This isn't the most traditional Valentine's Day reading list, but a collection of intimate reads, ranging from traditional swooning romances to take your breath away novels, which we always turn back to this time of year. Here's why we think you should give them a try, too.
Dare Darker (Leave Me Breathless) by Pepper North
Number one bestselling erotic author, Pepper North, dares to go darker in the Leave Me Breathless Black Rose Collection...
Do you want your fantasies to come true? When this simple question appears on her computer, Mia Daniels dares to answer 'Yes'. One honest response sends the willowy brunette on a collision course with her every forbidden desire.
Domineering and magnetic, Rafael Montalvo selects Mia to be his at first sight. Soon, she is ensnared in his shadowy world, unable to resist the new life that he controls completely. Rafael's darkness just might be everything Mia has ever needed. And so much more.
*** TRIGGER WARNING: The stories in the Black Rose Collection are considered dark romance. Some aspects may be sensitive for some readers. ***
Dumpster Fire (Life Sucks #3) by Elise Faber
Rob was single. That hadn’t been the plan. But it turned out that his plan wasn’t immune to car accidents. It couldn’t stave off death, couldn’t stop bad things from happening.
Now Carmella — his wife, his best friend, the other half of his heart — was gone. And she’d been gone long enough for the tendrils of loneliness to creep in, for him to risk dipping his toe back into the dating world. The only problem was that dating was a hell of a lot different in this world than when he’d been in college.
He wasn’t good at apps and profiles, his banter skills were rusty, and his flirting... well, some might say it was atrocious. Then came high, high heels. Then came a sharp voice with an impressive repertoire of curse words. Then came a woman who was definitely not Carmella... but who might be the possibility of something.
Play (ROCK HARD Book 1) by Kat Mizera
From USA Today bestseller Kat Mizera comes a brand-new series—get ready to ROCK HARD with Nobody’s Fool…
Four sexy rockers. Four intense women who don't know they love them. Four hard rockin' love stories for the ages.
Boy on a Train (All American Boy) by Leslie McAdam
My best friend Tate and I have plans. Big plans.
1. Get the hell out of Merlot, California.
2. Ride trains around the world.
Though I have a secret third entry on the list of things I want to do ...
3. Tate Lemieux
But when my family gets a life-changing diagnosis just as I'm about to graduate, all my plans look like they’ll go up in smoke. Right when I finally get the chance to be with the boy I’ve always loved ... Will it end before it’s even begun?
Boy on the Train is a standalone new adult friends to lovers romance from USA Today bestselling author Leslie McAdam full of sweet tension, fun banter & a side of family drama.
Cyn & the Peanut Butter Cup (The Ampersand Series Book 1) by Pru Warren
Love, laughter, and short-term memory loss. When a sweet old lady’s mysterious past draws her young caretaker into a wild ride, they drag a hot FBI agent along with them. Cyn didn’t know caring for Maddy would require car chases, and Rhys never thought an old lady could steal his gun.
Cynthia loves being Maddy’s caregiver. Watching over a slightly senile senior is a piece of cake after Cyn’s brutal divorce. It’s not wrong to hide away from life for a few weeks, er, months. Right?!
Rhys (“like the peanut butter cup but not spelled the same”) is pretty sure he’s going to get fired from his job at the FBI. When Maddy steals his gun at the grocery store and shoots at a random stranger, Rhys figures that’s it for his career. Everything’s gone wrong except for meeting Cyn. How will Rhys and Cyn find love while keeping Maddy safe from the (possibly imaginary) hordes who are (maybe) out to get her?
A laugh-out-loud, sexy romantic comedy that includes a heroine with self-confidence problems, and absolutely delicious screw-up of a hero, and the strong-willed, slightly addled old lady who leads them both astray.
A Season for Treason (Deception and Discipline #1) by Golden Angel
A traitor. A courtship. A scandalous Season. In the race against time, will this pair reach the altar or the traitor first?
In the service of England's spymaster (well, his niece, but surely he'll appreciate the help), Miss Mary Wilson is on a mission to uncover a treasonous plot. Though her only clue leads to the debaucherous secret society of the Marquess of Hartford, a lifetime of being overlooked should ensure her access to all of the gossip her assignment will require. There's just one problem: Mary is due to find a husband this Season and her Aunt Elizabeth, the Viscountess Hood, is determined to see her niece shine bright.
Focused on finding the perfect bride this Season, the Marquess of Hartford, known to his friends as Rex, finds himself distracted by the quiet Miss Wilson as she continually turns up everywhere she shouldn't be. As Rex considers the misbehaving Miss Wilson, a curious thought occurs to him. Is it possible that she could be the kind of bride who would enjoy life by his side and the pursuits of the Society of Sin?
Bulldog: A Rough Romance (Mercenary Masters) by Delta James
She wears the collar because she is his. She is his because her body knew its master. The moment Olivia Miles resorted to fighting dirty in a fencing match, Lord Nigel Pederson decided to teach her a shameful lesson, but as her quivering bottom reddened under his punishing hand the arousal pooling between her thighs made it clear she needs to be mastered completely.