There’s nothing more perfect than having time to sit down, relax, and bask in the feisty worlds of steamy reads. And maybe even want to fall in love in between.
If you’re in need of some heated action right now, we have some of our top (out of many more) steamy reads that’ll have you curling your toes and kicking your feet in “sana ol”.
1 Twisted Games by Anna Huang
Sometimes, engaging in something forbidden makes life spicier. But with an ounce of longing and angst before the main breakthrough.
Twisted Games is a part of the Twisted series of the mentioned author, wherein each book is independent (with a bit of connection to certain characters) to one another. In particular, this book is about a young, promising princess named Bridget von Ascheberg, who is under the protection of her stoic bodyguard named Rhys Larsen.
Rhys ensures the safety of the princess no matter how stubborn she can be, but in time, tension and passion build up. He’d find himself questioning his purpose, eager to ruin her and make her his. But when Bridget’s older brother abdicates to marry his non-royal sweetheart, she faces another obstacle of taking his position and becoming queen while hiding her heated romance with Rhys in the shadows.
Perhaps the best things in life come unexpectedly, but it can also test your love and loyalty to that person. To see if what you have is worth fighting for.
Plus, mini spoiler: Get you a man to kneel right in front of you as you settle on the throne, eating you out real good. Or maybe ask you to crawl to them out of desire.
2 The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
Trigger warnings: Terminal illness (pancreatic cancer), Death of a loved one
A steamy read set within the field of STEM? Definitely worth checking out!
The Love Hypothesis highlights Olive Smith, a 3rd year Ph.D. candidate, who tries to prove to her best friend Anh that she has a thriving love life by kissing the first guy she sees. And that would be Adam Carlsen, an esteemed young professor, who is the main male lead.
Given his quite arrogant nature, it was a shock for him to be Olive’s fake boyfriend. But what’s more shocking is his fit physique, which is definitely featured more in Chapter 16. We’re telling you, that’s where the good stuff are.
But spice aside, this book shows how determined Olive is to prosper in a relatively male-dominated field as she works on her research for a cure for pancreatic cancer that affected her late mother.
3 Faking with Benefits by Lily Gold
If given the chance to have not one fake boyfriend but three, would you take it?
That was the case of Layla Thompson, who felt unsuccessful in her dating game as she closely approached her thirties. As another bad date falls through, she seeks the help of her 3 male best friends, Zack, Josh, and Luke. They agree to be her “practice boyfriends” in the meantime, providing her with lessons in kissing and dates. In return, she has a weekly appearance on their podcast centering on romance and relationships.
Oh, and they live across Layla’s apartment.
This reverse harem book aids Layla in improving her love life, and even gives us insights into the various backstories of the characters. It also shows how protective each man is to Layla.
4 The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
How far would you go to widen your sexual knowledge? This 2018 novel features Stella Lane, an autistic economist, who hires a male escort named Michael Phan to provide her with sexual experience. Quite odd when escorts are only present for one night. But for Stella, she needs someone to teach her a thing or two outside the vast world of mathematics. That way, she can possibly search for a husband her parents are pestering about.
Oh, it wouldn’t be long enough before the equation of her feelings for Michael and sexual needs to accomplish like a lesson plan add up and collide.
5 Icebreaker by Hannah Grace
Don’t be fooled by this cutesy cover.
This sports romance book focuses on aspiring ice skater Anastasia Allen and hockey team captain Nathan Hawkins. They’re both representing Maple Hills.
The “enemies” to lovers would cross paths when one of the school rinks breaks, urging the hockey team and figure skaters to share a rink. They would also watch their friends dating, which naturally puts them together quite often. But over time, walls are lowered, and even steamy nights together emerge. And also closed proximity and dirty talk (especially from Nathan) if you’re into that.
But aside from the spice, this book opens about mental health and having healthy communication skills with one another.
6 It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey
What happens when your lavishness becomes too extreme? Your stepfather intervenes when enough is enough, sending you and your sister off to your late father’s dive bar in Washington. Oh, and he financially cuts you off too.
That’s the rather unfortunate fate of Hollywood socialite Piper Bellinger in this book, who would then meet (and often see in the small town) a bearded yet rather alluring sea captain named Brendan. He’s quite sure Piper won’t last a week outside of LA, but the socialite is firm in proving everyone wrong. And at the same time, she reconnects with her past and even mends her earlier tumultuous relationship with Brendan.
And who knows? She might even find love with him away from the vibrant city of angels.
And that wraps up our short reco list of steamy reads! It was hard to narrow down, but we may return when we’re ready to unveil new steamy book recs. We hope that you’ll find the next passionate adventure within this list that’ll have you sweating and salivating at every flip of a page. If you’re eager to read more short, bold listicles like this one, you can check the Lauvblog here for more steamy reads!