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Get a definitive list of the most spicy Colleen Hoover books ranked and rated as having the most open-door romance content. Those who love a good contemporary romance novel will love these books from the reigning queen of the modern love story, who’s sold massive amounts of books (literally millions) in the past few years alone.

As Hoover’s romance novels range from not spicy at all to very spicy, you are probably here because you want to choose the ones that provide the most steamy reading experience that people love to rave about on TikTok. So, let’s heat things up!

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8 Most Spicy Colleen Hoover Books Ranked

8 most spicy colleen hoover books ranked from most spicy to medium spice.
Spice Level:Book Titles:
5 out of 5
(most spicy)
Ugly Love
Too Late
It Ends With Us
4 out of 5
(very spicy)
Reminders Of Him
November 9
All Your Perfects


“Spice” is a term used for open-door romance novels in which the “door” is open to the reader so to speak and sexual activity is described explicitly and/or in graphic detail. It’s also often referred to as “smut” and “steam.”

My freelance writer and I read the entire catalog of Colleen Hoover books and rated them all on a scale of 0 (least spicy) to 5 (most spicy) in comparison only to other Colleen Hoover books.

The goal here is to give fans of both Colleen Hoover AND spicy romance novels a list of the spiciest Colleen Hoover books to read. So, for example, there are many spicy books out there that are spicier than Colleen Hoover’s most spicy books (like those of Lucy Score for example), but we’re not comparing them to all other spicy books in the world — just Colleen Hoover’s catalog.

A rating of 0 out of 5 refers to no spice or closed-door romance in which what happens behind closed doors for the characters is not described. It’s like a movie “fading to black” when the characters become passionate.

A rating of 5 out of 5 refers to an abundance of spicy scenes, open-door romance, and/or very graphic sexual content described in detail.

All of the books that made our list of the most spicy Colleen Hoover books have a rating of at least 4 out of 5.

Important Note: With Colleen Hoover’s books, it’s also important to note that most of her plots spring from highly charged and very sensitive topics, from domestic violence to assault and so many more. When we say something is “spicy” here, we are referring more so to the explicit nature of the content as opposed to a blissfully romantic love story.

We think it’s important to call explicit sexual content “spicy” regardless of how blissful it is because so many parents want to know the age ratings for Colleen Hoover’s books when they check the spice levels, and we want this information to be accessible in this way.

That being said, we have tried to describe the exact nature of the spicy scenes for you below as either romantic and/or involving sensitive topics.

Details of Colleen Hoover’s Spicy Books

Ugly Love

New York Times bestseller

Spice Level: 5 out of 5

Ugly Love tells the story of Tate Collins, who meets airline pilot Miles Archer, but they have nothing in common except their mutual attraction. They realize it may be perfect to have a purely physical relationship since he doesn’t want love and she doesn’t have time for it.

When the tragic past of Miles is revealed, however, the future comes into question, and their seemingly uncomplicated love gets…ugly. It’s an extremely deep and emotional love story you will never forget.

This “no strings attached” type of love story is widely considered to be the spiciest Colleen Hoover book, and I agree. While it has its share of traumatic and emotionally charged content, the spice here feels very passionate and not closely tied to the most traumatic content.

Related Posts: Full Summary of Ugly Love | Ugly Love Trigger Warnings | Ugly Love Book Review | Ugly Love Character Guide

Too Late

Spice Level: 5 out of 5

In Too Late, Sloan is stuck in a relationship with the corrupt Asa, and nothing can get in her way to find an escape… except Carter. The problem is that nothing can get in the way of Asa staying one step ahead of Sloan… except Carter.

We struggled with this book because it’s extremely graphic sexually but contains sexual assault content and other crimes. So, by saying it’s very spicy, we are alerting you to very explicit content, but we don’t consider this to be a light story by any means.

Related Post: Summary and Review of Too Late


  • New York Times bestseller
  • USA Today bestseller
  • The Globe and Mail bestseller
  • Publishers Weekly bestseller

Spice Level: 5 out of 5

Verity is a popular thriller that has shocked legions of readers who, like me, couldn’t put it down, and left with their mouths hanging open by all the crazy plot twists.

Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer who accepts a job ghostwriting for bestselling author Verity Crawford, who is seriously injured.

As she sorts through Verity’s notes, she finds an unfinished autobiography that startles her with spine-tingling details about Verity’s life, including the night of her accident.

At the same time, Lowen develops feelings for Verity’s husband, Jeremy Crawford, and strange things start happening that continue to confuse, and scare, Lowen.

This book definitely has its share of dark content, and while the sex scenes are quite graphic, they’re not as dark as the book overall. I can still recall blushing at the steamy content!

Related Posts: Books Like Verity | Discussion Questions for Verity | Verity Trigger Warnings

It Ends With Us (Book 1 of 2 in the It Ends With Us Series)

  • #1 New York Times bestseller
  • 2016 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance

Spice Level: 5 out of 5

It Ends With Us is Colleen Hoover’s most popular book, achieving massive popularity even years after its publication, due to its success on “spicy BookTok.” It’s also the first of two books in the It Ends With Us series.

Lily Bloom has graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started a floral business when she meets Ryle Kincaid, a stunning neurosurgeon.

Quickly, she becomes his exception to the “no dating” rule, but she soon learns the dark secret about why he has this rule in the first place.

Lily thinks back to Atlas, the protector of her past, and when he re-emerges in her life, the relations among all three become explosive.

The spicy scenes in this insanely popular book are definitely graphic and open-door. At times, the characters’ love is new, passionate, and romantic, but at times the relationship takes a much darker turn and that is reflected in the content, which involves domestic abuse

Related Post: It Ends With Us Trigger Warnings

Reminders of Him

Spice Level: 4 out of 5

Reminders of Him is about a troubled young mother named Kenna Rowan, who leaves a five-year stint in prison with the hope of reuniting with her young daughter.

However, everyone shuts her out for what she did, except Ledger, a local bar owner. As he becomes a bigger part of her life, they must hide their connection to avoid losing the trust of everyone that matters to them, while also maintaining the hope of healing fractured bonds.

It’s a gripping story of grief, redemption, and forgiveness that packs an emotional punch in addition to offering a steamy romance. I honestly loved this book in every way a book can be judged and thought the spice was neither too much nor too little. Most Colleen Hoover fans should be really satisfied with this one.

Related Posts: Reminders of Him Full Summary | Reminders of Him Book Review | Reminders of Him Character Descriptions


  • Wall Street Journal bestseller 
  • USA Today bestseller

Spice Level: 4 out of 5

Layla is Colleen Hoover’s “ghost story.” It felt a bit odd at first to me with the paranormal elements, then took a twist that made it really suspenseful.

Leeds wants to spend his life with Layla, but he’s torn because she was left a different woman as the result of a violent attack. When they retreat to a “bed and breakfast,” Layla’s behavior becomes downright bizarre, and that’s not the only odd thing happening in this place.

When Leeds meets a “guest” named Willow, he starts falling for her, which ultimately leads to him learning the truth about what happened to Layla and the strange occurrences.

There’s definitely spice in this book and it’s definitely unique given the paranormal elements of the plot. It’s not necessarily one of the most spicy Colleen Hoover books, but the spice is there!

Related Posts: Layla Book Summary and Review | Layla Trigger Warnings

November 9

New York Times bestseller

Spice Level: 4 out of 5

November 9 is the popular love story of Fallon, who is escaping from a physically and emotionally painful past, and Ben, an aspiring novelist, who spend one day together before her cross-country move.

As their lives move forward, they continue to meet on the same day each year, and Fallon becomes Ben’s unexpected creative inspiration.

However, Fallon discovers that Ben has hidden a big secret that may change how both real life and the novel will end. Their lives intersect in ways you won’t expect, and that’s what makes this particular novel so memorable and popular.

This book is a healthy mix of love, emotionally-charged life events, and steamy romance. It’s exactly what Colleen Hoover is known for, so it’s no surprise readers love everything about it.

Related Post: Guide to November 9

All Your Perfects

Instant New York Times bestseller

Spice Level: 4 out of 5

All Your Perfects is the popular story of Quinn and Graham, a once-perfect couple who now have an imperfect marriage.

Their future depends on promises made in the past — before they endured years of imperfections, and the question is whether they can overcome their faults.

This book is very much about sex, but not necessarily in the way you think, and that’s because it’s about how a couple goes from being happy-go-lucky in their love life to being burdened by fertility issues. So, yes, there’s spice, but things are also complicated.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Colleen Hoover books spicy?

Some of Colleen Hoover’s books are spicy, but others are not. The most sexually graphic books she has published are Ugly Love, Too Late, Verity, It Ends With Us.

Is Verity a spicy book?

Yes. Verity by Colleen Hoover is a spicy book with multiple sexually explicit scenes. It is most appropriate for Mature Adults over age 21.

Is November 9th spicy?

Yes. November 9 by Colleen Hoover is a spicy book with sexually explicit content. It is most appropriate for adults age 18 and over.

Is It Ends With Us spicy?

Yes. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover is a spicy book with sexually explicit content. It is most appropriate for adults age 18 and over, and it should be noted that it is about an abusive relationship.

Is Reminders of Him spicy?

Yes. Reminders Of Him by Colleen Hoover is a spicy book with explicit content. It is most appropriate for adults age 18 and over.


Colleen Hoover’s catalog ranges from Young Adult fiction without explicit romance to Mature Adult contemporary romance books that are extremely graphic both in their sexual content and their dark storylines.

The most spicy Colleen Hoover books contain both the explicit romance scenes and physically and emotionally charged relationships for which she is most known. They include Ugly Love, Too Late, Verity, and It Ends With Us. Some of their content is romantic and some of it is not.

I recommend that you start with Ugly Love, Verity, and It Ends With Us as they are very spicy and also three of her most popular books.

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