I wholeheartedly recommend the first 3 Kushiel's Legacy novels, though. Even if you don't like smut, there's tense plotting and politics and battles and heroics and travelogues through alternate history Europe and wacky alt-history/fantasy theology.
The Banewreaker/Godslayer duology of novels was pretty enjoyable, but totally different in tenor. A Lord of the Rings pastiche, told from the villain's side. I loved it.
I don't know... all the "soft core porn" accusations are making me leary...
I avoid authors like Laurel K. Hamilton and Eric Jerome Dickey for that very reason, as well as the provacative and tittlating covers. I mean, I pretty much don't care what people think about the books I read, but working in a factory, there is only so much ribbing I am willing to put up with from the guys I work with. That and I have to be able to look at myself and actually get into what I am reading.
But those Banewreaker/Godslayer novels do sound interesting. I am intrigued by books that would offer that kind of perspective. How do they rate as far as romance and sex? I can put up with it, as long as it does not dominate the story in any way.
I remember an author I was really getting into - Richard K. Morgan. He was writing a lot of alternate future type books that showed a darker evolution of human society. Then he wrote a book called "The Steel Remains". Holy freaking crap. If you have never checked that one out, I envy you. Every kind of sex imaginable, including many perversions I could have done without reading about. That and the descriptions.
I am not bothered with details about passion, intensity and switching positions. But when you start getting really into detail into things like sounds, smells and tastes, ewwwww. I mean, really, ewwwwwwwww...