15 Bad Boy Romance Books You’ll Love To Read

Bad Boy Romance

There is a proverb that girls like bad boys! Practically this line is true for many girls. Girls like manners and are well-behaved and like punk or bad boys who are humorous and romantically polite. Research says that bad boys are dynamic, intelligent, and funny. Also, women like these virtues.

So as a boyfriend, bad boys are good, but as a husband, they are not good for women. It is because bad boys are not husband material because of their speedy mood.

15 Bad Boy Romance Books

Bad boys are not bad at romance. Rather than being best for love, they can spend much time with their lover because they are not worried about their future and work. Many teenage and mature girls like this type of boy at some points. So I will review 15 bad boy romance books to read anytime. Let’s go!

1. Bullseye (The Monsters Within Duet)

We have Tiger Lily, who is a club dancer. So Bull calls her tiger, and she is also a dancer and a dance instructor. Lily has a son who is about eight years old, and he meets her because he decides to get a job as a bouncer at the club. He can’t get a lot of jobs with a criminal record.

They like each other, and the story goes from there. We have Bull doing some fighting rings, killing people. There are some graphic death scenes in here as well. Monica James is not afraid to go there.


Author: Monica James
Average Customer Review: (4.3 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Romantic Suspense, Crime Thrillers
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle | Audio CD

2. Bad Saint (All The Pretty Things)

It was the first one, and our main character Willow is on her wedding night, and she is a virgin. She is in love with her husband. They’ve only met for three months until they got married. Then she is kidnapped. The entire book is her being taken to her captor.

Saint is one of the guys that kidnapped her, and she is intrigued by him compared to all the other ones. It does change tone a little after the first one because they’re not on their boat anymore. Willow is being captured, so keep that in mind, but it’s good.

Bad Saint

Author: Monica James
Average Customer Review: (4.4 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Romantic Suspense
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle | Audio CD

3. Steel King (Clifton Forge)

Our main character (Bryce) is a reporter. After trying to make it big in a city, she is back in her hometown and realizes she’s not happy where she is. So she moves back home to work for her father’s newspaper, and she wants to make it big in her small town. Also, she decides to investigate the motorcycle club that was randomly disbanded. The old president (Dash) is accused of murder because there’s a dead body in his hotel room.

Bryce goes to his son, who was the president at one point of the M.C., and she’s trying to figure out what happened to the club and what their deal is and try to break the big case. Who murdered this woman if it was his dad or not? Also, she has fallen in love with Dash. He’s the old emcee president, so he’s a bad guy. He has a lot of secrets and a lot of criminal history.

Steel King

Author: Devney Perry
Average Customer Review: (4.4 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Women’s Sagas, Western Romance
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Hardcover | Kindle

4. Bound by Honor (Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles)

This book is about a girl, Aria, who was betrothed to Luca, who has been this mob boss since she was 15 by her family as a public relations. So she’s known since she was 15. When she turned 18, she didn’t have to marry him. Luca is twenty-five when they get married. So there’s a bit of an age gap, and she’s terrified of him.

Aria thinks he will hurt her, and he’s a bad guy. He’s part of the mob mafia, but he’s very sweet to her and very understanding. But he doesn’t ever take advantage of her, which is what she’s terrified of, and he doesn’t do that. So there are no consent issues in this book. He makes sure that she is comfortable with him, and he never pushes things too far, which is a huge thing about this book.

Bound by Honor

Author: Cora Reilly
Average Customer Review: (4.4 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Romantic Suspense
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle

5. Alaska Wild

It is romantic suspense, but our main character Mason Boone is a giant Alaskan bearded man, meeting our main character, part of the FBI. He meets her (Kate Lydecker) because he is a prisoner, and the military wants him for something he did. He’s been hiding out in the Alaskan wilderness for the past few years, all on his own. They end up being on the plane with this huge white-collar criminal who has convinced the two marshals or whoever is taking him into captivity to help him escape.

Kate doesn’t know that she jumps onto the plane to get a ride somewhere. The plane ends up going down because that’s the plan to get this guy out of captivity, and she, in this Alaskan barbarian man, have to survive together. She doesn’t know whether to trust him or not. Try it if you like that Alaskan survival story and more romantic suspense.

Alaska Wild

Author: Helena Newbury
Average Customer Review: (4.6 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Military Romance
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle

6. The Highwayman (Victorian Rebels)

This one is about Farah, who is very young in an orphanage. The thing ends up trying to make a move on her, and she has this boy (Dorian) that she’s best friends with. They’ve already decided they want to spend forever together. They have the fake wedding, and he ends up, I think, killing the guy or hurting him because Dorian tried to take advantage of her.

Then Dorian ends up being sent away to the work camp. Farah never sees him again. Then she hears that he has died. Now it is present-day, and she’s working for the Scotland Yard. She’s working for the police, and she’s in England and then goes to Scotland later. Dorian was also in that camp, and he was a highwayman. He is very wealthy and above the law and breaks the law all the time and then ends up kidnapping her and taking her to Scotland.

The Highwayman

Author: Kerrigan Byrne
Average Customer Review: (4.5 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Scottish Historical Romance
Available: Audiobook | Mass Market Paperback | Kindle | MP3 CD

7. Credence

We have three love interests in this, and only one of them’s the bad boy. So we have our main character whose parents decide to kill themselves and kill each other. The mom has cancer, and the mom and dad decided to end things on their terms and commit suicide together, leaving their daughter alone.

So she has to move in with the only living relative, her dad’s stepbrother. It’s her step-uncle in the middle of the mountains. When winter comes, they don’t leave there for three months. Therefore, she moves in with them, and they are these mountain men, and they don’t get along with each other.

But it is the dad and the two sons, and the one son is psychotic, and he spends weeks on end in the woods alone. He doesn’t talk to anybody, and he’s crazy. Our main character is with many guys, different from Penelope Douglas. But he liked that bad boy rough and tough romance that came up in this book: the silent, dangerous, psychotic characters.


Author: Penelope Douglas
Average Customer Review: (4.4 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Coming of Age Fiction
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle | Audio CD

8. Something in the Way

This is a book series about a girl who falls for her sister’s boyfriend (Manning). However, she feels entitled to that crush because she met this boy first. Manning was working construction across from her house when she was a teenager in high school, and she developed a silly crush on him. Moreover, her older sister ended up dating him. You get to see how the relationships develop.

Manning has had a troubled past and gets into trouble throughout the book series that you’ll see if you read it. So it gives you that good girl bad boy vibe. But he’s a sweetheart at heart, out of any romance book.

Something in the Way

Author: Jessica Hawkins
Average Customer Review: (4.4 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Contemporary Saga Fiction
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle

9. Little Lies

This one is about a girl (Lavender Waters) who had a friendship with her brother’s best friend (Kodiak) when she was a child. Something traumatic happens to her in her childhood, and he’s very protective of her. But they grow up, they grow apart, he moves away, they rekindle in college, and he is horrible to her. Upon her getting to college, and because of this traumatic thing that happened in her childhood, she’s super closed off from everybody and doesn’t have much life experience.

On the other hand, Kodiak has gone off the rails, and she’s there to reel him in and then develop what they had when they were kids again. Also, the book describes classic childhood friendships. Enemies to lovers are going, especially when it’s a good girl and bad boy.

Little Lies

Author: H Hunting
Average Customer Review: (4.6 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Sports Romance
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle | Audio CD

10. Storm (Ashes & Embers)

It follows a big rock star band, and all bandmates have their books. So the first one is about the lead singer, his name is Storm. One night, the main girl driving to an event for work runs into an insane blizzard. Her car gets stuck in the road. She can’t do anything about it, and Storm happens to come across her on the road. So it has that beginning element of a stuck-together romance.

They’d have to stay a few nights in his truck, and he immediately takes a liking to her. But he’s a famous rocker with a bad reputation. Also, she’s this girl in a relationship and is oblivious to him, even feeling that way towards her.


Author: Carian Cole
Average Customer Review: (4.6 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: New Adult & College Romance
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle

11. Twisted Perfection (Rosemary Beach)

This is a part of a larger series, but it can be read as a duology. There are two books, twisted perfection, and simple perfection, and they follow the same couple. The main girl in this story has had a tough childhood, a similar theme, and many books, but an insanely tough childhood. She has these crazy nightmares every night. She can’t sleep because she has trust issues.

This book explores her relationship with this rich guy, and he and his family own a golf course. He takes a liking to her and wants to fix her somehow. But she’s the type of person that doesn’t want to put her baggage on people. It’s that rich boy poor girl trope. You will enjoy seeing them unpacked and finding out as you read what happened to her and why she is the way she is, and this guy character wants to be there for her.

Twisted Perfection

Author: Abbi Glines
Average Customer Review: (4.6 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Contemporary Romance Fiction
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle

12. Line Mates & Study Dates (CU Hockey)

It is a gay romance, part of a larger series, but you can read it yourself. This series follows a team of hockey players, and all of the players have their books. So in this one, it follows this one player who has a super rough, crazy past shocker, and the other boy is the son of the hockey coach for the team. He ends up helping his dad with equipment and all that because he loses a bet, and his dad makes him do it for the semester. Also, his dad is worried about this one player and asks if he can keep an eye on him.

So that leads to them forming this friendship that turns into more. They’re all LGBT. So read the whole series. But this one, in particular, the bad boy good boy thing going on, was cute.

Line Mates & Study Dates

Author: Eden Finley
Average Customer Review: (4.6 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: LGBTQ+ Romance
Available: Paperback | Kindle

13. Stay with Me (Wait for You)

This book follows a girl who has a lot of trauma, and because of it, she’s closed off from everybody. She hasn’t kissed a boy, and she hasn’t gone on a date with a boy. It’s very innocent because of this trauma. She moved far away from her hometown. But something happens where she ends up coming home, and she meets this boy who works at a restaurant as a server or a bartender.

All these books are starting to sound the same, but they’re all different. They all have different traumas, and they go through different relationships. So it’s worth reading all of them if you’re into the Good Girl-Bad Boy trope.

Stay with Me

Author: J. Lynn
Average Customer Review: (4.5 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Coming of Age Fiction
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle | Audio CD

14. Little Hoodlum (Hood River Hoodlums)

It follows a girl in love with her brother’s best friend. This girl’s brother and his friend are the bad kids at school, always doing reckless stuff. The brother’s best friend has always been somebody that helps her and her brother in her life. So she feels this close connection to him, and this book explores them becoming more. It’s typical like brother best friend romance.

Little Hoodlum

Author: K Webster
Average Customer Review: (4.6 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Romantic Suspense
Available: Paperback | Kindle

15. Second Semester (Campus Tales)

This follows a girl who falls in love with her boss, her dad’s best friend. So it’s a little scandalous and taboo. This girl ends up working at this big company in an assistant role. Also, she ends up breaking the rules a bit for this romance with her boss. So it has a forbidden element, but it’s also the Bad Boy category. This one is a quick read.

Second Semester

Author: Q.B. Tyler
Average Customer Review: (4.3 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Contemporary College Romance
Available: Paperback | Kindle

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