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Romance Book Heat Ratings

Heat Ratings for Romance Books

If you’re like me, you love a steamy romance novel. But sometimes it’s hard to know how hot a book is going to be before you start reading. That’s why I decided to put together a list of heat ratings and more for my books. Now you can pick your next read based on how much sweaty action you’re in the mood for!

1. Sweet – These books have minimal sexual content and focus mostly on building a strong emotional connection between the characters. Great for those who are new to romance novels or looking for something light-hearted.

2. Warm – This level of heat includes some physical intimacy, but it is still tender and romantic rather than graphic. Perfect for those looking for some gentle romance.

3. Steamy – Hot and heavy, these books tend to include more explicit sex scenes and lots of passionate moments between the characters. Some readers may find them too intense.

4. Spicy – These are the hottest of hot reads, with frequent and graphic sexual content as well as emotionally charged interactions between the characters. Not for the faint of heart!

So now you know exactly how hot your next read will be before you dive in. Enjoy! 🙂

For fun, I’ve broken it down into bite-size snippets. Check it out below! Keep in mind I’m rolling this out slowly on my book pages.


🔥=No worry of flare-ups

🔥🔥=It’s a bit warm.

🔥🔥🔥 =It’s getting hot in here.

🔥🔥🔥🔥=One or two cold showers are going to be needed.

🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 = Call the fire department, spontaneous combustion is likely to occur.


👻 =Casper the friendly paranormal here, so don’t worry.

👻👻 =Might be time to smudge the house.

👻👻👻 =You’re good so long as no one says “Beetlejuice” three times in a row.

👻👻👻👻 =Entering Buffy territory. Get those stakes sharpened.

👻👻👻👻👻 =Vampires, werewolves, and a bunch of other supernatural creatures…oh my! Odds are, holy water, crosses, stakes, and a call to Sam and Dean Winchester might be needed.


🙉 = Nothing to worry about here folks.

🙉🙉 =Aww, hell.

🙉🙉🙉 =Someone totally said the “S” word.

🙉🙉🙉🙉 = Do you kiss your momma with that mouth?

🙉🙉🙉🙉🙉 = A bar of soap will need to be shoved in your mouth when you’re done reading this one because there is at least one or more “F-bombs” being dropped.


❤️=Romance? Ain’t nobody got time for romance.

❤️❤️=He’s just a friend.

❤️❤️❤️=Okay, he’s totally more than just a friend.

❤️❤️❤️❤️=He has his own drawer, and his toothbrush is in the bathroom

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️= This is a strong romance book with a happily ever after ending (HEA)

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