It’s the month of love! And I’m getting married this week! So of course I had to share some very good spicy books with y’all. Even better, they’re spicy novellas.
I don’t know if it’s just my corner of the bookish internet or the whole world, but spicy novellas have been having a moment. They’re the perfect size for story—no stressing over extensive world-building and plot-having. Just a little character development and [redacted] and voila. You’ve got yourself a quick (and dirty, heh) read.
Novellas are all I can really focus on lately, too; the burnout of the real world is real. Let’s get to the good stuff.
Guarding Temptation by Talia Hibbert
James knows you’re not supposed to fall for your best friend’s little sister. It’s the rules. But Nina is…Nina. She’s busy saving the world with her journalism when she gets doxxed and needs to hide out at his place. Sexy shenanigans ensue. Guarding Temptation has it all—friends to lovers! Forced proximity! There’s only one bed!
Claimed by Cupid by Dana Isaly
Last Christmas, Holly got dumped. At a bar. While she was dressed as a slutty Mrs. Claus. Luckily, the owner of the bar—Nick Saint, a silver fox—has eyes for her. And so their relationship blooms. Claimed by Cupid is book two in this series where we get to check in on the couple for each holiday; this time it’s a spicy Valentine’s date with public toy play. These two are a delight to read.
Go Deep by Rilzy Adams
Oooh, friends to lovers, you gotta love it. Navaya is an erotica writer whose reviews are plummeting. She’s been single for far too long and asks her longtime best friend, Xander, to get her writer juices flowing again (Adams’s words, not mine, okay?). But of course it turns into more than just a simple, one-time physical thing. So good! So fun!
Check this out
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I’ve kept some version of a commonplace book for *mumbles* a decade, and now I’m sharing how to start your own. This post even inspired a fellow Book Rioter and bookish newsletter writer Laura to start one!
Look, I’ve been thinking about spicy books for a hot minute. Here are even more, if you want/need them.
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What I’m reading
Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by Ashley Herring Blake: A funny, steamy queer romance? Nuff said. I’m only a few chapters in and already obsessed with Delilah and Claire.
Catch the Sparrow: A Search for a Sister and the Truth of Her Murder by Rachel Rear: After you spend an entire month reading romance, you need to throw in some true crime. It’s the law. This one is especially enticing—Rachel Rear investigates the unsolved murder of her step-sister.
Do I Feel Better Yet?: Questionable Attempts at Self-Care and Existing in General by Madeleine Trebenski: I love self-help and I love satirical self-help even more. Trebenski’s written for McSweeney’s, and that’s really all I needed to hear before diving in to this one.
I hope you’re reading something that makes you happy.
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