Talia Hibbert Recommends Four Romances That Will Leave You Breathless

Talia Hibbert Recommends Four Romances That Will Leave You Breathless

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Get a Life, Chloe Brown, one of our most-anticipated reads of the season, is now on shelves! Author Talia Hibbert celebrated the book’s release with us last week by sharing how romance novels inspired her to “get a life.” Now, Hibbert is back with four romance recommendations that will leave readers breathless! We suggest starting with Get a Life, Chloe Brown, which follows a geeky heroine on her journey to step out of her comfort zone, and then working your way through these amazing reads.

Romance novels are a clever, visceral, trustworthy source of pure pleasure. Unfortunately, they also carry a misogynistic stigma in society. The toxic, patriarchal status quo encourages people to look down their noses at our genre for including such gauche topics as love, feelings, and character development. Shudder. But the element most often mocked is, of course, the sex.

Conveying healthy and fulfilling attraction is both difficult and rewarding. Luckily for us, romance authors routinely offer a masterclass—whether they include actual sex scenes or not. I present for your delectation four romance novels guaranteed to leave you breathless—both from the spark between their main characters and the skill with which that spark is written.

White Whiskey Bargain by Jodie Slaughter

The book
Jodie’s last name is wildly appropriate, because every page of her latest release, White Whiskey Bargain, slaughtered me. The chemistry between Javier and Hannah, members of rival moonshine families in Appalachia who enter a modern-day marriage of convenience, was so hot it literally burned. 

The sexiest scene
When the newlyweds are forced to awkwardly share a bed during a business trip (yes, their illegal, rival businesses involve business trips. Told you this book was great), they wake up plastered together in the Nashville heat. They’re interrupted before things go too far. But the silence, slow breathing, and tentative touching are… *chef’s kiss*.

Island Fling with the Tycoon by Therese Beharrie

The book
Therese Beharrie is the queen of soap opera events grounded in emotional realism, and this book does not disappoint. Piper flies to Greece for the nuptials of her ne’er-do-well brother—but he runs off days before the wedding. Piper’s left to face the wrath of the bride’s brother: bossy, wealthy Caleb, her worst nightmare and natural enemy.

The sexiest scene
This is a closed-door romance, so there’s no sex on the page, but that doesn’t mean it ain’t hot as hell. From the moment these two meet, their animosity hides obvious attraction. In particular, the way Caleb is grudgingly aroused when Piper wins their verbal battles had me bouncing around in my chair. The sexual tension is so palpable, you feel it sparkling across your skin as you read.

Being Hospitable by Meka James

The book
Falling for your brother’s best friend is an excellent trope. Being roommates with your crush is also an excellent trope. Those two tropes combined in an F/F romance were clearly designed to ruin my work schedule, because when I got my hands on Being Hospitable by Meka James I did not put it down again until I was done. 

The sexiest scene
This book is an erotic extravaganza, and the lusty pining and forbidden tension are just as hot as the actual sex. From the start, Charley is on a mission to make her brother’s best friend Kiki really see her, which involves lots of casual nudity and lingering touches. Watching cool, calm, and in-control Kiki spiral into dopey desire because Charley’s hair tickled her hand was absolutely incredible.

Open House by Ruby Lang

The book
Struggling real-estate agent Magda and community gardener Tyson can’t be anything but enemies. After all, she desperately needs to sell the abandoned plot of land he and his elderly friends want to keep. And yet, chemistry and unavoidable connections throw the pair together during a steamy NYC summer. 

The sexiest scene
I don’t want to spoil this one for you, so all I’ll say is: This book uses a city-wide power cut to build the kind of intimate tension that made the readings on my smartwatch go haywire. When the lights go out, these enemies are forced to reveal how much they’ve started to care for each other. Their closeness in the dark creates that giddy, first-kiss excitement you might remember from your school days.

Talia Hibbert is a Black British author who lives in a bedroom full of books. Supposedly, there is a world beyond that room, but she has yet to drum up enough interest to investigate. She writes steamy, diverse romance because she believes that people of marginalized identities need honest and positive representation. Her interests include makeup, junk food, and unnecessary sarcasm.

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