Hi all, Renee here with our final week of Naughty and Nice. Now that the excitement and sometimes overwhelming spin of the holiday season has come to a close, the Chicks thought a little relaxation might be in order. So, what’s better than snuggling between the sheets with a book? No, don’t answer that question! Okay, so what comes in a distant second? If you answered a great book, then we’re on the same page. So in celebration of the Chicks’ love of books and the coming winter months, when snuggling under the covers is always fun no matter the activity, the Chicks have compiled a list of our favorite novels—some a bit naughty and some simply nice. And since we’re still feeling in the holiday mood, we’re going to give one commenter a $10 Amazon gift card.
We’ve given our naughty and nice books a heat rating so you know what you’re in for!
5) Hot—Could induce reckless, kinky behavior. Warning: Don’t answer the door if the sexy Fed-ex guy or gal rings the bell.
4) Extremely Sensual—Could put you in a sexually adventurous mood.
3) Sensual—Could put you in the mood for foreplay.
2) Mild—Could put you in a cuddling mood.
1) Tepid—Could put you to sleep.
For legal reason we have included a warning with number five. Okay, now that we’ve got that all straightened out, let’s move on to our picks.
Josie has several favorites. Her top pick is Burning Wild by Christine Feehan. The hero, Jake, is one messed up man who is part leopard and the heroine, Emma, is a pregnant innocent. Jake’s an AAAAlpha male, sexy, rich, and oh so bad, but he loves up his little heroine in sumptuous, delicious ways. Josie gives it a 5 heat rating.
For more downright naughty, she also suggests anything in The Rough Riders Series by Lorelei James or The Nauti Series by Lora Leigh. She also adores Shayla Black and Maya Banks, and is particularly fond of Colter’s Woman, which is about three men tending to the heroine’s every needs. Well who wouldn’t like that! She gives them all a 5 on our heat rating scale.
For romantically nice, Josie suggests Simply Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. She found it funny, romantic, and original. She also suggests The Pirate Lord by Sabrina Jeffries and Tempt the Devil by Anna Campbell. Josie gives these books a 4 heat rating.
Misty suggests Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie. She absolutely loved this book! The heroine, Min, worries about her weight, what she looks like naked, and if her man will stay forever. She is funny, sassy, smart, and has awesome taste in shoes. Cal, the hero, is perfectly imperfect for Min. Cal not only captured Min’s heart, he captured Misty’s as well. Shh, we won’t tell Misty’s hubby about that! Misty gives this book a 3 heat rating.
Misty also swooned over the historical novel The Spymaster’s Lady by Joanna Bourne. Why? She says Bourne’s writing made her ACHE. Misty enjoyed Bourne’s lyrical style and the vibrating sexual tension. If you’re looking for hot and heavy sex all the way through, Misty says this is not the book for you. However, if you want a quivering Lordy-just-take-her-now build-up this book totally delivers. 3.5 heat rating.
Wading into the BDSM category, Misty just finished The Siren by Tiffany Reisz. The female lead is an erotica writer/dominatrix who thinks she knows everything about being pushed to her limits in a world where passion is pain and nothing is ever simple. Misty enjoyed this book way more than Fifty Shades because the writing is flawless and the plot is so maddeningly twisted. It has some themes (clergy, underage) that might be troubling to some, but if you’re in the mood for a
mind-fuck hot read this is a slam-dunk. 5 heat rating.
Rachael suggests the series Black Dagger Brotherhood by J. R. Ward. It contains hot, tortured alpha heroes who are also vampires. They’re ancient warriors protecting their race from slayers in New York. Rachael especially enjoyed Lover Mine, it has a truly kick-ass heroine and a super-sweet hero. 4 heat rating. Another series she enjoyed was Fever by Karen Marie Moning. Hands down the best alpha male Rachael’s ever read. She suggests reading this series in order. While technically an Urban Fantasy about Fae in Ireland, it kicks butt in the romance department. 4 heat rating.
Angela is huddled in a corner rocking back and forth because picking favorites has fried her brain. Her current addiction, thanks to the rabid readers in her Goodreads groups, is the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones. It’s funny and sexy wrapped in a unique little package. You’ve never seen a grim reaper like Charley before, and Reyes (right up there with Jericho Barrons) may take over the no. 1 spot in your all-time fav alpha male list! The sexy times aren’t over-saturating the story, but when they show up, this is a definite heat rating of 4. For historicals, Angela’s a bit unconventional, preferring a departure from the norm. Anything by Jillian Stone, Anna Randol, Georgie Lee, and Zoe Archer—oh, bring on that next Hellraisers book, Zoe! These historicals play around with nonstandard characters or nonstandard locations or paranormal/steampunk elements.
For an explosive 5 heat rating, Angela’s a big fan of Cherise Sinclair’s Masters of the Shadowlands series and, for the paranormal fans, Joey Hill’s Vampire Queen series—fav is Vampire Mistress and Vampire Trinity, but it’s best to read the series in order to get Gideon’s (yummm) backstory. Angela reads twenty to thirty books per month in many genres of Romance and welcomes any requests for recommendations.
I love historical romances, so I’m going to stick with that genre. My favorite historical of all time is Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale. I couldn’t put it down! For me it is one of those stay up all night reads. Kinsale weaves a story that is so unique. The hero, the Duke of Jervaulx, suffers a stroke and his family places him in a mental asylum. Maddy, the heroine, is a devout Quaker. They must overcome not only his initial inability to speak, but her religious convictions. Damn, just writing about this book makes me want to pull it off the shelf and read it again. 3.5 heat rating.
If your looking for a historical with a little more heat, then my second suggestion might fit the bill. It’s The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt. Though not erotica, this book is definitely steamy. The hero is not your average hunk, but an earl whose face and body are scarred from smallpox. He’s also different in that he’s not the classic charmer but a gruff character. The heroine is smart and really knows how to use her
mouth brains to amp up the sexual tension. 4 heat rating.
If you’ve read any of our suggestions, we’d love to have you weigh in on what you thought about them. And let us know what books are on your best-loved list!
The chicks will randomly choose one commenter for an Amazon email gift card on January 9!