I cannot lie, I'm a sucker for a good romance novel. I love reading about characters with a great backstory that collide to create intense sexual chemistry.

All five of these books are the first in a series. So if you fall in love with one of them, there is more to come after you finish the first book.

One brief caveat—these books are all very heteronormative and not the most inclusive of trashy romance novels. I'm always looking out for more inclusive, and sex-positive romance novels.

1. "Beautiful Bastard" by Christina Lauren

Bennett Ryan is the trash romance novel character of my dreams. He's brilliant, sexy and daring. Chloe Mills is the badass, leading lady that rivals Bennett's every step. When Chloe begins interning for Bennett, her whole world is taken over with feelings for her hot boss.

If you're looking for an easy read and steamy hot scenes, you cannot go wrong with "Beautiful Bastard."

2. "Perfect Chemistry" by Simone Elkeles

"Perfect Chemistry" is the book that turned me onto to romance novels beyond "Twilight." Elkeles' writing is very easy to read and perfect for folks just starting out in romance novels.

This book focuses on the story of Brittany Ellis and Alex Fuentes. Brittany's and Alex's lives collide when they are assigned to be lab partners. Although the story relies heavily on stereotypes, "Perfect Chemistry" keeps me on the front of my seat even on the 100th read.

3. "Sweet Filthy Boy" by Christina Lauren

"Sweet Filthy Boy" tells the story of Mia, a college graduate. She follows a phenomenal one-night stand home to France for a summer of fun after graduation. If you've ever thought about the reality of running away from real life, "Sweet Filthy Boy," is perfect for you.

4. "Going Down" by Jayne Rylon

"Going Down" is an out of the box romance novel about three sexy divers that live on a luxurious mega-yacht. The premise of the book is a little unusual, but the sexual tension between the two main characters leads to intense intimate scenes.

5. "Leaving Paradise" by Simone Elkeles

If cheery rom coms are not your style, "Leaving Paradise" is perfect for you. Caleb Becker got drunk at a high school party and hit his classmate Maggie Armstrong. Although she is not killed, Maggie is severely hurt from the accident. This story takes place one year after the crash. Caleb is back in town and they reconnect.