6 Steamy, Cheese-Free Romance Novels You Need to Read Now

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It's a great time to be a lover of romance novels. Not only did the Fifty Shades boom push steamy reads into the mainstream, there is never a shortage of new books on the market that will get you hot and bothered. These six books are lust-reads—ahem, must-reads—so gird your burning loins, ladies. 

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'Deep' by Kylie Scott

If you've ever had a rock-star crush, Deep (March 2015, St. Martin's Griffin) will be your ultimate fantasy. Fourth in a hilarious and naughty series that stars a band of rockers as the swoony love interests (don’t worry, it works fine as a standalone), Deep follows little-sis-to-the-drummer Lizzy and scruffy bassist Ben as they navigate their off-limits relationship and an unexpected pregnancy. Best part? Once you finish this one, there's a book for every other member of the band, so whether singers, guitarists, or bassists are your thing, you'll be able to scratch that itch.

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'In His Keeping' by Maya Banks

Best-selling author Maya Banks doesn't disappoint with In His Keeping (Harper Collins), a suspenseful paranormal romance—and nope, we're not talking about vampires. Arial, the badass protagonist with abnormal telekinetic powers, was raised in isolation for her protection…until someone threatens her life. Oh, and of course, there's no shortage of steam, thanks to the man hired to protect her.

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'Best Women's Erotica 2015' edited by Violet Blue

Oh, baby, this anthology lives up to its name. Not for the faint of heart—or rather, faint of another region—the short stories in Best Women's Erotica 2015 (Cleis Press) are nothing but the naughty bits. And, okay, maybe it's not technically a romance novel, but hey, sometimes you don't want to waste energy flipping ahead to find the smut.

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'Captive' by Brighton Walsh

Madison is a student desperate to escape her life. Ghost is the hired enigma who kidnaps her. If captor/captive romances have you crying Stockholm syndrome, we don't blame you—but don't let the premise of Captive (March 2015, St. Martin's Griffin) scare you off. Told from dual perspectives, nothing is as it seems—and everything is really freaking hot.

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'The 27 Club' by Kim Karr

Who likes their steam with a side of darkness and mystery? If you do, pick up The 27 Club (NAL Trade), stat. Everyone in Zoey's family died at 27, including her older brother Zach. Now 27 herself, Zoey sets out to Miami to unravel the mystery—and gets tangled up in so much more than she bargained for, including her brother's best friend.

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'Confess' by Colleen Hoover

We almost feel bad about suggesting this one, if only because we don't want you to be completely emotionally destroyed—but hey, what's a little pain with your romance? Auburn has just left behind a bad past when she meets Owen, an artist who creates paintings based on other people's confessions and secrets. And boy, do they both have confessions to make and secrets to keep. We'd say more, but we recommend going into Confess (Atria Books) blind for optimal enjoyment.

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