You know what’s funny? On my side of the world it’s the equivalent of winter because it’s so bloody cold and everyone on the internet keeps going on about the sun and summer break and all the books they’ll read while I’m here just about drowning in university work. It sucks, let me tell you.
Anyway I figured when most people think summer and books, they think fluffy contemporary romances but for this post I wanted to go a different direction and list for you guys some of my favorite hot reads (see what I did there… Coz it’s summer… Lol) and whether you want to feel the heat while chilling on the beach somewhere or a steamy read to curl up in bed with in the cold months, this list has got you covered!
A lot of you may not know but I’m trash for steamy reads. Nothing over the top, or too graphic (I think I’m basically describing the New Adult genre lol). Anyway, you’ll see what I mean below..
The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning:
This is definitely one of my all time favorite series and I feel like it doesn’t get the hype it deserves. I mean this series made fae interesting even before Sarah J. Maas exploded onto the scene.
“When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death—a cryptic message on MacKayla Lane’s cell phone–Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed—a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae.”
The Bourbon Kings by J. R. Ward
Aside from her never ending Black Dagger Brotherhood series did you know J.R. Ward actually writes pretty good plain ol’ romance. I honestly feel like if she just let go of the stupid vampire series she could be truely great (but that’s just me). This series is proof of that.
“Upstairs on the sprawling estate of Easterly, the kings of the bourbon capital of the world—the Bradford family—appear to play by the rules of good fortune and taste. Downstairs, the staff works tirelessly to maintain the impeccable Bradford facade. And never the twain shall meet.
For Lizzie King, Easterly’s head gardener, crossing that divide nearly ruined her life. Falling in love with Tulane, the prodigal son of the bourbon dynasty, was nothing she intended—and their breakup proved her instincts right. Now, after two years, Tulane is coming home. And no one will be left unmarked. . . .”
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Sally Thorne delivers way more than is expected in this book. It’s a combination of funny, serious and sexy, which just make it an incredible book.
“Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She prides herself on being loved by everyone at work – except for imposing, impeccably attired Joshua Templeman.
Trapped in a shared office, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, never-ending game of one-upmanship. There’s the Staring Game, The Mirror Game, The HR Game. Lucy can’t let Joshua beat her at anything – especially when a huge promotion is on offer.
If Lucy wins, she’ll be Joshua’s boss. If she loses, she’ll resign. So why is she questioning herself? Maybe she doesn’t hate him. And just maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game . . .”
Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
To be honest this book is mostly on the emotional love side rather than the sexy time side but it does have it’s little moments. Its a really great read. Colleen Hoover does romance really well so I really really recommend this one.
When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.
Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.
They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.
Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.
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