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Try Not to Swoon Challenge: YA’s Steamiest Romances 😍

Alright, folks. Prepare to swoon. We’re counting down some of YA’s absolute swooniest romances of all time. Kicking us off…


Warcross by Marie Lu


*cough* hot tub scene *cough*


Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera


Juliet falling in love with a cute librarian named Kira was sort of the best. Also? Kira rides a motorcycle and that’s kind of badass.


Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy PB

We’re Team Rose & Dimitri in case you were wondering. And their romance will go down as one of the steamiest in YA history.


Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins


Josh and Isla’s steamy romance + France = HIGH spot on this list.


Fireborne by Rosaria Munda


The slow burn romance we NEED. Brb, gonna go read that jail cellar scene again…


Simon vs. the Homosapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli


Roses are red,

Violets are blue

Simon and Blue



The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh




An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir


No one can argue the steaminess of Laia and Elias’s romance in the midst of terrifying CHAOS. We have officially decided in our minds that they are going to live happily ever after and that nothing bad will happen to them ever in A Sky Beyond the Storm 🙂


The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

5th Wave HC

OG YA fans know. Evan and Cassie forever. <3


Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins


We stan a enemies-to-lovers romance with all sorts of royal banter mixed in.


Nightshade by Andrea Robertson


Who can resist a steamy paranormal romance? Not us.


My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick


Arguably more on the adorable/wholesome side, but nevertheless too beloved to be left off this list. Jase and Samantha are couple goals.


Graceling by Kristin Cashore


Say it with us now: KATSA-AND-PO! KATSA-AND-PO!


Nerve by Jeanne Ryan

Nerve PB MTI

This book? Intense. Vee and Ian? STEAMY.


Wicked Fox by Kat Cho


Because how could a protagonist who eats the SOULS OF MEN not have a super hot romance with a mortal?? You had best believe we are counting down the DAYS to Vicious Spirits!


The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh


Celine and Bastien’s romance is the swoony vampire story of our dreams. Between Celine’s fierce defiance to play the role the world has given her, Bastien’s secretive history/friends/family/everything, and a VERY intense game of Hard to Get between them, we are obsessed. Even if the ending broke our hearts and our dreams and made it basically impossible to be patient for book 2.

Looking for more steamy romance? Read an excerpt of Wibbroka’s steamiest romance yet, Time of Our Lives!

Penguin Teen