In this post I’m sharing my thoughts on the reverse harem books I’ve read so far. When it comes to book genres there are a lot of genres and sub genres, I am the type of reader where I will try at least two or three books from any given genre before making a decision on if I like a genre or not.
So when I was first introduced to the reverse harem sub genre I thought, ok, I’ll give it a shot and see what I like. Well I like it. I’m not one to yuck someone else’s yum and I can’t form an opinion unless I give it a go right.
The reverse harem genre is typically one female with multiple male love interests. She doesn’t fall for just one and the men typically accept each other as brother husbands. There are group sex scenes, sometimes it gets extremely graphic, some of the books I read are considered dark romance, and often times you are left with heart warming feelings on the characters.
Now, when I think of reverse harems it is more than three people. If there are only three people it’s a menage a trois, not a harem. At least in the book aspect that’s how I view this. So Flock and Exodus would be a menage a trois not a harem. There are a lot of people who call it a reverse harem and it just isn’t.
So I’ve read four reverse harems series or books and I’m giving you my thoughts on them in case you are interested in trying the sub genre out.
Forget Me Not Bombshell by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti
If you are new to the genre I would highly recommend this series to start off with. While dark romance elements do appear in Forget Me Not Bombshell, I felt it was the most relaxed of all of them. The book is funny, emotional, and heartwarming. I loved the ending of this book and felt that all of the characters were really well portrayed.
Now you’ll still want to check your trigger warnings on this one because there is a lot of violent and graphic scenes. It’s a mafia reverse harem with an arranged marriage and hidden identity troupe as well so there is a lot going on and the story is really good.
These two authors are some of my favorite authors but I was nervous going into this book because these authors have been known to mess with me and cause severe emotional distress. I can say though there is a great happy ending with this book and it’s worth the read. You can read my full review of this book here.
Ruthless Boys of the Zodiac by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti
The twisted sisters again produced an amazing series that had me all over the place. I cried, I fell in love, I laughed. This series is by far my favorite series from these two authors so far. It is a completed series so you can just binge the entire thing and for once I can say binging it was good for me.
If you’ve read Zodiac Academy you may recognize some of the characters in this series. I also recommend reading Zodiac Academy before reading the Ruthless Boys of the Zodiac, even though RBOTZ takes place before ZA. I felt it helped the story, and made me want to read on.
Be prepared though I went in loving one of the men and seriously believing I’d love him the most through the entire series. That did not happen. I love all of them but Ryder is hands down my favorite of the Ruthless Boys.
Vicious Lost Boys by Nikki St. Crowe
Now we are getting into more dark romance and kink with the Vicious Lost Boys. This series is a Peter Pan retelling and it’s not for everyone. There are a lot of darker elements to this story. This was the second reverse harem series I read and at first I didn’t think I liked it but after sitting with it for a minute I actually wanted to read the second book. Now I can’t wait for the third.
These books are short, I read them in three or four hours so they don’t take long but they are dark romance. If you do not typically read dark romance be prepared because there are elements to the story that not everybody would be comfortable with.
Den of Vipers by K.A. Knight
I heard so many conflicting reviews on Den Of Vipers that it took me a really long time to give in and give it a try. I absolutely loved it. I was not prepared to love these four men but I do. This is dark romance for sure so be prepared for that, but surprisingly I actually got emotional with this book. I didn’t think I would when I first got into it.
These characters grow on you pretty quickly and even the straight up psychotic one of the group grows on you and makes you go awe. I can’t stop thinking about this book and how amazing it is. It will absolutely end up on my shelf in physical form.
Dead Men Walking Duet by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti
Once again the Twisted Sisters give us a beautiful reverse harem that consists of four homicidal maniacs. The Dead Men Walking Duet is a part of the United States of Anarchy universe but can be read without reading Kings of Quarantine or Harlequin Crew.
What I really liked about this series is it didn’t absolutely devastate me like a lot of their books do. There was a lot of humor and a few moments that make you question the sanity of both the characters and the authors but then question your own sanity for how much you adore and fall for the characters.
Faking With Benefits by Lily Gold
Faking With Benefits is a contemporary romance or romantic comedy with a reverse harem. So there aren’t many dark elements to this book. If you are not used to Dark Romance, this might be a good place to start your reverse harem journey.
The characters in this book are fantastic, the story is sweet, it had a good mixture of spice and plot so it’s a true smut book. Lily Gold does a lot of Rom-Com reverse harem books and with this book alone I’m ready to dive into more of her books quickly. You can read my full review of this book here.
New To Reverse Harem Books
I currently have a few more reverse harem books on my TBR and I am currently reading another reverse harem series from Caroline Peckham and Susan Valenti. I like their style of reverse harems and particularly the way they end them too. I also happen to like how the emotional damage they cause hurts so good.
If you are new to the genre I recommend checking trigger warnings before deciding on any book. Of the books I’ve read it really depends on what type of books you normally read.
If you read Rom-Coms or Contemporary Romance I highly recommend starting with Faking With Benefits by Lily Gold.
If you read Mafia Romance with some darker elements then I recommend Forget-Me-Not Bombshell by Caroline Peckham and Susan Valenti.
If you read Fantasy Romance then I recommend Ruthless Boys of the Zodiac by Caroline Peckham and Susan Valenti.
If you are a dark romance reader start off with the Vicious Lost Boys by Nikki St. Crowe these will be shorter reads and the series will finish this year. I would say the Dead Man Walking Duet by Caroline Peckham and Susan Valenti would be a good second in the dark romance category.
You should only read Den of Vipers by K.A. Knight if you have read plenty of dark romance. Den of Vipers made me question a LOT about myself, I’m comfortable with pushing comfort levels so if you aren’t this is a warning.