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With Valentine’s Day coming up, I think it’s time we talk about the guys who should be heating up your sheets. I probably read 150+ books last year, and these fine specimens were the hottest. These books had well developed stories, plenty of angst, and lots of steamy sex…cause, c’mon, we gotta have that! These fellas definitely know what they’re doing, so if you’re looking for a little inspiration this month, check out these titles.

1. The Bad Boy Rocker… Kellan Kyle (THOUGHTLESS by S.C. Stephens)

ThoughtlessKellan is so deliciously yummy because he’s the sexy lead singer of a killer rock band, not to mention the ultimate in forbidden fruit. When Kiara agrees to move across the country with her boyfriend Denny, the sweetest Aussie you’ll ever meet, she doesn’t expect the temptation that awaits her. Their new roommate, Kellan, is the hottest thing in Seattle’s music scene. And he’s her boyfriend’s childhood friend. Off limits you say? Most definitely.

Laid back and flirty, Kellan greets her every morning, shirtless, in the kitchen with his cup of coffee. Not only does Kiara find herself spending a lot of time with Kellan because he’s home during the day, but there’s really no escaping him—his band also plays at the bar where she waitresses. To make matters worse, her relationship with Denny has a lot of bumps, one of which throws her right into Kellan’s arms. But that’s just the beginning because she’s wracked with guilt. Even though she wants Kellan, she can’t bring herself to break up with her boyfriend, who makes some major sacrifices to solidify their relationship.

Once the love triangle is in full swing, Kiara vacillates constantly, and the emotional roller coaster will make you dizzy. (Warning: You might want to scream at her, strangle her, or smack her in the face, all of which are acceptable options.) Kiara and Kellan end up having an epic argument in the rain that makes you want to curl up in the fetal position. Oh, the angst! I literally stayed up half the night reading this book.

Kellan is my number one book boyfriend because no one does sexy lead singer like S.C. Stephens. I’ve read a dozen other bad boy rocker books, and they all pale in comparison. Perhaps one of the reasons why this story works so well is because this guy seems real and not just a stereotype. I also like that his story is about the diamond in the rough. His band hasn’t made it big—yet—so his hometown charm feels like a secret you’ve been lucky to discover.  And on a cold February night, there’s no better rocker to keep you warm!

2. The Sinfully Sexy CEO… Bennett Ryan (BEAUTIFUL BASTARD by Christina Lauren)

beautiful bastardIt might be tempting to dismiss Bennett as the run-of-the-mill sexy CEO, but you’d be making a mistake by not giving him your full attention. First and foremost, he’s a total asshole. I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing hotter than a beautiful man who kind of hates you and makes you want to sock him in the face. Or rip off all of his clothes. That’s the situation with Bennett and his assistant Chloe Mills, the smart MBA who is finishing her degree by managing one of Bennett’s multi-million dollar clients.

Chloe is the only person in the office who can handle Bennett even though he seems to think she’s incompetent. But the truth is he’d never give her a huge account if he truly thought she was an idiot. Their love-hate relationship will set your panties aflame when their sexual tension reaches a boiling point. Buttons fly, body parts chafe, and naughtiness ensues…even though it’s the last thing either of them wants. He’s risking his business and reputation while she’s risking her degree, not to mention the threat of being known for sleeping her way to the top.

Now, don’t let Chloe’s acquiescence to Bennett’s excessive demands fool you. She gives as good as she gets, and the fact that she’s a shrewd business woman and not a brainless ditz (like a few characters out there who shall go unnamed) makes Bennett that much more desirable. Then there’s his penchant for doing the dirty in semi-public areas, like dressing rooms, stairwells or against the window of his high-rise office. Talk about sizzling!

If you like Bennet’s story, you’ll want to grab the subsequent companion novels, which are equally spellbinding. Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, who write under the name Christina Lauren, have created a seriously addictive series in the Beautiful Bastard novels. They’re a no-brainer one click for me.

3. The Dirty Talker… Drew Evans (TANGLED by Emma Chase)

tangledAll I can say is no one will make you want to have wild monkey sex like Drew Evans. Tangled is told from the guy’s perspective, and Emma Chase knocks it out of the park.

Drew is sarcastic and funny, sweet and sexy, and yeah, kind of a pig. Or at least he starts that way, bagging all the girls without apology, embracing his “boys will be boys” philosophy until he meets Kate, the one woman who will knock him on his ass. This is the guy who equates women to toothpaste and says that when you’re out of Aquafresh, what are you going to do? Yes, reach for Colgate. In other words, love the one you’re with. His manwhorishness would be a total turnoff if he weren’t so goddamn hot, but it’s this very arrogance that makes his fall from grace at the hands of Kate a thing of beauty.

Although Drew meets Kate at a bar, his lust for her turns into dismay on Monday morning when he learns she’s the newest addition to his firm. To make matters worse, she’s engaged, but that doesn’t deter Drew from strategizing how to get her to drop her drawers. But when his father, who’s the boss, lets him know that he’s giving the big client to Kate, she goes from being the girl he wants to bang to the one he wants to crush, igniting all-out war and sending the sexual tension off the charts.

The BEST part of this book, though, is that Drew is hysterical, and his folksy kind of wisdom will crack you up. At one point, he ponders why women don’t eat in front of men. He says, “Like a guy’s going to say to his friend, ‘Dude, she was one fugly chick, but once I saw her chomping that romaine, I just had to nail her.’ No man wants to fuck a skeleton—and nibbling crackers and water like a prisoner of war at dinner isn’t attractive. It just makes us think about what a cranky bitch you’re going to be later because you’re starving.” LOL! Another unique aspect to this book is how the author uses second person (you) to talk directly to the reader…as though Drew is whispering in your ear the whole time. (Yes, please! Whisper in mine!) Tangled is a hot, quick read, perfect for a February fling.

4. The Smoldering Scott… Braden Carmichael (ON DUBLIN STREET by Samantha Young)

Portrait of young  coupleWhy does the very mention of this guy make me want to fan myself? Holy sexy name. What’s better is he’s got a face and personality to match!

I had to re-read this book to pinpoint what exactly made Braden so mouthwatering. Here it is: He’s a cocky bastard. Even though Joss does her best to avoid her roommate’s brother, he pursues her like a stealth bomber. Joss, who was orphaned as a teenager, likes to shut people out. It’s how she got by after a terrible tragedy. It’s how she got by in foster care. It’s how she dealt with the guilt of her friend’s accident. But Braden wants to push her buttons and see what draws her out, which flusters her until she gives in.

Now, normally, when a guy pursues a girl with the lazer-like focus you see in this book, I’d be tempted to call him desperate, but when Braden does it, he oozes confidence, which makes you want him more. And, oh, girls, you’ll want him. But what puts him over the edge? That Scottish accent. Yeah, forget the Brits because the Scots have got it going on. So toss in a whole lot of dirty talk in a Scottish accent, a hard body and gorgeous face, and you have the panty-melting Braden. This book is full of hot sex scenes and angsty yumminess. Trust me when I say you’ll want to bump this to the top of your reading list!

5. The Gentleman… Garrick Taylor (LOSING IT by Cora Carmack)

LOSING ITWhat’s worse than almost hooking up with a guy only to run off just before all the dirty parts touch? Well, if the half-naked man you left in your bed is your new professor, then I’d say you’re in for one hell of a semester.

When Bliss sets out to have a one night stand and ditch her V-card, she has the good luck to run into Garrick, who is reading Shakespeare at a bar. (How hot is that?!) The moment he opens his mouth, his beautiful British accent captivates the inexperienced Bliss by surprise, and the next thing you know, they’re back at her place, ditching their clothes and getting cozy. But just as she’s about to reach the final frontier, she realizes she can’t do something this intimate with a guy she just met.

So what does Bliss do? She gives him the worst excuse in the history of hooking up—she tells him she has a cat she needs to pick up from the vet. At midnight. And then she runs out of her apartment in her skivvies and hides in the bushes. Yes, this is where you laugh hysterically and count your lucky stars you never had a sexual experience this humiliating. Her horror only grows when she goes to her acting class the next day to find that her professor has been replaced by the very young, very sexy, and very familiar Garrick Taylor, the man she left in her bed the night before who happens to be her neighbor. Oh, the horror! Despite the awkwardness of that hookup, Garrick is drawn to Bliss, who gets the lead role in the upcoming play, forcing them to spend more time together. Despite their attempts to maintain professional distance, their attraction is undeniable and angst ensues.

I have to say that Garrick is downright dreamy, and the end will leave you with one of those head-in-the-sky book hangovers. If you’re looking for the warm fuzzies that come from a great romance, Losing It is the novel for you.

5.5. Fuck! I have to have him… Ryke Meadows (HOTHOUSE FLOWER by Becca and Krista Ritchie)

hothouse flowerThis hot man’s book isn’t out yet. So how do I know he’ll curl your toes? Because he’s a sexy-as-shit supporting character in the Addicted series by Becca and Krista Ritchie, which I’ve devoured like a starving woman on a deserted island. (I’ll be talking about this series next week when I review my favorite “totally twisted but can’t live without” novels.)

Ryke is an alpha male dirty talker who is protective and aggressive and makes me want to throw myself at his feet and purr. And if you couldn’t tell, fuck is his favorite word. His book, HOTHOUSE FLOWER, comes out next month. SQUEAL!

Looking for a few more titles? My debut novel, DEAREST CLEMENTINE, comes out in April, and FINDING DANDELION, a companion novel, in June. Check out my Goodreads page to read excerpts and add them to your reading list: