Kiki and I are both based in the Boston area and we were lucky enough to attend an event with Beverly Jenkins. While waiting in the signing line, we discussed some of our favorite Jenkins’ books with mine being Night Hawk. ( A | BN | K | AB ) I’m such a sucker for the cover (dark hat and a black duster without a shirt on underneath) and I told Kiki that the “sexy outlaw” archetype is my jam.
She then had the brilliant suggestion of making it a Rec League.
Thus this post was born! Tara also asked if they had to be historical romances, and I don’t think so. All outlaws are acceptable.
EllenM: Oh boy I have a TON for this.
First one in the series is called Bitter Spirits.
Then, the second Iron Seas book, Heart of Steel, ( A | BN | K | AB ) is about a treasure-hunter and a sky pirate, so DUAL sexy outlaws. Sort of steampunk-y enemies to lovers. I think you could probably start with this one and it would make sense but the characters are introduced in the previous book.
The Magic of Blood and Sea duology by Cassandra Rose Clarke I think also fits this? Pirate princess and rebellious assassin running away together. Very slow-burn, lots of angst and pining.Polaris Rising fits this. Everyone’s a gallivanting criminal!!!
Amanda: Wow, can’t believe I forgot about that
EllenM: Finally, some comics with sexy outlaws that I would consider to be romance-adjacent although not romance, the Kim & Kim series ( A ) is about space bounty hunters who are often on the wrong side of the law, and Heathen by Natasha Alterici is about a SEXY VIKING OUTLAW LADY who wants to overthrow the gods
Which sexy outlaws would you recommend?