The 30 Best Adult Novels You Must Read! (2023)

Love books are probably 40% of my brain now because I love them. I've changed since I started reading adult novels. The romance genre gradually became my favorite and overcame my love for fantasy.

No matter what you like or what emotions you're going through, romance novels have you covered. There's always a great book to read. And it's that energy that I bring to this list.

This is a list of best adult romance novels that contains different types of romance novels.No matter what you are looking for, you will find a recommendation here. It's also a great place to start if you're new to adult romance.

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Table of contents

  • 1. Apartment shared by Beth O'Leary
  • 2. Marriage for one by Ella Maise
  • 3. Cyber ​​Tea Shop by Meredith Katz
  • 4. Drag Me Up by R.M. virtues
  • 5. Lyssa Kay Adams Bromance Book Club
  • 6. Evelyn Hugo's Seven Husbands by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • 7. Juniper Hill von Devney Perry
  • 8. They Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle
  • 9. True Love by Jude Deveraux
  • 10. Battle Royale for Lucy Parker
  • 11. The Love Game by Emma Hart
  • 12. Where the Rainbow Ends by Cecelia Ahern
  • 13. Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Cecelia Ahern
  • 14. The RuNyx Predator
  • 15. Long Shot von Kennedy Ryan
  • 16. Katie Golding's eternal adventure
  • 17. Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert
  • 18. Smut by Karina Hall
  • 19. Hold Me von Courtney Milan
  • 20. Boyfriend Stuff von Alexis Hall
  • 21. The Gravity of Us by Brittainy C. Cherry
  • 22. Something Wonderful by Judith McNaught
  • 23. Thus the War of Time is Lost by Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone
  • 24. Restore-me by J. L. Seegars
  • 25. Heidi's Four Letter Word Guide by Tara Sivec and Andi Ardnt
  • 26. Let's talk about Claire Kann's love
  • 27. Rafe: A babysitter for Rebekah Weatherspoon
  • 28. Beverly Jenkins Sturm
  • 29. Dorar by Raven Kennedy
  • 30. Helen Hoangs Kussquotient
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1. Apartment shared by Beth O'Leary

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Tiffy and Leon share an apartment
Tiffy and Leon share a bed
Tiffy and Leon never met...

Tiffy Moore needs an apartment quickly and cheaply. Leon Twomey works nights and needs money. Her friends think she's crazy, but it's the perfect solution: Leon gets the one-bedroom apartment while Tiffy works during the day and runs her the rest of the time.

But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongfully jailed brothers, and of course the fact that they haven't even met, they'll soon find that if you want to throw away the rule book, you've got the perfect house . out of the window...

Quick Selling Points:

  • Epistolary love. The cutest notes in the house!
  • They only met after falling in love, although they shared an apartment and a bed.
  • Opposites attract.
  • Very interesting characters.

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2. Marriage for one by Ella Maise

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Jack and I did everything backwards. The day he lured me into his office, which was also the first day we met, he asked me to marry him. You would think that a guy who looks like him, maybe a little bit cold but still flashy and very unattainable, would just ask the love of his life to marry him, right? You might think he must be madly in love.

NO. Was it me? he asked. A total stranger who had never heard of him. A stranger who had been abandoned by her fiancé only a few weeks before. They would think I would laugh in his face, call him crazy and a bunch of other names, and then leave asap. Well... I've done all of those things except the goodbye part.

It only took him a few minutes to convince me of a, I mean wedding, and only a few days before we were officially married. The happiest day of my life. Magic. Open the champagne... No. It was the worst day. Jack Hawthorne wasn't what I imagined.

I blamed him for my misjudgment. I blamed his eyes, the ocean blue eyes that looked straight into mine without apology, and that scowl on his face that I didn't know would eventually fascinate me so much.

It wasn't long before he said I was the biggest mistake of his life that things started to change. No, he hasn't said much yet, but anyone can put a few words together. His actions spoke louder to me. And day by day my heart started to have a mind of its own.

For a second there was nobody. In the next it became everything.
A second was unattainable. In the other, it seemed all mine.
For a second I thought we were in love. The next was still nothing more than a lie.

After all, I was Rose and he was Jack. We were doomed to fail with those names from the start. Did you expect something different?

Quick Selling Points:

  • marriage of convenience.
  • The man fell in love with the woman the first time he saw her.
  • Whipped man with melancholic personality and soft and ambitious woman.
  • It presents the construction and operation of a canteen.
  • He helps her with her café dream.
  • Trope moody and sun.
  • Romance on a slow fire.

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3. Cyber ​​Tea Shop by Meredith Katz

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Clara Gutierrez is a highly skilled technician specializing in the popular AI companion Raise. Her childhood in a migrant family made her uncomfortable staying in one place, so she stays long enough to replenish her funds before moving on, her only constant companion, Joanie, a wild and energetic hummingbird Raise.

Sal is a fully autonomous robot that years ago was banned from being made for ethical reasons. However, she is higher than the law, at best out of place in society, and at worst hated. Her former master is long dead, but she continues to run the tea house that belonged to her master, lost in the memories of the past, slowly decaying and anxious to fulfill her master's dream for the business.

When Clara stops by Sal's shop for lunch, she doesn't expect to find a real robot there, let alone one that could use her help. But as they begin to spend more time together and learn more from each other, they both struggle with the concept of moving on...

Quick Selling Points:

  • Main character asexual engineer.
  • More than 300 years old human-robot main character.
  • Bird Pet Robot Speakers.
  • Dystopian scenario.
  • There is a teahouse run by robots.
  • The softest romance.
  • He approaches emotional connection and grief in a fresh way.
  • Comforter.

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4. Drag Me Up by R.M. virtues

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They say it's a myth...

And Hades prefers it that way. He may do all the work and Zeus may take all the credit, but at least it allows Hades to preserve what is truly important to him: his solitude. The mere mention of the Khaos Falls Wraith is enough to keep order, and he's rarely forced to leave the shadows of Casino Asphodel.

She belongs in the spotlight...

And Persephone stepped out of Demeter's shadow to catch up with him. She now directs the production of Calliope's Circus, but not without great expense, and there isn't enough money in the world to pay off the debt accumulated by the simple mistake of trusting Zeus. Although it's easier to ignore the slashes if you still have room to fly.

Landing a residency at the legendary Asphodel Casino is all he trained for. To meet a man she was convinced didn't exist? I could never be prepared for this. Hades isn't ready for her either, but it quickly becomes apparent that they are a force when together. He gives her a soft place to land and she makes him want to reach for the stars. But when Zeus raises the ante, they must be willing to go all-in, even if it means coming down from heaven. Or go into the light.

Quick Selling Points:

  • Count of Hades and Persephone.
  • Inspired by Greek myth.
  • A modern and darker atmosphere.
  • The politics, story, and relationships truly emulate the complex, intertwined Greek myths.
  • Amazing and hot romance.
  • Trans-Protagonist.
  • black couple.
  • Cast almost entirely black.

Check out my Drag Me Up review.

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5. Lyssa Kay Adams Bromance Book Club

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The first rule of the book club: no talking in the book club.

Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott's marriage is stuck in the major leagues. He recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife Thea used to fake the big O all the time. When he loses his composure over the revelation, it's the final straw in their already strained relationship. Thea files for divorce, and Gavin realizes he's letting pride and fear get the better of him.

Welcome to the Bromance book club.

Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret love book club started by Nashville's best alpha males. With the help of their latest read, a steamy reign titled Wooing the Countess, the boys train Gavin to save his marriage. But it will take much more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner hero and win back his wife's trust.

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Quick Selling Points:

  • Men read novels.
  • The main character repairs his marriage by learning from romance novels.
  • A great group of guys who talk about serious issues and support each other in everything.
  • romantic comedy.

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6. Evelyn Hugo's Seven Husbands by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Elderly and reclusive Hollywood film icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more surprised than Monique herself. Because she? Because now?

Monique isn't exactly the best in the world. Her husband has left her and her professional life is in vain. Regardless of why Evelyn chose her to write her bio, Monique is determined to seize this opportunity to further her career.

Monique is called to Evelyn's luxurious apartment and listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From her trip to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the 1980s, and of course with seven husbands along the way, Evelyn develops a tale of reckless ambition, unexpected friendship and great forbidden love. . Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn's story draws to a close, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique's in a tragic and irreversible way.

Quick Selling Points:

  • Fictional historical biography.
  • Romantic-Safico.
  • Hollywood setting with all the drama.
  • Captivating and addictive writing.
  • Woman takes control and does what she can to be successful.

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7. Juniper Hill von Devney Perry

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Memphis Ward arrives in Quincy, Montana on the fifth worst day of his life. She needs a bath. She needs a snack. She needs some sanity. Because moving across the country with your newborn baby is by far the craziest thing you've ever done.

But maybe it takes a little madness to build a good life. If it takes a thousand miles and a new city to leave the past behind, she will if it means a better future for her son. Even if it requires giving up the luster of your former life. Even if that means working as a housekeeper at The Eloise Inn and living in an apartment above a garage.

There she meets the most attractive man she has ever seen on the fifth worst day of her life. Knox Eden is a beautiful and sinful dream, a chef and her temporary landlord. With his sharp chin, stubble and tattooed arms, he's rough and rugged and everything she never had and never will have. Because after the first worst day of her life, Memphis learned that part of the good life is giving up her dreams. And a man like Knox Eden will only be a dream.

Quick Selling Points:

  • Romance Single Parent.
  • Single mom from rich to miserable.
  • Grumpy cook.
  • small town romance.
  • The best bonding scenes.
  • domesticity.
  • Small element of danger.
  • No interruption in the third act.

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8. They Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

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When your enemy is also your fiancé, happy endings get a whole lot more complicated in this wickedly funny romantic comedy debut, from lovers to enemies to lovers.

Naomi Westfield has the perfect groom: Nicholas Rose opens doors for her, remembers her restaurant orders, and comes from the kind of celebrity family any bride would love to be part of. They never fight. They are preparing for their lavish wedding in three months. And she's unhappy and totally fed up with him.

Naomi wants to date, but has a problem: whoever breaks off the engagement has to pay the non-refundable wedding bill. When Naomi discovers that Nicholas is also faking gratification, the two face off in a battle of pranks, sabotage and all-out emotional warfare.

But with the countdown to the wedding, which may or may not happen, Naomi's resolve is weakening. Because now that they have nothing to lose, they are finally being themselves and having fun with the last person they were expecting: themselves.

Quick Selling Points:

  • The story of a couple who come together again in the struggle against separation.
  • A unique book, excitingly written.
  • To hate love to love romance.
  • Hilarious love comedy.
  • I read it when I was in the hospital after surgery and I read it through in one day even with a blurry brain and I loved it. Therefore you must read it.

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9. True Love by Jude Deveraux

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Just as Alix Madsen is finishing architecture school, Adelaide Kingsley dies, leaving her to use a charming 19th-century home in Nantucket for a year. The old woman's relationship with the Madsen family is a mystery to spirited Alix, fresh from a romantic breakup, but Alix embraces the whimsical legacy for reasons of her own, partly because it gives her time to plan her picture-perfect wedding friend. Friend.

But behind the scenes, unseen forces are at work, making the ancient floorboards of Kingsley House creak. It seems that Adelaide Kingsley had a very specific task for Alix: to solve the strange disappearance of one of the Kingsley women, Valentina, more than two hundred years ago. As if that wasn't unsettling enough, Alix must contend with the arrogant (and extremely handsome) architect Jared Montgomery, who lives in the estate's guest house.

Unknown to Alix, Jared has been tasked with looking after her while she lives on the island, an easy task for him considering the undeniable chemistry between the two. But Jared harbors his own secrets that, if exposed, could drive a wedge between the pair.

With a glorious Nantucket wedding on the horizon, sparks fly and the ghosts of the past begin to be revealed, some of them quite literally. When Alix and Jared realize that their lives are inextricably intertwined with the tragedies of their ancestors, they discover that their only hope for being together is to right past wrongs.

Quick Selling Points:

  • Age difference romance.
  • Located on an island with two architects.
  • melancholischer Held.
  • There's a friendly ghost in the house!
  • The plot has a concept of reincarnation.

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10. Battle Royale for Lucy Parker

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Four years ago, Sylvie Fairchild enchanted the world as a participant in the successful Operation Cake baking program. His clever and colorful creations wowed the audience and intrigued everyone but one of the judges, Dominic De Vere, London's favorite pastry chef. When her glittery unicorn cake came spectacularly to the side, Dominic was quick to lock her out of the show. Since then, Sylvie has been able to use her fame to fulfill her dream of opening a bakery, Feira do Açúcar. The Sugar Fair Instagram giveaway caught the attention of Operation Cake's producers... and a princess.

put down...

Dominic is His Majesty the King's favorite baker, a favorite of famous foodies and a true British institution. He is smart, talented, hardworking. And a cold, fortified curmudgeon. Knowing that the annoying Sylvie will join him on the Operation Cake jury is enough to make the famous baker even more desperate. Her superb cooking is only slightly more disturbing than the fact that he can't stop thinking about her pink-streaked hair and irrepressible dimple.


When Dominic and Sylvie discover they will be competing for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bake a cake for Princess Rose's wedding, the flour begins to fly as they are both determined to emerge victorious.

The bride loves Sylvie's offbeat style. The palace wants classic perfection from Dominic. Can there be room for two in this battle royale?

Quick Selling Points:

  • Business competitors for lovers.
  • Opposites attract.
  • Funny and touching.
  • Two bakers compete to bake a cake for a royal wedding.
  • Nice cast of characters.

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11. The Love Game by Emma Hart

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your challenge? Make her fall in love with him.
your challenge? Play the player.
Until life changes the rules of the game.

Maddie Stevens hated Braden Carter at first sight. Arrogant, selfish and the playboy of the University of California, Berkeley, he is everything his brother Pearce taught him to despise. So why doesn't she say no when the girls challenge her to play the gamer? She doesn't know either.

Braden wanted hot little Maddie the moment he saw her and he would do anything to have her, so he agreed to make her fall in love with him. After all, it's the only way to get what you want. Sex.

But as Braden discovers, there's more to the Brooklyn girl than he ever realized, and he can't help but worry about the broken girl behind those gorgeous green eyes.

Maddie discovers that Braden isn't just a hot guy, he actually has feelings. He can be cute and funny, and his good looks don't exactly hurt. That means trouble, but when her brother Pearce shows up at Berkeley and asks her for help, she realizes that Braden and Pearce aren't quite alike anymore.

And maybe, just maybe, they're just what the other needs.

Quick Selling Points:

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  • Both are secretly fake friends but assume the other is real.
  • Quotes about challenges
  • I hate love.
  • Don't plan on falling in love, but fall in love hard.
  • College-Romantic.

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12. Where the Rainbow Ends by Cecelia Ahern

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From mischievous kids to rebellious teenagers, Rosie and Alex have been through thick and thin. But once they discover the joys of teenage nights on the town and the disasters of dating, they break up. Alex's family is moving to the US from Dublin and Alex is going with them. forever

Rosie is lost without him. But on the eve of her departure to Alex in Boston, Rosie receives life-changing news that will keep her home in Ireland.

Their magical bond helps them weather the ups and downs of each other's lives, but whether their friendship can survive the years and miles or new relationships, no one knows. And in the back of her mind, Rosie wonders if they shouldn't always be good friends. Misunderstandings, circumstances and sheer bad luck have separated them, but when the last chance comes, will they risk it all for true love?

Quick Selling Points:

  • A must-read classic novel.
  • Letter Format: The story is told through correspondences between different characters.
  • The slowest burn.
  • Lack of communication for years.
  • Best childhood friends for lovers.
  • It was made into a movie, but the book is much better.

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13. Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Cecelia Ahern

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Hazel Camille Bradford knows that this is very difficult and frankly most men are not up to the challenge. If your army of pets and taste for the absurd don't get you going, the lack of a filter means you're saying exactly the wrong thing at a tender moment. You are lost. She's a good soul looking for some honest fun.

Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her crazy cheerfulness was completely at odds with her gentle demeanor. From the first night they met, when she awkwardly threw up on his shoes, to the time she sent him a nonsensical email in a state of post-op confusion, Josh had always been more than Hazel Show then considered as a show. than as a partner. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend turned his life upside down, dating Hazel is a breath of fresh air.

It's not like Josh and Hazel are together. At least not with each other. Because going on each other's increasingly horrible blind dates means nothing works out between them...right?

Quick Selling Points:

  • Best friends for romance lovers.
  • Opposites attract.
  • Korean main character.
  • Calming reading.
  • Romantic comedy.

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14. The RuNyx Predator

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What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object on the battlefield?

In the dark underbelly of the mafia, Tristan Caine was an anomaly. The only bloodless member of the Tenebrae outfit's high circle, he is an enigma to all: his skills are unmatched, his morals questionable, and his motives unknown. It's deadly and you know it.

As is Morana Vitalio, the extraordinarily brilliant daughter of the rival family. What Caine does with guns, Morana does with computers. When a twenty-year-old mystery resurfaces, Morana infiltrates Caine's home with intent to kill him, unaware of the connection between them. Hate, heat and history collide with unexpected sparks.

But something bigger, something worse is happening in your world. And despite their hostility, only they can fight it.

Quick Selling Points:

  • True enemies of lovers.
  • Mafia-Romantic.
  • He vows to be the one to kill her to save her from everyone else.
  • Also mystery, crime and thriller vibes.
  • addictive romance.
  • Beginning of an amazing romantic series.

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15. Long Shot von Kennedy Ryan

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You think you know what it's like to be a dancer?
not you
My fairy tale is backwards.
A happy never after.
I kissed the prince and he became a cheater.
I was a fool, and your love - fool's gold.

There is now a new player in the game, August West.
One of the NBA's brightest stars.
Good. Forbidden.
he wants me I love you.
But my past, my cheating prince, just won't let me go.

*Some aspects of this story may be sensitive to some readers.

Quick Selling Points:

  • A darker, more serious contemporary romance.
  • Romance novel that emphasizes domestic violence through the main character.
  • The couple know each other, but she's in a relationship that's turning abusive. She is saved with the help of the love interest.
  • sports romance.

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16. Katie Golding's eternal adventure

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It's no fun being a good girl...
Until you found the perfect bad boy.

Luke Kelly is a legend in the music industry. The Grammy-winning producer has amassed four gold records, a fortune that could buy and sell most of Malibu, and an arsenal of luxury sex toys. But he can't find a relationship that goes beyond skin.

Ari Reed color coded life in her bullet planner. For the book publisher, the effort is calculated and there are never any one-night stands. But when a violent accident in Luke's bedroom lasts an entire weekend, she doesn't expect him to ask her to stay... forever.

Quick Selling Points:

  • There isn't much plot, just romance and sex.
  • WARM.
  • They intended to have a one night stand, but they never stopped.
  • I fell hard
  • domesticity <3

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17. Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

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In Act Your Age, Eve Brown, Brown's more capricious sister, intrudes into the life of a B&B owner and literally makes him fall in love.

Eve Brown is a certified disaster. No matter how hard you try to do the right thing, your life always goes horribly wrong, so you stop trying. But when her personal chaos ruins an expensive wedding (someonehad to release these poor pigeons), their parents draw the line. It's time for Eve to grow up and prove herself, though she's not sure how...

Jacob Wayne is in control. Always. The Tavern Owner is dedicated to dominating the hospitality industry and expects nothing less than perfection. So when a purple-haired woman shows up out of nowhere to fill the vacancy as a chef, he tells her the brutal truth: no chance in hell. Then she runs him over with her car—allegedlyinadvertently. Yes, of course.

Now her arm is broken, her B&B is understaffed and the dangerously unpredictable Eve flies around tryingHelp. It didn't take long for it to infiltrate her work, her kitchen, and her guest room. Jacob hates everything about it. Or rather, it should. Sunny, messy Eve is her natural enemy, but the more time these two foes spend together, the more their animosity morphs into something else. As with Eva, the heat between them is impossible to ignore, melting Jacob's icy exterior.

Quick Selling Points:

  • First of all very cute.
  • Autistic main character.
  • Chaotic main character.
  • Atmospheric and sunny romance.
  • Bed and breakfast love story.
  • Great personal growth. Talk about finding your place in the world.
  • pleasant reading.

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18. Smut by Karina Hall

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What happens when the twisting between the pages creates heat between the sheets?

All Blake Crawford wants is to pass the creative writing class, graduate from college, and take over his father's family business. What Amanda Newland wants is to graduate at the top of her class, finally finish her novel, and show her family that writing is a respectful career.

What Blake and Amanda don't want is to team up for the final project, but that's exactly what the two get when they're forced to collaborate on a text. Because Amanda thinks Blake is an aggressive asshole (with a panty-melting smile and British accent) and Blake thinks Amanda has a cock up her ass (even if it's a shiny ass), they fight tooth and nail until they find out that they Well write together. You may also find yourself very attractive, but that's neither here nor there.

When their writing project turns out to be a success, the two decide to found a secret society under a pseudonym that will infiltrate the self-publishing market with lucrative eroticism. Of course, with so much heat and passion between the pages, it doesn't take long for your dirty words to become dirty reality. Sure, they still fight a lot, but at least there's make-up sex now.

But even as they fall in love, will their budding relationship survive when their scandalous secret is revealed? Or is happy ending just a fiction?

Quick Selling Points:

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  • College-Romantic.
  • Two college students anonymously co-write an erotic book to make money. And they do it well.
  • While writing hot stuff, they get hot together.
  • They fall very much in love.

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19. Hold Me von Courtney Milan

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Jay na Thalang is a demanding and driven genius. You don't know how to stop or even slow down. As soon as he sees Maria Lopez, he knows she's a sexy distraction he can't afford. He'd done everything he could to keep her at bay, and he'd done it beyond his wildest dreams.

Maria was always cautious. Now that her once small, apocalypse-themed blog is growing in popularity, she's even more careful to maintain her anonymity online. She hasn't sent a photo to the commenter she interacted with in eighteen months, even after emails, hours of chats and a friendship that's slowly morphing into something more. Maybe someday they'll get together and see what happens.

But unknown to the two is Jay Maria's commentator. They have already met. They already hate each other. And two determined enemies soon discover that they are secretly falling in love...

Quick Selling Points:

  • Friends online but hate each other in real life.
  • Romance between a popular blogger/student and a fan/blog teacher.
  • Trans-Protagonist.
  • Asian couple.
  • The story also highlights the Asian culture of "work hard and be the best".

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20. Boyfriend Stuff von Alexis Hall

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A friend (fake)
Practically perfect in every way.

Luc O'Donnell is tangentially and reluctantly famous. His rock star parents separated when he was young, and the father, whom he never knew, spent the next twenty years in and out of rehab. Now that his father is back, Luc is back in the public spotlight, and one compromising photo is enough to ruin it all.

To polish his image, Luc needs to find a nice, normal relationship... and Oliver Blackwood is as nice and normal as he looks. He is a lawyer, an ethical vegetarian and has never caused a scandal in his life. In other words: perfect boyfriend material. Unfortunately, Luc and Oliver have nothing in common except that they are gay, single and desperately need a date for a big event. So they make a deal to be ad-friendly (fake) friends until the dust settles. So they can go their separate ways and pretend nothing happened.

But the problem with fake dating is that it looks a lot like real dating. And then you get used to someone. You start falling in love with her. I never want to let her go again.

Quick Selling Points:

  • Adult Queer Romance.
  • Fake-Dating.
  • gay as hell
  • Great characters.
  • big joke
  • A great group of queer friends!

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21. The Gravity of Us by Brittainy C. Cherry

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Graham Russell and I weren't made for each other.

I was moved by emotions; he was listless, I dreamed while he lived in nightmares. I cried when I had no tears to shed.

Despite his frozen heart and my urge to run, we sometimes share seconds. Seconds in which our eyes met and we saw each other's secrets. Seconds when your lips tasted my fears and I breathed in your pain. Seconds in which we both imagined what it would be like to love each other.

Those seconds made us float, but as reality hit us sideways, gravity forced us down.

Graham Russell was not a man who could love, and neither was I a woman who could love. However, if I had the chance to fall in love again, I would fall in love with him forever.

Although we were destined to crash on the mainland.

Quick Selling Points:

  • Romance with single father.
  • Atmospheric and sunny romance.
  • Opposites attract.
  • slow burning.
  • Addictive and atmospheric.

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22. Something Wonderful by Judith McNaught

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The tumultuous marriage of Alexandra Lawrence, an innocent country girl, and Jordan Townsende, the rich and powerful Duke of Hawthorne, faces its final test of tender loyalty. Drawn into the endlessly fascinating world of London society, the free-spirited Alexandra finds herself in a tangle of jealousy and revenge, stormy pride and overwhelming passion. But behind her husband's cold, arrogant mask lives a tender, vital, sensual man... the man Alexandra married. Now she will fight for her own life... and for the passionate bond only they can share.

Quick Selling Points:

  • Historical novel.
  • love after marriage.
  • A stubborn hero.
  • A stubborn man used to getting what he wants.
  • Opposites attract.
  • A+ chemistry between the couple.

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23. Thus the War of Time is Lost by Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone

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In the ashes of a dying world, an agent of the Commander finds a letter. It is reading:Serious ler antes.Thus begins an unlikely correspondence between two rival agents intent on securing the best possible future for their opposing factions. What started as a provocation, a show on the battlefield, now becomes something more. something epic something romantic. Something that could change both the past and the future.

Except that discovering their connection would mean death for each of them. After all, war is still going on. And someone has to win this war.

Quick Selling Points:

  • Science fiction with the most epic sapphic romance.
  • TRUE enemies of lovers.
  • time travel!
  • Fast romance, slower.
  • The desire.
  • The best romantic phrases.

Read my review of How to Lose the Time War.

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24. Restore-me by J. L. Seegars

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Dominic Alexander is my late husband's best friend and the last man on earth I should wish for. He's arrogant, dismissive, and until recently only looked right through me with his dark eyes. For the last ten years he's taken a sick pleasure in making me look skinny, like he doesn't care about my very existence.

But now things are different.

After a night of drinking and a surprisingly sexy act of heroism, he started being... nice. Treating me as more than just the physical embodiment of his anger, which would be fine if I didn't feel all the things I swore I would never feel for another man after my husband died.


Sloane Kent will be my downfall.

What's worse, I think I'll enjoy seeing the flecks of gold in her hazel eyes and the adorable way she wrinkles her nose when we argue, something we've done a lot over the past decade . She thinks it's because I hate her, and I've always made her think that, because the alternative is... untenable.

But something is changing between us and I don't know how to avoid breaking all the promises I made to myself about my best friend's wife. Promises include never telling her there's a long list of things I feel about her, but hate isn't one of them.

Quick Selling Points:

  • An explosive and obsessive kind of love.
  • The widow of the best friend he fell in love with.
  • He fell in love with her the first time he saw her.
  • Just friends with benefits that get so much more.
  • hot sex.

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Read my review of Restore Me by J.L. Seegars.

25. Heidi's Four Letter Word Guide by Tara Sivec and Andi Ardnt

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Nothing good comes from drinking just one case of wine. So when I decided to entertain my drunk self by installing used podcast streaming gear and reading the steamy bits of novels, I never thought anyone would actually listen. The fact that I'd admitted to having a crush on my sexy neighbor made it all the more humiliating. But sometimes life surprises you and that's how my podcast Heidi's Discount Erotica was born.

Now I, Heidi Larsen, a cute former kindergarten teacher in Waconia, Minnesota, live a scandalous double life reading erotic novels to the world of audience. And with each episode, I find myself embracing my new alter ego more and more. Now I'm more comfortable with myself and doing things I never dreamed of like kissing my neighbor.

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Attention, Waconia, because Heidi is loose! It's in your ears and in your heart and in your pants... wait, that didn't sound as good as it did in my head. Well you get it, don't you know!

Quick Selling Points:

  • A story about growing up and self-confidence.
  • The main character resigns from her teaching post and starts an explicit podcast.
  • Talk about the importance of romantic, erotic and lewd books!
  • Sweet small town romance.

Read my review of Heidi's Guide to Four Letter Words.

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26. Let's talk about Claire Kann's love

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Alice had been planning all summer. Non-stop all-you-can-eat buffets while you enjoy your favorite TV shows (best friends included) with the faintest touch of adulthood: working in the library to pay your share of the rent. The only thing missing from your perfect plan? His girlfriend (who ended when Alice confessed to being asexual). Alice ended the relationship: no thanks, don't come in, put in the fork and that's it.

But then Alice meets Takumi and can't stop thinking about him or the romantic romance she didn't ask for (insecurity, butterflies and blackouts, oh my!).

When her happy summer takes an unexpected turn and Takumi becomes her knight with a shiny librarian badge (very close by), Alice must decide if she's willing to risk her friendship for a love that may not be reciprocated or understood .

Quick Selling Points:

  • One of the best adult romance books with an asexual main character.
  • Main character black, biromantic.
  • Discusses asexuality in romantic relationships.
  • Romantic comedy.
  • You are in a library!

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27. Rafe: A babysitter for Rebekah Weatherspoon

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Everything that Dr. What Sloan Copeland needed was someone to take care of her children. What she found was the man of her dreams...

After a messy divorce and a thousand-mile move, Dr. Sloan Copeland and her twin daughters are finally getting to know their new life in Los Angeles. When her babysitter runs away without warning, Sloan struggles to find a competent caretaker to take care of her bright, sensitive girls. You can't do less.

Enter Rafe Whitcomb. He's all of that, not to mention good natured and a genius in the kitchen. He's also tall, handsome, bearded, muscular, and tattooed from wrist to neck.

It doesn't take long for the Copelands to invite Rafe into their home. Just as quickly, Sloan and Rafe succumb to an intoxicating attraction no one will deny. With every minute she spends under one roof, this working mom can't help but wonder if Rafe can meet all of her needs...

Quick Selling Points:

  • Underrated romance novel.
  • Love book for single parents.
  • Two big kids.
  • Awesome main character.
  • A tattooed nanny/love interest.
  • Good mature communication!
  • Great chemistry.
  • pleasant reading <3

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28. Beverly Jenkins Sturm

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What mail order bride greets her groom with a ball instead of a kiss? Someone like Regan Carmichael, an independent spirit who is equally at home in jeans and dresses. shooting dr Colton Lee is an honest mistake, but Regan soon wonders if her whole plan to marry a man she's never met is a mistake. Colton, who buried his heart with his first wife, insists he just wants someone to take care of his daughter. But Regan is drawn to the unmistakable desire in her eyes.

Regan is a far cry from the docile girlfriend Colton expects. Still, few women would brave the wilderness of the Wyoming Territory into an uncertain future with a widower and his son. The idea of ​​having a brave, open-minded woman like Regan in his life and in his arms begins to inspire a new dream. And despite the disapproval of her family and an unseen enemy, she will risk everything to make this marriage a true union of body and soul.

Quick Selling Points:

  • Without a doubt one of the best heroines.
  • Romance Single Parent.
  • black couple.
  • Rich woman and poor man.
  • Mail Order Bride.
  • She shoots him when they first meet.
  • Stubborn woman and stubborn man.
  • Sparks fly like fireworks lit.

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29. Dorar by Raven Kennedy

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The fairies left us this world. And whoever has power rules.


Gold floors, gold walls, gold furniture, gold clothes. In Highbell, in the castle built in the icebergs, everything is made of gold.

up to me

King Midas saved me. They took me out of the favela and put me on a pedestal. They call me their darling. your favourite. I'm the woman he touched with gold to show everyone I belonged to him. To show how powerful it is. He gave me protection and I gave him my heart. And though I don't leave the palace limits, I'm safe.

Until war comes upon the empire and a compromise is reached.

Suddenly my trust is broken. My love is challenged. And I realize that everything I thought I knew about Midas could be wrong.

'Cause these bars I'm imprisoned in, golden as they are, are still just a cage. But the monsters on the other side can make me wish I'd never left.

The myth of King Midas reinvented. This captivating adult fantasy series is as addictive as it is unexpected. With romance, intrigue and danger, the golden world of Orea will captivate you from the first page.

Quick Selling Points:

  • Fantasy romance series (currently unfinished).
  • Addictive, Exciting, Amazing.
  • Easy to read, easy to love.
  • Great world construction.
  • The villain is the hero.
  • The main character breaks with Stockholm Syndrome.

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30. Helen Hoangs Kussquotient

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Stella Lane believes that math is the only thing that holds the universe together. She creates algorithms to predict customer purchases, a job that has made her more money than she can spend and far less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn't help that Stella has Asperger's and that French kissing reminds her of a shark brushing its teeth for a pilot fish. His conclusion: You need a lot of practice with a professional. So he hires point guard Michael Phan. Unable to refuse Stella's offer, the Vietnamese and Swedish stunner agrees to help her tick all the boxes in her class schedule, from the pre-exams to the more than missionary position...

Soon Stella learns not only to enjoy his kisses, but to long for all the other things he awakens in her. Soon, their practical partnership makes strange sense. And the emerging pattern will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic...

Quick Selling Points:

  • Autistic main character who is a genius.
  • Charming male protagonist who is a sex worker.
  • She hires him to have sex with him, but slowly they fall in love.
  • romantic comedy.

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more adult novels

Listen, it was VERY DIFFICULT for me to finish the list at 30. So, as a bonus, I'll add a few adult novel recommendations.

  • The deal with Elle Kennedy.
  • By Lukov, with love by Mariana Zapata.
  • Alisha Rais rechter Jab.
  • El Club Meet Cute by Jack Harbon.
  • Mugs of You by Karmen Lee.
  • Love at first sight by Kate Clayborn.
  • Malibu Rising von Taylor Jenkins Reid.
  • The Wedding Game by Sara Desai.
  • Intercepted by Alexa Martín.

Want more adult romance recommendations?

Check out my other love book lists!

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  • Secret love books for babies.
  • Adult Queer Love Books.
  • Love books for single parents.
  • College Romance.

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Are you a lover of love books or are you a romance novel? Do you have a favorite trope or plot device? Will you read any of the books I mentioned above? Do you have any adult novels to add to this list? Tell me in the comments!

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