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We love an addictive page-turner. A book you simply can’t put down that ends up stained with coffee and torn up from the beach wind. Sexy romance novels are a great option for any season, not just because of their inherent steaminess but also because they’re fun — and who doesn’t want a bit more fun in their life? The right spicy books can inspire you to fantasize about far-off time periods or give you a few ideas for how to spice things up in your own life (or both), but one thing’s for sure: they’ll definitely hold your attention.
The following list has options for everyone: the “Fifty Shades of Grey” fanatics, the traditional-romance-novel fans, those of us who enjoy a good enemies-to-lovers twist, and readers who spend their days stalking BookTok for their next read. Whether you’re partial to tear-jerking and heart-wrenching star-crossed-love stories or interested in a compelling, super-sexy read but would prefer to start off with something, ahem, closer to the lighthearted and sweet end of the spectrum, there’s something here for you. One thing all these books have in common, though, is they all feature truly great writing, examine sensuality in innovative ways, and will make you want to buy all the books in the series ASAP.
— Additional reporting by Alexis Stackhouse and Sabienna Bowman