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Spicy BookTok Books You Can’t Put Down

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These spicy booktok books have introduced me to a world of good books. Some of the spiciest books with the most lovable characters are books I found through BookTok. 

If you are brand new to spicy books, it may be helpful to draw the line between spicy books and full-fledged erotica. This tends to vary per person but the general consensus is spicy romance books are romance books that have sexual content and sex scenes that are woven throughout the book whereas erotica is essentially just about sex. Both are fine and lovely, it really just depends on your preference!

I feel like this should go without mentioning, but all of these books contain sex scenes and sexual content. I hope you will enjoy this book recommendation list of all the lovely spicy novels on BookTok!

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I love this book series! This is the perfect level of spicy if you don’t want erotic, it’s more of a story with spicy parts. This fantasy book has a lot of relatable characters that you will enjoy reading about. Make sure to read this post to see all these stories in order.

Genre: Fantasy Romance/Romantasy

Summary

A Maiden…

Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.

A Duty…

The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.

A Kingdom…

Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon

This book series is fun and full of all the blue alien smut you could ever want.

Genre: Science Fiction Romance/Alien Romance

Summary

You’d think being abducted by aliens would be the worst thing that could happen to me. And you’d be wrong. Because now, the aliens are having ship trouble, and they’ve left their cargo of human women – including me – on an ice planet. And the only native inhabitant I’ve met? He’s big, horned, blue, and really, really has a thing for me…

Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon

Zodiac Academy by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti

If you’re a fan of bully romances, you will absolutely cry your eyes out at this series. It is a dark romance series, so you may want to check out the trigger warning before you read it. Make sure to check this post for all of the Zodiac Academy books in order.

Additionally, if you like dark reverse harem, these lovely authors also wrote the Ruthless Boys of the Zodiac series which I have only heard good things about.

Genre: Bully Romance

Summary

I’m a Gemini. Impulsive. Curious. Headstrong. A twin. Heir to a throne I know nothing about. And it turns out, I’m Fae.

But of course there’s a catch – all I have to do to claim my birth right is prove that I’m the most powerful supernatural in the whole of Solaria. And sure, technically that’s true as I’m the daughter of the Savage King. But the bit they didn’t put in the brochure was that every single Fae in this Kingdom would claim my throne if they could.

The school they’ve sent me to is both dangerous as sh*t and one helluva party. Vampires bite weaker students in the corridors, the Werewolf pack has orgies in the Wailing Wood at every full moon and don’t even get me started on the dark and twisted ways the Sirens use their powers on people’s emotions, or how my sinfully tempting Cardinal Magic teacher hosts detentions that leave people needing therapy.

Classes are totally interesting if you manage to live through them. And that Gemini star sign I mentioned? It now determines my elemental magic and affects my destiny, so learning astrology is essential if I’m going to beat down my classmates – which is actively encouraged by the way.

My biggest problem is the drool worthy Dragon shifter who has his eyes on my throne. He and his three psycho friends are determined to make my time here hell.

All I’ve got to do is survive. But fate might have other ideas.

Dammit, why couldn’t I have gotten a letter to Hogwarts?

***Content Warnings: This is a dark, bully romance – don’t go expecting a sweet school for magic with friends around every corner. Fae fight for everything they own and Zodiac Academy is a cutthroat school for students aged 18+ where only the strongest prevail. There’s no Dumbledore here to save anyone’s ass and Lionel Acrux will give Voldemort a run for his money in the evil dictator category. So hold onto your stardust (broomsticks not required) and get ready for a bumpy ride***

Zodiac Academy by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

Alright, so we’ve got slow burn, we’ve got a little bit of spice, what more could you want? I love a good romantic comedy, and this is one that absolutely lives up to your dreams.

Genre: Fake dating, office romance with a professor and grad student

Summary

When a fake relationship between scientists meets the irresistible force of attraction, it throws one woman’s carefully calculated theories on love into chaos.

As a third-year Ph.D. candidate, Olive Smith doesn’t believe in lasting romantic relationships–but her best friend does, and that’s what got her into this situation. Convincing Anh that Olive is dating and well on her way to a happily ever after was always going to take more than hand-wavy Jedi mind tricks: Scientists require proof. So, like any self-respecting biologist, Olive panics and kisses the first man she sees.

That man is none other than Adam Carlsen, a young hotshot professor–and well-known ass. Which is why Olive is positively floored when Stanford’s reigning lab tyrant agrees to keep her charade a secret and be her fake boyfriend. But when a big science conference goes haywire, putting Olive’s career on the Bunsen burner, Adam surprises her again with his unyielding support and even more unyielding…six-pack abs.

Suddenly their little experiment feels dangerously close to combustion. And Olive discovers that the only thing more complicated than a hypothesis on love is putting her own heart under the microscope.

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

Neon Gods by Katee Robert

This one is definitely more smutty but it’s so good! Katee Robert’s writing is amazing, especially if you’re starting to get into steamy romances. I am personally a big fan of modern retellings, especially when it comes to fan favorites like Hades and Persephone.

Genre: Dark mythology retellings with a lot of kinks

Summary

He was supposed to be a myth. But from the moment I crossed the River Styx and fell under his dark spell…he was, quite simply, mine.

*A scorchingly hot modern retelling of Hades and Persephone that’s as sinful as it is sweet.*

Society darling Persephone Dimitriou plans to flee the ultra-modern city of Olympus and start over far from the backstabbing politics of the Thirteen Houses. But all that’s ripped away when her mother ambushes her with an engagement to Zeus, the dangerous power behind their glittering city’s dark facade.

With no options left, Persephone flees to the forbidden undercity and makes a devil’s bargain with a man she once believed a myth…a man who awakens her to a world she never knew existed.

Hades has spent his life in the shadows, and he has no intention of stepping into the light. But when he finds that Persephone can offer a little slice of the revenge he’s spent years craving, it’s all the excuse he needs to help her—for a price. Yet every breathless night spent tangled together has given Hades a taste for Persephone, and he’ll go to war with Olympus itself to keep her close…

Neon Gods by Katee Robert

Credence by Penelope Douglas

I have heard a lot of good things about this story, so I absolutely had to share this!

Genre: Bully romance, enemies to lovers

Summary

Three of them, one of her, and a remote cabin in the woods. Let the hot, winter nights ensue…Tiernan de Haas doesn’t care about anything anymore. The only child of a film producer and his starlet wife, she’s grown up with wealth and privilege but not love or guidance. Shipped off to boarding schools from an early age, it was still impossible to escape the loneliness and carve out a life of her own. The shadow of her parents’ fame followed her everywhere. And when they suddenly pass away, she knows she should be devastated. But has anything really changed? She’s always been alone, hasn’t she? Jake Van der Berg, her father’s stepbrother and her only living relative, assumes guardianship of Tiernan who is still two months shy of eighteen. Sent to live with him and his two sons, Noah and Kaleb, in the mountains of Colorado, Tiernan soon learns that these men now have a say in what she chooses to care and not care about anymore. As the three of them take her under their wing, teach her to work and survive in the remote woods far away from the rest of the world, she slowly finds her place among them. And as a part of them. She also realizes that lines blur and rules become easy to break when no one else is watching. One of them has her. The other one wants her. But he…He’s going to keep her.

Credence by Penelope Douglas

The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas

Fake dating is a trope I will fall for every single time, I can never get enough! Plus, pair it with a trip to Spain and I am all in.

Genre: office romance, fake relationship, enemies-to-lovers

Catalina Martín desperately needs a date to her sister’s wedding. Especially since her little white lie about her American boyfriend has spiralled out of control. Now everyone she knows—including her ex and his fiancée—will be there and eager to meet him.

She only has four weeks to find someone willing to cross the Atlantic and aid in her deception. New York to Spain is no short flight and her raucous family won’t be easy to fool.

Enter Aaron Blackford—her tall, handsome, condescending colleague—who surprisingly offers to step in. She’d rather refuse; never has there been a more aggravating, blood-boiling, and insufferable man.

But Catalina is desperate, and as the wedding draws nearer, Aaron looks like her best option. And she begins to realize he might not be as terrible in the real world as he is at the office.

The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas

It Happened One Summer Tessa Bailey

Sometimes, all you need is a good romantic comedy, right? This type of story is my guilty pleasure, I absolutely adore leaving the big city and coming back to your hometown stories, I couldn’t tell you why.

I also read Tessa Bailey’s Window Shopping and all of her amazing writing that will make you want to read this sooner rather than later.

Genre: Small town romance

Summary

Piper Bellinger is fashionable, influential, and her reputation as a wild child means the paparazzi are constantly on her heels. When too much champagne and an out-of-control rooftop party lands Piper in the slammer, her stepfather decides enough is enough. So he cuts her off, and sends Piper and her sister to learn some responsibility running their late father’s dive bar… in Washington.

Piper hasn’t even been in Westport for five minutes when she meets big, bearded sea captain Brendan, who thinks she won’t last a week outside of Beverly Hills. So what if Piper can’t do math, and the idea of sleeping in a shabby apartment with bunk beds gives her hives. How bad could it really be? She’s determined to show her stepfather—and the hot, grumpy local—that she’s more than a pretty face.

Except it’s a small town and everywhere she turns, she bumps into Brendan. The fun-loving socialite and the gruff fisherman are polar opposites, but there’s an undeniable attraction simmering between them. Piper doesn’t want any distractions, especially feelings for a man who sails off into the sunset for weeks at a time. Yet as she reconnects with her past and begins to feel at home in Westport, Piper starts to wonder if the cold, glamorous life she knew is what she truly wants. LA is calling her name, but Brendan—and this town full of memories—may have already caught her heart.

It Happened One Summer Tessa Bailey

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

If you love a good enemies-to-lovers book, this book is going to be right up your alley!

Genre: contemporary romance, fake dating, enemies to lovers

Olive Torres is used to being the unlucky twin: from inexplicable mishaps to a recent layoff, her life seems to be almost comically jinxed. By contrast, her sister Ami is an eternal champion…she even managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a slew of contests. Unfortunately for Olive, the only thing worse than constant bad luck is having to spend the wedding day with the best man (and her nemesis), Ethan Thomas.

Olive braces herself for wedding hell, determined to put on a brave face, but when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. Suddenly there’s a free honeymoon up for grabs, and Olive will be damned if Ethan gets to enjoy paradise solo.

Agreeing to a temporary truce, the pair head for Maui. After all, ten days of bliss is worth having to assume the role of loving newlyweds, right? But the weird thing is…Olive doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, the more she pretends to be the luckiest woman alive, the more it feels like she might be.

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I will not lie to you, I am obsessed with this book series. It has so many amazing characters and is truly the book on booktok that is turning people who haven’t picked up a book in years into book lovers again. Also, I think it opened up a gateway for people to become smut readers, so let’s thank it for that alone.

Also, with this series try to avoid seeing anything about it if it at all possible. You’re going to get so many spoilers. Just sit down, read it, binge it, come back later. If you want the list on how to read the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, check out this post.

If you like this series, also check out her Throne of Glass series. It’s not spicy but still quite good.

Genre: Fantasy romance

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a terrifying creature arrives to demand retribution. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she knows about only from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not truly a beast, but one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled her world.

At least, he’s not a beast all the time.

As she adapts to her new home, her feelings for the faerie, Tamlin, transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But something is not right in the faerie lands. An ancient, wicked shadow is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it, or doom Tamlin-and his world-forever.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I hope you enjoyed this list of spicy books! Feel free to add your own recommendations in the comments below!

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