Hey, It’s Jen! I’m a major reader of KU books and love recommendations to fill my 20 book quota a month. Truth be told…I always have 20 in my queue, and when I see a shiny new book I move them around. It’s a shell game I play weekly. We all thought it’d be fun to list our favorite KU books; check out some old and some new KU must clicks below. Happy Reading!
The Underdogs series by Kate Stewart– I loved every one of these books! Each one is hot, sweet, funny and full of heart. The series focuses on a different couple in the same-ish friend circle/network. Perfect beach reads!
Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover– Not all of Hoover’s books are KU and I was so stoked to see that her new one was offered. Read my review. It was awesome! A roller coaster ride of heartache, forgiveness, and a very satisfying HEA.
From the Embers by Aly Martinez– There’s a tragic fire, two people are killed and their spouses have to pick up the pieces. There’s grief, guilt, family dynamics, and a mystery. How did the fires start? Who is to blame? This one is excellent!!!
Out of Love by Jewel E. Ann– This was one of my top reads in 2020! Broke my heart, made me laugh, and had me swooning. Great romantic suspense. Get it.
The Miles High Club series by T.L. Swan– All of these are soooo good! I think the last one, The Casanova, is my favorite. It was really funny and had me giggling. Each book features a brother from the Miles family. They’re rich, handsome, successful jerks… for the most part. You know the formula and Swan delivers it SO well.
The Naked Fisherman by Jewell E. Ann– This is part of a duet, both books are crazy good! This first one has a major cliffhanger, but do it. Read it and one click at midnight for book two. :) Age gap, Enemies to lovers…kind of, and second chance romance…kind of in book two. So smexy!
Angela- Hey! You’ll find mostly alien romances, monster romances, and PNR in the KU section of my Kindle. A bunch of these are series I’ve glommed, but there are also some individual reads.
The Beginner’s Guide to Necromancy series by Hailey Edwards- Kind of a cross between PNR and Urban Fantasy, this series follows Grier Woolworth, a necromancer, as she finds her way back from tragedy and prison, to reclaiming her place in society, then falling in love (omg), and saving Savannah. You will love her. You’ll want to immediately dive into its follow-up series about Hadley Witaker, The Potentate of Atlanta.
The Guild Codex; Spellbound series started my love for Annette Marie. This is an urban fantasy series where magical people are divided up into guilds and the main character of the first series is a normal human who kind of stumbles into the world after applying for a job as a bartender. There are several spin-off series and I have read them all. My favorite is the first spin-off which features Robin and her demon Zylas, The Guild Codex: Demonized. You can also check out The Guild Codex: Warped and The Guild Codex: Unveiled.
I stumbled across Demon Days, Vampire Nights World series by K.F. Breene when it was just the first book on KU. Then I quickly gobbled them all up one by one as they released. This PNR series is pretty funny as well as action-packed.
The Mind & Machine series by Hanna Dare was a nice surprise I discovered when scrolling through science fiction romance KU choices. The first book features a main character who can communicate telepathically with computers and the muscled guard of the starship full of smugglers he finds himself on. This m/m space opera series is a fun mix of action, intrigue, and romance.
Horde Kings of Dakkar series is my favorite by Zoey Draven, in fact, it was only late last year when I finally dove into her other sci-fi alien books in her backlist. This series features barbarians who live in hordes and keep falling in love with human women. Think The Golden Dynasty by Kristen Ashley. Who doesn’t love barbarians?
I know everyone loves Ruby Dixon’s Ice Planet Barbarians and Icehome books… but have y’all read her Risdaverse, Corsairs, or Corsair Brothers series’? I think you’ll like them just as much if not more. All of these stories take place off of the ice world of her original series, as she expands on the universe and introduces lots and lots of new characters.
And last but certainly not least, if you are looking for a great polyam monster romance Kathryn Moon has got you. A Lady of Rooksgrave Manor (Tempting Monsters Book 1) features Esther and the wonderful and unique group of monsters who she’s fallen in love with. THIS BOOK IS HOT! SO MUCH MONSTER SEX!
Melanie – Hi! you’ll find a lot of super sexy contemporary romances in my KU and also some hot alien lovin’. Basically, if it has high heat, high drama, and high emotional intensity, then I’m gonna one-click it right into my KU library.
The Worst Guy by Kate Canterbary – gonna start off with a spoiler, Sebastian Stremmel may act like the worst guy but he is, in fact, the very best of men. Growly, grumpy, cantankerous – all apt descriptions for our Dr. Stremmel. Also, caretaker, nurturer, heart of gold. Stremmel and Shapiro go at it and then some and you definitely want to see how they get under each other’s skin.
In This Moment by K. Lashaun – big emotions and high heat define this epic romance. It just feels big and complicated, with multimillionaire music mogul Verse and Garryn, the art collector tasked with getting him to sell a rare collection of artifacts.
Before We Fall by Rilzy Adams – I’m a huge fan of this author and the good news is her entire backlist is on KU. This particular title deals with some pretty heavy subject matters so definitely check out the content warnings listed right at the front of the book. Watching Tasha and Cole get their HEA after everything she endures is worth the read.
Robin Lovett’s Alien Quarantine Rescue series has 4 books so far with a 5th one slated for release in October of this year. I basically glommed the first 3 and will be reading the 4th one soon. They. Are. Ridiculous. And, to be perfectly honest, absolutely unputdownable. There’s a pandemic that’s far more dangerous than the one we experienced and the antibodies to the virus is contained in….alien sperm that can only be injected straight from the source. Listen, it’s not for everyone but somehow, it really, really worked for me, as absurd as the plot is.
Kate H. – Kindle Unlimited is great for trying out those things I’m just not sure about, like dark or small town romances, or the ones set in high school where the protagonists are barely older than my kids.
All Rhodes Lead Here by Mariana Zapata, or just about any Mariana Zapata. She does such a great grumpy or quiet hero, and this book is no different. Slow burn but the setting and details and the character build-up make it worth the wait.
A.M. Johnson’s Love Always, Wild – a second chance M/M romance, beautifully written with some angst but a big payoff.
Dear Ava by Ilsa Madden Mills is the enemies-to-lovers dark high school romance where the rich kids are called the Sharks and an anonymous love letter starts the ball rolling.
Bailey Brothers series – I didn’t think I’d be into small-town romance, but this series by Claire Kingsley kept me coming back for more.
Heavy by Kate C. Wells. Oh, I loved these characters – this is a blackmail to arranged marriage to love novel where the protagonists are a neurodivergent computer expert and a tough motorcycle club president.
Iby – I use my Kindle Unlimited to stockpile new-to-me authors in the romcom and urban fantasy genres. The rest of the Smexy team have highlighted a few of my favorites, but I’ll add a couple more for your TBR list!
The Favor by Suzanne Wright – I’m a sucker for the boss-employee romance trope, and this one is particularly good.
Riley Thorn and the Dead Guy Next Door – Lucy Score does amazing small-town romcoms, but I’m a huge fan of her take on a paranormal romance. This is the first book in a continuing series about the down-on-her-luck psychic Riley Thorn and the sexy private investigator who is keeping an eye on her. Get caught up on this series before the third releases on April 21st.
Helen Harper has written some fun urban fantasies, but the Lazy Girl’s Guide to Magic is particularly charming. Start with Slouch Witch and get ready to giggle along with Ivy Wilde, a self-proclaimed lazy witch, who works as a taxi driver and unexpectedly gets roped into helping the Hallowed Order of Magical Enlightenment (basically, the magical feds). Her continuing Firebrand series is another must-read (start with Brimstone Bound) and is a more traditionally gritty urban fantasy.
Lovelight Farms is a charming debut book set on a Christmas tree farm. It’s a super sweet friends-to-lovers story, with lots of fake dating shenanigans and the most romantic hero. I’m eagerly awaiting B.K. Borison’s second book featuring a new couple set on the same farm, releasing April 18th.
Kate H. mentioned Mariana Zapata – and I adore her too. My favorite is probably Wait For It – she does slow burn so well, and this is the ultimate single parent, enemies-to-friends-to-lovers story.
K.M. Shea writes clean, slow-burn urban fantasy series. She has three completed interconnected trilogies out now, all taking place in the same world. Start with Magic Forged: Magiford Supernatural City – this one features an underdog wizard heroine and a sexy, dangerous vampire leader.
I love KU! I know people have (legitimate) issues with Amazon, but for an avid reader, the monthly KU membership pays for itself within a few books. In addition to the authors you mention above (including Kate Canterbary, Claire Kingsley, and Jewel E. Ann), some of my favorite KU authors include Kati Wilde, Karla Sorensen, Alessandra Hazard, and my new favorite, Cate C. Wells. I just recently discovered two very gritty m/m romantic suspense series on KU: Cordelia Kingsbridge’s Seven of Spades (five books) and John Wiltshire’s More Heat Than the Sun (nine books) and have started working my way through them.
The bulk of my books are KU. I love it! I keep 20 always in the batting circle, ready to step up to the plate. Thanks for the book reccs- I’m adding them to my list.
Elaine Howlin says
This is such a great list!! I’ve added so many to my TBR!
Yay! Glad you’re intrigued!
I don’t have Kindle Unlimited, but you have definitely added to my list of books to investigate.
Karen Dunstall (one half of favorite space opera author S.K. Dunstall) did a similar post on her blog a while ago. Here is the link as a source of other KU possibilities ….. http://www.skdunstall.com/discovering-authors-via-kindle-unlimited/
KU is a great deal! Amazon is far from perfect. BUT, I think KU is such a terrific value.