Everyone enjoys a good love story, and when you throw in true romance, sexy seduction and a hot couple who just can’t keep their hands off of each other, you have a best selling romance novel you just can’t put down.
Although the genre rarely gets the accolades it deserves, romance is actually the most popular and best selling genre in the U.S. with almost $1.5 billion in sales in 2010, according to Romance Writers of America. Even more amazing is that number is triple that of classic fiction and double that of science fiction and fantasy sales.
So it appears women in love don’t just dream about red roses or dinner dates, but also about having a relationship that compares to the hottest of them all.
Here are the top 5 steamiest romance novels of 2012.
Fifty Shades of Grey
by E. L. James
This book is one of a three part series about the erotic affair of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. When innocent literature student Steele interviews young, entrepreneur Grey, she finds herself yearning to be close to him. Grey has it all — wealth, success and even a loving family — but underneath the charm and beauty are weaknesses and a consuming need to control.
Despite his efforts, Grey finally admits he has fallen for her, but as usual, it must be on his terms. His erotic tastes make unworldly Steele hesitant to get wrapped up in this exiting, yet scary whirlwind affair. Yet as the couple embark on their passionate journey, Steele discovers she has dark desires of her own.
Anything He Wants
by Sara Fawkes
Although Lucy Delacourt is not thrilled with her temporary job, it does give her a chance to see a handsome stranger in the elevator each day.
He’s out of her league, but that doesn’t stop her from dreaming. When this stranger she doesn’t even know confronts her, she yields easily, and doesn’t realize they’ve just begun a chain of events that will change her life.
Fawkes tells a scandalous tale of billionaire Jeremiah Hamilton and his plans for Lucy that are too wild for even her dreams.
Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel
by Sylvia Day
Gideon Cross was handsome and smart. Eva craved his touch like a drug, though she knew she was flawed and damaged.
Gideon knew her weaknesses but had his own demons to deal with. Could they create a private world of desires and be transformed through the bonds of love?
Sylvia Day’s novel looks at two fundamentally flawed characters to examine the nature of healing and the potential of love.
by Jinx Jamison
Jilted by her fiancé, Sarah Caldwell has led a boring life as a legal assistant, only highlighted by fantasies of her handsome boss Quinn Sanders. She is looking for a little bit of excitement in her drab life — anything to prove her ex-fiance was wrong about her being sexually inept.
Sanders is surprised when an old friend calls to tell him his paralegal Sarah has enrolled in the sex school where he used to teach. He had left the secret life of Master Q far behind him and promised not to return to the Madame X School again. But his lust for Sarah is strong enough for him to break his vow and come out of retirement. Could they find happiness together?
Fifty Shades Darker
by E L James
This is the second book in the Fifty Shades trilogy in which, finding his singular tastes and dark secrets too much, Anastasia Steele decided to end her erotic relationship with the brilliant and sexy Christian Grey to pursue a career in publishing. But thoughts of Grey taunt her and fill her head each day, so she accepts his new proposal and they rekindle their passionate affair. Steele learns more of her lover’s harrowing past and must confront the jealousy of past lovers and decide what is best for her.