Interested in some spicy Booktok books to ignite your reading life?
If you’ve been following #Booktok and #Spicytok, these are some of the top romance book recommendations trending on Tiktok that you should add to your must-read list.
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The social media platform, Tiktok, has exploded onto the scene and has had a profound impact on the publishing world and reading habits of its followers.
Whether you are on Tiktok or not, I’m sure you’ve heard the latest phenomena that has been trending on the platform called #Booktok.
What is #Booktok?
Booktok has become the community on Tiktok that uses short videos to review and recommend books.
With just a few viral videos and popular hashtags, #Booktok has had the power to bring past book titles back onto the bestseller lists as well as catapulting new authors into lucrative book deals and sales.
What is #Spicytok
One of the book genres that has gained a popular audience on Booktok is the romance book genre. Often termed “spicy” books, #Spicytok has showcased many popular romance books from avid fans.
Along with romance, the young adult fantasy book genre is also taking off with Booktok with a few considered spicy Booktok books as well.
This book list gives some of the most popular, spicy romance books trending on #Booktok.
These book recommendations are the perfecting starting point for readers new to the romance book genre or are curious to know what #Spicytok is all about.
You won’t be disappointed with any of these must-read romance books!
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Spicy Booktok Books Trending Right Now
A Second Chance, Spicy Booktok Book
Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.
Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.
As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.
A Friends to Lovers, Spicy Booktok Book
Alex and Poppy have been the best of friends ever since a fateful car share home from college many years ago. Despite being complete opposites and living far apart, every summer they have vacationed for a week together until two years ago when things were ruined.
Not having spoken since, Poppy realizes she needs to fix things and asks Alex to take one more vacation with her so that they can lay everything out on the table and make it right.
It’s no surprise that the 2021 Goodreads Choice Awards Winner for Best Romance is trending on #Booktok. After reading it, I couldn’t help but add it to my list of all-time favorite romance books, it was that good.
I loved this opposites attract, friends to lovers romance where Poppy and Alex find their way back to one another. It’s definitely deserving as one of the most popular spicy Booktok books.
An Enemies to Lovers, Spicy Booktok Book
Lucy and Joshua share an office and thrive on the need to outdo each other at every turn.
But when a promotion comes up that only one of them will get, it takes their office antics to new heights.
This book is so popular that it was made into a movie that released in 2021. It was a stellar debut by Thorne who wrote two amazing characters who slowly come to realize their assumptions about each other were all wrong. Everyone keeps talking about this romance, especially when it comes to enemies to lovers books, so you’ll be sure to find it trending as one of the most popular spicy Booktok books!
A Fake Relationship, Spicy Booktok Book
As a third-year Ph.D. candidate, Olive Smith doesn’t believe in lasting romantic relationships–but her best friend does, and that’s what got her into this situation. Trying to convince Anh that she is indeed dating, Olive kisses the first man she sees – Adam Carlsen, a young hotshot professor–and well-known ass.
Adam surprisingly agrees to keep her dating charade a secret and be her fake boyfriend. But when a big science conference goes haywire, putting Olive’s career on the Bunsen burner, Adam surprises her again with his unyielding support and even more unyielding…six-pack abs.
This spicy Booktok book weaves the most adorkable characters with the sweetest slow burn romance in Hazelwood’s debut novel.
With two people trying to make it in the world of academia and now faking a relationship with one another, it had me laughing and swooning and falling in love with these characters and author. One of the best romance books of 2021 for sure!
A Fantasy Spicy Booktok Book
Poppy’s life has never been her own. As the Maiden, the future of the kingdom rests on her shoulders, and she is to remain untouched, in solitary, until the day of her Ascension.
But when Hawke takes up the post as her Royal Guard, she begins to question her duty and her desire that he has awoken.
As tensions among the Desenters rise and strikes on the kingdom increase, Poppy is at risk of failing the gods, denying her destiny and possibly losing her life or her heart.
This fantasy romance book is not only trending on Booktok but it was named best romance book of 2020 according to the Goodreads Choice Awards. Trust me when I say that you’ll be devouring the entire book series after reading this spicy Booktok book, it’s that good.
The slow burn romance between Poppy and Casteel is amazing, making it truly one of the best romance books worth reading.
An Opposites Attract, Spicy Booktok Book
Piper Bellinger may be a fashionable influencer, but when her wild child reputation goes a bit too far and lands her in the slammer, her stepfather cuts her off. Hoping to teach her a lesson, he sends her off to Washington to run her late father’s dive bar where she meets a big surly sea captain who instantly knows she doesn’t belong in their small town.
Brendan figures Piper won’t last a week outside of Beverly Hills even if there is an undeniable attraction between the two opposites.
Piper is determined to prove everyone wrong and can’t risk any distractions, including the feelings she’s beginning to have for the sailor.
If you love opposites attract romance books, then this is one of the spicy Booktok books for you.
Brenda is the grumpy sea captain who immediately dismisses Piper, the city girl who’s lived off her step-daddy until she was cut-off. Only there’s no escaping her in the small, seaside town and soon it’s the very essence of Piper that has him falling hard.
A New Adult, Spicy Booktok Book
Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she’s carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to seduction.
If she wants to get her crush’s attention, she’ll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice, even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cocky captain of the hockey team, Garrett Graham in exchange for a pretend date.
This book is one of the most popular new adult romance books as well as one of the most popular spicy Booktok books trending now.
You’ll love Garrett and all of his hockey playing buds but it’s the way he helps Hannah with her confidence that is so endearing. I loved how these are two people who realize the one they really want is right in front of them.
A Friends to Lovers, Spicy Booktok Book
Midfielder Maclay “Mac” Logan is a loud-mouthed, tattooed ginger content with focusing on football. But when his adorably-freckled best friend shares that she’s never been intimate with a man during a game of Never Have I Ever, Mac offers to play Love Coach for Freya.
I never tire of the humor and banter Amy Daws delivers in each and every book but Blindsided is definitely one of my favorites. It’s no wonder that her Scottish hunk drove this book back to the top of the bestselling charts once his prowess became known as one of the best spicy Booktok books!
I love it when friends think they can cross the line between friends and lovers without changing their friendship. 😊
A MM, Spicy Booktok Book
First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz isn’t one to hide his disdain for Prince Henry, but when photos of an altercation at a wedding are leaked to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations, he agrees to a fake friendship with the Prince as damage control.
Only the fake relationship leads to a secret relationship that could derail his mother’s re-election campaign and upend two nations.
This romance book launched McQuiston’s career into the stratosphere where it’s stayed ever since. So it’s no surprise that it’s also trending on Tiktok as one of the best spicy Booktok books worth reading.
There is so much to this story: enemies to lovers, a presidential race, heartwarming friendships, and the personal struggles of figuring out who you really are. It’s one of the best MM romance books to read!
A Modern Retelling, Spicy Booktok Book
Society darling Persephone Dimitriou plans to flee the ultra-modern city of Olympus and start over, but her plans are ripped away when her mother ambushes her with an engagement to Zeus.
With no options left, Persephone flees to the forbidden undercity and makes a devil’s bargain with a man she once believed a myth. Hades has spent his life in the shadows, planning his revenge against Zeus. When Persephone drops into his lap and offers an opportunity to grab his revenge, he takes it.
Only the more days and nights he spends with Persephone, the more he’s willing to go to war with Olympus itself to keep her his.
Robert kicked off one amazing romance book series with this modern retelling of Hades and Persephone. I foresee each book trending wildly on #Booktok and #Spicytok because they are so incredibly H-O-T! Read Neon Gods and then continue on with Electric Idol. You won’t be sorry!
An Office Romance, Spicy Booktok Book
Catalina Martin is in a bind. She does NOT want to show up single at her sister’s wedding with her ex in attendance and his new fiancé. Nor does she want to take up her infuriating co-worker’s offer to travel to Spain and be her fake boyfriend. Yet she really has no choice but to take up the charade.
This book had all of my favorite tropes: Enemies to lovers, office romance, fake relationship, but it was the slow burn that made this so perfect. Congrats to Armas for winning best debut novel in the 2021 Goodreads Choice Awards for this spicy Booktok book!
An Enemies to Lovers, Spicy Booktok Book
Olive’s identical twin sister is getting married, forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man. Though things finally seem to go her way when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning sparring her and Ethan, leaving an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.
Putting their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, a little white lie forces her and Ethan to pretend to be loving newlyweds.
Christina Lauren are no strangers to popularity when it comes to their romance books. The Unhoneymooners is such a delightful enemies to lovers, fake relationship romance. It will have you wishing you were in Hawaii right along with Olive and Ethan reading even more spicy Booktok books on the beach!
A Young Adult Fantasy, Spicy Booktok Book
When Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. To keep her family safe, she travels to a magical land with her captor who is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries.
With time on his estate, Feyre’s feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion, but now it’s up to her to stop a curse that threatens both Tamlin and his world.
Maas’ popular fantasy romance book series is all about the spicy Booktok books. If you’re a fan of young adult fantasy, how can you resist this one? Plus, you’ll soon have a chance to watch it on TV as it’s being adapted into a TV series on Hulu.
An Opposites Attract, Spicy Booktok Book
Eve Brown is a certified hot mess. No matter how hard she strives to do right, things always seem to go wrong. Case in point when she accidentally hits the owner of the bed and breakfast with her car, breaking his arm.
Jacob may have turned her down for the head chef position during her interview, but with him laid up and understaffed Eve is everywhere he turns trying to help.
Eve’s chaotic nature is the complete opposite to Jacob’s need to control everything, so why is he starting to get used to her being around and liking it?
You can’t go wrong with any book in Hibbert’s The Brown Sisters series but this one is my favorite and not surprisingly one of the most popular spicy Booktok books on Tiktok.
Jacob and Eve are two of the most endearing characters I’ve read, making them my most favorite couple of 2021. This is definitely one of those romance books you cannot miss!
A Young Adult, Spicy Booktok Book
In fifth grade, my teacher set us up with pen pals from a different school. Thinking I was a girl, with a name like Misha, the other teacher paired me up with her student, Ryen. My teacher, believing Ryen was a boy like me, agreed.
It didn’t take long for us to figure out the mistake. And that was the start. For the next seven years, it was us.
We only had three rules. No social media, no phone numbers, no pictures. We had a good thing going. Why ruin it? Until I run across a photo of a girl online. I need to meet her. I just don’t expect to hate what I find.
If you love teenage angst books, then this is the spicy Booktok book for you! High school can be hard as you’re finding yourself and how you fit in. It’s never easy as Misha and Ryen can attest.