Who loves a powerful female MC? We do! Who loves a woman who’s dominating over men? Even better.
If you’re looking for a reverse harem romance book with a badass female lead, then you’ve come to the right place. These sultry and steaming hot romance books are written for mature audiences (18+) and are packed full of sizzling scenes that really turn up the heat.
Get your cold towels at the ready, it’s time to check out the best reverse harem books of all time!
What is a Reverse Harem Relationship?
The term reverse harem is used in romance fiction to describe a romantic situation where a woman has three or more male lovers.
Why is it called reverse harem? A harem is a word used to describe a household of women, often the wives or concubines of one man. A reverse harem is the opposite. It’s where a group of men devote themselves to one woman.
However, in romantic fiction, the term harem doesn’t have religious connotations. In most novels, the protagonist and other characters are not specified to any particular religion, it’s just a term used to describe the relationship between one woman and her many many male lovers.
It’s also not a love story that ends with a happy ending, where the woman picks one of her many lovers to share a monogamous relationship with. Usually, a woman doesn’t end up choosing anyone and is happy to continue her reverse harem relationships.
Best Standalone Reverse Harem Books
If you’re not sure if the reverse harem genre is for you, then you might want to begin with the one off this list of the best standalone reverse harem novels.
1. Den of Vipers – K.A. Knight
The Vipers are a powerful group in the city, and their deals are often shady. This has earned them a reputation as being ruthless businessmen, and anyone who crosses them risks getting hurt badly.
Roxy’s dad got into some trouble with her former owners, and then sold her to pay off the debt. She is now their slave.
These men look at Roxy with longing and they want everything she has to give, and won’t stop until they get it. They may own her body, but not her heart. And she’s after revenge.
Trigger warning: This book has themes of violence and abuse that some readers find upsetting. This book is recommended for ages 18+.
2. Devils’ Day Party – C.M. Stunich
Every year, the students of Crescent Reform Prep School hold a massive part in the town of Devil Springs to celebrate Devils’ Day. People wear masks, play tricks, and party hard.
Except for some reason, Karma experiences the same day over and over again, like Groundhog’s day.
The ultrarich prep school is located in the middle of the woods, where wealthy families can exile their troublesome children. But Karma’s parents sacrificed everything to send her there.
Calix Knight, Barron Farrar, and Raz Loveren have bullied her for years. When Karma crashes her VW Beetle into Calix’s Aston Martin, the boys are angry.
This is the part where she keeps waking up. She can’t escape the bullies. This is a mature new adult romance set in a high school, with themes of enemies to lovers romance.
3. Faking With Benefits – Lily Gold
Layla Thompson is 28 years old and never had a boyfriend. Now she’s losing her patience. She has three friends who are too eager to help her with her dating life; Zack, the rugby player, Josh, the boy next door, and Luke, the divorcee, and her former professor.
The three men are determined to help her find a boyfriend and agree to be her practice boyfriends. With a series of fake dates, make-out sessions, and steamy texts, soon her lessons start to become more intense. What’s more, is that she talks about her progress on a weekly podcast.
As things start to get too deep, she realizes friendship isn’t what she wants anymore. The guys have taught her how to be boyfriends, and she wants all three.
This is a sizzling fake relationship romance novel with multiple love interests and lots of heat!
4. Baby & the Late Night Howlers – Kathryn Moon
After years of assuming she was a beta, Baby finally learns her omega designation in a biker bar surrounded by alpha males. This revelation isn’t fulfilling any fantasies she had for herself.
Baby wants to have a fun night out, not get stuck in any uncomfortable situations. Her whole life is about to change.
With her heat on the way, she looks to find a trusty companion in the pack, a next and a group of alphas.
After years of being overlooked by omegas, this motorcycle club of alpha males is ready to move on with their lives. Until one woman gives them a chance.
The Howlers, a pack of alpha wolves who run a rundown bar and apartment building on the outskirts of town, are determined to do right by their new omega Baby when she needs them.
All they have to do is resist the temptation to bite and bond her whilst also satisfying her cravings. But when a rival alpha comes sniffing around, Baby’s safety is at risk.
5. Lilac – B.B. Reid
Braxton Fawn is chosen to fill the shoes of lead guitarist in a band named Bound after the former member disappears. But these are no ordinary musicians, they’re gods. And Braxton’s new bandmates are about to turn her dream of being a rock star into a nightmare because they’re all so hot.
The members didn’t want Braxton to join the band, but the label wanted a new image. As such, her bandmates became her enemies. But there is one thing keeping them all together – their undeniable attraction.
Now the hardest part about touring with Bound wasn’t ignoring her bandmates, Houston Morrow, Loren James, and Jericho, but trying to get through the tour resisting them. Only ninety-nine shows go.
Lilac is a contemporary reverse harem novel and is suitable for audiences over the age of 18+.
6. Reaper’s Pack – Rhea Watson
There is one grim reaper and three hellhounds who refuse to bow down to her. A monster hunting them in the shadows looms large.
Ten years ago, Hazel was judged given a second chance of life after death and returned to Earth as a grim reaper.
Now promoted, her new territory is triple the size of her previous ones.
The high death rates in a particular area mean that there is a lot of work to be done, and the only way to keep up is by hiring a pack of hellhounds.
Hellhound shifters are often relied upon to be reaper’s right hand in the field, shepherding and guarding souls until they can be reaped.
Hazel has her choice of the litter from the best breeders in Hell, but for some reason, she’s drawn to the runts of the litter.
Run by an apha who refuses to bow down, a beta who thinks everything is a joke, and a runt who’s scared of every command. She wants them because they have hunger in their eyes – a hunger that says they want her.
The handsome trio can’t be trained, they don’t know if they love her or hate her. But they need each other to pass the trials, or they get locked in a cage by a cruel demon master.
Reaper’s Pack is a standalone paranormal reverse harem romance that is part of the All The Queen’s Men series that can be read in any order.
Each book in the series is a full-length standalone and features a layered hero and headstrong heroine. The books are part of the same supernatural universe.
7. Scarlett XOXO – Autumn Reed
Scarlett XOXO is a reverse harem romance novel that follows the story of multiple characters who all fall in love with Scarlett. It is the first book in a series of standalone romances, and each one can be read without knowing any other books in the series.
Since moving back to Hastings, Texas, Scarlett has been called all kinds of names, from whore to tramp. And maybe she’s all of those things and more.
But Scarlett has one goal in mind – to protect her little brother. To give him what she never had, she returns to her hometown.
Soon, her little brother’s teacher and the town’s golden boy take a shine to her, and strive to break down her walls.
8. Peridot – M. Sinclair
Peridot lives with her three best friends, Ruslan, Oryn, and Reaghan. They are super cute and all of them are fae. Since they are already cohabiting, this novel jumps straight in there with the steamy scenes.
If you’re looking for a fae romance reverse harem book, then this will be sure to win you over.
This fae romance novel is meant for a mature audience of 18+ and has some scenes of violence, swearing, and steamy scenes.
9. Surviving Amber Springs – Siobhan Davis
Blaire is one of the most hated people in Amber Springs. Her twin, Ethan, is even more hated.
They have no choice but to leave and to try and start over someplace else. Transferring to a new school midway through senior year is no easy task. It’s made harder when someone discovers their secret.
The hatred begins again. Except for this time, Blaire is not alone. Axel, Skeet, and Heath cared for her the minute she arrived. In her eyes, they are three of the hottest men in town. They are the only thing keeping her from following her brother into an early grave.
This is a new adult reverse harem novel suitable for audiences over the age of 18 and has some sensitive scenes that some readers may find triggering.
10. Dying to Love – Reese Rivers
Kelsey survived the apocalyptic outbreak and thrived in the new world. However, she lost her friends and has been alone for almost a year. She struggles with high anxiety but pushes through every day to find a way to keep going.
One day she meets three men who help her rebuild her life and one man who’s a bit of an ass, but still, she can’t stay away from him…
Her best friend, Tara is not thrilled about her antics, but Kelsey has had enough of dying day by day, so she grabs these hot men who offer to help her.
If you’re looking for a zombie novel, though this is set in an apocalyptic world, it really focuses on the reverse harem relationship. It’s comedic and has a ton of steamy scenes.
Best Reverse Harem Series
If you know that reverse harem romance is for you, then you’ll want to dive right into the best reverse harem series!
11. The Dark Side Series – Kristy Cunning
Keyla is a ghost, and has been following four guys for five years. She’s sharp and witty, and adds a comedic element to this story with lots of jokes and puns. She has a goal, find her body. When she finds it, and she returns to the world of the living, she plans to bed all four guys.
At first the guys don’t know she exists, soon they can hear and see her. They each have a goal of their own, trying to obtain something that has been lost for centuries. They decide to let her stay, but make her known she is not trusted.
After following them into danger and saving their butts, they start to realize they might need her around. She can’t remember anything before these men came into her life. Will she find her body and have her way with these men?
12. Curse of the Gods Series – Jaymin Eve
Willa is a dweller in Minatsol, an occupation that is considered dirt. Willa doesn’t want to serve the sols, the magic-blessed beings who are thought to become gods one day.
Willa has a rural village far from the cities on Earth, so she won’t ever have to present herself to the Sols. Until one day she makes a mistake, and ends up serving at Blesswood, a top sol academy.
Willa will be assigned to serve the Abcurse brothers, five sols built of arrogance, perfectionism, and power.
As almost gods, they have a lot of power. They will either end up sentencing her to death, or ruining her so much she wishes for it.
13. Adamson All Boys Academy – C. M. Stunich
Charlotte has a secret. She’s been disguising herself as a boy to attend the Adamson All-Boys Academy. The last female student at the Academy ended up dead, so she must keep her head low.
However, the five gorgeous members of the Student Council, pick on her because her father is the headmaster. They can’t ever find out.
This is a light-hearted reverse harem book featuring school bully romance themes and some mystery and suspense. It contains some steamy scenes but they are always consensual.
14. Haven Realm Chronicles – Mila Young
Scarlet lives alone in the forest that borders the land of wolves where she practices being a healer. One night, she is stolen by a pack of shifters and told to perform her healing magic on three Alpha’s who have been plagued by a mysterious infection.
She attempts to save them but the dominating Alphas have her distracted. They look at her like she is their everything and it drives her crazy. But there are dangers that threaten to tear them apart, and their dreams of being together may be shattered.
This is a reverse harem fairytale with magic, wolves, and steamy scenes.
15. Harem of Heart Series – C.M. Stunich
Allison’s Adventures in Underland is a reverse harem retelling of Alice in Wonderland.
Allison was at a party when she fell down a rabbit hole and ended up in Underland, where there’s blood everywhere and all the men are attracted to her; the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, the March Hare…all of them. But soon, her enemies start hunting her and darkness follows her.
With some scenes of violence, romance, and scenes revolving around hallucinogenic tea, this is a dark and interesting take on the world-famous story.
The Harem of Hearts series is romance retelling of Alice in Wonderland over three books. Don’t expect any fairy tales, these novels are written for mature audiences.
16. Madison Kate Series – Tate James
Madison Kate Danvers was murdered. She wasn’t dead though, she was set up. She was charged with a string of offenses made up by her political father and was eventually released back into life in Shadow Grove where she attends college.
But she’s angry, and someone is going to pay for ruining her future. That someone moved into the room down the hall from her. His name was Archer D’Ath, who along with his make friends, are about to experience Madison’s wrath.
This is a mature enemies to lovers, college romance book. There are four books in the series.
17. Heart Hassle Series – Raven Kennedy
Cupid’s job is to spread love and lust, but it sucks that Cupid doesn’t get to love herself. She decides to go on strike, which upsets her supervisors.
One day, she gets hit with fae magic and falls through the sky and into a nest of three hot genfins. She’s now hellbent on finding out what love is really about.
Cupid one thousand and fifty is going to stop at nothing, not even a revenge-crazed prince, until she gets her happy ending. 😉
18. Power of Five Series – Alex Lidell
Lera was orphaned and sold to a harsh master, who forced her to work in the stables cleaning stalls. She avoids her master’s advances and often goes into the mystical forest separating the mortal and fae worlds to get away from him.
Four brave warriors have ventured into the immortal realms. Their deeds and stories will be remembered for centuries to come!
River, Coal, Tye, and Shade have been waiting a 10 years for their new fifth to be chosen, and when they are magic bonded with a mortal female, they are devastated.
The males bring Lera back to the fae lands to sever the bond, but they quickly realize that she is dangerously frail and beautiful. They fear for her safety, especially because of how powerful she is over their souls.
19. For the Blood – Debbie Cassidy
The last thing Eva’s father gave her was a key. No explanation, just a key. She was told to take the key to a set of coordinates, but she lives in a dystopian post-apocalyptic world, and survival is dangerous. The vampires and werewolves were once the kings of society but are now a slave to the virus, and have turned feral.
But there is a new breed of monster — a breed of vampire and werewolves with both fang and fur. They are unaffected by the virus and crave one thing that flows through Eva’s veins.
Eva knows the only way to survive is to make attachments. Her only way to survive is to follow the path in her blood.
This reverse harem book is a cross between Vampire Diaries and The Walking Dead, and is a slow burn fantasy romance novel.
20. Rebels Series – Julia Clarke
Blake has a dream of coaching in the NFL. She has a doctorate in sports psychology, but because she’s a woman, people assume she knows nothing about football.
Some even say a woman on the sidelines is a distraction. But Blake is a professional and certainly won’t fall for players. When she finally gets a job coaching the Boston Rebels, she realizes a hands-off approach will be difficult.
The team with their broad shoulders and ripped abs makes it hard to stay focused. Three players in particular, catch her eye.
These offensive players are breaking her defenses. Her heart is pulling a reverse play.
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Final Thoughts on Reverse Harem Books
So there you have it, 20 of our top reverse harem books of all time. If it’s your first time reading reverse harem, we highly recommend you begin with a standalone novel.
Personally, we think the Den of Vipers novel by K.A. Knight is a great introduction to the genre.
If you know you love reverse harem already, then we hope that you enjoy one of our recommended series.
If you think we’ve missed anything, do let us know in the comments!
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