Top 6 STEAMY picks
All the books that made it into our Top 6 in the previous months:
We don’t think we have ever been this excited about an anthology in like… EVER! This is line-up is a verifiable who’s who of authors: Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Charleigh Rose, Kennedy Ryan, LJ Shen, Meghan Quinn, Rochelle Paige, Ella Fox, Kate Stewart, Emma Scott, and Sara Ney. If you love your sports romances as much as we do, then boy do we have the book for you… Team Player will be everything you are looking for and so much more. Each story is completely different, with different themes, sports and characters that we absolutely and irrevocably fell in love with. We guarantee you will score.
If you’re a fan of office romances and romances set in the U.K., as well as broody and moody hot British lawyers, this book is a must read!!! Louise Bay delivers an awesome well-developed novel with just the right balance of humor, heat and angst! Definitely our favorite to date by this author. When the heroine of this novel goes to London for a visit to sort her life out, she never expects to run into a hot suit on a subway train, yet again to land a job working directly under him (*snickers*) at a law firm. Will she be able to handle his constant mood swings as well as battle an intense physical attraction?
Behind the Bars by Brittainy C. Cherry – Standalone Contemporary Romance
Behind the Bars is a phenomenal story of love, hope, friendship and two lonely souls coming together through their love of music. If there is one book you need to check out this year, or ever, it is this one. Brittainy C. Cherry’s writing is sensational and you will feel this story on such a deep level. This is such a beautiful and heart wrenching story, dealing with bullying, loneliness and an over-zealous parent; one that will break and heal you all at once. This is a story that will touch you and without a doubt stay with you for a long time to come. Read this story as this book will be everything you need and much more.
Cowboy Up (Coming Home #3) by Harper Sloan – Contemporary Romance – Can Standalone
If you have loved the books in the Coming Home series, then get ready for Cowboy Up as we think it probably the best of the lot. Haven’t read any of them? Well then, if sexy cowboys get you going, you need to get onto this series asap! Clay is the eldest of brothers, moody and a loner and Caroline has had a tough life as well. But when they meet, the attraction and intense chemistry is instant. Harper Sloan sure knows how to draw you in with her plot, humor, steam, emotion, romance and let’s not forget those broody sexy cowboys. This is the last one in the series and it sure ends with a bang!
Roomies by Christina Lauren – Standalone Contemporary Romance
We absolutely fell in love with Roomies. It’s sweet, lighthearted, sexy, fun, and full of passion. Let’s face it – the marriage of convenience trope will never get old! NEVER! And Christina Lauren definitely did it right and took their time developing the characters in this slow burn novel. The attraction and the build of the relationship between the two main characters is simply beautiful. There is instant chemistry that continues to ignite the pages throughout the whole book and simply leaves you breathless in the end! There’s humor, there’s passion and there’s music. A definite recommend from us!
The Bachelor Contract (The Bachelors of Arizona #3) by Rachel Van Dyken – Contemporary Romance – Can Standalone
Here is a book that will capture your attention from the start. The main characters of this novel have suffered a great loss which ended up completely shattering their relationship. Fast forward four years later, they comes face to face yet again and slowly begin the process of healing and accepting. This book takes you on a journey of reclaiming a lost love and repairing a connection that has never been completely severed. This story about forgiving and moving on will make you appreciate life and the second chances it grants. A definite must read to anyone who is an angst junkie and enjoys a good second chance at love read!
If you’re in the mood for something hilarious and sexy you should definitely check out Helena Hunting’s Shacking Up Series. Hooking Up will transport you to a tropical island along with the heroine, who ends up going on her honeymoon alone. It’s sad. We are sure you’re curious to know what exactly happens at that disastrous wedding of hers but we refuse to tell you. Just kidding, it’s in the blurb. Or you could just believe us that this book is awesome and go in blind… 🙂 So what will transpire when, on fore-mentioned island, our heroine meets a certain someone she has previously humiliated herself in front of… also in a way that we refuse to disclose…? If you enjoy “what happens in…” kind of stories with whole lot of humorous drama and likable characters then pick this one up. There are also abs and sexy times. (score!)
The Other Brother by Meghan Quinn – Standalone Contemporary Romance
Well… Meghan Quinn has done it again with yet ANOTHER amazing release. Do you love your heartbreakingly beautiful second chance love stories? Then boy do we have the book for you. This story follows a guy who has not had the easiest of lives, but has worked hard to make something of his life. When he unselfishly offers to help his new neighbor, he has no idea he will come face to face with the woman from his past, the one woman who owns his heart. We absolutely loved this emotional, heartbreaking story mixed with Meghan Quinn’s signature humor. Do yourself a favor and check this one out, you’ll fall in love.
A Steel Heart by Amie Knight – Standalone Contemporary Romance
Amie Knight has fast become a favorite of ours and she did not disappoint with her newest release A Steel Heart. This story will consume you form the very first page. A sweet, kind-hearted heroine who had such a positive outlook on life that you cannot help but admire and be inspired by her; and an ex-military swoony heart throb who has a broken and tortured soul. These two characters are why we read romance stories. It was the perfect mix of humor and deep emotion. This story was written with integrity, thoughtfulness and emotion. You need to check this one out ASAP.
On the Way to You by Kandi Steiner – Standalone Contemporary Romance
This is an unbelievable and amazing story by Kandi Steiner. Her carefully crafted words are heartbreaking, beautiful and will touch your heart in a very special way. “What makes you happy?” should be a simple question to most, but when the heroine is asked this question by a gorgeous customer, she is unable to answer it. What follows is an opportunistic meeting that will forever change both of their lives. This story will break your heart and move you beyond recognition. It is an unforgettable read, so if you are looking for something poignant and guaranteed to stay with you long after the last word is read then check this one out.
American King (American Queen Trilogy #3) by Sierra Simone – Erotic Romance – Part of a Trilogy
This trilogy is now complete! If you’re a fan of erotica with some M/M/F and M/M action as well as complex characters and plots then this is a must read!!! Set in the political world, this trilogy will take you on an incredible journey through the years where three people try to find happiness while making sacrifices along the way. Two powerful men – thePresident and his VP – fall in love with the same woman… while… wait for it… also being in love with each other. While all of their relationships are unique and intricate on their own, what will happen when all three of them come together and try to make the polygamous relationship work? Complicated? Yes! HOT? Double yes! American King is the last book in this series and cannot be read as a standalone. Please read these books in order!
Artemis by Andy Weir – Standalone Sci-Fi Novel
Need a little break from romance? We sure do like to mix it up once in a while. How about space, do you like space? Science? Humor? This book follows a journey of a young woman who lives on the moon and smuggles goods from Earth that might or might not be allowed to be brought in to the colony. In her never ending quest to earn cash, she takes on random jobs until she is presented with an opportunity to earn a lot of money. One problem, though – the job is dangerous and illegal. Packed with engaging non-stop action and humor, this book will make even scientific facts sound fun!
Emma Scott has done it again! There is a reason why she is one of our favorite authors; she has such a magical way of creating thoughtful prose mixed with characters that are simply unforgettable. Emma Scott has written yet another story that belongs on the favorites list and will be up there as one of the best books of 2017. A woman with an addiction that sent her to hell and back; a second chance at life and a potential new love interest who comes with his own strings attached and a tough exterior she has to crack. Forever Right Now will take you on an emotional journey of kindness, tenderness, patience and above all else, love. Seriously do yourself a favor and one click this now, you won’t be sorry.
Drive by Kate Stewart – Standalone New Adult Romance
Do you love those angsty reads that keep you glued to the pages and make you pick at your nails? Well, this release by Kate Stewart is definitely one of them! This book follows a story of a woman who is trying to make a career out of being a reporter in the music industry and discovering new bands. She starts from nothing by moving in with her sister and sleeping on a couch. She is introduced to a broody but very attractive drummer of a no-name band, who also happens to be her sister’s best friend, and ends up forming an unlikely friendship with him. How hard will she fall? What follows later is a whole lot of heartbreak, new love and experiences, whole lot of music and fame. Will the heroine find peace and love at the end of such an exhausting journey?
From This Moment by Melanie Harlow – Standalone Contemporary Romance
Melanie Harlow is back with her latest release From This Moment and we absolutely loved it! Do you love your forbidden and second chance love stories? If you answered yes, then we could not recommend this story enough. What do you get when you cross a hero trying to get over the death of his identical twin brother and a heroine who is attempting to move past the death of her husband, and what happens when they fall in love? A beautiful epic forbidden love story, that’s what. Will they have their happy ever after, or will the ghost of their love one stand in their way? Make sure to read this one ASAP, you won’t be sorry!
Without Merit by Colleen Hoover – Standalone New Adult Novel
Wow! Colleen Hoover has outdone herself with this outstanding release! You are in for a treat because it is unlike anything she has written before and we loved every minute of it. Without Merit was such an engaging and thought provoking coming of age story about family and their many issues and secrets that come with it. What happens when Merit has had enough of all her dysfunctional families secrets and lets them out like a release? Will this break an already broken family? This is unlike anything we have read to date and it hooks you in from the very first page. ONE CLICK this one NOW… we guarantee you will love this as much as we did.
Missing From Me (Sixth Street Bands #3) by Jayne Frost – Contemporary Romance – Can Standalone
It’s not as often as we’d like that we get to read a stunning rockstar romance and this one was just that! While it is by no means tame, (let’s face it, tame is not the word that comes to mind when thinking of a rockstar) it tells an epic second chance love story between a famous drummer and a woman who stole his heart and never let it go, not even after heartbreak and years of separation. You will have front row seats to the show that is this musician’s life – his screw ups, his efforts of making things right and, ultimately, finding peace and home in people he loves dearly. And amongst all of it is music and beautiful lyrics that will absorb you into this fascinated story.
Maverick (North Ridge #2) by Karina Halle – Contemporary Romance – Can Standalone
We were extremely excited to get our hands on this book after some time of
patiently waiting for its release. For those of you who love small town romances set in the middle of nowhere (ahem, some distant parts of Canada….), this one is for you. These two main characters will take you on a ride into the snowy mountains in some pretty extreme weather conditions, so dress warm! This novel would be best read in front of a fireplace, while being bundled in a cozy blanket. You might need to shed that blanket about half way through, because when these two rescuers who work together start going to remote places for over night missions, it will get HOT. Keep your socks on, rest is optional.
Scandalous (Sinners of Saint #3) by L.J. Shen – Contemporary Romance – Can standalone
L.J. Shen’s recent release of Scandalous is just the perfect addition to her Sinners of Saint series and she has seriously left the best for last. If you want to be taken on a wild ride from start to finish, where you just cannot put down the book even if you want to, then this is it. This is a story that allows you to escape reality and get so invested in the characters that you feel everything as they do. Yes, this story is that powerful and intense. Who wouldn’t fall in love with an older man who has overcome the struggles of his past to become a successful businessman and more importantly a loving father. When matched with a young beautiful firecracker who is mature beyond her years and so strong and determined, you have all the makings for the perfect scandal. When you add a significant age gap to the mix, it becomes Scandalous and we loved every minute of it. A beautiful love story or a recipe for disaster? Be sure to one click Scandalous, we are certain you will love it as much as we did.
Act Your Age by Eve Dangerfield – Standalone Erotic Romance
Eve Dangerfield does it again! This lady always manages to come up with original stories that take you out of your comfort zone. However, she does it in such a delicate way that you can’t help but be completely entranced with it all and fall hard in love with the plot and the characters. We are going to quote one of our favorite authors, L.J. Shen, who in her review of this book has stated the following: “If you have to read one daddy book – read this one.” And we second that! If you are into age gap stories and novels with daddy play, then this is a must! And if you haven’t sampled such reads yet, this is a perfect book to get your feet wet!
DEAR BRIDGET, I WANT YOU by Penelope Ward, Vi Keeland – Standalone Contemporary Romance
OMG… well Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward have done it again with their latest collaboration Dear Bridget, I Want You. If you want your next read to be the perfect mix of humor, emotion, steam and angst then this book has you covered. What could be better than a younger sexy as sin Doctor and a single mother? Try being a nurse who wants to teach her son to fish and ends up with THE MOST embarrassing injury at the ER? Then the doctor who treats you ends up renting your space. Yes, this has all the awkwardness and sexy you can pack in to a book. One click it…NOW, we are sure you will love it as much as we did!
On a Tuesday by Whitney G. – Standalone Contemporary Romance
For those of you looking for a short and sweet second chance romance, this book is it! It’s on a shorter side but is just right. Told both in the past and the present, Whitney G. gives you a glimpse into the college years of these two main characters and their reunion 7 years later. This felt a lot like reading a new adult romance, and we’re big on jocks falling head over heels for their tutors, so, needless to say, we absolutely loved it! The hero is a pro football player and he chases this girl persistently. Both times! After having been separated for many years, these college sweethearts might just have another chance at love…
Most Valuable Playboy by Lauren Blakely – Standalone Sports Romance
Love football sports romances? Love friends to lovers, fake relationship and best friend’s little sister tropes? Well, Lauren Blakely put all those goodies into this one fabulous sexy book. You’ll love reading about athletes and their camaraderie as well as a steamy romance between a pro football player and a woman he has known all his life, his best friend’s sister. He starts seeing her in a new light after they start pretending to be in a fake relationship for mutual benefit… and after one “fake” kiss, well, he’s a goner.