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Unusual Romance Heroes: 9 Romance Novels with Bad Sex

Sometimes we just need good Romance novels with bad sex! Stories with heroes who can still count the number of partners they’ve had or who even worry about their sexual prowess…

We all know the usual Romance hero. While he might be alpha or beta, grumpy or a nice guy, one thing they all have in common is their skill between the sheets.

It makes sense, too! Romance novels are supposed to be seductive.

But every now and then, I crave a book with a vulnerable hero who doesn’t fit the usual mold! One for whom it doesn’t all come easily. Who didn’t bed 1000 women. One who has to overcome insecurities to find his happy ending (literally and figuratively, haha).

Here are 6 male virgin Romance books and 3 Romance novels with heroes who struggle to perform!

Romance Books with Unusual Heroes

Romance Novels with Bad Sex: Heroes who struggle with Performance…

These books are rare but some Romance novels have… well… not even so much bad sex scenes, but a glaring lack of them because the hero struggles with getting it up! Two fantastic books in this category are Dancer and Falling From The Sky. And then there’s the amazing The Player and the Pixie where the hero can get things to work just fine, but he sucks at it!

I honestly wish there were more stories with Romance heroes who just aren’t particularly good in bed but are willing to learn for and from their love interest. I find it a really romantic concept to put one’s pride aside, admit personal flaws, and work on them.



written by Jamie Schlosser, narrated by Stephanie Rose and Aaron Shedlock

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Colton is an absolutely wonderful Romance hero! He’s such a sweet, sweet guy but not at all boring or a push-over. He’s very worried about his performance anxiety. But then he meets Brielle and things in his pants wake up mighty fine!

Dancer is a captivating love story between two entirely real and complex people.

The ebook is currently included in Kindle Unlimited and you can pick up the audiobook for a reduced price!

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Falling From the Sky

written by Sarina Bowen, narrated by Tanya Eby and Aiden Snow

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Sarina Bowen is one of my go-to authors because she’s not afraid of writing heroes and heroines who don’t fit the usual mold. If you’ve been on Lovely Audiobooks before, you know how strongly I feel about disability rep in Romance. And Falling From the Sky blew me away!

Hank had an accident and has to come to terms with his paraplegia. One big worry of his is if he can perform at all still. It was so very emotional to listen to his concerns and how he finds true love after all! Aiden Snow’s narration here is absolutely fantastic and adds even more depth to this story.

If you ever find yourself with an Audible credit to spend, get this audiobook! Or pick up the ebook and audio in a cheap package deal.


The Player and the Pixie

written by L H Cosway and Penny Reid, narrated by George Allan and KC Sheridan

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In The Player and the Pixie, we have a hero who, for all intents and purposes, seems to be your typical alphahole jock hero. It’s just that… he’s no good in bed. And while he suspects something is wrong, he isn’t even really aware of his lacking performance because he only has One Night Stands. And the ladies always give him the celebrity bonus.

I love the underlying message that relationships – much more so than having a lot of different partners – help people become better in bed. This is such a fantastic Romance novel despite the bad sex (which also improves quickly enough, don’t you worry)!

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Male Virgin Romance Books

We all know the typical Romance hero who can’t even count the number of partners anymore. He’s often paired with a virginal heroine (for better or for worse). Few things are as refreshing to me as an inexperienced hero! Fortunately, male virgin romance books have a bit more of a fan base than the heroes who struggle to perform. So, here are a couple of my favorite untouched Romance heroes!


Goodbye Paradise

written by Sarina Bowen, narrated by Teddy Hamilton and Dake Bliss

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While virginal heroes are a bit more common in M/M Romance, Josh and Caleb’s openness really made Goodbye Paradise stand out for me. I absolutely loved it! The two boys discover their sexuality together and have such wholesome talks about it. It’s beautiful!


Love Hacked: A Reluctant Romance

written by Penny Reid, narrated by Devra Woodward

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Love Hacked is such a captivating, adorable Romance novel despite the bad sex! Or maybe because of it…

Alex is just so friggin cute! He is an amazing Romance hero. In so many ways, he doesn’t fit the usual mold at all. And in other ways, he is actually the perfect hero who’ll hit you right in the feels!


The Shameless Hour

written by Sarina Bowen, narrated by Saskia Maarleveld and Nick Podehl

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Another Sarina Bowen? Yes, indeed! Some authors just seem to be more comfortable with veering from the usual tropes. And I’m so happy they do!

The wonderful thing about The Shameless Hour is that it turns around the usual Romance trope of a college student looking to lose their virginity and landing with the resident player.

Bella likes to party and spread the love, while Rafe saved himself for a long-term girlfriend. Such a shame that all his careful plans went up in flames…

You can grab the audiobook together with the ebook in a super cheap deal on Amazon. And it’s so worth it!!


Archer’s Voice

written by Mia Sheridan, narrated by Kris Koscheski and Emily Durante

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Archer’s Voice is such an epic love story! The story has several extremely emotional layers, just like its hero.

Archer lives alone and generally avoids interaction with other people. Until he is quite literally found by Bree who feels drawn to the silent man.


The Duchess War

written by Courtney Milan, narrated by Rosalyn Landor

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Courtney Milan is one of my favorite authors and The Duchess War is simply a must! Even if you rarely grab a Historical Romance novel, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this one.

Here, we have two virginal protagonists who have to find their way out of political scandal and personal insecurities. I found the story utterly intriguing and unexpected!


How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire

written by Kerrelyn Sparks, narrated by Suzanne Cypress

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How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire is a bit of an older book and it’s been a while since I read it. But it is so perfect for this list!

We had a lot of Romance heroes now who didn’t fit the usual mold. Here, we have an entirely unexpected vampire! He’s a nerd and he’s a virgin. Even though he’s super old and super rich!

This might not be quite the right story for the die-hard Paranormal Romance fan. But if you don’t mind a bit of a lighter, fun take on vampires, give this one a try! I’m sure it’ll crack you up too!

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4 thoughts on “Unusual Romance Heroes: 9 Romance Novels with Bad Sex”

  1. Lovely post, Eline! I always come to your blog if I’m in need of some romance books because I have no clue what’s there in that genre. I’ll definitely check out Sarina Bowen, now! I love when authors change their characters!

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