A bonkbuster is a novel full of explicit sensual and sexual scenes and lustful love stories.
Famous bonkbuster novelists include Jackie Collins, Jilly Cooper, and Judith Krantz, who over the past few decades have honed their craft to produce some of the most popular sexy novels of all time. Many have since been turned into movies or television programs which just goes to show how much people enjoy living vicariously through a sexy heroine’s, or hero’s, fictional love life.
If you are looking for a titillating beach read, a sexy romance to get your teeth into, or a brilliant bonkbuster to get your heart racing- here are our favourite recommendations.
By Shirley Conran
“In Manhattan’s most exclusive hotel, four friends come face to face with a young, mega-watt film star. She has a question for them that has brought her from the streets of Paris to the playgrounds of the rich and famous – and it has almost destroyed her. . .
Kate, Maxine, Judy and Pagan have soared to the top in fashion, PR and interior design. Now they are forced to look back at their lives: their wicked behaviour at school, the building of careers and the breaking of hearts. These women have never questioned their friendship, but now they must answer to Lili.”
Valley of the Dolls
By Jacqueline Susann
“Valley of the Dolls took the world by storm when it was first published, fifty years ago. Never had a book been so frank about sex, drugs and show business. It is often sited as the bestselling novel of all time.
Dolls – red or black; capsules or tablets; washed down with vodka or swallowed straight. For Anne, Neely and Jennifer, it doesn’t matter, as long as the pill bottle is within easy reach. These three beautiful women become best friends when they are young and in New York, struggling to make their names in the entertainment industry. Only when they reach the peak of their careers do they find there’s nowhere left to go but down – to the Valley of the Dolls.”
By Lesley Lokko
“Take four friends…
Rianne: beautiful, wealthy and thoroughly spoilt, she has the world at her feet but is about to risk everything.
Gabrielle: intelligent, loyal and always worrying about everyone else, now it’s time for her to start looking after No.1.
Nathalie: petite, pretty and with a shrewd eye for business, she uses her work to help her forget the one man she can’t have.
Charmaine: flirty and outrageous, she knows all about the good life. She just needs someone to pay for it…
Then a chance encounter changes everything – and for Rianne and her friends, nothing is going to be the same again…”
By Sally Beauman
“One Evening in Paris, Edouard de Chavigny becomes a man obsessed. A wealthy, notorious womanizer, he is captivated by a mysterious young Englishwoman, Helene Craig, and knows that she is the woman he has been searching for all his life.
But Helene is not what she seems. While Edouard offers her wealth, freedom and passion, she must weigh these attractions against the demands of her own secret life and her determination to exact revenge for the destruction of her childhood world.
What neither Helene nor Edouard knows is that their lives are already linked, and that ahead of them lie years of public glamour and private pain.”
I’ll Take Manhattan
By Judith Krantz
“A wilful hedonist, Maxi discovers that her talent for lust is matched by a hunger for hard work.When she learns that her late father’s magazine empire is about to be sabotaged by her uncle and sold to the highest bidder, Maxi demands control of Buttons and Bows, the failing fashion trade weekly that was her father’s first magazine.She enlists the aid of her hot-blooded ex-husband and enjoys the input of their sassy daughter, Angelica.With them, and a band of dedicated editors, Maxi turns her unbridled drive for excess into day-and-night labour, transforming Buttons and Bows into the most outrageously original and daring women’s magazine in the country.”
The Valley of the Horses
By Jean M. Auel
“Forced to leave the Clan and her young son, Ayla sets out alone to travel the frigid steppes until she finds the valley of horses. Unable to find people like herself, the Cro-Magnons, she settles there and seeks friendship elsewhere. First she adopts a young filly, then a wounded lion cub.
But far to the west, two young Cro-Magnon brothers have begun a journey. One of them is Jondalar, whose destiny is bound inextricably with Ayla’s.“