Darkest before them reverse harems

Greeting my delightful reading buddies,

I hope you all had a safe and restful weekend.

The request of the post was to hunt down books where there was past abuse or a hard home life until our sweet harem forms. I love seeing the transformation from broken and alone to empowered and surrounded by support and love.

So grab some milk, get your baked goods read, and sink your teeth into these sweet cinnamon roll heroes who will do anything to help heal their troubled woman.

As always, all images and descriptions are from Amazon. As an Amazon Associate, I earn commission from qualifying purchases.

Be well, and happy reading!
Paige

P.S. Apparently my brain now associates songs with posts.  I was putting together the book collage for the post image when Shake it Out popped into my head. So enjoy, if you want. 🙂

Altered: Part One (Altered Shifters Universe Book 1) by M.F. Moody
Altered: Part One (Altered Shifters Universe Book 1) by M.F. Moody
Amazon Description

What happens to shifters when their world is torn apart? Meeting your fated mate is the ultimate relationship goal for Mundane shifters, a blessing from the cosmos itself. For snow leopard shifter Sila, it's always been a distant possibility, not a looming reality, so she's stunned to find him already in attendance when she arrives at Pred Academy. However, her budding dreams are shattered when she is brutally and publicly rejected and humiliated. The Reficio Establishment is home to Altered and Mythic shifters alike. For Altered shifters Bash, Nox, and Kane, their lives forever change the moment a feral Sila moves in, and the Three Beasts find themselves tamed by her feisty snow leopard. If you enjoy sassy, sarcastic FMC's with a low tolerance for bullshittery, grumpy dire wolves who need to pee on everything, surly sabertooths who hate everyone, and prehistoric cave bears who wear frilly pink gingham aprons when they cook, pick up a copy today. This is part one of a paranormal romance duet, and is set in an interlinked universe with shifters, fated mates, knots, and heats, and where the FMC doesn't have to choose. It contains mature content, language, and scenes of a sexual nature. It also contains content depicting past abuse (both physical and sexual) that some may find triggering, and is intended for audiences 18+. If you're not 18 or older, put the book down and go ask your parents. Go on, shoo!
Dawn of a New Day: CJ's Neighborhood Book 1 by Cassandra Joy
Dawn of a New Day: CJ’s Neighborhood Book 1 by Cassandra Joy
Amazon Description

Time to start a new life.Jenn's ready to finally end things with her abusive husband. Dan and his roommates spent the last four years building a sanctuary for her. Now if only her soon-to-be ex-husband will let go...This book contains adult situations and is for ages 18+. If you like spicy MMFM Reverse Harem adventure stories, you'll enjoy Dawn of a New Day. Get it now.

Thoughts from Paige

OOF.  Trigger warnings on this one, it is definitely a rough start.  I think I'll read it though, I haven't read a reverse age gap with a reverse harem before.

Fate Hollow Academy: Term 1 by Lyra  Winters
Fate Hollow Academy: Term 1 by Lyra Winters
Amazon Description

Welcome to Fate Hollow Academy, where supernaturals blessed by the Fates cultivate their manifested powers and master ancient magic.Fate Hollow is the academy of the elite, where supernatural beings with special magic train for war against humans.A big-hearted, naïve arctic fox shifter like me couldn’t have prepared for the treachery lurking within the walls of the academy. Students were going missing or turning up dead on campus and rumors circulated about humans infiltrating academy grounds.Seeds of fear bloomed within the student body. To make matters worse, the mate that rejected me was hellbent on painting a bright red target on my back with the help of his new girlfriend.Against all odds, I found refuge with seven irresistible supernatural men, each one more different from the last.Would the bond of my mates be enough to manifest my hidden power? Without it, I was vulnerable. And with a dragon cult attempting to wage war on humans, I had no choice but to fight.

Thoughts from Paige

I LOVE this book, and cannot wait for the second to come out. The blurb isn't the best, in my opinion, but I absolutely loved the heck out of this book.

Fenrir Unleashed: A Misfit Gods StorySage Winston
Fenrir Unleashed: A Misfit Gods Story by Sage Winston
Amazon Description

Being raised in an abusive orphanage was the worst part of my life, or so I thought until that man that saved me was murdered. Now everything I knew about my life has turned out to be a lie.

Self proclaimed "misfit monsters" are coming out of the woodwork, and they all seem to know more about my life than I do.

I just wanted revenge, but everything has grown to be so much more. Now it's up to me to save the world...or to burn it down.

If you like sexy demons, snarky leprechauns, and snake shifters with interesting...equipment give Fenrir Unleashed a read!

Fenrir Unleashed is a new twist on Norse mythology, and is also a standalone reverse harem. So our leading lady will not have to choose between her love interests! There are brief references to past abuse, so please take that into consideration when reading.

Thoughts from Paige

I dig mythology-based stories. Is Fenrir going to be in the harem? And not the villain? Or will he be an anti-hero? I may be totally off-base with this book, but I'm reading it just to get these questions answered.

Finding Memphis (Memphis Duet Book 1) by Bre Rose
Finding Memphis (Memphis Duet Book 1) by Bre Rose
Amazon Description

My life has never been easy. Raised by a single mother only to have her die when I was eight. Leaving me alone, being passed from foster home to foster home filled with abuse until one day I found myself homeless.

Thankfully, a friend I didn’t realize I had was there. He rescued me from the streets.

But my life was not meant to be easy and a hidden danger made its presence known.

Unknown to me I had a stalker who would do anything in his power to make me his. When his first ‘gift’ came, it showed just how much danger I was in, so I did the only thing I could, I ran.

Now I find myself in a place special to my mother suddenly surrounded by people who care about me.

But, like everyone in this world, they are not without issues and battles of their own.

Colin, Kaleb, Mack and Ryker fought their way into my heart and showed me love I didn’t know existed. But when the danger I had been running from finds me and an enemy of my guys' surfaces, it leaves me questioning, will we make it through it alive and together?

Warning: This is a medium burn contemporary dark Reverse Harem novel. Triggering elements appear throughout the story.

Haven: A Reverse Harem NovelAstra Rose
Haven: A Reverse Harem Novel by Astra Rose
Amazon Description

Haven is a contemporary reverse harem novel.
Hannah’s on the run from her abusive ex, but when her car breaks down and leaves her stranded, she’s forced to rely on the kindness of strangers.

Sean, a career criminal, has been trying to build an honest life for himself and his two boys, Luke and Micah, for decades. They’re right on the cusp of retirement when a young woman out of options lands on their doorstep, bringing more trouble than they’d bargained for.

Hannah finds herself drawn to stern Sean, loveable Luke, and moody Micah in different ways, and she’s made a promise to herself: she’s going to do things her own way from now on - even if it seems unconventional.

Thoughts from Paige

I am totally intrigued and have added this to my TBR. I'm not sure I'm a fan of the Harem's father being a part of the Harem, but I didn't mind in Four, so I'm giving this one a shot.

Update: Not like Four. It has a kink that isn't for me, so I didn't finish it. However, those who have reviewed it seem to like it, so this would probably be a good choice if you are into the daddy kink. 

Lost: Silver Falls University by M. Sinclair
Lost: Silver Falls University by M. Sinclair
Amazon Description

Five broken alphas. One lost wolf. A fate she never expected.

Silver Falls University. There was no reason for a female bitten wolf like myself to be here. More so, there was no reason that someone who grew up as poor as I did, in an overcrowded packhouse in the South Side of Chicago, should be making her way up north to one of the most prestigious supernatural universities in the country. I truly had no idea what to expect. Something that was my own fault. I didn’t exactly have a lot of experience with anyone or anything. ‘Sheltered’ was an understatement, except to the darkness that came with struggling to survive cruel bullying and incurable loneliness that had formed the woman I was today. The place I had grown up never felt like home. No one had ever felt like home. Well, until I met a man on the way to campus. A man that had me feeling so completely comfortable, yet confused and overwhelmed. There had to be something wrong with me, right? This wasn’t normal. Then again, I should have realized that nothing about my life moving forward would be normal. I just didn’t realize how much was in store for me.

Join Effie Harlow on her journey at Silver Falls University, where she begins to realize that something about her is different. This slow-burn reverse harem paranormal romance features five protective and possessive shifter mates that are bound and determined to keep Effie by their side, no matter what. To prove to her that she is so much more than anyone has ever tried to tell her she was. Will they be able to convince her of her place at Silver Falls and in their life? Or will Effie get lost in the university crowds like she did back home?

Find out in this first installment of five in the Silver Falls University Series. Warning: This PNR university-style RH will contain swearing, adult sexual content +18, elements of PTSD and mention of prior emotional, sexual, and physical abuse, violence, and additional darker themes. Mild cliff-hanger warning - the 2nd instalment of the Silver Falls University series, Forgotten, is now available for pre-order.

There isn't a series area for this page, so I'll link the next books in the series below.
Forgotten: Silver Falls University 2
Discovered : Silver Falls University 3

Paige

Thoughts from Paige

I am loving this series. MC is a different type of MC than the usual kick-butt ones I read about, and I love the change of pace.  The third book just came out, and I am SO READY for book number 4.

The Boys Who Saved Me: A Contemporary Reverse Harem Romance (The Boys Who Saved Me, Book 1) by Mia Belle
The Boys Who Saved Me: A Contemporary Reverse Harem Romance (The Boys Who Saved Me, Book 1) by Mia Belle
Amazon Description

My name is Silver Ross, and my mom and I are on the run from my abusive stepdad.
The rain pelts down on us as we trudge through the woods for hours. We might die from hunger. We might die from hypothermia. But then we spot it, the lone house at the edge of the forest. The home of a kind man and his three drop-dead gorgeous sons.

They welcome us in and let us stay the night. In that short time, I start to get to know Noah, Archer, and Hawk. They have pain in their eyes, pain that nearly matches the one I carry in my heart. I wish I could get to know them better, but I don’t think they’re ready to open their hearts. And I’m not sure I’m ready either. It doesn’t matter, anyway, since my mom and I are ready to leave and I’ll probably never see them again.

Or will I?

Thoughts from Paige

I liked the sample, and I am totally shipping the MCs Mom and the Harem's Dad.   I really hope something comes of that.  I've downloaded the book and am super excited to read it.

The Lunar Child: The Elemental Wolves by M.D. Butler
The Lunar Child: The Elemental Wolves by M.D. Butler
Amazon Description

I am nothing and no one.

Such a Debbie Downer attitude, I know. My entire existence is one of mere survival within a pack that sees me as worthless. The alpha is ruthless, but he hasn't killed me yet. Small mercies, right? I've never known kindness, so what do I do when four guys show up with smiles and soft touches? Hide... for all of five minutes.

They're kind of insistent on getting to know me, and everything in me rebels at the thought of running from them. You see, there's this pull. A connection that snapped into place when we made eye contact. They're apparently my freaking mates. All four of them!

Krix, the unappointed leader.
Cashel, the jokester.
Denahi, the protector.
Mavrin, the peacemaker.

I've never heard of someone having four mates, but I don't want to deny myself this one good thing when all I've ever had was misery. I'm a shiftless wolf, so I wasn't supposed to have a mate at all!

My old pack isn't having it, though. The alpha doesn't want to release me, and the she-wolves are all in a tizzy over my sudden popularity with the male gender. Too bad because I refuse to stay when I've been given the answer to my prayers. The Mother of all must have finally opened her ears to me. She didn't make it easy, though. There are a few trials and tribulations headed our way.

Oh, and there's also this thing about a prophecy...

This is a full-length reverse harem novel with a cliffhanger ending. It has a male from every caliber, and a heroine that many can relate to. There are steamy scenes, and references to abuse that may not be suitable for some readers. It has been re-edited thanks to reader reviews, but feel free to comment if you notice any errors to help improve the book. This is book one in a trilogy.

Thoughts from Paige

I know I read this book, and I have the audio book in my library.  I just didn't end up reading the next books in the series.  This could have been one of the series I lost track of, so I'm glad it is back on my radar.

Twice Bitten (New Moon Series Book 1) by Belle Harper
Amazon Description

For seventeen years Alexis “Lexi” Turner has been running. From foster homes, creeps on the street and the law.Lexi is a survivor, she has spent her whole life moving from one abusive foster home to the next, until she decided to take charge of her own life. Living in abandoned buildings, couch surfing and working at a strip clubs were a huge improvement on what she had before. All she needs is enough money to feed herself, finish high school and hopefully go to college.She has a plan.That is until she is caught and sent to live with a strange foster family up-state, —her new high school isn’t much better. Rafferty King was forced like Lexi to this new foster home, but he fits in better. And that’s saying something for a total misfit. Hot as hell and getting into fights, while ignoring her existence. Whatever.Then there are the twins Ranger and Maverick, also known as “The joker and The Loner.” They know who she is and give her the new girl treatment she is all too familiar with.And how can a history teacher look that hot, there should be rules against that kind of thing. But there is something about Galen Donovani, that has Lexi feeling safe when he is near. While everyone else avoids him. What the hell is going on in the state of Washington. And why are there so many wolves roaming at Port Willow High!17+ RH shifter and vampires. Some M/M themes

All of Belle’s paranormal romance books are in the same world with characters crossing over from different books. Best reading order:
New Moon Series ~ Lexi
Midnight Prince ~Novella (From Paige: not RH)
Full Moon Series ~ Ada
Shadow Wolf ~ Clare (from Paige: standalone, I think. M/M)

Thoughts from Paige

I definitely read the first book in this series, but for some reason, I cannot remember the following books. I['ll need to return to this series to find out what happened.

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