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Sizzling Romance Novels to Read this Winter

By: Hidden Gems on January 19, 2024

Hidden Gems Books ARC service.

By: Hidden Gems on January 19, 2024


If you’re a regular on the Hidden Gems blog, you’ll know that romance is the most popular genre in our ARC program. Our readers know that no two love stories are the same, so they scoop up sizzling romance novels like the ones on this list every chance they get. So if you’re looking for a new hot read to chase away the winter chill, there’s something for every romance reader on this list!


Quiet by Clarissa Bright

With over 125 ratings and a 4.3 star average, Quiet is the first in the Mercy Blades series, which plunges readers into the bloody, dangerous, dark side of Orlando.

LadyCait raves in her five star Amazon review, “Great murder mystery with plenty of spicy mafia. While this book isn’t loaded down with spice the scenes that do exist are incredibly hot and well written. I also enjoyed trying to figure out the ‘who done it’ aspect of the story. Lots of perspectives and information for an overall entertaining read.”

“This was a great first story in this series. It was a mystery suspense and romance that had me hooked from the very beginning,” Ash J. concurs in their five star Amazon review. “…Definitely a recommended read!”

Reckless Deal

Reckless Deal by Maxine Henri

With over 160 ratings and a 4.4 star average, Reckless Deal is book four of the Reckless Billionaires series.

“A down on her luck woman taking care of everyone else besides herself, enter in Gio. He’s protective, he’s obsessive; honestly he’s kinda a brute but a big softy on the inside; if she said jump he’d say how high,” Shannon G. explains in her five star Amazon review. “…There’s a perfect balance of plot, romance and spice.If you are looking to dip your toe into romance this is a great start.”

RomanceReader1492 raves in their five star Amazon review, “Intense! This well-written book and the characters who want so badly to be together in spite of their internal obstacles, really got me churned up. The chemistry is off the charts, and the evolution of their growth was masterly handled. Highly recommend for an engaging ride.”

Merciless Vows

Merciless Vows by Aidee Jaimes

With over 800 ratings and a 4.4 star average, Merciless Vows is the first in The Seven Deadly Sinacores dark mafia series.

Merciless Vows is an awesome beginning to the Seven Deadly Sinacores series. It is a well written, steamy mafia romance. I was hooked from the first chapter of this dark, intriguing, suspenseful story. It’s a captivating story full of twists, mystery, ruthlessness, violence, and revenge. The sexual tension between Luca and Carina was on fire!…” Sammye writes in their five star Amazon review.

“…Someone is murdering the heads of the local families as a vendetta for one of his that was killed. Can [Luca and Carina] stop this killer by forming an alliance with the other families? Will [they] realize the feelings they have towards one another?” Carmella S. further explains in her five star review, “The story is good, the writing also as well as the flow of the story. This couple drew you into their life and you can’t help but root for them! I enjoyed their story so much that I started reading the rest of the series. These are standalone books, each focusing on other members of the ‘alliance’ that was formed.”

Life Is Better With You

Life Is Better With You by Shannon Paige

With 40+ ratings and a 4.5 star average, Life is Better with You is the fake romance story of Luke and Aspen.

“This book was so so good such an easy read! Luke and Aspen are really good together. This book has everything: romance, spice, angst, tension and meaningful lessons about self love. I cannot wait to read more by Shannon Paige and Aspen’s friends!!” Rebecca B. raves in her five star Amazon review.

Steph N. concurs in her five star Amazon review, “I loved this book! It’s the perfect blend of adorableness and spice, and I loved how the author built Aspen and Luke’s love connection slowly, but still made it absolutely unputdownable. Aspen is funny and so relatable too, and I actually laughed out loud a few times, which I rarely do, even with rom-coms. Actually, I found Luke relatable as well, but in a different way. I just loved these two. I can’t wait to see what Paige writes next! Definitely an author to watch.”

The Nephilim's Finesse

The Nephilim’s Finesse by Eliza Hampstead

With 15+ ratings and a 4.5 star average, The Nelphilim’s Finesse is book three of the four book War of the Nephilim series.

“A world set in constant power struggles between vampires, Nephilim, Fae, and witches; Victorija has done terrible things to get into a powerful position in hopes that maybe the vampires can stop being hunted. Raph, a leader of the Nephilim, is determined to protect the world from the vampires and their wicked deeds. When Raph captures Victorija and holds her prisoner a deal is constructed to get answers. Their attraction to each other grows stronger each day but they cannot escape their roles in the world,” Adrianna explains in her five star Amazon review. “The Nephilim’s Finesse by Eliza Hampstead was so sexy…I loved romance and smut…”

Annie555 explains further in her five star review, “Victorija has been captured by the Nephilim and is being kept prisoner. To say that she is hated is putting it mildly as she has been responsible for truly awful things and because of that she is really easy to dislike. But as soon as you start learning her backstory your heart breaks for her. Talk about having it rough. She has been used and taken advantage of in ways that would make most people curl up into a ball and waste away. After her capture Raph takes over as leader of the Nephilim with two others and he undertakes the task of making her talk but insists that they are better than that and he comes up with a plan that is… unique to say the least. I really liked the characters, I thought they were well-rounded and real in their emotions and reactions to certain traumas and stimuli. The story itself was quite dark but thoroughly entertaining.”

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