If you think the genre includes cheesy paperbacks like 50 Shades, allow us to open your mind a little bit. There’s something for nearly everyone in this genre, from free romance books online to those you won’t mind paying for. To get you started, here are 25 Steamy Romantic Books You’ll Want To Get Lost In.
Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa
This is an urban fantasy novel, meaning that it’s our world, but with magic. And romance. And…sexiness.
Thassala has a gift for writing characters who actually have intelligence, depth, and wit, and because of that, her writing is a joy to read. While all of her writing is absolutely worth reading (if urban fantasy with awesome heroines and romance is your thing), this is a particular favorite of mine and the first in a series.
Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines
The Mighty Storm by Samantha Towle
Years after not responding to any of Trudy’s calls or letters, Jake becomes a rock star, a really hot and sexy rock star. Trudy became a music journalist who interviews Jake post-rehab. Eventually, shockingly, they get naked. Explicitly so.
Feeling Hot by Elle Kennedy
Two hot Navy SEALs, one lady, there’s a plot, something about an abusive ex, but mostly there’s a lot of naked. Let’s be honest, this is one of the ones you’re not reading for the plot. The dude on the cover doesn’t even have a head, just abs.
Craving Flight by Tamsen Parker
Have you ever wondered what would happen if a devout Jewish woman married a devout Jewish widower and they both happened to be into BDSM? Throw in struggles with personal identity and choices within culture and religion and you’ve got this story! Very sexy with very well written characters.
The Chief by Monica McCarty
So you like kilts? Do you like a nice six pack and shaved chest to go with that kilt? Does the phrase Historical Highland Romance perk up your…ears? The Chief by Monica McCarty has all those things. And plenty of…swordplay.
Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon
Did you know that there are a lot of romantic/erotic novels about humanoid aliens? Let’s be honest, this isn’t exactly a new or weird idea. Who didn’t have a crush on a Vulcan back in the day? If you’re curious about erotic aliens, give this novel a shot.
Girls get kidnapped from earth to be sold as slaves, crash land on an icy planet, and are rescued by a tribe of large blue men who are…devoted. And horny. Literally, they have like, horns.
Haven by Rebekah Weatherspoon
Some series are thankfully very upfront about their content, and Beards & Bondage series is one such series. The first book, “Haven,” is about a woman recovering from a brutal attack in the woods which resulted in the death of her brother she’d gone camping with.
The guy, Shep, is single and hangs out for one week a year at a BDSM club. He’s got hangups. She’s got trauma to move past. They take a week to, ahem, explore all sorts of fun things together.
Dance With Me by Heidi Cullinan
An Ex-football player whose career was ended by injury meets a gifted dancer. They meet while volunteering at a center for underprivileged youth. It’s sweet and sexy.
Nine Rules To Break When Romancing A Rake by Sarah MacLean
Nine Rules is about a “spinster” and a lovely male lead named Gabriel St. John, the Marquess of Ralston.
Yeah. Lady Calpurnia Hartwell is a bit of wallflower and a bit past prime marrying age when she makes a list of things that will make her happy and…goes after them. Enthusiastically.
Unveiled by Courtney Milan
Lady Anna Margaret is the daughter of the man Ash Turner is after. This book has been described by Barnes & Noble’s book blog as one you’ll want to “fall in love with in the privacy of your own home.”
The Devil's Submission by Nicola Davidson
This is the second book in a series about a hedonistic club in London, run by three Lords. Three Lords nicknamed Sin, Devil, and Vice. Each book centers around one of the men, and in Devil’s Submission, we find Lord Grayson attempting to reconcile with his wife.
In an interview with USA Today, Davidson described Lord Grayson. “Devil is the son of a marquess and has been the victim of severe violence in the past because of his ‘unmanly’ submissive tendencies,” she says, “So he pretends to be like his friends, strong alpha males, even though it kills him inside.”
Lonen's War by Jeffe Kennedy
Jeffe Kennedy is a well accomplished and award-winning author of both romance and high fantasy novels. Her worlds draw you in and don’t let you go. “Lonen’s War” is the first book in a series called Sorcerous Moons. Princess Oria literally lives in an ivory tower. She’s destined to be a priestess, someone who has access to magic but can’t use it herself, rather just feed it to her male counterparts.
Lonen is a Destrye, a “barbarian,” and when his people attack the city, it is the Princess who rides out to surrender. The princess who is so sensitive to the energy of others that she can’t bare the touch of another. If you love political intrigue and large sexy warrior men who never planned on being crowned on a battlefield, this series is very much for you.
One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean
Starting from Scratch by Georgia Beers
Deepest Desires of a Wicked Duke by Sharon Page
Silver Wings by H.P. Munro
Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning
This series combines Celtic Mythology and the world as we know it, making it technically Urban Fantasy, but it’s a little out of the box even for the genre. And it contains lines like this (edited for family-friendliness) “He (ahem) *loves* me with the single-minded devotion of a dying man hunting God.”
Luck On The Line by Zoraida Córdova
Noah by Elizabeth Reyes
Promises Linger by Sarah McCarty
Act Your Age by Eve Dangerfield
You ever had a slightly older and really really hot boss you wanted to call “daddy”? If so, then this book is your kind of thing. Exactly that kind of thing, actually.
All In with the Duke by Ava March
This one features a brokenhearted Duke of Pelham, who after 10 months of celibacy falls for a beautiful young man at a brothel. The business arrangement between the two men becomes “complicated” by feels.
Beauty and the Beast by Vivienne Savage
“Adult” fairy tales are a whole genre in romantic and erotic fiction. If Erotic isn’t your thing – and no shame if it isn’t – there are plenty of YA retellings that are nitty gritty without being graphic floating around out there.
However, if you like your heroes and heroines to finally get naked at some point, may we suggest Beauty and the Beast by Vivienne Savage. The “Beast” is a dragon shifter who’s stuck in his dragon form, and Princess Anastasia – sent to the beast by her father in hopes of preventing a war – may be the only one who can save both the Prince and their kingdoms.
Radiance by Grace Draven
Some books on this list are kitschy; some are just flat out eroticism, and some are very well written intricate fantasy worlds. Grace Draven is the queen of that last category with solid world building and complex characters that are actually flawed in ways that make them believable.
Yes her books are “steamy,” but you are so invested in the charters by the time the clothes come off that it’s not merely a sex scene but rather the culmination of a relationship and characters that have already had their souls joined by a shared journey or difficulty of some kind.
All her books are worth reading, but I’m recommending you start with Radiance. By the time Brishen and Idilko finally consummate their political marriage, it’s not merely sex. It’s a husband and a wife expressing their mutual love and respect physically. This is pretty darn awesome and despite the magic and fantasy elements, it makes Draven’s writing relatable in a way that most romance novels aren’t.
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