You know what they say about the nice guy. So make room on your digital shelf for these bad boy romance books. We’re talking tall, dark, and dangerous archetypes who have the ability to make the mercury rise from within the pages of a book. Enjoy.
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Dirty Little Lies, by Lora Leigh
Can we just take a second to appreciate the befitting title No. 1 bestselling author Lora Leigh has applied to her scintillating series? The Men of Summer. Now that that’s done, we turn our attention to the stud taking center stage in Dirty Little Lies: Zack Richards. A hard-body alpha male with a checkered past who’s devoted to protecting his naïve Grace Maddox from her own power-hungry family, he’s exactly who you want to cozy under the covers with on a brisk night.
Tempestuous Eden, by Heather Graham
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham has crafted an “all’s fair in love and war” tale about a pair of Americans—Blair, a government man’s daughter, and Craig, the diplomat sent to rescue her—who connect amid the backdrop of a war-torn country. Think Romancing the Stone without the stone.
Low Country Liar, by Janet Dailey
His name is Slade, a moniker that uncloaks his bad-boy reputation with just one syllable. And he’s the attorney who Lisa suspects is embezzling money from her wealthy aunt. One false identity and a couple of white lies later, and she’s on her way to discovering the truth. Though, of course, pesky emotions and untamed passions get in the way in this one from New York Times bestselling author Janet Dailey.
An Indecent Proposal, by Katee Robert
Another chapter in the scandalous O’Malley family saga, An Indecent Proposal has nothing to do with Robert Redford and everything to do with a man named Cillian O’Malley. A tortured hero, he and his star-crossed lover, Olivia Rashidi, can stay apart for only so long. Even if Olivia knows he’s trouble. This rival-family pair give Romeo and Juliet a run for their pence.
Into the Whirlwind, by Kat Martin
A taut sexy thriller, bestselling author Kat Martin’s Into the Whirlwind grabs hold from page one and never lets go. About a woman who turns to her ex-lover/bodyguard, Dirk Reynolds, for help finding her abducted son, this one’s an action-packed whodunit that spices things up with bouts of smoldering romance. It’s also one part of a series, so pay attention to those side characters.
Hard Rules, by Lisa Renee Jones
Described as “Wall Street meets Sons of Anarchy,” New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones’s Hard Rules is the first in her Dirty Money series. The bad boy under the spotlight here? Shane Brandon, the only morally just member of the affluent and corrupt Brandon family. As his efforts to follow his moral compass drag him further into the darkness, there is one woman who might be able to save him. Her name is Emily Stevens. Secrets and lies ahead.
Reaper’s Property, by Joanna Wylde
Who can say no to man named Horse? Well, not a woman named Marie, the protagonist and object of the chiseled biker’s desire in author Joanna Wylde’s smutty read. Still bruised from an abusive marriage, Marie doesn’t want to saddle up, if you will, with Horse–no matter how many packs of abdominal muscles he has. That is, until her brother gets into trouble with Horse’s gang and surrendering to Horse is the only way to save him. Consider this one a wild ride.
The Protector, by Jodi Ellen Malpas
A tale about a pair of lost souls who find solace in one another, bestselling author Jodi Ellen Malpas’s Protector climbs more of an emotional arc than a hot and steamy one–though there is that, too. When Jake Sharp takes a job as the bodyguard of the high-profile heiress Camille Logan–well, you’ve seen what happens with Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston in The Bodyguard, right?
All Chained Up, by Sophie Jordan
Forget the Red Room of Pain, the lusty characters in Sophie Jordan’s erotic tale are all about the Devil’s Rock. Meet Knox Callaghan, the sex-on-a-stick inmate locked up in the prison volunteer nurse Briar Davis calls her 9-to-5. Though forbidden, the two can’t keep their eyes off each other, so once he makes parole, the fun real begins.
Strong Enough, by M. Leighton
The heart wants what the heart wants in M. Leighton’s raunchy romance about a woman and the emotionally damaged yet undeniably seductive bounty hunter she falls for. Muse and Jasper collide in an effort to find Muse’s missing father, but what they unearth is a chemistry that can’t be denied. The first in the New York Times bestselling Bad Boy trilogy, Strong Enough is touted as a “sexy contemporary” novel, but we just call it a must-read.