Reverse Harems with a Forbidden Romance – Part 1

Hello Lovlies! This weeks post is a reader request for forbidden romance. This list will include all aspects of the forbidden romance trope, from step-siblings to teachers and whatever else I can find where the characters being together are frowned upon. My TBR is controlled and maintained by a chaos demon named Chet, so he’s probably tickled pink about the following reads.

The following books could be light, dark, comedy, prn, contemporary, et al. Per usual, I will make bold any m/m or f/f that I see in the blurbs for those interested. All blurbs are verbatim from Amazon, and book covers as well. As always, Happy Reading! – Quare Eligere

The post has been updated
Links have been updated, and items no longer available have been removed.

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

Abandoned Girl (Neighpalm Industries Collective Book 1) by Lexie Winston
Amazon Description

Her entire life, Harlow has been the cuckoo in another bird’s nest. With an unreliable junkie for a mother and an unknown father, her foster family, the kind, successful, and generous Bostons, are the brightest spot in her life. But even with a foster family like Harlow’s, there are some things money can’t buy- like the ability to fit in with the shallow socialites who act like her lack of pedigree is contagious. Now that she’s finished college and her veterinary degree, Harlow’s life was supposed to take off. She was supposed to get a job and create a life away from the petty drama of the wealthy elite. But when her mother dies and a life-changing secret is revealed, Harlow finds herself flying across the country to face an uncertain future that Kai, Holden, Jaxon, Thomas, Jacinta, Declan, and Oliver are going to make sure she won’t accept. Abandoned Girl is the first in a contemporary, enemies to lovers, reverse harem romance. Please be aware this book is SLOW-BURN. Sex does not happen until book three in this series

Claimed Royalty: (Crowned & Claimed Series, Book 1) by Betty Legend
Amazon Description

In a world where a woman's purity is the fine line between being Queen and being killed, he was given one duty-- to protect my purity and above all, to protect me. Both were a battle we weren't ready for. Forced by tradition, and as their chosen Queen, I must endure my trials and the suitor phase, ultimately giving myself to a man from the Royal Houses. Each one competes to be my King, all wanting what no other has purity. To have what I truly want would risk my entire reign, but to do what is expected of me would destroy my heart. My only protection is to follow through, giving each royal the opportunity to win their in a bedroom suite and a crown atop their head. Behind closed doors, I commit my biggest sin, loving a man I'm forbidden to have. When the time comes for me to be crowned, I'll be forced to make a choice--risk our love or risk my life... Crowned and Claimed is a royal romance continuation series and includes: Claimed Royalty Twice Claimed Forever Claimed From the Author: Immerse yourself in a story of intense action, steamy fairy-tale romance, a fierce heroine, loyal swoon-worthy heroes, and unexpected twists that will keep the pages turning!
Digital Magic (Academy of Modern Magic Book 1) by Maggie Alabaster
Amazon Description

All my life I wanted to attend a prestigious school for paranormal students. When I was accepted into the Academy of Modern Magic, well… …it isn't my first choice. When I first encounter a sexy shifter in the corridors, and his equally hot brother, things start to look up. Add to that a smoking dragon shifter and a magical best friend and maybe this isn't so bad after all. That is until dark forces started to follow me, bent on my capture or destruction. My only choice is to fight back, even if it gets us all killed. Get it now. **Warning this a reverse harem with adult content, language and public displays of…*cough* affection.**
Elemental Fae Academy: Book One: A Reverse Harem Paranormal Romance by Lexi C. Foss
Amazon Description

My one piece of advice: Never kiss a stranger. See, I kind of kissed this sexy man at the bar on a dare once, and it turns out he’s a Royal Fae destined to be my mate. Now I’ve been dragged to the Elemental Fae Academy to control the powers I unlocked that night. So kissing? Yeah, that won’t happen again. Nope. Lesson learned. Except, I kind of kissed Titus, too. And well, now, I’m in a world of trouble. I keep burning things down, flooding dorms, and I’ve attracted the campus mean girl brigade. This Fae Realm is a nightmare come to life. Truly. But there are dreams here, too. Sexy ones. And they’re in the form of five Elemental Fae mentors. They’re supposed to help me control my powers, but who’s going to keep the elements from controlling me? Note: This is a medium burn "why choose" paranormal romance, and book one of the Elemental Fae Academy trilogy.
Forbidden: A RH Stepbrother Romance (Perfect for them Book 1) by Melissa Adams
Forbidden: A RH Stepbrother Romance (Perfect for them Book 1) by Melissa Adams
Amazon Description

Love is more fun when it is Forbidden.
My first kiss happened at a party and the lights were turned off, so I’ll never know who kissed me that night.I just know that no one ever made me feel like my mystery guy, no matter how many I kissed.
That summer, I fell for two hot twin brothers: Chase and Reid.
Everything fell apart when they became my stepbrothers and things between us had to change.
Our friendship ended and was replaced by indifference and distance.
Three years later I’m back in Star Cove and so are Chase and Reid with their two hot and friendly best friends Bryce and Parker.
This is the summer before college and I’m stuck in the past, between my forbidden stepbrothers, the boy I’m dating and a kiss that’s lost forever.

Warning: this book is part of a trilogy and ends in a cliffhanger. This is a story where the heroine won’t have to choose between her different love interests and has hot scenes, swearing and mild violence. Suitable only for readers aged 18+

Forsaken Secrets: A slow-burn new adult fantasy romance (Isle of the Forsaken Book 1) by Olivia K Moto
Amazon Description

I should have left that reckless lordling dangling from the damn cliff ... With a corrupt magistrate breathing down my neck, a magical affinity to keep hidden, and my slightly illegal propensity for relic hunting, it’s all I can do to keep Aunt Grace and myself from destitution. There’s no time left for anything else! Not the far-too-cheerful mage, Lord Elimri Westin, who feels indebted to me for saving his life. Nor the prickly monster-hunter, Lynk, who seems to think his job includes protecting me. And certainly not Jaiel, the smug Fae prince who cares for nothing but himself. No. I’m better off on my own. But the magistrate won't let up, and one short conversation with his wife makes my whole world crumble. Now, my last chance at keeping Aunt Grace safe lies in locating a rare relic in the ruins near our estate. It’s a long shot, and I'll have to team up with those vexing men to do it ... but what other choice do I have? Meet the stubbornly independent Kaiya Maderoth and the first three of her infuriating men in this action packed first book of the Isle of the Forsaken series - a full length, slow-burn, new adult reverse harem fantasy romance. If you love adventure, angsty romance, lost civilizations, fast-paced action, magical creatures, twisted magic, and gaslamp-style fantasy ... then this is the series for you. This series is meant for mature readers. It features language, violence, sexual situations, and the heroine will not need to choose between her love interests to get her HEA.
Her Dirty Rockers: An Enemies to Lovers Contemporary Reverse Harem Romance (Men at Work Book 1) by Mika Lane
Amazon Description

Dirty Bandit. The hottest band in the world. Talented. Good looking. And the biggest jerks ever. Yeah, every girl loves a bad boy rockstar. Or three. But what about stuck-on-themselves too-cool-for-school party boys who can’t keep their their pants zipped? Who also happened to make my life a living hell ten years ago? No thanks. But when they needed help with their image, they called me. And now I have to clean up their act before they lose their multi-gazillion dollar record deal and world tour. That’s how far gone they are. Now I’m babysitter to a bunch of party boy rockstars. But they’re paying me a crap ton of money, and for that, I can put up with a little… madness while I clean up their reputation. It’s only a few weeks. And then I’ll be back to my orderly existence. Or so I thought. #1 in the Men at Work Collection This hot, over-the-top enemies to lovers romance includes sexy working men with a penchant for pursuing and protecting the women who give them a run for their money. If you love outrageously naughty stories as a way to indulge your not-so-secret bad girl side, this is for you. The Men at Work Collection are standalone novels and can be read in any order: 1. Her Dirty Rockers 2. Her Dirty Teachers 3. Her Dirty Doctors 4. Her Dirty Bodyguards 5. Her Dirty Bartenders 6. Her Dirty Ranchers 7. Her Dirty Mafia 8. Her Dirty Mountain Men 9. Her Dirty Soldiers 10. Her Dirty Builders 11. Her Dirty CEOs 12. Her Dirty Jocks 13. Her Dirty Archeologists 14. Her Dirty Mechanics 15. Her Dirty Detectives
Her Dirty Teachers: A College Romance (Men at Work Book 2) by Mika Lane
Amazon Description

"My English professor, whom I’d shaken my stuff in front of less than twenty-four hours earlier, recognized me without any trouble. Yup. While I stood there droning on about my favorite author, he was probably remembering the freckle on my left butt cheek." Wellshire University’s hottest professors. Brilliant. Good looking. And terribly off limits. My Math professor is dexterous with his… equations. My English professor is a champ at caressing my… run-on sentences. And, my French professor is magnifique around penetrating… verb conjugations. I love their classes. I always sit in front. And I raise my hand for every question. Until the day I saw them watching my little show at Club V, where I earn money for school by showing off my… skills. I thought they’d stop coming when they realized I worked there. But now that they’ve seen me, they can’t seem to look away. The dude I’d just given the special dance? He was my English professor. And I’d be seeing him at 8 a.m. tomorrow morning. #2 in the Men at Work Collection This hot, over-the-top college student/professor romance includes sexy working men with a penchant for pursuing and protecting the women who give them a run for their money. If you love outrageously naughty stories as a way to indulge your not-so-secret bad girl side, this is for you. The Men at Work Collection are standalone novels and can be read in any order: 1. Her Dirty Rockers 2. Her Dirty Teachers 3. Her Dirty Doctors 4. Her Dirty Bodyguards 5. Her Dirty Bartenders 6. Her Dirty Ranchers 7. Her Dirty Mafia 8. Her Dirty Mountain Men 9. Her Dirty Soldiers 10. Her Dirty Builders 11. Her Dirty CEOs 12. Her Dirty Jocks 13. Her Dirty Archeologists 14. Her Dirty Mechanics 15. Her Dirty Detectives
Lies and Other Drugs: A Dark Reverse Harem Romance (Lies Trilogy Book 1) by
Amazon Description

Killing my brother’s murderers has become my latest obsession. Against the advice of my alcoholic therapist, I've left my life behind, moving across the country with just two goals in mind: Take down the elite Ivy League School that covered up my twin brother’s death, and seek revenge on the ones responsible. But nothing is what it seems at Blackwood University, and it starts to feel like I'm grieving a stranger. Although I’m prepared to do whatever necessary to bring his murderers to justice—nothing could prepare me for falling in love.
Book cover Magic Swap: A Reverse Harem Paranormal Romance (Hidden World Academy Book 1) by: Sadie Moss
Magic Swap: A Reverse Harem Paranormal Romance (Hidden World Academy Book 1) by: Sadie Moss
Amazon Description

Mistaken identities, a human in a magical world, and three sexy warlocks. Sounds like the start of a joke, but nope...

It's my life.

After one too many kamikazes on my twenty-first birthday, I've made a few interesting discoveries.

First of all... magic is real.
Secondly... there's a whole supernatural dimension that exists parallel to ours.
Thirdly... I've somehow gotten stuck in that dimension.

There are about a billion things wrong with this picture, including the fact that I don't actually have any magic. Everyone here thinks I do though. They also think I'm a witch named Roxie, the star student at Radcliffe Magical Academy.

Ummm. Nope. Not me. Sorry.

I don't know where the hell the real Roxie is, or how I'm supposed to get back home, but I'm determined to find out.

Unfortunately, I keep getting distracted by three hot-as-hell warlocks I can't seem to avoid. Cross, a snarky bad boy who pushes all my buttons, Theo, an incorrigible flirt with a devastating accent, and Kasian, a teacher's assistant who's totally off limits.

Even though I'm drawn to all three of them, I'm not sure I should trust them.

Because if anybody finds out I don't belong here...

I'm screwed.

Magic Swap is the first book in the Hidden World Academy series, a fast-burn reverse harem story about a sassy human who's out of her depth and the three men who fall in love with her.

Thoughts from Paige
I LOVE this series.  Really cleverly executed, I’ve listened several times. MC is totally fabulous and works her butt off.  I felt like I went on the journey with her.

Pacific Prep (4 book series) by R.A. Smyth
Pacific Prep (4 book series) by R.A. Smyth
Amazon Description


My name is Hadley Parker, and today I take control of my life.
Today I start school at Pacific Prep.
This is my new lease on life, and I won’t be wasting it.

I need this, now, more than ever.
I need the education, the promise of a future that I wouldn’t get anywhere else.

These rich kids don’t like me though. When Hawk Davenport decides he doesn’t want me here, his friends back him.
Along with Hawk, Westley Warren, Cam Rutherford, and Mason Hayes rule this school and nobody dares go against them.

They don’t know the real me. I won’t back down.

This is a new adult, dark contemporary romance with four hot guys and one girl. It is intended for 18+ readers. A full list of trigger warnings can be found at the front of the book and include bullying, violent scenes and references to past trauma. This is a completed four book series that can be read on kindle unlimited.

Resurrection: A Dark High School Romance (The Sainthood – Boys of Lowell High Book 1) by Siobhan Davis
Amazon Description

★☆ AN AMAZON TOP 50 BESTSELLER ★☆ A new dark romance from the USA Today bestselling author of the Rydeville Elite series. Everything changed the night my dad died. The night I met Saint, Galen, Caz, and Theo. Those manipulative a-holes set out to ruin me after our hot night together, but they didn’t realize you can’t destroy something that’s already broken. And it only works if the victim cares. Which I don’t. Because I’ve been in hell for years, and nothing penetrates the steel walls I’ve erected. Until The Sainthood decides I belong to them and cracks appear in my veneer. Their cruel games, harsh words, and rough touch awakens something inside me, and now, I’m in trouble. They draw me deeper into their dangerous world, until I’m in the middle of all the violence and gang warfare, tangled up in all the secrets and lies, and there’s no turning back. Because they own me. And nothing has ever felt so right. I’m exactly where I should be. But with enemies on all sides, survival becomes a deadly game with no guarantees. And, sometimes, saints become sinners. Due to mature content, this book is recommended to readers aged eighteen and over. This is a full-length 95k-word dark romance novel with enemies-to-lovers/bullying themes. Please read the note at the start of the book. Cannot be read as a stand-alone and ends with a cliffhanger. Book 1 of 3.
Root Rot Academy: Term 1 by Rhea Watson
Amazon Description

The warlock who murdered my parents is teaching at Root Rot Academy--and now, so am I. Once upon a time, a monster killed my parents and left me to burn in my bed. Twenty-six years later, I finally found him. We might have both become professors, but we are nothing alike. Benedict Hammond is a liar, a murderer, a psychopath. And I'm the witch here to punish him. I renamed myself after the fury Alecto years ago, and now it's time to taste her madness--to exact my righteous revenge. You know... Once I figure out what that is, exactly. But it's coming, and nothing is going to distract me. Not my gorgeous vampire roommate, the complete package and totally off-limits. Not the mysterious head librarian, a fae as intriguing as he is infuriating. Oh, and definitely not my powerful warlock headmaster who makes me feel so deliciously small. I'm here to collect a life debt--that's all that matters. And... And... And I'm not terrified. Nope. Not at all. Root Rot is an academy Why-Choose romance trilogy centered around the professors and staff. It contains mature subject matter that might not be suitable for all readers.
Seraphim Academy 1: Wicked Wings by Elizabeth Briggs
Amazon Description

They think I’m half angel and half human. They think I have no magic. They think because I grew up in the human world I’m clueless about what to expect at Seraphim Academy.

They’re wrong.

I’m not half human, I’m half demon — and this little succubus has come to play.

My brother vanished from Seraphim Academy without a trace, and I’ll do whatever it takes to find him, including infiltrating the school myself.

Even if it means going up against my brother’s best friends, who know something about his disappearance and aren’t talking. They may be angel royalty, but if they think they can intimidate me into leaving the school, they’re wrong.

There’s also the problem of the delicious professor who knows my secret. He’s hiding something too, and I’m going to find out what it is.

But I’ll have to be careful, because if anyone finds out I’m part demon? I won’t just get kicked out of Seraphim Academy — I’ll be dead.

*Seraphim Academy is an angel/demon reverse harem romance with all characters 21+ and plenty of heat!*

Shadows Spark (Wings of Darkness + Light Book 1) by C. Rochelle
Amazon Description

**Second edition: This book has been reformatted and includes a new cover and 10K+ words of expanded content** Rejected by Hell Hunted by Heaven A destiny written in the stars Current mood: Over it Have you ever had the kind of week where you're supposed to be escorting souls to Hell but instead you save a handsome human with some lightning power you didn't know you possessed then end up in a naughty angel's bed? Well, that's what's new in my life... And now my unrequited first love has left Hell to search for me before the killing machines of the Demonic Forces or the Angelic Army find me. Some believe I'm the physical incarnation of a celestial legend, sent to shake up the already shaky truce between Heaven and Hell and save the human race. No pressure. I failed my Reaper exams and have barely been kissed but that won't stop me from harnessing my powers to claim my divine birthright. All while taking some very tempting men to bed--no matter if they're angels, demons, or anything in between. -- The Wings of Darkness + Light trilogy is an alternate history that imagines "What if angels and demons walked among us?" This is a steamy, paranormal romance with an urban fantasy, alternate-history setting, featuring a heroine who is a force to be reckoned with. Multiple POV (including her men) MM This series is meant for readers 18 and over. Book ends on mild cliffhanger. Possible triggers: Sweary dialogue Naughty humor Graphic sex Plenty of side-eye toward the Old and New Testament and societal class systems Brief mention of contemplated suicide
Soul Bound: A Paranormal Reverse Harem Romance (Arcane Arts Academy Book 1) by Elena Lawson
Amazon Description

The hallowed halls of Arcane Arts Academy are no place for an orphan who peddles illegal potions and lives out of a caravan…and yet here I am.

After my volatile magic nearly killed a bunch of mortals, I thought for sure I’d be carted off to Kalzir prison, but they sent me here instead. Gave me shackles under the guise of mercy for my crimes.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, there are wolf shifters in the woods on campus, secrets hidden in the walls, and a hot teacher who may or may not want me as much as I want him.

But dangerous distractions aside, I’m about to find out that some secrets have claws and if I’m not careful, these ones will swallow me whole.

NOTE: This series was previously published under the same series title of Arcane Arts Academy however, these versions have been altered to include lots of bonus content and all-new chapters from the guys' points of view!

Reading Order:
Soul Bound - May 18th
Magic Untamed - June 15th
Blood Pledged - July 20th
Shadow Tainted - August 24th
Death Kissed - October 28th

Scroll up and one-click today to start reading this spellbinding series from bestselling author Elena Lawson.

It appears that this book was previously released as Of Wolves & Witches.  The Audibook is available under that name, isn't connected to the kindle listed on Amazon. The Audible link below takes you to the Of Wolves & Witches page. -Paige

Tarot Academy 1: Spells of Iron and Bone by Sarah Piper
Amazon Description

“What a fantastic dark sexy book!” ★★★★★

Magick is real. It’s also highly illegal—not that I’m worried about that.

Sure, I heal faster than most, and I’ve got a sixth sense for brewing tea that can fix just about any problem, but my café isn’t exactly a hotbed of paranormal activity.

At least it wasn’t… until some psycho attacked me and woke up the freaky, forbidden magick inside, earning me a one-way ticket to jail.

Now, a covert magickal university is offering me a deal: my freedom in exchange for help with the Tarot prophecies—cryptic predictions they believe hold the key to stopping a deadly apocalyptic plot.

Predictions only I can decipher.

Because the witch who divined them? She died years ago.

I should know. She was my mother.

Grab your grimoires, girls. Magick school’s officially in session.

All I have to do now is master my crazy powers, decode the doomsday prophecies, outwit a mean-girl coven that puts the psycho in psychic, and survive the temptations of one very naughty professor and three scorching-hot, overprotective mages shadowing my every move.

There's only one problem.

If I’m right about the prophecies?

Survival isn’t in the cards for any of us.

SPELLS OF IRON AND BONE is the first book in the Tarot Academy series, a university-aged academy romance featuring Sarah Piper’s signature blend of Tarot mythology, magick, heart-pounding supernatural suspense, and a badass witch who always gets what she wants, especially when it comes to her men…

What readers love about Tarot Academy:

“Get ready to have your mind blown!” ★★★★★

“Stevie and her guys are absolutely enthralling!" ★★★★★

“This is already my favorite academy series, and I can’t wait to read more.” ★★★★★

“The real but quirky heroine is one of the best I’ve read. It really ups the ante for academy books...” ★★★★★

“I truly was hooked by this book! I love Tarot and magic and this whole world!” ★★★★★

This series is complete and ready to binge!

Torn Apart: a New Adult Why Choose Romance (Torn and Bound Duet Book 1) by K Webster
Amazon Description

From USA Today bestselling author K Webster and Nikki Ash comes Torn Apart: an angsty, new adult, why choose romance. I’ve spent the past three years in college terrorizing the dean, also known as my father. I’m everything he hates. Troublemaker. Slacker. Gay. But I’m only getting started. I’m about to make Dad really proud with my newest life choices… I fall for my best friend, Mia, who’s a freaking chick. I’m dying to make out with my enemy, dude bro Brayden. And best of all, I want to bone my new roomie, Drew, who happens to also be the school’s new hockey coach. Senior year’s great. I’m still the world’s worst human. I’ve made all the wrong decisions, and when Dad gets wind of my newest mess, he might actually disown me this time. But I can’t stop. I don’t want to stop. In typical Ashton Carter fashion, I wreck my life in the worst possible way. It isn’t until it’s all torn apart, I realize I have a problem. Me. Authors’ note: Torn Apart is a full-length mature, new adult, why choose romance between friends to lovers, enemies to lovers, with a bit of taboo thrown in. This story contains MF/MFMM/MM scenes. It’s the first book in the Torn and Bound duet and ends with a cliffhanger.
Torn to Bits: A Mafia/MC Shifter Romance by Katie May
Torn to Bits: A Mafia/MC Shifter Romance by Katie May
Amazon Description

***This is the third book to release in the Kingdom of Wolves collection, but it CAN BE READ ON ITS OWN. You do not need to read any of the other stories in the Kingdom of Wolves collection to enjoy this book. However, Torn to Bits will continue in Ripped To Shreds.*** One prisoner, three warring, psychotic princes, and ninety days to choose between them... Or claim them all Totemic Wolves rule the north. Fenrir Wolves rule the west. And Lycans rule the east. As the lone Bitten faction, we’re considered a dying race. Relegated to the dry south, we’re predicted to only last a few more years before complete annihilation. Until the three gangs that rule our city—unbeknownst to the humans—offer an ultimatum: me for our pack’s survival. I have ninety days to choose a husband from one of the very wolf packs that ridicule and kill us for sport. Ninety days to choose the man I wish to spend the rest of my life with. From the cold-blooded werewolf prince, to the playboy feral, to the aloof Lycan. These men... They think I’m prey—nothing more than a plaything for them to discard. They’re going to find out that I’m their queen, their alpha, and it’s time they bow to me. This is a reverse harem romance featuring one badass female lead and three sexy, possessive werewolf princes. It contains an enemies-to-lovers theme, strong language, and sexual situations. This story will conclude in Ripped to Shreds.
Witch, Please: A Witchy RH Fantasy Romance (Legends of Asteria Series 1: Not Your Basic Witch Trilogy) by A.J. Macey
Amazon Description

Aris Calisto, newest student at Aether Academy of Crystal Magic and Witchcraft not only stands out with her quirky outfits and bubblegum pink hair but also draws attention by being what’s considered the lowest of the low in the Akasha society- a Mixta. When mysterious things start happening, including unexpected bindings, things going missing, and being claimed by a not-so-traditional familiar, Aris realizes she’s in over her cotton candy-colored head. Enter in the five guys who have been magically roped into Aris’s rodeo: -Caspian, the playful potions brewer, -Drayce, the summoner who never seems to get overwhelmed, -Kye, a broody rune drawer who Aris can’t help but pester, -Xan, the spell caster with no sense of humor to speak of, -and Torryn, the history professor who seems to demand every waking hour working on mastering her power. With a cauldron full of men behind her, can Aris use her i’magic’nation to figure out what’s happening to her capricious coven? Or will she find out that life’s a real witch? Book 1 of the Not Your Basic Witch Series Legends of Asteria Trilogy 1 The Not Your Basic Witch is a WhyChoose/Reverse Harem trilogy featuring MMFMMM meaning there is M/M content, and the female main character doesn't have to choose between her love interests. This trilogy is the first in a series collection consisting of six trilogies titled Legends of Asteria. Each trilogy should be read in order. **This book contains references involving violence, and other themes that some readers may find triggering.**

Leave a Reply

Scroll to Top


Join the mailing list to receive the latest news and updates.

%d bloggers like this: