The best romance books featuring contemporary virgin heroines

Written by Silke, updated 08 Jun 2021

Virginity, still a beloved trope in the romance genre. Why that is - one can speculate. But one thing is for sure, as soon as the plots starts going, the heroine will find herself tempted, oh so tempted. And we can be sure that her v-state will not be long for this world. We have compiled the very best m-f books that feature virgins in contemporary settings, and hope you'll like our selections. Make sure to shout at us about it in the comments.

  • #1 Heaven, Texas (Chicago Stars #2) - Susan Elizabeth Phillips

    Heaven, Texas (Chicago Stars #2) - Susan Elizabeth Phillips

    contemporary western enemies to lovers alpha male plain heroine

    Come heck or high water, Gracie Snow is determined to drag the legendary ex-jock Bobby Tom Denton back home to Heaven, Texas, to begin shooting his first motion picture. Despite his dazzling good looks and killer charm, Bobby Tom has reservations about being a movie star -- and no plans to cooperate with a prim and bossy Ohio wallflower whom he can't get off his mind or out of his life. Instead, the hell-raising playboy decides to make her over from plain Jane to Texas wildcat.

    But nothing's more dangerous than a wildcat with an angel's heart in a town too small for a bad boy to hide. more

  • #2 Breathe (Colorado Mountain #4) - Kristen Ashley

    Breathe (Colorado Mountain #4) - Kristen Ashley

    contemporary suspense abuse bad boys shy heroine

    When the local police department's secrets are revealed and the wife he's forced to marry is murdered, Chace finds himself the town of Carnal's hero. Knowing how deep in the mud he was forced to sink, Chace feels he'll never get clean. The quiet, content future he envisioned of the love a good woman with whom he could build a family was now beyond his reach. The only thing he can do is find his wife's murderer.

    But he isn't the only one looking.

    While searching for new leads, he runs into Faye Goodknight, the town's quiet, shy, pretty librarian. more

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  • #3 A Hunger Like No Other (Immortals After Dark #2) - Kresley Cole

    A Hunger Like No Other (Immortals After Dark #2) - Kresley Cole

    contemporary vampires paranormal erotic romance abduction

    This tale features a fierce werewolf and a bewitching vampire—unlikely soul mates whose passion will test the boundaries of life and death.

    A mythic warrior who'll stop at nothing to possess her...

    After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he's waited millennia for is a vampire. Or partly one. This Emmaline is a small, ethereal half Valkyrie/half vampire, who somehow begins to soothe the fury burning within him.

    A vampire captured by her wildest fantasy... more

  • #4 Rule (Marked Men #1) - Jay Crownover

    Rule (Marked Men #1) - Jay Crownover

    contemporary strong heroine enemies to lovers tortured hero abuse

    Opposites in every way . . . except the one that matters

    Shaw Landon loved Rule Archer from the moment she laid eyes on him. Rule is everything a straight-A pre-med student like Shaw shouldn’t want—and the only person she’s never tried to please. She isn’t afraid of his scary piercings and tattoos or his wild attitude. Though she knows that Rule is wrong for her, her heart just won’t listen.

    To a rebel like Rule Archer, Shaw Landon is a stuck-up, perfect princess-and his dead twin brother’s girl. She lives by other people’s rules; he makes his own. He doesn’t have time for a good girl like Shaw-even if she’s the only one who can see the person he truly is. more

  • #5 Hold on Tight (Sea Breeze #8) - Abbi Glines

    Hold on Tight (Sea Breeze #8) - Abbi Glines

    contemporary young adult second chances pregnancy friends to lovers

    Six years ago, Dewayne Falco's life changed. He lost someone he never expected to lose. Resigned to punish himself for something he felt he could have prevented, he goes through life without getting too close to anyone.

    What he didn't expect was for the girl across the street to move back home and remind him of what they both lost: Dewayne's younger brother Dustin. However, when a miniature version of Dustin opens the door to greet him, Dewayne realizes he might not have lost everything after all.

    Sienna Roy loved Dustin Falco most of her life. He was the boy next door, the high school basketball star and her best friend. more

  • #6 Until Nico (Until #4) - Aurora Rose Reynolds

    Until Nico (Until #4) - Aurora Rose Reynolds

    contemporary erotic romance mystery suspense insta-love

    Sophie Grates has never had it easy, but she’s finding her way through life one step and one day at a time. That is, Until Nico comes in and flips her world upside-down. He forces her to see you cannot live life from the outside looking in, and sometimes you have to step out onto the ledge so you can really enjoy the view.

    Nico Mayson knew the moment he saw Sophie Grates that she was the one. His whole life, he has been judged by what’s on the outside, so finding a beautiful woman who sees the real him only makes his feelings that much stronger. more

  • #7 Fallen Too Far (Rosemary Beach #1) - Abbi Glines

    Fallen Too Far (Rosemary Beach #1) - Abbi Glines

    young adult contemporary billionaire pregnancy friends to lovers

    To want what you’re not supposed to have…

    She is only nineteen.

    She is his new stepfather’s daughter.

    She is still naïve and innocent due to spending the last three years taking care of her sick mother.

    But for twenty-four year old Rush Finlay, she is the only thing that has ever been off limits. His famous father’s guilt money, his mother’s desperation to win his love, and his charm are the three reasons he has never been told no.

    Blaire Wynn left her small farmhouse in Alabama, after her mother passed away, to move in with her father and his new wife in their sprawling beach house along the Florida gulf coast. more

  • #8 The Immortal Highlander (Highlander #6) - Karen Marie Moning

    The Immortal Highlander (Highlander #6) - Karen Marie Moning

    fantasy alpha male virgin heroine urban fantasy magic

    With his long, black hair and dark, mesmerising eyes, Adam Black is Trouble with a capital T. Immortal, arrogant, and intensly sensual, he is free to roam across time and continents in pursuit of his insatiable desires. That is, until a curse strips him of his immortality and makes him invisible, a cruel fate for so irresistible a man. Now Adam's only hope for survival is in the hands of the one woman who can actually see him.

    Enter law student Gabrielle O'Callaghan. For Gabrielle, cursed with the ability to see both worlds, Mortal and Faery, it is the beginning of a long, dangerous seduction. more

  • #9 Kiss the Sky (Calloway Sisters #1) - Krista Ritchie,Becca Ritchie

    Kiss the Sky (Calloway Sisters #1) - Krista Ritchie,Becca Ritchie

    funny contemporary virgin heroine alpha male bdsm

    Virgin. Sex addict. Daredevil. Alcoholic. Smartass … Jackass. Her five friends are about to be filmed. Reality TV, be prepared.

    Rose Calloway thought she had everything under control. At twenty-three, she’s a Princeton graduate, an Academic Bowl champion, a fashion designer and the daughter of a Fortune 500 mogul. But with a sex addict as a sister and roommate, nothing comes easy.

    After accepting help from a producer, Rose agrees to have her life filmed for a reality television show. more

  • #10 Perfect (Second Opportunities #2) - Judith McNaught

    Perfect (Second Opportunities #2) - Judith McNaught

    contemporary abduction alpha male bad boys mystery

    A rootless foster child, Julie Mathison had blossomed under the love showered upon her by her adoptive family. Now a lovely and vivacious young woman, she was a respected teacher in her small Texas town, and she passionately lived her ideals. Julie was determined to give back all the kindness she'd received; nothing and no one would ever shatter the perfect life she had fashioned.

    Zachary Benedict was an actor/director whose Academy Award-winning career had been shattered when he was wrongly convicted of murdering his wife. After the tall, ruggedly handsome Zack escaped from a Texas prison, he abducted Julie and forced her to drive him to his Colorado mountain hideout. more

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