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3 sexy books to give your week a tantalizing boost

These new releases tackle sex, crushes and a modern-day Mr. Darcy.

Ever fantasize about a guy in a Jane Austen novel? Wonder if Shakespeare had a fetish? Do you have a secret celebrity crush? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the books on this list are definitely for you. It’s not every month so many good, sexy reads hit the shelves, but April ushers in plenty to get lost between the covers with. Hey, we mean the book covers. Naughty reader.

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“Sex with Shakespeare” by Jillian Keenan (out April 30)

There’s a lot more to Shakespeare’s work than what you studied in high school. From the underlying theme about bondage in “The Taming of the Shrew” to sexual masochism in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Jillian Keenan exposes the oft-skipped over fetishes in Shakespeare’s most popular works, while also letting readers in on her own sexual awakening.

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“Crush” by Cathy Alter and Dave Singleton (out now)

Everyone has a first celebrity crush. Maybe yours was Jonathan Taylor Thomas. Or Cindy Crawford. Maybe it was Pamela Anderson bouncing down the “Baywatch” beach. A new anthology is celebrating star-studded crushes of all types with essays by James Franco, Emily Gould, Stephen King, Roxane Gay and more sharing who their first one was. It’s a charming read.

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“Eligible” by Curtis Sittenfeld (out today)

“Pride and Prejudice” is given the modern day treatment by Curtis Sittenfeld, whom you probably know by her New York Times bestselling books “Prep” and “American Wife.” When the two older Bennet sisters (a magazine writer and a yoga teacher, respectively) head back to their childhood home to help their younger sisters care for their sick father, a hot new doctor shakes things up. Mr. Darcy will never stop being the ideal man, right?

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