Top 20 Popular Smut Books to Read in 2024

If you’re looking for some steamy, engaging reads to add to your 2024 reading list, you’ve come to the right place. Brace yourselves, here’s a list of the top 20 popular smut books that will captivate your attention and keep you turning pages long into the night.

1. What Happens at the Lake by Vi Keeland

What happenss at the Lake

Josie heads back to her late dad’s hometown to find some peace and reconnect with her roots. Instead, she gets tangled up with her grumpy carpenter neighbor who’s trying really hard to keep her at arm’s length. Sparks fly as they deal with their pasts and present, leading to a sizzling romance they didn’t see coming.

Vi Keeland nails it with humor, emotion, and passion in this story. It’s a must-read for fans of contemporary romance. The chemistry between Josie and her neighbor is off the charts, and watching their relationship unfold is both heartwarming and intensely passionate. One minute you’ll be laughing, the next you’ll be fanning yourself.

2. Butcher & Blackbird by Brynne Weaver

Butcher and the Blackbird

Sloane and Rowan are both serial killers, each targeting “bad guys” in their own twisted sense of justice. When they cross paths, it turns into a deadly, romantic competition that flips everything they thought they knew about themselves and each other. Their mutual attraction just adds more heat to the fire, making for a dark, gripping read.

This book’s unique premise and intense characters will keep you hooked, craving more of their dark romance. Weaver’s genius is in making you sympathize with such morally complex characters. The romance is as thrilling as the suspense, making it a standout in the genre.

3. The Partner Plot by Kristina Forest

The Partner Plot by Kristina Forest

Violet Greene and her high school ex, Xavier Wright, accidentally get married in Vegas. They decide to fake their relationship for mutual benefit, but soon, those old feelings start coming back strong. As they navigate this new setup, they have to deal with their past and figure out if they can make it work for real.

Kristina Forest gives us a delightful fake marriage trope with tons of chemistry and heartfelt moments. The banter between Violet and Xavier is sharp and entertaining, and their journey from reluctant partners to real lovers is beautifully written. This book is perfect for anyone who loves a good second-chance romance.

4. Bride by Ali Hazelwood

Bride by Ali Hazelwood

Imagine a world where werewolves and vampires coexist, albeit not very comfortably. In this setting, a werewolf and a vampire enter an arranged marriage to keep peace between their kinds. What starts as a relationship of necessity slowly blossoms into passionate love, though they face numerous hurdles along the way.

Ali Hazelwood mixes paranormal vibes with sizzling romance in this captivating story. The tension between the werewolf and the vampire, both as species and individuals, keeps things exciting. Hazelwood’s world-building is incredible, making this book a must-read for anyone who loves a good paranormal romance.

5. Fangirl Down by Tessa Bailey

Fangirl Down by Tessa Bailey

Meet Wells, a former golf star trying to make a comeback, and Josephine, his dedicated fan who steps in as his caddy. As they navigate the high-pressure world of golf, their partnership quickly turns romantic. Their journey is full of laughter, challenges, and plenty of steamy moments.

Tessa Bailey’s humor and heat make this sports romance a fun and engaging read. The chemistry between Wells and Josephine is electric, and their playful banter will keep you smiling. Bailey’s knack for creating relatable, lovable characters really shines through, making this a delightful addition to your reading list.

6. Swift & Saddled by Lyla Sage

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Picture Ada Hart, a city interior designer, falling for her mysterious boss, cowboy Wes, while renovating a ranch. The rugged cowboy and the sophisticated city girl discover unexpected love as they work side by side, dealing with their differences and undeniable attraction.

The opposites-attract theme, combined with Lyla Sage’s vivid writing, makes this a charming and steamy romance. Ada and Wes’s story is full of funny misunderstandings and heartfelt moments, making their eventual union so satisfying. Sage’s detailed descriptions of ranch life add an extra layer of depth to this charming tale.

7. Holding the Reins by Paisley Hope

Holding the R

Cece returns to her equestrian farm and rekindles a casual fling with Nash Carter, her childhood friend. What starts as a no-strings-attached situation quickly turns into a passionate love story as they reconnect and face their long-held feelings.

This book combines the nostalgia of childhood friends with the excitement of a new romance, perfect for those who love heartfelt stories with a spicy twist. Paisley Hope’s portrayal of rekindling an old flame is both emotionally resonant and delightfully steamy.

8. This Could Be Us by Kennedy Ryan

Soledad Barnes is trying to rebuild her life after a crisis when she meets a man who might be exactly what she needs. Their journey together is filled with challenges and deep passion as they help each other heal and grow. Kennedy Ryan’s storytelling is powerful, and her characters are complex and relatable.

The emotional depth of Soledad’s journey, combined with the sizzling chemistry between the leads, makes this book both thought-provoking and steamy. It’s a read that stays with you long after you turn the last page.

9. If You Hate Me by Helena Hunting

If you Hate me now

Rix moves in with her brother and his teammate Tristan, who she has an intense love-hate relationship with. Their fiery interactions quickly turn into unexpected passion as they struggle to deny the attraction simmering beneath their animosity.

Helena Hunting blends humor, heat, and heartfelt moments perfectly in this enemies-to-lovers story.  The banter between Rix and Tristan is sharp and entertaining, and their chemistry is off the charts. Hunting’s knack for creating relatable, complex characters makes this a must-read.

10. If You Give a Single Dad a Nanny by Ann Einerson

If You Give a Single Dad a Nanny by Ann Einerson

Marlow Taylor takes on a nanny job for a grumpy billionaire single dad and sparks fly. Their growing attraction evolves into a steamy love story as Marlow navigates the challenges of her new job and her feelings for her employer. This book combines the charm of a nanny romance with the heat of a billionaire love story, making it impossible to put down.

Einerson’s writing is engaging and heartfelt, capturing the nuances of a developing relationship with plenty of steam to keep you hooked.

11. Here We Go Again by Alison Cochrun

Here We Go Again by Alison Cochrun

Former best friends Logan and Rosemary, now enemies, embark on a cross-country road trip to fulfill their mentor’s dying wish. The journey rekindles old feelings and sparks new ones as they confront their past and unresolved issues. Alison Cochrun’s engaging writing and the dynamic between the characters make this road trip romance a captivating read.

The tension between Logan and Rosemary, combined with the emotional depth of their journey, makes this a compelling and heartwarming story.

12. Wild Love by Elsie Silver

Wild Love by Elsie Silver

Rosie Grant talks her brother’s best friend, billionaire Ford Grant, into hiring her. What starts as a professional gig quickly turns personal and intense. Working together gets complicated as their mutual attraction grows stronger.

Elsie Silver nails the mix of angst, witty banter, and steamy scenes, making this romance unforgettable. The sparks between Rosie and Ford are electric, and their transition from colleagues to lovers is packed with tension and heartfelt moments.

13. Bridesmaid for Hire by Meghan Quinn

The Bridesmaid for hire

Event planner Maggie fakes a relationship with her brother’s friend Brody to land more business. Their pretend romance soon blossoms into something real, with plenty of unexpected love and hilarious moments along the way.

Meghan Quinn’s signature humor and heart shine through in this fake relationship romance. Maggie and Brody’s chemistry is off the charts, and watching them go from fake partners to true lovers is an emotional and entertaining ride.

14. King of Sloth by Ana Huang

King of Sloth by Ana Huang

A high-powered publicist falls hard for her charming billionaire client. Their relationship is a whirlwind of tension and passion as they juggle their professional and personal lives. Ana Huang delivers steamy scenes and well-developed characters, creating a romance that’s hard to put down.

The dynamic between the publicist and her billionaire client is both thrilling and deeply emotional, making this book a must-read.

15. The Dixon Rule by Elle Kennedy

The Dixon Rule by Elle Kennedy

If you’re into sports romances with plenty of humor and heat, you’ll love The Dixon Rule. It’s packed with fake dating shenanigans and some seriously sexy moments. Elle Kennedy’s sharp writing style and compelling characters make it impossible to put down.

The chemistry between the characters is off the charts, and the witty banter will keep you laughing throughout. It’s a fun and thrilling read that you won’t want to miss.

16. God of War by Rina Kent

God of War by Rina Kent

Get ready for some serious will-they-won’t-they tension with God of War. This book is full of passionate moments that will get your heart racing. The intense dynamics between the characters make for a gripping and steamy read.  Rina Kent does an amazing job of building tension and delivering those steamy scenes we all love.

The characters are complex, and their relationship is intense, making it hard to put this book down.

17. Loving Romeo by Laura Pavlov

Loving Romeo by Laura Pavlov

Imagine a small-town romance with a grumpy boxer and a sunshine girl. Loving Romeo is just that, and it’s full of provocative scenes and heartfelt moments. Laura Pavlov’s charming characters and engaging plot make this story a delightful mix of passion and sweetness.

The dynamic between the grumpy boxer and the sunshine girl is endearing and steamy, offering a perfect blend of humor and heat. It’s a feel-good read that’s both spicy and sweet.

18. The Predator by Runyx

The Predator

Imagine a dark, intense enemies-to-lovers romance that keeps you on the edge of your seat. That’s exactly what you get with The Predator by Runyx. The characters’ relationship is a wild rollercoaster of passion and drama, making it impossible to look away.

If you’re into high-stakes, steamy stories, this book is your jam. The tension and drama between the characters are off the charts, making this a gripping read you won’t want to put down.

19. Heartless by Elsie Silver

Heartless by Elsie Silver

Heartless is a single-dad romance that hits you right in the feels. The lingering touches and unbearable angst are just so perfectly done. Even though it came out in 2022, it’s still hooking readers with its emotional depth and heat.

Elsie Silver really knows how to create deep connections and steamy scenes. The single-dad angle adds an extra layer of complexity and heart to the story, making it both touching and passionate.

20. Wildfire by Hannah Grace

Wild Love by Elsie Silver

Wildfire is the perfect follow-up to Icebreaker, bringing back those summer camp vibes with counselors rekindling their romance. It’s sweet, it’s spicy, and it’s everything you need for a great summer read.

Hannah Grace nails it with engaging characters and a cozy camp setting. The mix of sweet and spicy scenes keeps things balanced and ensures you’ll have a blast reading it.

In summary

These popular smut books offer a wide range of steamy stories, from contemporary romance to dark and twisted tales. Each book brings something unique to the table, ensuring there’s something for every romance reader’s taste. Enjoy!

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