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8 Spicy Romance Books to Make You Sweat

BookTok, eat your heart out.

hate to want you, a spicy romance book

Searches for spicy romance novels are on the rise, and we have BookTok to thank for popularizing that particular turn of phrase. But however you describe them—sexy, erotic, adult, or even smutty—we've been fans of NSFW reads long before TikTok was making recommendations.

Below are 8 of our favorite spicy reads—can you handle the heat?

the highlander and the governess, a spicy romance book

The Highlander and the Governess

By Michelle Willingham

When Frances Goodson is summoned to Scotland to give etiquette lessons, she’s expecting a petulant child, not a stoic laird with a dark past. But she can hardly say no to him, especially since her own scandal-laden past means that she can't go home and live her old life anymore. 

So, she agrees to help the damaged, scarred, and immensely alluring Lachlan MacKintosh. She'll help him become a proper gentleman so that he can win the heart of a wealthy London heiress. All Frances needs to do is stay focused and not be distracted by the wild Highlander who is becoming increasingly hard to resist. 

in the rough, a spicy romance novel

In the Rough

By Sara Brookes

Marcus Holly is a tech consultant who prefers computers to real life. His job allows him to stay behind the scenes and out of the spotlight, but things slowly change when he starts to work for the infamous Noble House, the most obsessed-over kink club in the country. He's only there for work but soon becomes embroiled in the world of unbridled desires the House offers. 

For the club’s resident Dom, Enver Furst, Marcus proves to be instantly alluring. He offers himself up as a test subject for Marcus's new project, an immersive VR playground of fantasies. Soon, Marcus’s sessions with Enver will transcend even their wildest fantasies. 

in bed with the viking warrior, a spicy romance book

In Bed with the Viking Warrior

By Harper St. George

Injured in battle, Magnus awakens in a mysterious place with no memory of who he is. He knows that whatever is happening cannot be good and that he should flee. But then there's Aisly, a Saxon maiden in peril, and he cannot help but want to save her. 

Aisly offers to tend to Magnus's injuries, and soon desire blooms between them. Their passions are ready to explode, but the revelation of Magnus's true identity threatens to throw everything into turmoil. After all, they are technically enemies.

ruined by the reckless viscount, a spicy romance book

Ruined by the Reckless Viscount

By Sophia James

Viscount Winterton's cousin has tasked him with picking up his mistress and bringing her to the countryside where he is recovering from a broken leg. It should be a simple task, but the Viscount ends up kidnapping the wrong woman and being left for dead when her father shoots him. 

Nothing happened between them but the woman in question, Lady Florentia Hale-Burton, sees her reputation ruined and spends the next few years holed up in Kent. Then she discovers that her kidnapper is alive! Disguised, she agrees to paint his portrait in an attempt to understand the man who changed her life and has haunted her fantasies. Why has he returned, and what is brewing between them now?

falling for her fake fiance, a spicy romance book

Falling for Her Fake Fiance

By Sarah M. Anderson

Ethan Logan is a man of intense ambition, someone who is used to getting what he wants and never failing. But taking over the multimillion-dollar Beaumont Brewery is proving to be a tougher task than he first imagined. He'll need to take drastic steps to make it happen, which leads him to propose to Frances Beaumont, the gorgeous socialite and heir to the brewery's fortunes. 

She's no fool and wants to make sure this perfectly professional business deal benefits them both. A fake engagement will get them both what they want as long as they don't get personal. But it only takes one kiss for things to change forever...

married to her enemy, a spicy romance book

Married to Her Enemy

By Jenni Fletcher

Lady Aediva of Etton will do anything to protect her sister, Cille, from the dangers of the outside world and the ongoing Norman invasion. So, when enemies storm their family keep, Aediva pretends to be Cille and is kidnapped. She's taken to the estate of Sir Svend du Danemark and kept as his prisoner. 

He needs a woman to fulfill his service to William the Conqueror and rebuild the life a woman's betrayal once lost him. That involves taking on a new wife, a woman who is technically his enemy. He is without a home but perhaps this beautiful woman will provide him with roots to build a new family.

snowed in, a spicy romance book

Snowed In

By Cassie Miles

Blake Randall is on leave from the army but he's still on the job, having agreed to be the chief security detail at his best friend's wedding. A simple job takes an unexpected turn when he inadvertently saves a beautiful woman from four armed men. 

Sarah Bentley runs a B&B in Colorado and is the last person you'd expect to be targeted by a killer. But now she and Blake are snowed in together and there's a killer somewhere out to get them. The danger escalates but so does the passion between them, and soon Sarah is ready to fight for so much more than her own life.

forbidden romance

Hate to Want You

By Alisha Rai

Every year, Livvy Kane and Nicholas Chandler meet up for one amazing night of unbridled passion, then they return to their normal lives. The forbidden hours let them forget the tragedy that haunted their pasts, including the war between their families. 

It worked well for them until Livvy ghosted him one night. Nicholas tried to move on, working with his family's business empire, but then Livvy is suddenly back in town and he finds he can't ignore their still-explosive chemistry. They still want one another but the scandal that divided their families forces them apart. Love can't heal all wounds, but isn't it worth trying?