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Romance is a hot topic these days, with Valentine’s Day just around the corner. It’s also a popular pick among ebook readers, according to VPL’s reading experts. Poring over the last five years of library ebook data, they reveal the top 10 sexiest ebooks for romance readers:
10. Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks
This epic tale combines forbidden romance and a 13th century feud between two Scottish clans – the Armstrongs and the Montgomerys. Sworn enemies to the bitter end, Eveline Armstrong and Graeme Montgomery will do anything to stay together.
9. Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan
Espionage meets romance in Sweet Tooth – a story that plays with trust, deceit, love and betrayal. Set during the height of the Cold War, the story follows a woman who becomes involved with the British Secret Service Bureau and unexpectedly falls in love with her mission target.
8. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Before it was a movie, this bestselling book shared the compelling story of two teenagers who meet and fall in love in a cancer support group. John Green captivates readers by elegantly teasing out raw emotions of his characters with originality and beauty.
7. The Arrangement by Mary Balogh
This mesmerizing romance novel centres on the passionate, slow-burning relationship between a war hero running from his mother’s matchmaking and a woman faced with destitution. It’s an emotionally satisfying love story with raw chemistry, courage and forgiveness.
6. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
The enormously popular Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon combines historical fiction and time travel to create an intense love story. Claire Randal, a Second World War nurse, suddenly finds herself transported to the 18th century. She meets and falls in love with Jamie Fraser, a Scottish soldier. Warning: expect some serious action between the sheets with this one.
5. I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
Follow Poppy Wyatt as she tries to locate her lost engagement ring. In desperation, she finds and takes an abandoned phone and what ensues is a sweet and delightful relationship between Poppy and the previous cell phone owner.
4. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
This is a moving love story between Will, a man who was left paralyzed after a motorcycle accident, and his new caretaker, Lou. As Lou tries to show him that life is still worth living, the deep emotions evoked are unforgettable and touching.
3. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Don is a socially challenged university professor set to find a romantic partner using his comprehensive questionnaire, The Wife Project. Hoping to find a logical and reasonable individual, Don meets Rosie – the complete opposite. A charming and entertaining romantic comedy.
2. Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella
This is romantic comedy at its best. Wedding Night follows two sisters, Lottie and Fliss. Lottie reconnects with an old flame, whom she promised to marry if they were both still single at the age of 30. Fliss thinks this is a big mistake and is determined to stop her.
1. Fifty Shades Trilogy by E.L. James
All of the Fifty Shades books in the trilogy made it to the list, and we’ve rounded them up here as the original bestselling Fifty Shades of Grey takes the top spot. Loved and hated by many, it pushed erotica into the mainstream. With its humble beginning as Twilight spin-off fan fiction, the trilogy has been translated into more than 50 languages and continues to enthral movie fans.
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