12 Contemporary Reverse Harem Books You Should Try

Contemporary Reverse Harem

Contemporary reverse harem books are a subgenre of romance novels where the female protagonist has multiple male love interests. Unlike other romance subgenres, the protagonist does not need to choose just one partner by the end of the book. The key feature of these novels is that the relationships develop concurrently rather than sequentially.

Reverse Harem technically is one girl in multiple guys. It could be in friendship, where she has a relationship with one or two of them, and the other is a supportive friend. It could be friends as well. So you see much more of this come up in anime or manga. The main character either comes from a difficult background, could be abusive, homeless, or something.

In these extenuating circumstances, she finds this group of guys that they’re going to be there, and they’re going to protect her. So, in the harem, the guys don’t have to like each other. They could only come together to support the main character and the girl in the relationship. So it’s more a found family-type thing. If you want to read contemporary reverse harem books, then keep scrolling.

12 Contemporary Reverse Harem Books

Popular contemporary reverse harem novels feature a strong, independent female protagonist and emphasize themes of empowerment, choice, and unconventional love. The appeal of this subgenre lies in the fantasy of being loved and desired by multiple partners and the exploration of different types of love and relationship dynamics. In the romance genre, the most read sub-genre is contemporary romance. The reverse harem trope is added in this section daily because of reader demands.

In modern days, multiple or polyamorous relationships are increasing. So, readers like to read this type of romance. I am going to discuss 12 contemporary reverse harem books. These books offer the perspectives of all the love interests, providing insights into each character’s thoughts and feelings. Let’s go!

Introductions by C. L. StoneA socially awkward girl, Sang, meets a group of seven attractive boys, drawing her into a world of mystery, intrigue, and deep bonds.High school setting, slow-burn romance, mysterious organization, multiple love interests, protective male characters, shy heroine, found family.
Thief by C. L. StoneKayli, a street-smart thief, crosses paths with a group of Academy boys, leading to unexpected alliances, romance, and danger.Crime, slow-burn romance, mysterious organization, multiple love interests, street-savvy heroine, protective male characters, found family, secrets and intrigue.
Trying To Live With The Dead by B. L. BrunnemerAlexis moves to a new town and discovers she can see ghosts, leading to unexpected friendships with five protective boys and various supernatural.High school setting, ghosts and supernatural elements, slow-burn romance, protective male characters, heroine with a unique ability, found family, secrets and mysteries.
Four Psychos by Kristy CunningA ghost with no memories is tethered to four deadly men and gets involved in the afterlife’s mysteries while facing her attraction to them.Afterlife setting, slow-burn romance, mysterious past, protective male characters, heroine with hidden powers, dark humor, paranormal elements, secrets and intrigue.
Cruel Black Hearts by Candace WondrakAria’s world changes when she’s invited to join a school for gods and becomes entangled with three godly brothers, unveiling secrets, power, and romance.Academy setting, gods and mythology, slow-burn romance, multiple love interests, heroine with undiscovered potential, sibling rivalry, paranormal elements, secrets and mysteries.
Groupie by C.M. StunichYoung Lilith joins a rock band’s tour and becomes emotionally entangled with its five troubled band members, leading to intense romance and personal growth.Rock band setting, slow-burn romance, multiple love interests, emotional trauma, heroine finding herself, protective male characters, dark themes, healing through love.
Trickery by Jaymin EveWilla, a clumsy mortal in a world where the most powerful are gods, gets unexpectedly involved with five warrior brothers, leading to mischief, danger, and romance.Fantasy world setting, slow-burn romance, gods and warriors, multiple love interests, clumsy heroine, protective male characters, humor and banter, societal hierarchies.
Bound Spirit by H.A. WillsAfter dying in a car crash, Callie finds herself in the afterlife, struggling with a new reality with her three spirit-bound protectors.Afterlife setting, slow-burn romance, multiple love interests, spirit guardians, heroine in unfamiliar territory, protective male characters, paranormal elements, hidden powers.
Queen Takes Knights by Joely Sue BurkhartShara Isador, a newly crowned vampire queen, must bond with two vampire knights to protect herself and grow her powers in a world full of treachery.Vampire lore, slow-burn romance, multiple love interests, queen and knights dynamic, power play, paranormal politics, protective male characters, empowerment through unity.
Written by Kathryn MoonA librarian named Joanna, after accepting a mysterious job, finds herself involved with a coven of demon-summoning sorcerers and an array of magical adventures.Fantasy world setting, slow-burn romance, demons and magic, multiple love interests, shy heroine exploring her power, protective male characters, hidden realms, secrets, and mysteries.
The Magic of Discovery by Britt AndrewsEvie, a latent wolf shifter, moves to the hidden town of Emerald Lakes and discovers unexpected bonds with multiple men, unveiling her destiny, powers, and the magic of the town.Shifter lore, slow-burn, small-town setting, multiple love interests, uncovering hidden powers, protective male characters, supernatural elements, secrets and intrigue, found family.
Sacrifice by Katee RobertA haunting tale of obsession, sacrifice, and the lengths one will go for love.Dark romance, enemies-to-lovers, forced proximity, forbidden love, revenge plot, power dynamics.
Contemporary Reverse Harem Books List

1. Introductions (The Ghost Bird)

This book is about a girl named Sang, who comes from a tough family life. Her sister has nothing to do with her. Her mom is abusive and agoraphobic. Then you have a father who doesn’t care and is never there and is always traveling. So, they ended up moving to Charleston. Her dad got a new job, so they moved on the street.

Sang is not allowed to hang out with anyone because of her mother’s fear of the world. She ends up coming across a boy that lives down the street. The most that happens in these books is kissing. So the group of guys that she ends up meeting are all friends, and they’re all part of the academy, and you learn more about it in what they do.


Author: C. L. Stone
Average Rating: 4.3/5
Category: Romantic Mystery
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle | Audio CD

2. Thief (The Scarab Beetle)

This is a new adult-paced style series, and it’s about a girl named Kayli Winchester, who is a thief. She’s a pickpocket but only goes after people who can defend themselves. It opens up where she’s at the mall and going after one guy.

These groups of guys chase after her, and it goes from there. It has a lot of high stakes, and the other series, this one, moves a little bit faster in its steaminess. Also, it has an older protagonist and a group of main characters.


Author: C. L. Stone
Average Rating: 4.1/5
Category: Romantic Suspense
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle | MP3 CD

3. Trying To Live With The Dead (The Veil Diaries)

This is about a girl named Alexis Delaney who has a particular ability to see the dead. She ends up moving in with her uncle in this new town, and she starts at a new school and, of course, finds a group of guys that will be her new group of friends. So, they each have their different personalities.

This is a very slow-burn series where they have their girlfriends or other things. It’s based on building up their relationship as friends. It’s called The Veil Diaries because the main character, Alexis, can see the veil between the living and the dead. Something’s going on with it; someone might be disturbing it and trying to break it down. So, she is the only person that can fix it. If you like contemporary reverse harem romance, then you must read it.

Trying To Live With The Dead

Author: B. L. Brunnemer
Average Rating: 4.6/5
Category: Paranormal Romance
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle | Audio CD

4. Four Psychos (The Dark Side)

The story is about a girl who can be real around the four guys. She doesn’t know anything about them other than she only remembers herself when she’s around them. If she’s not, she disappears and might be a ghost. So she knows these guys have some secrets, which are not all good. She has such a quirky personality and such witty comments that she says, and the guys in the house can’t see her.

They don’t know she’s there, but eventually, they notice her, and some pretend that she’s not even there. Some dislike her, others completely the opposite. So, if you’re looking for something with some quirkiness, weightiness, and craziness, you picked this series up.

Four Psychos

Author: Kristy Cunning
Average Rating: 4.6/5
Category: Fantasy Romance
Available: Audiobook | Kindle | Audio CD

5. Cruel Black Hearts

This is a trilogy; the first two have a powerful opening and plot. This is a dark, contemporary reverse harem romance. It is about a girl who is obsessed with serial killers. So she has a part-time job working at a newspaper where she can only write stories on serial killers for some reason, as well as having her blog online, where she writes about serial killers. By doing that, she attracts serial killers and gets their attention by talking about other people’s work.

So this is very dark. It has very graphic scenes. You see two guys that are not good and have their dark demons. Then you have another guy who could be the sweetest guy ever. So it’s exciting.

Cruel Black Hearts

Author: Candace Wondrak
Average Rating: 4.5/5
Category: Romantic Suspense
Available: Paperback | Kindle

6. Groupie (Rock-Hard Beautiful)

Groupie is about a girl (Lilith) who, for some reason, she’s at a concert. She’s stranded, and she ends up on the bus with this band, and they take her along with them. If you can imagine close quarters, this band has male aspects, and some hate to love. This author brings some smutty scenes to her stories. So it’s a rock star reverse harem romance.

Lilith is going through a rough time. Her boyfriend cheated on her. She’s without a home, and her dad has recently passed away. Moreover, she is getting the concert tickets as a gift from her ex-boyfriend. She can earn extra money by selling the tickets because she lives out of her car and doesn’t know what she will do with her life. Also, she ends up meeting Paxton, the lead singer of a rock star band, and she goes on tour with these guys and has an instant connection with all of these guys.


Author: C.M. Stunich
Average Rating: 4.5/5
Category: College Romance
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle

7. Trickery (Curse of the Gods)

The main character is Willa Knight. She’s super clumsy, and something happens where she ends up going and sending herself to the blessed academy, which is a place where souls go. They are higher up on the totem pole than she is because she’s considered a dweller, the servant in this world. So you have the dwellers, the souls, and the gods.

Souls want to die and become a god and have certain powers. So this was such a ride, and it was so much fun. Willar finds herself in the way of these brothers. So you have trickery, strength, and pain. They each have different powers.


Author: Jaymin Eve
Average Rating: 4.6/5
Category: Paranormal & Urban Fantasy Romance
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle

8. Bound Spirit (The Bound Spirit)

This one is the closest to The Vale diaries, tone-wise. The main character (Callie) moves into the new town with her aunt, and she finds a ghost living in her house. In addition, the dead boy of the family used to live there. So he’s living there, and then you have a group of guys that were his friends she befriends at school because she can see this guy.

So unlike The Veil Diaries, where the leading girls group of guys are all human in this series, they all are a different paranormal race. Callie understands her powers and tries to figure them out in these groups of guys who surround her and help her out with them.

Bound Spirit

Author: H.A. Wills
Average Rating: 4.7/5
Category: Vampire Romances
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle

9. Queen Takes Knights (Their Vampire Queen)

Their Vampire Queen is a nine-book series much shorter than you think. It’s a paranormal vampire reverse harem story, and the main character discovers she is a queen of vampires. She didn’t know this before. When she’s a queen, she attracts different mates. So, she ends up building this vast harem.

If you can get over that, this book is very steamy. It has a lot of the vampire gore you’re looking for and is interesting because they are so short, and so many guys become part of this harem. They have their own story and background. Different intricate plot points are going on, and you also see male-male relationships.

Queen Takes Knights

Author: Joely Sue Burkhart
Average Rating: 4.5/5
Category: Bisexual Romance
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle

10. Written (The Librarian’s Coven)

It’s a monster smut reverse harem series. This follows our heroine, Joanna, a librarian at a magical college. However, she doesn’t know that she has any magic herself. She ends up going to the college and meeting three college professors who all want her to be in their coven. These three professors are already in an existing relationship, and they want to have her round out their coven. And their foursome is a polyamorous situation.

Joanna has a fascinating power. Her power is that whatever she writes comes true. All the characters are in a relationship, which is so beautifully written.


Author: Kathryn Moon
Average Rating: 4.3/5
Category: Paranormal Witches & Wizards Romance
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle

11. The Magic of Discovery (Emerald Lakes)

This book follows our heroine, Saige, who lives in a tiny town named Emerald Lakes. She is a green witch connected to the Earth and healing plants. Further, she owns a little magical shop with her grandma. Suddenly, things get shaken up in their small town when four sexy, powerful warlocks called mages come into this town and show an interest in her. Fisher, Kai, and Sloane work for a magical company that trains people to control their powers and undercover agents.

They arrest people who are using their magic for ill intentions, and they are placed on a secret undercover mission to go to this town and find someone. But they end up finding Saige or instantly attracted to her. They realize that she is their mate, and they’re all bound to each other. This has a prophecy, and our heroine has five love interests.

The Magic of Discovery

Author: Britt Andrews
Average Rating: 4.5/5
Category: Occult Supernatural
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle

12. Sacrifice (Bloodline Vampires)

This is the Bloodline Vampire series, and there are shorter novellas, so each book goes very quickly. Our main heroine is the daughter of a powerful bloodline vampire, but she doesn’t have any powers. So she ends up getting sacrificed quite literally to a bloodline vampire notorious for not having great control, and she’s there to be the sacrifice for her blood and feed this vampire.

Her father wants to control this vampire and create an alliance, so she is sent to this doom-and-gloom house. So it is her and three vampires, and it’s so fast-moving. It is polyamorous because the guys are also in a romantic relationship. It is one of the best contemporary reverse harem books ever.


Author: Katee Robert
Average Rating: 4.2/5
Category: Vampire Romances
Available: Paperback | Kindle

5 Enemies To Lovers Reverse Harem Books

The “enemies to lovers” trope is a popular one in romance literature, and when combined with the “reverse harem” theme—where a female protagonist has multiple male love interests—it can make for an intriguing read. Here are five “enemies to lovers” reverse harem books:

Power of Five by Alex Lidell: This series begins with Lera, a mortal with no special powers, unexpectedly finding herself bound to four fae warriors, each considering her an imposter. Together, they must find a way to coexist and conquer challenges, slowly transitioning from mistrust and hatred to deep bonds and love.

The Vixen’s Lead by Tate James: Kit Davenport is a thief with secrets. When she becomes the target of several attacks, she’s protected by multiple men she doesn’t entirely trust. As the story unfolds, the dynamics between Kit and her protectors evolve, encompassing tension, mistrust, passion, and affection.

A Dance with Darkness by Scarlett Dawn: The protagonist is forced into a deadly game with several powerful, dangerous men who initially appear as enemies. As they struggle with the challenges, relationships shift, and the lines between friend and foe blur.

Four Psychos by Kristy Cunning: The protagonist finds herself among four powerful supernatural beings. She doesn’t remember her past or know why these men hate her, but relationships evolve unexpectedly as the story unfolds.

Academy of Assassins by Stacey Brutger: The protagonist, Morgan, is the only human in an academy full of supernatural creatures. Tasked with hunting down a deadly weapon, she’s forced to team up with her fellow academy students, some of whom she has tension-filled relationships with. As they go on their mission, alliances shift, and romance sparks among the group.

5 Highschool Reverse Harem Books

High school settings are popular for reverse harem novels because they provide a backdrop of teenage drama, budding romances, and personal growth. Here are five reverse harem books set in high school:

Marked by Power by Cece Rose & G. Bailey: When the protagonist, Kenzie, turns 16, she discovers she’s not human but part of a hidden world. She’s sent to an academy where she’s the only female student, and she catches the attention of several powerful male students.

Harem of Hearts by C.M. Stunich: A twist on the Alice in Wonderland tale, it’s set in a deadly high school where the protagonist, Um, not Alice, finds herself being pursued by multiple potential suitors, each more dangerous and enticing than the last.

The Secret Girl by C.M. Stunich: Charlotte, a girl disguising herself as a boy, transfers to an all-male academy with various factions vying for power. As she becomes involved with leaders from different groups, she finds herself in a reverse harem romance.

Royals of Villain Academy by Eva Chase: In this series, the protagonist, Rory, discovers she has a lineage connected to dark magic. Sent to a school for the morally flexible, she has to face a world filled with antiheroes and multiple love interests.

Bully Me Group Series by Various Authors: This anthology contains several stories centered around high school reverse harems, with themes of love, revenge, and growing up woven throughout.

5 Reverse Harem Books With MM

Reverse harem books that include MM (male/male) relationships add another layer of depth and diversity to the genre. Here are five reverse harem books that include MM elements:

Bound Spirit series by H.A. Wills centers around Seo, a spirit walker who can leave her body and spirit walk. She’s got three mates, and there are MM interactions between them.

The Last Vessel series by Winter Rose: Lera, the protagonist, finds herself in a relationship with five fae men. While the primary focus is on the relationship between Lera and her mates, there are MM interactions among the men.

Legacy series by Allyson Lindt: The series showcases a tech prodigy heroine and her three male love interests. Their relationship is complex and intertwined, including MM dynamics.

Her Pack series by Candace Wondrak: This series revolves around Mavis, a werewolf who never shifted. She becomes involved with an Alpha and his two Beta best friends. The series explores the complexities of their relationships, including MM connections.

Seven Wardens series by Skye MacKinnon & Laura Greenwood: The series is about a water fae named Macey and the seven guardians of the elemental worlds. The series contains MM relationships among the guardians, adding to the intricacy of the harem.

5 Dark Reverse Harem Books

If you’re interested in dark reverse harem novels, the sub-genre is full of intrigue, suspense, and romance. Here are five books or series:

Den of Vipers by K.A. Knight: The protagonist, Rylynn, is indebted to four dangerous men, each with their secrets. As the story unfolds, Rylynn becomes more involved with each of them, leading to a dark and twisted romance.

The Four Horsemen series by Laura Thalassa: Starting with “Pestilence,” revolves around the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and the women who come to love them despite the destruction they bring. The tale combines dark romance, fantasy, and post-apocalyptic themes.

The Dark Side series by Kristy Cunning (aka C.M. Owens): This series is darkly humorous with a unique take on the reverse harem trope. The protagonist, Paca, is involved with multiple men, each with their own secrets. As Paca unravels the mystery surrounding her existence, she faces complex relationships with each man.

Academy of the Elites series by Angel Lawson: Aria is sent to an elite academy for supernatural beings after a tragic accident. Here, she is drawn to four powerful and dangerous men. As Aria discovers the dark secrets of the academy, she finds herself in the middle of a war that could change everything.

Brutal Birthright series by Sophie Lark: This dark mafia romance series features strong female protagonists and the dangerous men they’re entwined with. Each book is a standalone story but interconnected in the larger universe of the mafia families.

5 Violent Reverse Harem Books

Den of Vipers by K.A. Knight: This is one of the darker reverse harem novels. The protagonist, Rylynn, is trapped in a web of deception, owed debts, and entangled with four dangerous men. The plot is filled with intense, violent situations and dark romance.

The Savage and the Swan by Ella Fields: The book follows a princess captured and imprisoned by a group of men seeking revenge. The story delves deep into themes of betrayal, vengeance, and the blurred lines between love and hate.

Broken Wings: A Dark High School Romance by Jaymin Eve and Tate James: This book follows the story of Bree, who returns to her hometown to confront her dark past, only to be pulled into a world of power, revenge, and multiple dominant love interests. The series is known for its dark and suspenseful undertones.

Bound by Consequences: Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles by Cora Reilly: While not strictly a reverse harem in the traditional sense, this series contains dark romance and mafia intrigue elements. The world of mafia families involves power struggles, violence, and dominant male characters that appeal to reverse harem enthusiasts.

Madness by Kailee Reese Samuels: This is a blend of dark romance and suspense, where the protagonist, Sal Raniero, finds himself in a web of complex relationships, intense passions, and violent inclinations.

5 College Reverse Harem Books

College settings are popular in the reverse harem subgenre because they offer a backdrop of youthful exploration, new beginnings, and intense relationships. If you’re interested in college-themed reverse harem novels, here are five to consider:

Havenbrook University series by Albany Walker: The protagonist attends Havenbrook University, and her life takes a dramatic turn when she becomes involved with a group of powerful and mysterious men. This series deals with secrets, friendships, and the complexities of love.

The Boys of Brayshaw High series by Meagan Brandy: Set in the tumultuous environment of Brayshaw High, the protagonist, Raven, finds herself in a web of power dynamics, intense rivalries, and relationships with the town’s three ruling boys. Though it starts in high school, the series progresses to college.

Royals of Arbon Academy series by Jaymin Eve and Tate James: After a traumatic incident, the protagonist is sent to the elite Arbon Academy on a scholarship. There, she catches the attention of the school’s three most powerful and dangerous men. The series faces themes of power, revenge, and passion.

Hunted series by Bex Michaelson: The protagonist starts college hoping for a fresh start, but four mysterious men pursue her. She discovers deep secrets about herself and her past as she unravels the truth behind their interest.

Heart Hassle series by Raven Kennedy: This series offers a mix of college setting and fantasy. The protagonist attends a magical college and finds herself caught between multiple captivating men, each with their secrets and allure.

5 Hockey Reverse Harem Books

If you’re looking for books that feature a blend of ice rink action and romance, here are five hockey-themed reverse harem novels:

Power Play Series by Kennedy L. Mitchell: This series features a strong female lead involved with multiple men, all intricately linked to the world of professional hockey. There’s a blend of sports, power plays (both on and off the rink), and romance.

Ice Queen – Men of the Ice Series by K.D. Croft: The story revolves around the protagonist, Charlotte, and her journey from being an overlooked assistant to becoming an integral part of a hockey team’s dynamics. The narrative combines her evolving relationships with multiple team members and her challenges in a male-dominated sport.

Sin Bin by Mandi Beck and Eden Butler: While not strictly a reverse harem in the traditional sense, this novel revolves around the intense and complex relationships in professional hockey. Readers looking for a combination of sports and romance might appreciate the dynamics presented in this story.

The Ice Pack – A Hockey Reverse Harem Novel by K.D. Wood: The protagonist is pursued by multiple members of a professional hockey team. As she faces these relationships, she discovers deeper mysteries and secrets that put her in the middle of unexpected challenges.

Breakaway by Heather C. Myers: When the protagonist gets involved with three hockey players, she’s thrust into a world of passion, sports politics, and complex relationships. The story combines the excitement of the sport with the intricacies of a reverse harem romance.

5 Reverse Harem Audiobooks

Reverse harem romance is a sub-genre where the female protagonist has several male love interests. This trope has become more popular over the years, and many of these books are available in audiobook format. Here are five reverse harem audiobooks that have garnered attention:

Power of Five series by Alex Lidell: This fantasy reverse harem series revolves around a powerful quintet: Lera and her four fae guardians. As they face challenges and discover secrets, the relationships between them deepen. The audiobooks provide an immersive experience into their magical world.

The Curse of the Gods series by Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington: Willa Knight, a dweller in a fantastical world, finds herself caught between five powerful and mysterious brothers. This series combines humor, romance, and fantasy in a unique setting, making it engaging as an audiobook.

Finding Their Muse series by Bea Paige: Set in a contemporary world with a touch of the fantastical, this series follows Clara as she becomes the muse to four talented artists. The narration captures the emotions and intricacies of the relationships beautifully.

The Dark Side series by Kristy Cunning (aka C.M. Owens): The audiobooks add another layer to the darkly humorous and unique take on the reverse harem trope. The protagonist, Paca, and her relationships with multiple men come alive through the narrations.

Supernatural Prison series by Jaymin Eve: Jessa Lebron, a powerful shifter, is surrounded by potential mates in a world filled with magic and danger. The audiobook narration captures the essence of the characters and the supernatural world they inhabit.

These audiobooks are available on audiobook platforms like Audible, Google Play Audiobooks, and others.

These novels challenge traditional views on love and relationships, prompting readers to consider different relationship dynamics and what love can look like.

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