Sylvia Day is known for her deeply emotional, well-written and sexy as hell novels. I fell in love with her writing after meeting Gideon and Ava in Bared to You. If you’re bummed that Sylvia Day’s addictive Crossfire series has concluded, you can get your fix with these great reads:
Try out Sylvia Day’s back catalog!
If you haven’t already read her other books, you should! She is one of the authors who convinced me to read historical romance and now I’m hooked.
According to Day herself, Seven Years to Sin is the novel that inspired her to write Bared to You, so it’s a great place to start. Alistair and Jessica end up on a ship together, so if forced proximity entertains you like it does me, you’ll have a good time. Both characters have history together but Day resists the urge to put them into bed immediately, building up some A grade sexual tension.
And just for fun, check out Destiny’s Captive, the second in Beverly Jenkins’s Destiny series. They’re both pirates. If you’ve read Seven Years to Sin and want more sexy ship action, this is for you.
If you like crazypants sexytimes with an emotional punch...
Sloth, by self-pubbed author Ella James has the aforementioned Crazypants Sexytimes and a deep-seated mystery. The premise of the series is Original Sins, so this is titled based on the fact that the heroine is a pot dealer and the hero is her supplier. If that turns you off, this is probably not for you. Contrary to the title, however, the heroine is not a slacker. She deals in order to keep up with the expensive lifestyle her sorority membership demands. Warning: by the time you figure out the mystery, you’ll be in deep enough to have your heart ripped out… right along with our heroine. That said, the hero is hot, dominant, and a bit secretive. Just like our Gideon.
Historicals with top-of-the-line sexual tension
Sarah MacLean’s One Good Earl Deserves a Lover (or any of her books, seriously). Cross is an unconventional hero in some ways but damn is he good at the sexy talk and how shall we say… choreographing?
Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas. Derek Craven might be the best self-made emotionally damaged hero in the land of historical romance. Several classic tropes, executed beautifully. If you’re sick of aristocratic heroes, try out rough-around-more-than-the-edges Craven.
Try a fun twist on the billionare trend...
A Gentleman in the Street by Alisha Rai. The billionaire in this one is our heroine. She’s got a messed-up family life, complete with step-siblings and nosy press (like Gideon), and trust issues. She’s good at her job as a mogul and engages in some seriously extracurricular activities. The hero is good too, but read this one for Akira and her no-limits sex life and kick-ass attitude.
Domineering Billionaire Meets Entrepreneurial Girl with a Past...Yes, Please!
The Hacker Series by Meredith Wild reminded me rather a lot of the Crossfire series. If you’re looking for something similar to the Crossfire Series but different, you may enjoy these.
Girl is starting fashion site. Boy is tech billionaire. Girl needs investors. Boy is a dick at first but they have top-grade chemistry. Sexy hijinks ensue.
I’m always on the lookout for something new with the same combination of emotional punch and sexual tension that Day’s novels provide. If you’ve read anything recently that fits the bill, let me know in the comments!
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