute set of handcuffs that doubles as a bracelet — like Crave’s ID and Icon Cuffs or Unbound’s Bangle Handcuff Bracelets. Beginner-friendly and surprisingly cute when you just want to throw on a simple bracelet, both also work as functional handcuffs for light restraint-play.


Lovehoney Plus Size Parisienne Black Lace Plunge Longline Bra Set


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Unbound Bangle Handcuff Bracelet


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A Lady for a Duke by Alexis Hall x Wild Flower Enby 2

NB: Y’know how every Hallmark movie has the heroine returning home to discover that maybe her small town isn’t so bad after all? Take the trope, make it gay, and make it way more steamy, and you have Delilah Green Doesn’t Care. This sex-driven sapphic romance follows tattooed photographer Delilah and bookseller single mom Claire reconnecting after years apart. Even as they work together to save Delilah’s stepsister from her awful fiancé, both women know exactly what buttons to push to rile up the other — pun intended.


Delilah Green Doesn't Care by Ashley Herring Blake


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STS: I’ve been asked by quite a few vulva-owning people for toys that feel like oral sex over the years — and have found that LELO Ora 3
, when paired with the right lube, really aligns with the organic tongue-like sensation some folks are looking for without it getting weird. Quiet, easy to hold, this small-but-mighty toy is a solid pick for anyone craving that close-to-real feeling.


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Going Public by Hudson Lin x We-Vibe Vector

NB: If your forbidden love fantasy involves your boss falling in love with you, good news: you and Elvin Goh from Going Public share something in common. This quietly sexy workplace romance follows assistant Goh who is hopelessly in love with his charming playboy boss Raymond Chao. Yes, the pressure to help their latest disaster client is on… but who says long nights at the office can’t be sexy? 


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STS: Not to over-saturate this list with remote-controllable options, but this one had me thinking that We-Vibe Vector
— a powerful prostate stimulator/butt plug with app-control capability — was a great fit. Discreet but impossible to really ignore when in use, these kind of toys are a great long-distance tease, foreplay or main event staple for partner(s) with penises and prostates (and folks with vulva who like anal play, alike). If you want something that can be a sexy secret (for yourself or your partner(s) and you) I can’t recommend it enough. 


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Satisfaction Guaranteed by Karelia Stetz-Waters x Unbound Clutch 

Nicole: Cute and sexy? Yes, please. Set in a sex toy shop? Even better. In Satisfaction Guaranteed, Cade Elgin has her work life on lock and no personal life of which to speak… until she inherits a sex toy shop alongside sexy co-owner Selena Mathis, who has sworn to celibacy until she can make Satisfaction Guaranteed a success. Whether you’re more like buttoned-up Cade or too-many-feelings Selena, you’ll find somebody in this book to connect with. This sapphic romance is all about mixing business and pleasure (battery-operated or otherwise), so it’s the perfect book to pair with a toy of your own.


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STS:  A sex toy-centric love story is extremely on-brand in these here parts. Obviously I could (and have) recommended 100+ toys that could be a match, but I figured I’d take this opportunity to plug the new release I’m personally currently loving: and that’s Unbound’s Clutch. The brand’s first foray into rabbit vibes, it’s a thrusting, vibrating dream with an ergonomic design that will work for most people who like penetration, a whisper-quiet sound and a long, long battery life. She’s also just really cute and I like looking at her. Maybe you will too!


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The Dragon’s Bride by Katee Robert x Anything on Bad Dragon 

NB: Katee Robert’s Dark Olympus series, which reimagines Greek myths in a magical sexy city, are fun–but we prefer her kinky monster erotica. The Dragon’s Bride, designed with a stunning classically illustrated cover, follows Briar Rose, who is trapped in a terrible marriage and makes a deal with a demon… only to find her contract sold off to the highest-bidding monster at an auction block. That monster? Sol, a dragon. A dragon who seems oddly interested in taking care of her and of prioritizing her pleasure. Still, it all seems too good to be true, and she can’t fall for a literal beast. Right?


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STS:  Look, if you are among the people on Rihanna’s Internet with so-called “monster-f-cker energy” we do not kink-shame. We support you and your dragon-loving dreams. And Bad Dragon has a whole host of sci-fi and fantasy-inspired toys that can and will live up to your wildest most monstrous fantasies.


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We’ll be back next month with another edition of Sex Toy Sommelier and don’t forget to send us your asks so we can help you find your perfect sex toy match. While you wait, check out 69 (nice) sex positions you should put on your bucket list:

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