6 Steamy Reads Featuring Unlikely Couples

by Karen Green

In some books, you can anticipate the couplings to come from page one, offering readers a tantalizing journey towards love and romance with some delicious flirtation and a bit of will-they-won’t-they along the way.

But some stories feature romances between people that seem a little less likely to get together. With these couples we get sexual tension ratcheted way up—and the payoff is huge for the reader.

Take a look at these books featuring six couples that seem unlikely to find romance—until they find each other.

Boss by Katy Evans

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Kit Walker may be the son of the CEO but that doesn’t mean that senior designer Alexandra Croft is going to be taking any orders from him. Alex can try to retain her autonomy and resist Kit’s desire to take over the company, but she’s having a much harder time resisting her desire for Kit.

Down & Dirty (Men of Haven) by Rhenna Morgan

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Axel McKee abandoned his musical career years ago in favor of working with his Haven brothers and building their empire. But then came Lizzy, a performer unlike any he’s seen or heard before. Her presence leaps off stage and into the heart of anyone who watches her sing. Axel wants to help her and collaborate with her—but more than anything, he wants to be with her.

Prince of Air and Darkness (The Darkest Court) by M.A. Grant

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Phineas Smith is the only human student at Mather’s School of Magick and he has a target on his back. With the ability to tap into unlimited magick, both Faerie Courts want his allegiance—and will do anything to get it. Roark Lyne, Phineas’ roommate is beautiful and brave and a pain in the ass. But Roark is the only one able to help Finn tame his magick. Trusting Roark may be foolish; not accepting his protection would be deadly.

Once and Again (Petal, Georgia) by Lauren Dane

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Rereleased with bonus chapters! Lily Travis never imagined she’d be back living with her mom seven long years after she left Petal, Georgia—and the boy who broke her heart—in the dust. Teacher Nathan Murphy is used to dealing with the unexpected, but nothing prepares him for Lily strolling through his door and right back into his heart. He always regretted the way things ended between them; this could be his chance to make up for past mistakes.

The Rancher’s Bargain (Texas Cattleman’s Club: Bachelor Auction) by Joanne Rock

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James Harris needs a nanny for his nephew—now! So when Lydia Walker’s sister reneges on an extravagant bachelor-auction bid, the Texas Cattleman’s Club president has an idea. He’ll cover the debt, and Lydia will care for the baby. Neither is prepared for the passion that blindsides them. But is a permanent personal arrangement more than they bargained for?

Under His Skin by Nicola Marsh

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Aussie construction king Logan Holmes never sleeps with clients, especially not hoity-toity English girls wearing caftans and ordering soy chai lattes. But when Hope McWilliams hires him, he discovers they have one thing in common—chemistry hotter than the Australian sun! Soon all Logan can think about is every sinful way he can pleasure her, making him want to stay when he should walk away.

Which of these unlikely couples would you like to get to know first? Let us know in the comments!

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