3 Hot Porn Star Romance Novels and 1 Big Question

Short reviews and a discussion…

Recently, the topic in my go-to book discussion group was porn stars in Romance.

Incidentally, this came shortly after I had finished listening to a bunch of books with this trope in preparation for this very post.

The main question was: Why is it a thing?

Now, going by the books I have read, the male porn star trope is the continuation of the manwhore trope.

Porn Star Romance: Discussion and Recommendations


The Manwhore

In romance, the manwhore is an insatiable guy who is – also because of having practiced so much – a god between the sheets. Most often, he’s a player and not the broody type. And the manwhore usually doesn’t have a lot of worries. At least not until the day he meets his soul mate.

This romance hero can do his thing without ever actually having to deal with unsexy things like STD’s. It’s enough that his author mentions somewhere that he always uses condoms. Rarely, he has to deal with an unplanned pregnancy. But that’s usually what brings him and his soul mate together, so it’s all good.



The porn star

Now, the male porn star on the other hand… For him, things aren’t quite as easy. While he – technically, kind of – does the same thing as the manwhore, the stakes for him are much higher. He can’t simply stop sleeping with a lot of partners, because it’s his job. He has to consider his responsibilities. Money is usually a pretty big aspect in porn star romance. He’s not the happy-go-lucky guy who can simply change his ways.

And I think this mix of the sexual prowess of the manwhore, the troubles of the brooding hero, and the sense of responsibility of characters like the single dad hero, make the porn star hero so interesting.

But enough of all this analyzing and discussing! Of course, I have a few great recommendations for porn star romance that are absolutely worth checking out.



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Porn Star

written by Laurelin Paige and Sierra Simone, narrated by CJ Bloom and Jacob Morgan

This book is, firstly, fantastic, and secondly, a great example of everything I discussed above.

Logan is a particularly awesome manwhore. He loves sex, he turned it into a very successful career, and he always treats women with respect.

Come to think of it, Devi is pretty much the same. She enjoys sex and found it to be a good way to earn her living.

I liked how this book shows both the good and the ugly of the porn industry. It doesn’t shy away from portraying the predatory side. But to me, it didn’t feel like this was used as a cheap plot device. Instead, it’s a fitting counterweight to the nice and cuddly side of the industry that the protagonists represent.

If you’re curious about porn star romance, this one should be your first pick! It’s a great story and the narration by CJ Bloom and Jacob Morgan is absolutely fantastic.

You can listen to this audiobook for free with your Audible Romance Package or get the ebook in Kindle Unlimited and buy the super cheap audio upgrade:
Listen to it now!**



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Hard to Love

written by Kendall Ryan, narrated by Alexandria Wilde and Sean Crisden

Oh, Cade… My heart broke a bit for him. He’s the polar opposite of Logan from the book above.

And while the start of this book is rather hilarious, I wouldn’t really think of this as a rom-com.

Cade turns to the adult entertainment industry because he desperately needs the money. He’s the responsible romance hero who can’t give up his job just like that because he falls for someone. But his love story with Alexa takes such a wonderful turn.

This book has a particularly wonderful happy ending and despite the trope, this is so romantic!

You can listen to this audiobook for free with the Audible Romance Package:
Add it to your library!**



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Lingus

written by Mariana Zapata, narrated by Callie Dalton

No porn star romance list without Lingus! The queen of the slow burn, Mariana Zapata, has this adorable porn star hero that you really want to be friends with. And then more.

Tristan is a little bit of everything (which is no surprise, because an almost 11h audiobook leaves a lot of room for character development). He takes his responsibilities seriously and he’s a bit of a nerdy thoughtful type.

This book is definitely less sexual than the other two in this list, it’s solidly in the friends-to-lovers territory.

Callie Dalton’s narration is awesome as always. Her voices, in particular her Tristan voice, are great and her intonations work well in keeping that balance between funny, heart-warming and sexy.

This one is also free with the Audible Romance Package:
Add it to your library!**



I’d love to hear your thoughts about porn star romance in general, as well as your recommendations for good romance novels on the topic.

You might also like my recommendations for Enemies to Lovers and Love Triangle audiobooks in the Audible Romance Package.

3 Romance Audiobook recommendations and 1 question: Why is the Porn Star Such a Popular Romance Hero? #booklist #bookdiscussion #romance


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2 thoughts on “3 Hot Porn Star Romance Novels and 1 Big Question

  1. Okay so I’m no romance specialist, I’ve read like 3 romance books in my life, but your post title definitely hooked me. Why is this a trope indeed o.o

    (Also, wow, your blog has grown!! Congrats! So many followers, so happy for you 🙂 )

    I’m not sure if I could read this type of romance, because I’m sensitive to romance in general, and this is an edgy topic! But I can see how “it’s just for the money” is a good angle for this kind of story. Nice post 🙂

    1. Thank you! 🙂 I think a lot of romance readers, me included, like “realistic” issues in contemporary romance. Not that we all meet porn stars all the time. But it has a more gritty feel to it, the storyline makes more sense, than when the protagonists are simply angsty without much reason and hold back the romance just by being pointlessly difficult, haha

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