5 Steamy Romance Novels That Will Spice Up Every College Girl's Holiday Season

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.

Literally, so hot RN

Literally, so hot RN

10 Valentine's Day Facts To Send To Your Crush—The Rest Is History

From secret marriages to pet Valentines.


Behind the bouquets of roses and candy hearts are years of history behind these Valentine's Day facts.

5. One theory for the origin of Valentine's Day was secret marriages in Rome​.

One theory for the origin of Valentine's Day was in Ancient Rome, when Emperor Claudius II made it illegal for men to marry, as he claimed single men made better soldiers. Apparently, St. Valentine performed secret marriages, for which he was executed on February 14th.

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7 Signs Your Single Friend Might Be Better At Dating Than You

They might be dating geniuses and you don't even know it.


We all have a go-to friend who gives THE BEST dating advice. Somehow, whether they're single or in a relationship, they always know just what to say. Pretty soon, you can't help but wonder if your single friend might actually be better at dating than you...

1. Their advice is the best and you ask for it quite often.

Don't get me wrong here, asking for advice to someone is always a good thing because others may offer a clearer and more objective perspective of your relationship problems. However, if you are constantly recurring to the same person in order to get advice and that person happens to be your single friend, then you're probably not the best at making your own decisions like he or she might be.

2. They are more selective than you are.

Sometimes if you stop and wonder why they are not dating a lot or anyone for that matter, you may think they are either weird or questioning their own sexuality. Truth is, they're actually just looking for a person they know they can have a long and stable relationship with, and as you may know, those are kinda hard to come by.

They don't simply try to date anybody they've just met because they know their chances of making it work are slimmer than dating a person they know well. In short, they are more selective because they know what they want whereas you may not just yet.

3. They helped you find your current girlfriend/boyfriend.

Because they also probably know you better than you know yourself, they are also the best wingmen or real-life Tinder matchers. More likely than not, they probably helped you or contributed to finding your current lover. They might have helped you choose between one person or another or they might have simply made a suggestion on why you should date someone and you went ahead and followed it.

If you think about it, I'm sure you might remember a time or two when they were right in those kinds of situations.

4. They are not clingy.

After dating several people for a while and having experienced a lot of things, it is almost inevitable that sometimes negative thoughts will pop-up in your mind such as jealousy, the possibility that your counterpart might be cheating on you, or the need to do everything with them because you don't want to lose them. This sense of attachment and fear of losing your counterpart might suggest you to be with your couple all the time.

But in reality, giving each other space to breathe is essential, especially if you want to have a good relationship. Your single friend probably understands this concept better than you because since he or she has been alone for a long time, he or she probably values his or her time alone more than you do, making them less susceptible to be clingy.

They know that balance is key.

5. They are better at learning from their own mistakes than you.

If you think about it, dating is a constant cycle that revolves around screwing up and then making up. For this reason, when you're in a relationship, you always get the chance to always keep learning from the mistakes you make—whether that is by not dating someone who's crazy like you did in the past, or by not letting your significant other be too controlling or manipulating.

However, for some reason or another, your single friend seems to never fall for the same thing twice. This most likely means they learned something and they are probably going to take more precautions when considering other dating prospects. By the way, this also explains why they tend to be more selective.

6. They are more independent.

Don't know if you have heard this before but usually, people who are more independent and confident are overall more attractive than those who are not. Knowing how to be independent is a key characteristic in both life and dating. But when you've been dating a little too much and have not spent some time alone, you're probably lacking in this area. Mainly because by dating too much you can unconsciously develop a feeling of dependence upon someone else that your single friend most like does not have.

7. They understand timing and its effects.

If you have dated multiple people you probably know what I am talking about. At times you may find yourself in a situation where you seemingly find the ideal person to date but you can't because you either live far away from each other or either one of you is going through a situation that is not allowing you to date. This problem is quite relevant among relationships but a lot of people foolishly chose to date anyway while knowing they will probably won't be able to hold a sane relationship.

Single people, including your friend/s, have probably seen how this affects other people's relationships and they want to take no part of that. Thus, they avoid going for those kinds of relationships altogether because they rather invest their time in something that has greater chances of working out.

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