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The 10 Best Romance Novels With Virgin Heroines

Updated: Jan 23

Are you in need of a new romance novel steamy enough to make your toes curl?

Look no further! With romantic fiction quickly becoming one of the top-selling book genres, there are plenty of recent releases that are sure to satisfy your every fantasy.

In today's hottest romance novels, the inexperienced hero trope is certainly well-represented. Whether these heroines are virgins or simply naive when it comes to men, their innocence adds a fresh dynamic that makes each story both steamy and utterly captivating.

Here are ten romance novels featuring inexperienced heroines that you absolutely have to read now!

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#1 The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen

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If you just can't get enough of the enemies-to-lovers trope, then "The Kiss Thief" is just the book to add to your TBR!

The novel follows nineteen-year-old Francesca Rossi, a mob princess who finds herself unwillingly trapped in a love triangle with powerful heir Angelo Bandini and Senator Wolfe Keaton.

Promised to one and stolen by the other, Francesca is thrust into a world obsessed with power and thirsty for revenge. Struggling to navigate her conflicting feelings of hatred and attraction, Francesca must find out if she'll ever break free of the cage she's been born into.

Francesca's determination and strength make The Kiss Thief a breath of fresh air, while her untamable inexperience adds a tantalizing layer of innocence to every steamy encounter. Plus, Senator Wolfe makes for a cunning, possessive foil to Francesca's spark.

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#2 Possessed by Tana Stone

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If dominant alien warriors and extraterrestrial abductors are right up your alley, then "Possessed" is a book you should add to your list ASAP!

An enemies-to-lovers book with a supernatural twist, Possessed follows the protagonist Astrid as she selflessly gives herself up to an alien Vandar warlord to save her sister's life.

Now, trapped on his ship with a crew of deadly battle-scarred raiders, Astrid finds the heat between her and her captor to be undeniable.

Though self-righteous and headstrong, Astrid is notably inexperienced when it comes to sex with long-tailed alien humanoids.

Her captor, Raas Kratos, is irresistibly sexy in his desire to claim her soul, and the steamy scenes are sure to fulfill even your most out-of-this-world fantasies.

#3 My Darling Arrow by Saffron A. Kent

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For fans of a slow burn mixed with a forbidden romance, "My Darling Arrow" is the perfect book for your next read!

Salem Salinger is so infatuated with her older sister's boyfriend, Arrow, that she goes to a reform school to escape him. Unfortunately for her, Arrow finds himself staffed as the school's soccer coach. After staying away for so long, Salem is overwhelmed by the close proximity she finds herself in.

Tired of being perfect his entire life, Arrow seeks release in the form of intimacy with Salem. But it isn't long before the purely physical relationship unwittingly becomes something more.

Fans of dirty talk will rejoice at the sensual banter between Arrow and Salem, and the drama that surrounds their relationship will keep you turning all 537 pages at lightning speed.

#4 The Fae King's Curse by Jamie Schlosser

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Perfect for those who prefer their romance with a side of high fantasy, "The Fae King's Curse" is a fantastical novel following fated mates Kirian and Quinn.

Cursed into blindness by witches, future fae king Kirian is saved by Quinn after falling into a frozen creek when the pair are just twelve years old. Retreating back into his world, Kirian ages one year for every day in the human lands, until he finally returns six years later.

Though it dooms him, Kirian is determined to be with Quinn and must protect her from the danger that meets them at every turn back in his world.

Quinn's innocence adds a touch of sweetness to this fantastical romance, and Kirian's 2,000-year wait makes for steamy scenes that are packed with passion.




#5 Filthy by Serena Akeroyd

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"Filthy" is a must-read for anyone who enjoys an anti-hero they love to hate.

The story follows Aoife, the owner of a small tea shop. Unfortunately for Aoife, her shop catches the attention of an infamous Mafia family.

Finn O'Grady is the Irish kingpin tasked with securing Aoife's shop and to do so, he makes her an offer she can't refuse. But once he gets a taste of Aoife in bed, he finds himself completely smitten by her sweet personality and lack of experience.

Filthy will have you experiencing a wide range of emotions as Aoife and Finn navigate their mutual yet ill-advised attraction for each other.

Their chemistry both in and out of the bedroom makes for a raw and potent affair fraught with drama and darkness.

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#6 Sweet Cruelty by Zoe Blake

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Opposites do more than attract in Zoe Blake's "Sweet Cruelty"!

The novel follows Emma - a sweet librarian student - and Dimitri, the Russian arms dealer she meets after accidentally knocking on the wrong door. Thinking Emma is the escort he hired, Dimitri proceeds to take her virginity, and once he does, he is enraptured.

While the relationship seems doomed from the start, Dimitri is obsessed with Emma's innate goodness, and she is, in turn, responsive to his roughness and possessive nature. Though she knows it isn't right, she finds herself begging for more of him.

With Emma's total inexperience and Dimitri's all-consuming lust for her, the unexpected pair make for a story that is both heartwarming and ultra-steamy. And definitely a must-read if you love mafia romance!

#7 Fragile Longing by Cora Reilly

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With an arranged marriage, unrequited love, and a touch of magic, "Fragile Longing" has all the makings of an iconic love story.

After her sister (a powerful ice princess) abandons her arranged marriage by running off with another man, Sofia is set to be wed in her place. Though she's quickly entranced by her new husband, Danilo isn't so easily swayed.

Used to getting everything he wants, his wounded pride and thirst for revenge leave him obsessed with the sister he lost.

With a sizable age gap between her and Danilo, Sofia enters the marriage young and completely inexperienced (check here for more great and steamy Age Gap Romance Novels).

As she tries to show Danilo the woman standing in front of him, drama and raw chemistry combine for a truly steamy reading experience.

#8 The Beast of Beswick by Amalie Howard

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Beauty and the Beast meets Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew in Amalie Howard's "The Beast of Beswick".

When her sister needs protection from a notorious scoundrel, Lady Astrid knows the one person powerful enough to come to her aid: The Beast of Beswick.

The Beast (or, Lord Nathaniel Harte) spends his days antagonizing servants and mourning his once-beautiful face.

To keep her sister safe, Astrid offers herself to the Beast in exchange for his help. The two quickly find themselves developing feelings for each other, despite her complete lack of romantic experience.

The couple grows closer as the story progresses, further heightening Harte's possessive nature and making for intimate sex scenes that complement the rich character development.

#9 Pestilence by Laura Thalassa

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Readers who enjoy dark, fantastical romances with morally gray characters will absolutely love Laura Thalassa's "Pestilence"!

Human embodiments of the Four Horsemen (Pestilence, War, Famine, and Death) have inhabited the earth and are spreading their destructive powers across the land.

When Pestilence comes to Sara's town, she takes action, shooting the horseman off of his screaming steed.

Enraged, Pestilence takes Sara prisoner, with the intention of making her pay for her crimes against him. But the longer they're together, the more unsure they are of their feeling toward each other. Moreover, saving the world from Pestilence's wrath might require Sara to sacrifice her own heart.

Readers will struggle with the moral ambiguity of loving a horseman just as much as Sara does, as her romantic inexperience makes for some seriously steamy scenes.




#10 Receiver of Many by Rachel Alexander

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Perfect for fans of Greek mythology, "Receiver of Many" is a steamy retelling of the Hades and Persephone story.

The maiden of flowers, Persephone has spent her entire life sheltered by her mother, Demeter.

Now a goddess in her own right, Persephone soon attracts the attention of Hades, the God of the Underworld. Determined to make Persephone his queen, Hades must battle Demeter to unleash the goddess's true potential.

The first book in a series, "Receiver of Many" is fraught with passion and obsession in a world of dangerous power.

Readers will be enthralled by the chemistry between Hades and Persephone as her innocent perspective enters his dark underworld.

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