Naughty and So Very Nice


I confess: I’ve always harbored a secret love for naughty books.

I know, I know. We’re grown-ups now. I can own up to this in public. You all understand, don’t you?

But when I was younger, I had to be much more circumspect. Sneaky, even. I think it started around sixth grade when I found my mom’s copy of The Joy of Sex. Oh yeah, I did. After school, in the couple of hours I was trusted to be home by myself (ha!), I would slip into her bedroom, rummage through her bedside table and get out the book. I read it cover to cover. More than once. But even then, the image that electrified me was the drawing of a woman tied to the bed.

It gave me all kinds of crazy feelings. And I wondered if it was wrong to find it sexy.

As I grew older, I found other books, other stories. I discovered Anais Nin, The Story of O and Anne Rice’s Beauty series. I gobbled them, always with a delicious sense of the illicit. As a very strong and independent woman, I thought maybe I shouldn’t find this kind of naughtiness oh so very attractive.

But I am a grown-up now. I still find it fascinating, what makes a strong woman want to give in, to give up control. That’s why I wanted to write about Taylor and Kirliss. He’s attracted to her strength and her smarts. With him, she’s able to allow herself to enjoy the dark intimacy she can’t bring herself to ask for.

I’d love to give a copy of Sapphire away to a commenter. Tell me about the first naughty book you read and how you found it. I’ll never tell.

Sapphire is here!

Or, if you’re a Kindle girl, like me, you can get it from Amazon here.

Jeffe took the crooked road to writing, stopping off at neurobiology, religious studies and environmental consulting before her creative writing began appearing in places like Redbook, Puerto del Sol, Wyoming Wildlife, Under the Sun and Aeon. An erotic novella, <i>Petals and Thorns</i>, came out under her pen name of Jennifer Paris in 2010, heralding yet another branch of her path, into erotica and romantic fantasy fiction. Jeffe lives in Santa Fe, with two Maine coon cats, a border collie, plentiful free-range lizards and frequently serves as a guinea pig for an acupuncturist-in-training.</p> <p>Find her on Facebook (<a href=” /> and Twitter (@jeffekennedy) or visit her at her website

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12 thoughts on “Naughty and So Very Nice”

  1. Jess says:

    My first naughty book was Lucky by Jackie Collins. I found it in my mom’s room and I snuck it into mine and hid it in the closet. I read it multiple times cover to cover…it was quite educational and started my love for the sexy books. ;-)

  2. January Rowe says:

    Congratulations on your new release, Jeffe!

    I read my very first naughty book in junior high. It was a story I made up. Rather than a lot of words, the booklet was primarily a collection of drawings, a kinky cartoon fairytale. (The Prince was dominant, confused about love, and the Cinderella character was somewhat of a doormat.)

    It’s funny how those “dark” urges can develop so young.

  3. Kathy Ivan says:

    Congratulations on the release! It’s been so long ago, I can’t really remember my first “naughty” book. I do remember reading the Anne Rice Beauty series, though!

    I think we all have a neverending fascination with that which is forbidden, especialy when it heightens our sexual and sensual awareness.

    And like you, I’m a Kindle girl. :-)

    Great blog!

  4. The first “naughty” as in not vanilla-ish standard Harlequin Presents stuff I remember reading was definitely the first book in the Beauty series. I was living with a friend and she was interested in kink. The book was laying around so I picked it up and wowser. Never did look for the other two, always forget about them/it.

  5. Oh, Jess – Jackie Collins was always GREAT for the illicit naughty!

    Thanks January! Maybe it’s time to revisit that story? And it is interesting how we start feeling these things young. Something to learn about that.

    Good point, Kathy – the forbidden is luscious indeed. Thanks so much!

    I think a lot of people have read Beauty if no other kink, Tory. I still think the first was the best.

  6. Coleen Kwan says:

    I still have a copy of The Joy of Sex somewhere around the house – oops, wonder if my children have found it yet?

    Congratulations on your naughty book, Jeffe!

  7. Thanks, Coleen – and happy release to you! (I’m sure your kids have totally found that book, if they’re anything like us…)

  8. Patti W says:

    My first naughty book was back in the early 80s. It found it at my grndma’s house and when I started reading it I was shocked. I don’t remember the name just that there were pirates and a young woman stowaway. I was probably 13 and I couldn’t believe she would read books like that. She started hiding her books better when I came to visit after that.

  9. OK, now don’t laugh but the first book that opened my eyes to the “possibilities” of more than vanilla, was actually an old ACE Books SF novel Thongor of Lemuria. Not very explicit at ALL but some hints, the heroine had some interesting encounters on her way to the HEA. (Her name escapes me and I’m NOT going out in the garage to find the darn book.) All of which left me wanting to find out more and well, here I am, about to dive into Sapphire, many years later. Have read a LOT along the way that would leave old Thongor blushing. Congratulations, Jeffe!

  10. Ah, yes, Patti – nothing like those rapey 80s pirate books! (My grandmother totally read them, too.)

    Thanks, Veronica! I would love to read about Thongor. Those sci fi books were a great trove of illicit naughty. And the non-readers never guessed it!

  11. And the winner, by dint of random drawing, is Tory! Let me know what eFormat you’d like and an email addy to send it to!

  12. Woot! I got it and it was awwwwesome! Highly recommend, for what it’s worth for anyone reading these comments.

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