There’s an abundance of romance novels out there to choose from, but it can still be difficult sometimes to pick a good one. Selecting a book that keeps you turning the pages and that makes you fall in love with the hero and heroine is key to enjoying adult romance books. Ideally, you want a book with an interesting plot, great characters, passion, and sensuality. Moreover, you want the heat of the story to capture you and make you forget everything around you, as if you’re right there in the world the story has created, seeing the characters as though they’re standing right in front of you. The top ten list below provides a selection of best selling romance books that will meet anyone’s taste, from moms to housewives to the busy professional. There’s hot romance books here that will appeal to just about anyone−I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
#10 Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie
While there’s nothing overtly original about Crusie’s plot−a boy takes a bet about dating a girl−the characters, especially the main ones Min(erva) and Charlie, make Bet Me a truly glorious adult romance book. Min has sworn off men after a recent break-up, and decided to, instead, enjoy a life of delicious food. Meanwhile, Charlie has decided to enjoy a life of serial dating. Alas, they are destined for one another, they just don’t realize it yet. The fantastic humor provided by a cast of characters and silly happenings that include a jealous ex-boyfriend, aptly nick-named Krispy Kremes, an array of meddling friends, a ridiculous wedding cake, and a crazy cat, Bet Me is a story of how our lives are made by the people in them. For a literally sweet romance (enjoy all the food!), Bet Me, is a sure bet.
#9 Beautiful Life by Brynne Asher
Beautiful Life is like the calm after the storm. Leigh is facing life after divorce, and not just any divorce, but a messy one. Leigh has lost a child at the hands of an abusive husband, and just wants to get away. Enter Tony Carpino, a high-powered lawyer who saves Leigh in more ways than one. His firm takes on her divorce and rescues her from her dangerous marriage. But more importantly, he sees a sparkle in her that he wants to nurture back to life. His gentle, patient hand guides her back to herself, and gives her the space to learn not only that she can love again, but that she can love herself again. This adult romance book is a story of healing, rest, and recovery. It is a love story in the truest sense, one of peace, protection and learning to accept grace. It’s the second in a series of best selling romance books, called the Carpino series, so, if you prefer, you can read Overflow first, and Athica Lane next.
#8 Dragon Knight’s Shield by Mary Morgan
Time travel, magic, swords, fairies and mists: Dragon Knight’s Shield is not only an adventure story, but also one of those hot romance books for adults that have it all. Angus MacKay is a Highlander, devastated that he failed his brothers upon the death of his sister. But in addition to that, he is worried that resisting his captive, Deidre, is going to be the most challenging battle he’s ever faced. Deidre wields a sword as well as any man, and she’s ready to join him in a fight against the coming evil. But can they do it together? Deidre, a mystery writer who stumbles onto a time-gate while wandering through Scotland, couldn’t be any less of a likely match for rough Angus. Yet, their love story unfolds before our very eyes. Angus is part of an order of knights, part human, part fae, given holy relics and mystical powers to help him with guardianship over dragons. As part of a series, Dragon Knight’s Shield, is sure to take its place amongst one of the best hot romance books for adults.
#7 Worth the Fall by Claudia Connor
Abby Davis, a single mother with four children, takes a beach vacation, hoping to relax and reconnect with her kids. Her husband has just died, and left her not only a single mother, but a single, pregnant mother. She’s definitely not looking for love, but it only takes one week to change the course of her entire life when she meets Matt, a former Navy SEAL recovering from an injury, at the same beach. Matt has reached a point in his life where he’s grown tired of that kind of woman, the one with only one thing on her mind. Even though they both vow that it’s only for a week, their hearts have other plans for them. The first book in a series, Worth the Fall, is passionate, and at times, soft and charming, incorporating themes of renewal, family and trust. But, don’t be fooled, this sweet story of family and renewal is plenty full of heat, making it one of those true hot romance books.
#6 Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts
Whiskey Beach is a romance novel, but it’s full of secrets. Eli Landon escapes his city life for refuge in Bluff House, a landmark at Whiskey Beach for over a hundred years. The house itself, standing atop a cliff overlooking the waves, is so old that it stands in as a character itself, locking away secrets and protecting family lies that stand to ruin, or save, Eli’s family. Eli choses this place to escape the scrutiny of a murder investigation surrounding the death of his soon-to-be ex-wife, a crime he was never arrested for, but has been accused of. Meanwhile, Abra, a complex character who seems to be a Jacqueline-of-all trades, as a yoga instructor, gardener, chef and all-around handy-woman, believes in Eli’s innocence. Their growing connection may be the thing that saves him as the house’s secrets unfold and threaten not only his reputation, but his very life, and hers. Whiskey Beach is a suspenseful adult romance book, but also a tender story of repair and renewal.
#5 Love the One You’re With by Emily Giffin
We all wonder about the ones who got away, the ones we simply cannot forget−even if they would have been bad for us. How would life have been with them? In Giffin’s Love the One You’re With, Ellen lets us face this question vicariously, through her. She runs into Leo, her bad-for-her ex-flame, as she settles into her first year of a perfectly happy marriage. His reappearance throws her heart into turmoil, forcing her to question everything she thought she’d put away and everything she thinks she now holds dear. Giffin manages to make heartbreaking questions about our deepest emotions both poignant and funny and asks us if we truly can let go, and love the one we’re with. Love the One You’re With is both tender and steamy, making it one of the best adult romance books out there.
#4 Into the Whirlwind by Kate Martin
When Megan O’Brien’s three-year-old son is kidnapped, she has no one to turn to. She knows that Dirk, working with the bodyguards of BOSS Inc., can help. But she also knows that he may not have forgiven her for the way she left him, breaking his heart. Dirk, a gruff but soft-on-the inside bodyguard-come-investigator, refuses to let his damaged heart show. Their hunt through a tangled web of international crime, watching him risk it all for her and her son, opens her eyes and her heart to a side of Dirk that she never knew existed. A romance built on trust, healing, deep affection, and of course, adventure, Into the Whirlwind is a page-turning hot romance book for adults.
#3 To Have and to Hold by Lauren Layne
Weddings are fabulous, and starting a romance novel with the premise of them is brilliant. Lauren Layne’s To Have and to Hold follows Brooke, a wedding planner, who tries to start her life over in New York after an embarrassing almost-trip down the aisle in L.A., and Seth, a wealthy businessman, who is paying for his sister’s wedding. Intrigue and romance ensue, as Seth hopes to meddle enough in his sister’s wedding to prove that her fiancé is up to no good and stop the wedding. Meanwhile, his meddling brings him ever-closer to Brooke. But as Brooke and Seth grow closer, her job gets in more and more jeopardy. Will she be helping or hurting herself by opening her heart again? To Have and to Hold is a funny, charming, and sweet adult romance book that will have you hoping for wedding bells…or not?
#2 Ruthless: A True Brothers MC Novel by Gillian Archer
Women love bad boys and secretly wonder if they are the one strong enough to tame him. In Gillian Archer’s Ruthless, Jessica Miller lets us live out that hot, romantic fantasy, as we watch her tame the baddest of them all: Zag. Filled with swoon-worthy action from the outset, as Zag swoops in and rescues her from a handsy first date, Ruthless is a passionate page-turner packed with action. Zag runs with a tough motorcycle gang and is the last kind of man that sweet, docile Jessica would go for. She’s afraid of him, and afraid of the feelings she has for him. On the inside though, she wonders if he’s soft enough to love her…and if she can love him. Ruthless is a hot romance book in every way, passionate and electric, and packed with excitement.
#1 Playboy Pilot by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland
Two adult romance book powerhouse authors have teamed up to write a perfect male lead, Carter Clynes. Carter is a playboy pilot, a world class lothario, whose reputation precedes him. Kendall is a woman on a mission: She has to decide what’s more important to her, her money, or finding love. On a journey to discover herself, she runs into Carter in an airport lounge, where they get into a heated conversation. Thinking that’s the last of him, she finds him to be the pilot on her flight. Thus begins a tale of globe-hopping romantic trysts and wondering if she’s falling in love, and if he’s capable of it. A hot romance book, and a tale of world adventure, spliced with humor and genuine romance, Playboy Pilot is a perfect pick.
Bonus Selection: Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas
Available in October, Punk 57 promises to be filled with suspense and readers are already eagerly awaiting it. Pen pals Misha and Ryen, assigned by chance, know little about one another, including their gender. But, they know one another. Their letters come with persistent regularity, for seven years. Then, one day, Misha abruptly stops writing. He/she has disappeared. Can Ryen help? If so, how? What would Ryen say? What’s happened?
These reads are sure to please just about any romance fan. They are hot, full of mystery and passion, and they are loaded with characters that connect. Happy reading!