Atypical Female Lead Reverse Harems

Hello hello!

The day’s theme focuses on the types of female leads we don’t frequently see in reverse harem books. I titled the post atypical female leads, but that doesn’t mean these characters are atypical in real life. For example, how often do we meet kick-ass karate ninja warriors in real life? Am I right? So this post features female leads that are not our typical fiction leads.

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Be well, and happy reading!
Paige

Aqua: Sunrise, Contemporary Reverse Harem by Luna Blake
Aqua: Sunrise, Contemporary Reverse Harem by Luna Blake
Amazon Description

Get up. Go to work. Come home. Nuke a frozen dinner. Scroll Netflix.Rinse. Repeat. Hey, I had a routine. Kira Jones has been trudging through life, keeping her head down, doing her best. Coping with her dysfunctional family and settling for a toxic relationship that leaves her feeling more broken than ever. Working hard with nothing to show for it. Sounds normal enough. When a mysterious envelope shows up promising a reprieve from her daily grind, Kira has doubts -- but what does she have to lose? Aqua is an all-inclusive, adults-only resort set amid lush jungles, towering waterfalls, and surrounded by picturesque beaches with sunsets that are to die for. When she arrives, it's beyond her wildest dreams. Soon, Kira will discover that the magic of the islands is real, and that her life is about to change forever. She'll also discover that darkness lurks in even the most beautiful of places.
book image: Chaotic (Arcane Mage Series Book 1)  by: T.S. Snow
Chaotic by: T.S. Snow
Amazon Description

Battle mage or magical engineer? Easy choice, right? Engineer, obviously.

I'm Charisma Carter, tech genius and nerd extraordinaire. I actually used to be Charisma Silverstorm, member of one of the six elite Arcane Families, until my family shunned me when I turned 18 because my magic wasn't strong enough. However, where I lack in magic I more than make up for with the tech I develop, if I do say so myself. Apparently I'm not the only one.

From the minute I received my diploma as a magical engineer, it seems like my world has turned upside down. Now, members of all six families are competing to get me to work for them. They're willing to use anything...from bribes to charm. It's not enough that the heirs to Arcane are walking sex gods, they also have a lot of money and exceptional magical skills.

As our paths intertwine, I have to try to stay true to who I am, who I've always been, and not succumb to their charms. But how can a girl resist when the future she always dreamed of is right at her fingertips?

This book is a reverse-harem romance intended for adult audiences.

Thoughts from Paige
I adore this series. The MC is brilliant, clumsy, totally an introvert, and so dang awesome. I love the rhythm each book has and feel so immersed in the world every time I pick up a book. Alas, only the first few books are out on audible, but I am definitely going to be keeping an eye out for them. I really liked the narrators as well, just an overall awesome audiobook.  We do get a pretty good idea about who may be in her harem, but it progresses nicely over the series.

P.S. I do realize I've included this series in quite a lot of posts.  Yes, it's one of my favorites. #sorrynotsorry

Crazy People: My Alpha Team #1 by Kira Stanley
Crazy People: My Alpha Team #1 by Kira Stanley
Amazon Description

They say smart girls are not supposed to end up in the mental ward – that’s not my experience.

I had my life all figured out. Focus on my studies, get my Ph.D., and make a scientific breakthrough. As I am about to cross the finish line, my dad calls, asking for help with his project in Russia. Next thing I know, I’m waking up in Sintrum Medical Institute – specifically the mental ward.

They tell me I had a psychotic break. That I did something very bad to someone I love. That I’m dangerous. The worst part is, I don’t remember. The memories of that month are gone.

I need to get my memories back. I need to know what really happened, because if what they say is true, I don’t think I can come back from that.

Just when I’m starting to lose hope, I find new allies that are just as determined to help me get my memories back, but. . .they have secrets of their own.

Finn, the newbie crazy who makes my heart race even when he lies.

Coal, the angry guard who is kind to me one minute and a dick the next.

Jace, the angelic doctor who constantly makes me feel like I’m in the midst of a chess match.

And Dameon, my benefactor who oozes darkness and violence but has only ever shown me compassion.

It doesn’t matter what they’re hiding – I need to get out of here. I will use them if I need to because my future depends on it.

Knights of Winter: A contemporary reverse harem romance (Year of the Harem) by Kayla Wren
Knights of Winter: A contemporary reverse harem romance (Year of the Harem) by Kayla Wren
Amazon Description

We were only supposed to be here for two weeks, but the snowstorm traps us in the castle together.

Asher: the sweet, noble guy who wants me all to himself.

Lance: his grumpy best friend who can’t seem to keep away.

Morgan: the tutor I should NOT be crushing on.

And me, Freaky Gigi. The girl who finds normal conversations to be minefields.

But we’re not alone in the Welsh mountains. And soon, we’re not safe.

It’s time to show everyone how badass this girl can be.

Knights of Winter is a standalone contemporary reverse harem novel. It contains explicit language, high heat, and a guaranteed HEA.

Queen Lucy: Hellfire and Kittens: The Complete Series by Rhiannon Lee
Queen Lucy: Hellfire and Kittens: The Complete Series by Rhiannon Lee
Amazon Description

Hell is just a place on earth, right? For Lucy, this couldn't be any closer to the truth. Stuck working in another dead-end job in another unremarkable city, Lucy’s adapted to life on the run by arming herself with a smokescreen of snarky humor. Sometimes though, her filter-less sasses land her in hot water, especially when it comes to triggering her unruly magic.

After a trip to the pound, where a small, scrappy black cat befriends her, a rapid series of events thrusts Lucy—literally—into the complicated world of Hell.

Lucy will need to learn to rely on others and use the help offered to her by an alluring demon and a ragtag team of misfits in order to save Hell before it’s ripped apart by all manners of depraved, ruthless enemies.

Join Lucy on her adventure through hell as she battles to protect the people she loves. Can she prevail, or will she lose part of her heart forever?

This is a why choose fantasy adventure!

Reign of Dragons: a dragon fantasy romance (Dragon Dojo Brotherhood Book 1) by Olivia Ash
Amazon Description

An urban fantasy, dragon romance. Sink your teeth into 125,000 words of amazing dragon shifter adventure! -------------------------- No one screws with my family. My sister and I are human orphans raised by the world’s best assassin, taught to steal and kill our way through the dragonlands under her watchful eye. Grown men fear us, and no one knows we’re coming until it’s too late to run. Irena and I—we’re good. The best. In a dog-eat-dragon kind of world, we have to be. But someone betrayed us. Someone we trusted with our lives. Irena is missing. My mentor is gone. And as for me… the man responsible for this mess thought he killed me. He kicked me into a pit, and he left me to die. But I don’t give up that easy. In the darkness, facing death itself, I fused with dragons. I had no choice. This is ancient magic, and dangerous people want it. They want me, dead or alive, and they’ll start a war if that’s what it takes to control me. The magic I discovered—the magic these brutal people want—it’s mine, plain and simple. No one can take it from me. And I’m coming back from the dead. For blood. For vengeance. For Irena. Reign of Dragons is a full-length novel with a badass heroine, a riveting storyline, and an alternative relationship dynamic. Get ready for a heart-pounding story filled with a dragon shifter romance unlike anything you’ve read before. Buckle in for heart-pounding action, breathtaking magic, deadly assassins, four drop-dead gorgeous leading men, lots of toned muscles, and most importantly—a young woman’s journey of justice, self-discovery, and freedom. READ THE WHOLE SERIES The Dragon Dojo Brotherhood: a riveting and addictive dragon shifter fantasy romance series. Book 1: Reign of Dragons Book 2: Fate of Dragons Book 3: Blood of Dragons Book 4: Age of Dragons Book 5: Fall of Dragons Book 6: Death of Dragons Book 7: Queen of Dragons Book 8: A Legend Among Dragons Publisher’s Note: The Dragon Dojo Brotherhood is a reverse harem series with explicit scenes and is meant for mature readers who enjoy spellbinding stories with a few fan-your-face moments in their fantasy fiction.
Roots (The Charlington Chronicles Book 1) by Kris Vanc
Roots (The Charlington Chronicles Book 1) by Kris Vanc
Amazon Description

Morgan is done with love. While she is a hopeless romantic, who writes romance novels for a living, she is done. Love and her are calling it quits, and they're over. Moving back home to Charlington, she runs into O, her next door neighbour. And his three friends.

O, Jonah, Gil and Dean show Morgan what it's like to just have fun and not look for your soul-mate. But not all is fun and games in Charlington; the boys have a past that has come to bite Morgan in the butt.

This book is not about a bad-ass heroine. This book is about a girl, just like you and me, who finds herself in some unlikely situations and tries to make the best of it. Just like we all do.

Roots is the first book in a full length Reverse Harem trilogy. Be aware of strong language, graphic sexual scenes, mention of mental health problems and a lot of unnecessary jokes.

Silenced (Santa Catalina University Book 1) by Crystal North
Silenced (Santa Catalina University Book 1) by Crystal North
Amazon Description

I’m not crazy.

My parents had me tested.

And much to their disappointment, my diagnosis set me free from under their oppressive thumb.

Travelling across the world to attend Santa Catalina University with my best – only – friend brings me freedom and happiness…To a point.

What I don’t expect is a mountain of a man to bring silence and calm to my otherwise chaotic brain. Or the love-hate attraction with him and his two best friends. I certainly don’t expect one of my professors to become obsessed with me.

I find myself wrapped up in a dangerous mystery, when girls on campus are dying and my life is in danger because I’m – apparently – not who I thought I was.

Suddenly, I have to rely on these four strangers for protection and answers.

I came to SCU to find my voice, but instead I find myself silenced.
Possibly, for good.

Silenced is a reverse harem romance, meaning our FMC will have more than one love interest and won’t have to choose between them at the end of the series. This book is a slow burn, paranormal romance which ends in a cliffhanger. It features some mild bullying scenes. Silenced begins a new series by the author but also forms book 1 of the SCU collections. Meaning the collection consists of 10 independent stories by different authors all set within the university and shared world. Silenced ends on a cliff-hanger and starts a new series. We will return to Malia’s story next year.

The Duet Dilemma (The Duet Diaries Book 1) by Maggie Evans
The Duet Dilemma (The Duet Diaries Book 1) by Maggie Evans
Amazon Description

Emma Fox is a walking disaster.
Noah Kincaid is perfection personified.

She’s all over the place. He’s controlled. She’s got a sweet tooth the size of Canada, and he only takes his coffee black. While Emma is failing out of their university’s piano program, Noah is at the top of the class.

But when the two opposites are partnered together for a duet, sparks fly on and off the piano.

There’s just two tiny issues:

  1. Finn, the cupcake-thieving charmer who keeps showing up at Emma’s work.
  2. Oliver Bishop, the famous piano god Emma's been crushing on since kindergarten.

Three guys. One Emma.

No amount of college prep could’ve prepared her for this.

The Duet Dilemma is the first book in The Duet Diaries series, a slow build Reverse Harem.

Trickery (Curse of the Gods Book 1) by Jaymin Eve
Amazon Description

Willa Knight: Dweller. Slave. Non-magical being.

In Minatsol, being a dweller means that you are literally no better than dirt. In fact, dirt might actually be more useful than Willa. Her life will be one of servitude to the sols, the magic-blessed beings who could one day be chosen to become gods.

At least her outer village is far removed from the cities of the sols, and she won’t ever be forced to present herself to them... Until one small mistake changes everything, and Willa is awarded a position to serve at Blesswood, the top sol academy in the world—a position that she definitely did not earn.

Under the sudden, watchful eye of the gods, she will be tasked to serve the Abcurse brothers, five sols built of arrogance, perfection and power. They are almost gods themselves, and under their service she is either going to end up sentenced to death, or else they are going to ruin her so badly that she will wish for it.

Either way, she is in trouble.

This is a full novel, 90,000 words. Book 1 of 5 in the Curse of the Gods Series

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