I don’t read romance novels but I do love me a good romance in my fantasy and sci-fi books. I also totally fall for all the typical relationship tropes: girl falls for bad guy, love triangles, forbidden love, etc. Here are 4 books that aren’t romance but still get super steamy…
A Court of Thorns and Roses, Sarah J. Maas
I just finished reading this for March’s Monthly Motif Reading Challenge. Oh my word does it get hot and heavy in those pages. Feyre is only 19 but she already knows a thing or two and it makes for some serious bedroom scenes.
Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.
Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo
The sexual tension between so many of the characters in this series could seriously light this book on fire. It’s subtle in Six of Crows and gets even more heightened in Crooked Kingdom. I’m dying to see how things play out in King of Scars – especially with Kaz and Inej.
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams.
Graceling, Kristin Cashore
I found this romance more on the sweet side but there are a few moments you’ll be on the edge of your seat for. Katsa and Po start out as training partners but eventually realize there’s something more there. They develop a deep connection to each other as the book progresses.
Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug. She never expects to fall in love with beautiful Prince Po.
Naked in Death, J.D. Robb
This is part of the Death series and it’s so good. Right up my alley as it combines science fiction and suspense. Prepare to get hot and bothered with this one.
It is the year 2058, and technology now completely rules the world. But New York City Detective Eve Dallas knows that the irresistible impulses of the human heart are still ruled by just one thing: passion.
What’s your favorite bookish couple?