Advance Praise

for 150 Shades of Play 

“Unlike Fifty Shades of Grey, this was fun to read, informative, and didn’t take eight chapters to get to the sex part. Em & Lo have yet again taught me more about sex than all the extensive research I’ve done by watching porn.”

— Joel Stein, TIME magazine columnist & author of Man Made

“I consider Em & Lo my adopted sex daughters, and they have made me proud once again with 150 Shades of Play. Their sound advice, smart writing, and sense of humor empower women to give kink a try, safely and realistically—in ways that awful book Fifty Shades of Grey never could.”

— Betty Dodson, sex educator icon & author of Sex for One

“For readers looking to tap their erotic potential, Fifty Shades of Grey is only the tip of the sexual iceberg. With their signature sense of humor and commitment to educate, Em & Lo take readers on a guided journey into titillating, and often taboo, territories and expertly navigate a diverse landscape of thrilling possibility.”

— Ian Kerner, PhD, founder & CNN columnist

“Em & Lo mix the perfect quantities of smart and saucy; 150 Shades of Play is a spirited, comprehensive guide to the kaleidoscopic possibilities of sex and sensuality. You won’t find hipper, savvier, or more fun sexperts anywhere.”

Jack Murnighan, PhD, author of Much Ado About Loving & The Naughty Bits

For over a decade, Em & Lo have helped millions navigate new sexual frontiers. And now, with kink on everyone’s mind thanks to Fifty Shades of Grey, there’s simply no one better to help us learn and laugh about what a sexually fascinating species of ape we are. 150 Shades of Play is both humanizing and hilarious!”

— Grant Stoddard, author of Great in Bed and Working Stiff

Em & Lo have distilled kink into its finest, funniest, smartest, and sauciest points. This is a delightful dictionary of debauchery for all persuasions. Throw out Fifty Shades and replace it with this, Em & Lo’s encyclopedia that doubles as a kinky lightning rod for your sex life.”

— Violet Blue, author of Lust and Total Flirt

Selected Praise

for SEX: How to Do Everything

“If you are young and sassy…you might enjoy Sex: How to Do Everything, by two women who call themselves Em & Lo and have a penchant for frisky wordplay.”

— New Yorker

“Em and Lo have achieved the quite impressive trick of professionally dispensing advice without it sounding at all de haut en bas. Beneath their irreverent manner is an undeniably feminist agenda, in that they are both passionate about encouraging women to enjoy their sexual nature and own it more confidently. The ultimate ‘how to do it’ book, How to Do Everything is guaranteed to be a talking point if you’re bold enough to display it on your coffee table.”

— The Observer (U.K.)

“Want to steam up your sex life this summer? Then look no further. From seduction and stripping to fantasies and kissing techniques, New York’s coolest sexperts Em and Lo have the nookie know-how.”

— The Sun (U.K.)

“Sex experts Em and Lo have been dispensing sexual wit and wisdom for more than 9 years. Sex: How To Do Everything is a beautifully produced guide to sex in the bedroom and beyond. It explains how to do (almost) everything rude.”


for The Big Bang

The Big Bang is this generation’s smarter, funnier and raunchier version of The Joy of Sex.”

— Time magazine

The Big Bang is the hippest, the funniest and the funkiest [of the four best sex manuals out there]; lots of frank language and a general air of cool, heterosexual downtown-ness pervades. Ideal for a young adult or your sister who just got a tiny tattoo that no one can see.”

— O, The Oprah Magazine

“Contributing editors to brainy online sex mag serve up a hanky-panky how to with a side order of full-color erotic photography. The nonjudgemental suggestions and detailed, illustrated directions illuminate rather than intimidate.”

— Washington PostThe Big Bang, with its arty, pansexual, semi-nude photos (many shot at Coney Island) and abundance of pop-culture references, is sure to become the hipster’s Joy of Sex.”

— Media Bistro

“Emma Taylor and Lorelei Sharkey didn’t pen the tune ‘Let’s Talk About Sex,’ but they may as well have. The book is filled with sexual information, advice, and humor — all presented in Em and Lo’s trademark cheeky voices.”

— Boston Phoenix

“ writers Emma Taylor and Lorelei Sharkey bring their wry, intelligent take on sex advice to a new book, The Big Bang: Nerve’s Guide to the New Sexual Universe. Hip yet impressively thorough, the book instructs on everything from anatomy to bondage for beginners, and includes especially well-done chapters on sexual health and contraception, all illustrated by photographer Matt Gunther’s spirited shots of a Paris Hilton doppelganger playing with her friends.”

— San Francisco Bay Guardian

The Big Bang is artsy, edgy, insatiably hip — and gorgeous to look at. The writing, like the twosome’s sex-advice column, is breezy and funny, yet informative. This is a sex manual that will be passed around in college dorms until its glossy white cover is decidedly less so. In other words, this is not their parents’ sex manual.”

— San Francisco Chronicle

“Em & Lo definitely know the ups and downs of sex and dating, but what makes them special in the advice world is their willingness to take it from readers. The result is that everyone gets edified and hopefully, in the end, satisfied.”

— Austin Chronicle

“’s popular sex columnists Taylor and Sharkey (“Em & Lo”) offer here a candid — and we mean really candid — guide to the bedroom (and the bathroom, and the kitchen, and the backseat…). Just about every topic that a nervous beginner or an intermediate practitioner might wonder about is covered. This is a good, cheeky introduction for the sexually inquisitive.”

— Publishers Weekly

“Hip, frank, contemporary, and clever, The Big Bang is a savvy sex book, colorful in language and viewpoint. Authors “Em & Lo” of invite you to relish sex, appreciate your partner(s), and keep a sense of humor. This is not your parents’ sex lecture: it’s irreverent, chummy, and downright fun… All consensual sex acts are treated with delight and respect. Refreshingly honest, direct, and funny, The Big Bang is perfect for sexual novices with open minds and equally fine for spicing up the sex lives of those who think they know it all.”


“The dating advice columnists the country’s in love with.”

— The Independent Weekly (Raleigh)

The Big Bang is not your average sex book. A sort of bluffers’ guide for fluffers, it covers everything that two or more adults of the same or different sex can do in, or with, one another. It gives a new meaning to self-help. I give it two thumbs up. Up where is up to you.”

— The Times (U.K.)

“The new Joy of Sex.”

— The Observer (U.K.)

“This book rocked my world in ways both sublime and ridiculous. The advice is fantastic and the illustrations absolutely edible. If I ever have the pleasure of meeting Em and Lo, I would probably feel obliged to pay them for the sex. Topping the list of possible gifts for my mum’s birthday.” —

— Belle de Jour

“The hottest book on bonking for years.”

— The Sun (U.K.)

for Sex Etiquette

“One can but wonder what literary gems Emily Post would have produced if she had only lived in the enlightened society that produced Bend Over Boyfriend Volumes I and II. The free market of love turns us all into a bunch of whores. Ironically, that very fact is also why we need [Sex Etiquette]. We’ve become so intoxicated with our own permissiveness that boundaries no longer exist. We’re all a bunch of naughty little children with vibrators and credit cards. There’s some sincerity under all of [Em and Lo’s] tongue-in-cheek (and -asshole) referencing of the past. [They] have discerned that what we really need is some good, old-fashioned discipline. The result is advice that just might get you laid.”

— New York Press

“Two Hot: Nerve’s Guide to Sex Etiquette for Ladies and Gentlemen by Em and Lo is a delightfully precocious guide to bed etiquette written in language that manages to be quite elegant, effusive, and up-to-date.”

— Village Voice

“Get thoroughly modern sex advice from those sassy, savvy sexperts, Em and Lo. All of those modern details Momma never mentioned are here: booty call protocol, how to conduct three-ways (and more-ways), and how to handle those first fifteen minutes of the morning after.”

— Babeland

“At first read (and blush) it is difficult to ascertain whether these women (one primly named Emma, the other provocatively named Lorelei), popularly known as Em and Lo, are writing practical advice or pristine humor. After all, chapters like “The Unmentionables” (which includes a chart on degrees of potty problems) and “Protocol for Specific Embraces” are laden with real-life know-how… Despite its screamingly funny moments, this book answers many questions that dare not speak their own names, from safe, sane pickup lines to STD-discovery decorum… You may quibble on points of morality, but Em and Lo are so over that. They know from both personal and professional experience that folks will do what they do, and they might as well have a safe, sane book from which to glean correct behaviors in sticky situations that range from first date to first… oh, you choose!”

— Book Reporter

“An indispensable handbook on the ins and outs by Emma Taylor and Lorelei Sharkey, who bring their tongue-in-cheek Emily Post-ian gloss to such matters as ‘Booty Calling an Ex’ and ‘Spanking with Aplomb.'”

— W magazine

“Though the book’s voice is straight-laced, its message is anything but. Em and Lo’s tome works because it gently combines Miss Manners-style guidelines with subject matter often deemed inherently impolite… The authors break down the rules of orgy behavior so graciously, you’d think they were talking about a royal wedding.”

— New York Post

“This quick-witted new reference book reinterprets etiquette for modern society. sex-advice columnists Em and Lo (Emma Taylor and Lorelei Sharkey) lay out strict protocol for booty call, one-night stands and dumping.”

— Time Out New York