After sobbing my eyes out reading Death by Laura Thalasia, I needed a fun post to lift my soul (pun absolutely intended).
Taylor Swift is releasing her rerecorded album Red on November 12. I’m a HUGE fan. So somehow, my exhausted mind combined my glee for the album along with my thoughts about reverse harem. Before I knew it, I thought about RH books that sort of jive with her original songs.
I present to you my list of sixteen reverse harem novels that in some way align with each song on her original album.
State Of Grace (Taylor's Version)
This is the worthwhile fight
Love is a ruthless game
Unless you play it good and right
These are the hands of fate
You’re my Achilles heel
This is the golden age of something good
And right and real
The book begins with our MC finding her fated mate. They spend a passionate night together, but in the morning, she is left alone. She wasn’t expecting to meet him, and throughout the book, she realizes he is her ‘Achilles heel.’
Hell hath no fury like a shifter scorned.
Three years ago, a darkly handsome stranger stole my heart. After one night together, I was certain I’d found my fated mate—until he rejected me and disappeared like a shadow.
I never told anyone about that night. I shoved the shattered pieces of my soul into a locked box and pretended I’d never met Kian.
But when a witch whispers a dire warning in my ear one day, everything changes.
Because I don’t just have one mate. I have three.
Feral shifters, she calls them.
Wild, untamed, and fueled by darkness, created by a magic no one has ever seen before.
These three dangerous, psychotic monsters could tear apart the world as we know it, unless I hunt them down and stop them first.
They say all’s fair in love and war… but sometimes love is war.
Rejected Mate is the first book in the Feral Shifters series, a reverse harem paranormal shifter romance. It contains cursing, violence, anti-hero alpha males, steamy sex, and a badass heroine who isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty.
Red (Taylor's Version)
Touching him was like
Realizing all you ever wanted was right there in front of you
Memorizing him was as
Easy as knowing all the words to your old favorite song
Fighting with him was like
Trying to solve a crossword and realizing there’s no right answer
Regretting him was like
Wishing you never found out that love could be that strong
Besides the obvious title tie-in…our poor MC. She’s been lied to for quite a long time and is suddenly thrust into a world she had no idea existed. Then she finds not one but several potential mates, and everything she thought she knew goes up in smoke.
What if Red Riding Hood didn’t fall in love with one Big Bad Wolf but three?
I’ve been a city girl my entire life. But when my grandmother got sick, I didn’t think twice before packing my bags and moving to Crimson Hollow, a small town in West Virginia. Two years later, I’m still here and finally adjusting to the quiet life. Only there’s nothing ordinary about this town.
A walk in the woods proved almost deadly and left me changed forever. I was attacked by a rogue wolf, and now, I belong to the Crimson Hollow pack. I’m a shifter. To make matters worse, my arrival in the pack created a rift among the wolves, making it impossible to tell friend from foe, including the three alpha’s sons who have taken a keen interest in me. If dealing with all that wasn’t enough, wolves are disappearing. We must discover who is behind it, or there won’t be a pack left to fight over.
Treacherous (Taylor's Version)
As long as they don’t touch
Out of focus, eye to eye
‘Til the gravity’s too much
And I’ll do anything you say
If you say it with your hands
And I’d be smart to walk away
But you’re quicksand
I loved this take on the alpha type within the shifter universe. Our MC is an Alpha female wolf in a world where that just isn’t possible. She has to find a more dominant mate than she, yet she is in love with a less dominant wolf. Their love will doom them both, but they can’t walk away. Loved this book; I definitely recommend it.
It’s amazing to be a powerful wolf… if you’re male.
When you’re a nineteen year-old girl who can beat the crap out of every wolf in your pack, suddenly it’s not so great.
Love isn’t everything, I know; but even the most powerful she-wolf submits to her mate. If you can’t be beaten, you can’t be mated.
And an unmated wolf has no place in the pack.
My one hope is the clan gathering in the Blackwood Fortress. Every wolf in the continent attends, and a few seriously sexy wolves catch my eye. I’m bound to find at least one who can match me, right?
Then there’s my other problem: My pack leader is a grade-A jerk. After treating me like a genetic freak my whole life, he suddenly decides to stake a claim. But I can’t refuse the challenge, and my wolf won’t back down. Either I submit to the pack leader and become mated to his skeezy pelt, or I win the challenge and my freedom… by taking his place as pack leader.
Only no one has ever heard of a female pack leader, and if I become one, I’ll never find a mate.
Wolf Shunned is the first book in The Warrior Queen Legacy, featuring a badass heroine, a dystopian fantasy world, and loads of sexy wolf shifters. Be warned: This is a slow burn romance in which the heroine keeps all of her men. Once you pick this story up, you won’t be able to stop devouring it until the very last page.
The Warrior Queen Legacy is now a complete series!
I Knew You Were Trouble (Taylor's Version)
Comes creepin’ in
That you never loved me
She is on badass MC. The book begins with her husband killing her, and she is out for blood. LOVED this book. This is definitely a darker book, and I was rooting 100% for the MC the entire time. Screw that man; he was definitely trouble.
My husband killed me.
Then he screwed his way through the city, the only problem? I didn’t stay dead. It seems killing me woke something deep inside, something so dark and buried so deep I never knew it was there.
I don’t know what I am, I don’t really care. All I can think about is revenge, even as the monsters in the dark start to surround me. Their horns and black eyes, mouths filled with fangs claiming I am theirs.
My monsters will have to wait, he will regret the day he crossed me.
Are you scared of the dark? You should be.
*18+ Reverse Harem Romance. Warning this book contains scenes and references of abuse/assault that some readers may find triggering. Along with graphic sex scenes and violence. This is a dark book*
All Too Well (Taylor's Version)
I’d like to be my old self again
But I’m still trying to find it
After plaid shirt days and nights when you made me your own
Now you mail back my things and I walk home alone
But you keep my old scarf from that very first week
‘Cause it reminds you of innocence
And it smells like me
You can’t get rid of it
‘Cause you remember it all too well, yeah
Back before you lost the one real thing you’ve ever known
It was rare, I was there, I remember it all too well
I struggled with what book to pair with this iconic song. Taylor Swift is releasing a 10-minute song on her rerecorded album, along with a short film, all surrounding the events in this song. I, along with almost every TS fan, adore this song. It touched me so deeply when it was released, and finding a book that would match it was difficult. I ultimately landed on Seeking Asylum due to the relationship between our MC and her ex-finance.
A substantial portion of this novel deals with the MC and her grief. She was betrayed by her best friend, the boy who told her stories, thinking his future was with her. Our MC is paralyzed when the novel begins, and we can see her slowly healing. Yet, at the same time, the rest of the world literally falls apart.
This is one of my favorite, if not my favorite, series that is currently being written. I ADORE both books and cannot wait for the third. I feel like the author handles incredibly hard topics with grace and honesty. I highly, highly recommend it.
I was once an average college student with dreams of the Olympics. A better future had been within my grasp. I was weeks away from graduating from college, and I had just received my invitation to the National Team. Sure, I was still nursing a broken heart and coming to terms with the betrayal delivered to me at the hands of people I once trusted and loved dearly. However, things were finally looking up.
Or so I thought. The news began to report disturbing stories about a new virus. This virus was turning people. The infected became violent and attacking anybody and everybody.
My plans for a relaxing weekend with my friends and family turned into a nightmare. We were told to evacuate to Sanctuary. On our journey to safety, I run into old friends and find myself becoming attracted to them and their friends. I realized that even in the most harrowing of times, I could find solace and affection.
This may be a whole new world and life wasn’t going to return to normal anytime soon, if ever, but at least I had five men at my side to face it with.
*** Sanctuary is a contemporary, post-apocalyptic reverse harem, why choose series. This book contains some triggering content that may be sensitive to some readers. ***
22 (Taylor's Version)
It feels like one of those nights
We ditch the whole scene
It feels like one of those nights
We won’t be sleeping
It feels like one of those nights
You look like bad news
I gotta have you
I gotta have you
Ooh, ooh, yeah, yeah
There were two books I had slated for this song, and I just had to go with A Cock & Bull Story. The tone of the song jives with the tone of the book.
Our MC is in college and stumbles upon a group for shifters that are lower down the food chain. She is totally focused on having some wild nights and having anyone she wants. However, the entire purpose of attending the group is to try and change her ways. Super funny, I love the series. Recommend.
Who says you can’t be smart and loose-legged?
The University of Oxford—that’s who.
Meaning Jezebel Harper has a problem because the gorgeous American really wants to keep her scholarship.
What’s a sex addict to do?
Join Sexaholics Anonymous, obviously—except, Belle doesn’t read the fine print.
S.A. means something completely different.
Belle shows up at Shifters’ Anonymous, where four drool-worthy males and two stunning women all turn to stare at her. . .
And, instead of being a solution to all her problems, S.A. is where Belle’s all begin.
Get ready for a new spin on ‘lost in translation’.
Warning: This is a reverse harem romcom (comedy) series with explicit language and scenes for readers 18+. This is book one of the Banbury Shifter Tales.
I Almost Do (Taylor's Version)
And I just wanna tell you
It takes everything in me not to call you
And I wish I could run to you
And I hope you know that every time I don’t
I almost do
I almost do
I read the first two and thoroughly enjoyed the books. Our MC is learning to question her actions and beliefs. Although this song is written as a love song, I’m stretching it to fit our MC thinking about her home and almost reaching out or contacting them.
It is the end of days…
Taken from her family at birth, and raised by the mystic Sisterhood, Anne understands she will fight the demons for the rest of her life. Often referred to as the Weird Sister, Anne longs for a life she knows she can never have and dreams of her five guards affections although she believes they hold her in disdain.
She couldn’t be more wrong.
Bryant, Mason, Garrett, Kieran and Milo see Anne for who she is and they’ve loved her every day they’ve known her, although they can never see her face. Fate has chosen them as her beloveds and when the already destroyed world falls apart, they will see they are meant to be…and that maybe all hope is not lost at all. Maybe it is just the beginning.
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (Taylor's Version)
we are never ever, ever getting back together
We are never ever, ever getting back together
You go talk to your friends, talk to my friends, talk to me
But we are never, ever, ever, ever getting back together
(We) ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh (getting back together)
(We) ooh, ooh, ooh
Oh (getting back together)
F* her husband. Her husband kidnaps her and keeps her against her will for years. She finally escapes him, and I can hear the MC screaming that they are never EVER getting back together. Hell will come to earth before that happens. Another series I love, looking forward to continuing it.
First comes love…
Then comes marriage…
…and then comes my con-artist husband selling me to werewolves on our honeymoon.
On the run from my cruel captors, I stumble into Grayhaven. This secret supernatural settlement is packed with biker demons, fae royals, and witches dealing in death-magic. Their small town could be my salvation… or doom.
But when the Grayhaven werewolf pack tracks me down, I feel the noose of impending capture tightening around my throat. I’m an omega, the least dominant werewolf in the supernatural world. If I’m given an order—any order—I’m powerless to refuse.
The five dominant werewolves could enslave me with a word. Instead, they take me in, protect me, and call me their mate. I want to believe that they are mine… that I’m safe.
Yet, there is a malevolent darkness hunting me and it won’t stop until it’s claimed me once more, body and soul.
If you love sexy-as-hell alpha werewolves, feisty heroines, fated mates, and dominant shifters who would do anything to protect their mate, get ready to devour this medium/fast burn reverse harem romance!
Escaping Monsters is the first book in this steamy new Why Choose werewolf series by Alexa B James and Rita Stradling. This book is for 18 and over only please.
Stay Stay Stay (Taylor's Version)
I’ve been loving you for quite some time, time, time
You think that it’s funny when I’m mad, mad, mad
But I think that it’s best if we both stay
Stay, stay, stay
My fears, my hopes and dreams
I just like hanging out with you
All the time
All those times that you didn’t leave
It’s been occurring to me
I’d like to hang out with you
For my whole life
The MC and her children break down, and the LIs repeatedly ask them to stay verbally and non-verbally. The men take the time to get to know her and her children, and they all just enjoy being together. This is a lovely series, and I’ll be reading the next book once it is released.
My car broke down on an icy road in the middle of nowhere.
I’ve got no money in the bank, no place to stay, and no food for my kids. Can it get any worse?
Sure. A police car pulls up.
The county sheriff calls his twin brother to tow my car for repairs that’ll probably cost more than the beater is worth. They say don’t worry about it. They only want to help.
Sure they do.
These gorgeous guys just happen to have two friends who own a luxurious motel called Little Cypress Lodge. I walk into this incredible hotel and it’s like I’ve entered a new fantasy world. It’s warm, there’s plenty of food for my kids, and they say I can stay. For free. As long as I need a place. The four of them even want to hire me to do some modeling work for their new fashion line. Crazy, right?
Me. The broke down, homeless single mom.
If I can keep up the act long enough to make some deposits on a new place, I can start a new life for me and my kids. If I don’t lose my heart first.
The Last Time (Taylor's Version) [feat. Gary Lightbody]
Put my name at the top of your list
This is the last time I’m asking you why
You break my heart in the blink of an eye, eye, eye
Just like all those times before
You wear your best apology
But I was there to watch you leave
And all the times I let you in
Just for you to go again
Disappear when you come back
Everything is better
Snow Patrol is one of my all-time favorite bands, so this has always been a personal favorite. I’m pairing it with Vaugn in good faith; I really enjoyed the first three books of the series. It sounds like this book will focus on priorities, and the MC may be feeling a bit forgotten about. Let me know if I’ve gotten it totally wrong!
It seems that at the start of all of this, Gavin knew exactly what he was doing. He was putting me into a position where I would be falling for all three of them, and now I’m glad that I let Austin in when I had the chance.
But Vaughn… He started out as the thorn in my side before becoming a piece of the growing puzzle that I didn’t think fit. I’ve somehow found myself growing more and more attached to him. He helped me feel whole in a way I wasn’t prepared for.
That is until the bar opened. Now I rarely see any of my boys. It feels like I’m in a position where I can’t complain, considering how often I worked in the beginning. But things are bound to settle down at some point. Right?
Holy Ground (Taylor's Version)
I was reminiscing just the other day
While having coffee all alone, and Lord, it took me away
Back to a first-glance feeling on New York time
Back when you fit in my poems like a perfect rhyme
Took off faster than a green light, go
Hey, you skip the conversation when you already know
I left a note on the door with a joke we’d made
And that was the first day
Oh boy, how to talk about this one without saying too much…
Our MC is in love and feels like it is returned. However, when it is time to pledge themselves, her LI rejects her. So she leaves her pack and tries to move on with her life. But she never forgets him. I need to finish this series, really enjoyed this book.
I was rejected by my mate. Exiled by my pack. Cast out by my own father.
Seven years later, I get the call. It’s time to return to pack territory and bury my father. I intend to sign some paperwork and head straight back home.
But Juniper has changed since my exile. A dark curse has taken hold and killed all the female werewolves in town. The land rots as vampires drain the pack. My father, the alpha, was unable to stop the curse.
The people here have changed too. There are new werewolves around, like gorgeous, burly Lance and sinful, charming Finn. And the boy I once knew as a skinny beanpole has grown up into a stunning man named Roarke.
My would-be mate Kieran has changed most drastically. The strong young teen who was going to be my father’s successor is a shadow of his former self. One who rejects me again the instant I step foot in town.
I’m not going to leave my homeland so easily a second time around. Especially when I discover my entire exile was based on a lie. As new secrets come to light and enemies emerge from the shadows, it becomes clear my pack needs a leader.
Or we’re all going to be destroyed from the inside.
This new series about a rejected mate has action, adventure, romance, steam, and absolutely no choosing.
Sad Beautiful Tragic (Taylor's Version)
What a sad beautiful tragic love affair
I meet you in warm conversation
We both wake
In lonely beds
In different cities
Is taking its sweet time erasing you
And you’ve got your demons
And darlin’ they all look like me
What a sad beautiful tragic love affair
Up until this book, I have either recommended or not said one way or the other. That ends now.
WTF happened with this book? I really don’t recommend it. My hubs know (MONTHS LATER) the character’s name in this book that broke my heart. Broken. Thousands of pieces. I’m still not recovered. This is totally Sad Beautiful, Tragic. I could write an entire post based entirely on the ending of this book. Someday I’ll try the author again, but I’m still bitter for now.
It’s hardly a fair race when you’re racing against time.
The Fangs and I have the answers we were looking for, but for me those answers come with a death sentence. But I’ll be damned if I got out easy. I’ll be damned if I go out before I can see our mission through.
Just as I’m coming to terms with my fate, hope drops into my lap like a succulent fruit. But hope can be deceptive, and I’m not one for putting all my eggs into one basket. The mission must remain my focus, but with obstacles stacking up, getting to the finish line may just take some divine intervention, but the cost…The cost might be more than I’m willing to pay.
The Vampire Diaries meets The Walking Dead in this Post-Apocalyptic Urban Fantasy with a slow burn Whychoose Romance
The Lucky One (Taylor's Version)
Yeah, they’ll tell you now, you’re the lucky one
But can you tell me now, you’re the lucky one
Oh, oh, oh…
And your lover in the foyer doesn’t even know you
And your secrets end up splashed on the news front page
But you’re so confused,
‘Cause you don’t feel pretty, you just feel used.
Our MC is famous, and the police aren’t taking it seriously when a stalker breaks into her house. She hires three bodyguards to protect her. She is the epitome of the ‘lucky one’ referenced in this song. She definitely doesn’t feel lucky; she feels used. This is a faster read, and I enjoyed it.
One celebrity diva in trouble. Three overprotective bodyguards determined to keep her safe.
As one of the world’s most hated celebrities, I’m used to unwanted attention. But when I wake up one morning to find a mysterious man has broken into my house, I know I need security, fast. Enter “The Angels”, my three ex-military bodyguards:
Glen, the Scottish sweetheart with the scarred face and gentle hands.
Kenta, the long-haired soldier with the tattooed skin and secretive smile.
And Matt, the blue-eyed, bad-tempered leader haunted by his military past.
Having three gorgeous men guarding me 24-7 sounds like a dream come true, but it turns out to be a nightmare. They’re always here, watching me. Caring for me. Protecting me. They tell me to ignore them and go about my business, but I can’t even think with them so close. The spark is too intense.
On top of that, we don’t get on. They think I’m a demanding diva. I think they’re overdramatic. When a trip to America sends the guys’ protective instincts into overdrive, the sizzling tension between us finally breaks, and I learn my bodyguards’ heart-pounding secret: they want me.
All three of them.
Meanwhile, my stalker’s behaviour is becoming more and more alarming. He’s photographing me through windows and following me in the shadows. With the premiere for my next movie coming up, will my three bodyguards be able to keep me safe from his clutches? Or will my terrifying pursuer finally get his deadly way?
Triple-Duty Bodyguards is a full-length military romance featuring multiple love interests, nail-biting suspense, and smoldering romance. No cheating, and an ultra-sweet HEA guaranteed!
Starlight (Taylor's Version)
He said, “Look at you, worrying so much about things you can’t change
You’ll spend your whole life singing the blues
If you keep thinking that way”
He was tryna to skip rocks on the ocean saying to me
“Don’t you see the starlight, starlight
Don’t you dream impossible things”
I read this one a fair bit ago, so hopefully, my memory is correct. The story begins with the LI’s trying to save their college newspaper. Our MC starts writing a serial that goes viral, but she worries about the subject matter. The LI’s want her to dream bigger, to dream of impossible things. This is a duet. I don’t recall re-reading it, but I did give it high marks on Goodreads to recommend it.
“If you want to be a student at VIP College, get used to rubbing shoulders with royalty, rockstars and billionaires.”
As a non-wealthy, non-celebrity scholarship recipient, VIP College freshman Aubrey is intent on joining the college’s Literary Society. As a budding romance writer, she hopes to find a group of like-minded bookworms.
Instead, she is confronted with the VIP Lit executive committee:
Luka, the prince, elegant and refined. Has he ever dropped that genial smile and shown someone his true self?
Jaeson, the billionaire, handsome and alluring. With such a commanding presence, does he have a not-so-secret dominant side?
Riot, the rockstar, guarded and aloof. He writes such passionate lyrics, surely there must be more to him than his prickly exterior?
With the literary club in danger of being disbanded due to low readership, Aubrey’s anonymous romantic stories may be the only thing that can save them. There’s only one problem: Aubrey’s experience with romance and love is limited, but her readers keep asking for more.
Can Luka, Jaeson and Riot help Aubrey find the inspiration she’s yearning for?
Accepted is the first book in the VIP College Reverse Harem Romance Duet.
Begin Again (Taylor's Version)
I’ve been spending the last eight months
Thinking all love ever does
Is break and burn, and end
But on a Wednesday in a cafe
I watched it begin again
The characters are all beginning again. They are working both on their art and themselves, and it was a nice love story to read.
We’re snowed in all winter, high in the Rockies at an artist’s retreat.
Just me… and the four men who want to share me.
It was supposed to be three months of solitude and reflection. I’d paint all day, then maybe read before going to bed early. I thought I’d be surrounded by quiet, retiring artists.
I didn’t think those artists would be the world’s biggest rock band, taking a break from being in the spotlight.
And I definitely didn’t think they’d seduce me, one by one… and sometimes together.
There’s Cash, the drummer, who has smoldering eyes and muscles I can’t take my eyes off of. There’s Dalton, the bassist, who has a body sculpted from marble and a smile that makes me melt.
There’s Gavin, the British guitarist whose accent does things to me… and whose hands do much, much dirtier deeds.
And finally, there’s Slate, the mysterious lead singer whose voice alone makes me shiver.
I can’t help myself. They’re commanding, dominant, and so irresistible I can’t say no.
And best of all? They want to share me.
All four of them.
Four on the Floor is a complete standalone about an artist and the rock band who shares her. It’s a seriously steamy romance, but there’s zero M/M action – don’t worry, all the attention is on her!