9 Best Dark Romance Books You Must Read

If you’ve had enough of typical current romances, it’s time to branch out into dark romances. Dark romances are depraved, addicting, and nasty, and they are sure to push you out of your comfort zone.

These dark romance novels are not for the faint of heart, so be advised! This collection includes dark and erotic stories featuring antiheroes that will have you turning the pages, including kidnapping, abduction, and imprisonment.

These novels are for you if you’re ready to take a chance on a dangerously tempting read.

Let’s begin.


Best Dark Romance Books to Read

1. The Siren: A Sexy Romance (The Original Sinners Book 1)

1. The Siren: A Sexy Romance (The Original Sinners Book 1)

Reisz creates memorable people that you’ll either want to know or want to be. The Siren is a seductive book-within-a-book, a novel that will have you gasping for air and longing for more Nora Sutherlin and her men.

Notorious Nora Sutherlin is known for her delectable erotica novels, each one more popular than the previous. Her most recent work, on the other hand, is more serious and intimate, and she’s confident it’ll be her breakout book if it ever sees the light of day.

Nora’s fate is in the capable hands of Zachary Easton. The book’s demanding British editor agrees to handle it on one condition: total control.

Nora has six weeks to rewrite the entire work to his rigorous requirements, or the agreement is off. Nora’s arduous writing sessions with Zach are exhausting and surprisingly enticing.

And a violent past lover has her wondering which is worse: keeping away from him or being with him.

Nora believed she understood everything there was to know about being pushed to your limits. But nothing is ever that easy in a world where passion is synonymous with suffering.

Tiffany Reisz (author of the book) is a bestselling novelist who has won several awards. She and her husband, novelist Andrew Shaffer, live in Kentucky.

This book comes under Erotica Collections & Anthologies, Romantic Erotica, Romance Anthologies categories. You can buy this book in Kindle, Audiobook, and Paperback formats.


2. HAVEN: Beards & Bondage

2. HAVEN: Beards & Bondage

Rebekah Weatherspoon‘s new series kicks off with the first installment.

A week-long vacation, Claudia Cade’s carefree existence is turned upside down when a camping vacation with her brother in Northern California’s national forests turns into a dangerous race for her life.

A lonely world flipped on its head Shepard Olsen, a nature photographer, has resigned himself to a tranquil existence with just his dog by his side until a woman in need of his protection appears on his doorstep and throws his world into turmoil.

Tragically, two lives are intertwined. Claudia is anxious to recover from her devastating loss, but she can’t seem to get her mind off her horrible encounter.

She discovers she isn’t the only one who can’t move on when she returns to Shep’s doorway. Bliss rescued me.

The two begin an intense, passionate relationship of dominance and submission, pleasure and pain, but with dark memories haunting them and future decisions looming, Claudia can’t help but wonder how long can they be each other’s haven?

This book falls under Multicultural & Interracial Romance, Multicultural Romances, Contemporary Romance categories. You can get this book in Kindle and Paperback versions.


3. Degradation (The Kane Trilogy Book 1)

3. Degradation (The Kane Trilogy Book 1)

Tatum O’Shea, eighteen years old, is a naïve, bashful, tiny wealthy girl. Jameson Kane, 23, is a clever, seductive, and wealthy young man. They come together for one night, one explosion, one blunder, and Tate is launched into space, without family, money, or Jameson.

Tate’s life is going quite well seven years later until she bumps across Jameson again. She believes she is prepared for him this time. She hasn’t a single naïve bone left in her body, and she has no recollection of what it’s like to be bashful.

Jameson has transformed into Satan, with razor-sharp fangs, razor-sharp claws, and a tongue capable of slicing her in half. To a girl like Tate, it all seems like fun, and she’s eager to play, keen to show that she’s not the same person he vanquished previously.

A series of games begins, each more cunning than the one before it. But the devil enjoys dirty games, and she soon discovers that playing for souls is a life game. The distinctions between games and reality, between paradise and hell, become increasingly hazy.

Is it possible for her to beat Jameson at his own game before someone is hurt? Or will he leave her soulless, ensuring his victory for good?

WARNING: This film features a want-to-be B-grade porn star, an impersonal personal assistant, and a LOT of the F-word. Sadomasochistic themes and violent sexual scenarios are also included.

This book comes under the BDSM Erotica genre. This book can be bought in Kindle and Paperback forms.


4. Tears of Tess

People who are sensitive to sorrow, slavery, or nonconsensual sex should avoid this new adult dark contemporary romance.

A story (by Pepper Winters) about discovering love in the most unexpected places, forging an iron will out of need, and forgiving someone who may not be forgiven enough.

Tess Snow has everything she’s ever wanted: one more semester before starting a career in real estate development, a wonderful boyfriend, and a bright future. Brax plans a romantic trip to Mexico for Tess for their second anniversary.

Sandy beaches, delectable drinks, and soul-stirring sex set the tone for a fantastic vacation. Tess is on top of the world, with a full heart and an exciting week ahead of her. However, the lustful paradise has been destroyed. Kidnapped. Drugged. Stolen.

Tess is thrown into a realm of fear and evil. Tess transforms from a scared girl to a strong warrior while being held captive and alone with no savior, lover, faith, or future.

However, no amount of power can spare her from the misery of being sold. Will Tess’s new owner affect her life forever, or will Brax be able to locate her before she’s shattered and ruined?

This book resides under Action & Adventure Erotica, Erotic Suspense genres. You can buy this book in Kindle, Audiobook, and Paperback versions.


5. Captive in the Dark (Platinum Edition) (Dark Duet) (Volume 1)

5. Captive in the Dark (Platinum Edition) (Dark Duet) (Volume 1)

Warning: Captivity in a FICTIONAL and EROTICIZED environment is the subject of this series. There are unsettling circumstances, shady consent, harsh language, and brutal violence in this tale.

Caleb is a man obsessed with avenging himself. He was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery by a power-hungry gangster, and his only thought has been vengeance.

He’s been engaged in the world of pleasure slaves for the last twelve years, looking for the one guy he holds entirely accountable. Finally, he has a new identity, but not a new nature, as the creator of his misery.

Caleb must become the same thing he despises and abduct a beautiful girl to train her to be everything he once was if he is to get near enough to strike.

Olivia Ruiz, eighteen, has just awoken in a strange location. Only a calm masculine voice greets her while she is blindfolded and tied.

CJ Roberts (author of the book) works as a freelance writer. Her writing has been described as both sensual and unsettling in the same phrase, and she prefers dark and sexual stories with forbidden twists. She was born and reared in the Los Angeles area.

The other three books which come to Dark Duet Volume are Seduced in the Dark (Book 2), Epilogue (Book 3), and The Bonus Material (Book 4).

This book comes under the Romantic Erotica and BSDM Erotica categories. This book can be purchased in Kindle, Audiobook, and Paperback Versions.


6. Twist Me

6. Twist Me 

Kidnapped. I was taken away to a private island.

This is something I never imagined could happen to me. I never expected a fortuitous encounter on the eve of my eighteenth birthday would have such a profound impact on my life.

I am now his property. Julian’s attention. To a guy who is as gorgeous as he is ruthless a man whose touch burns me. A guy whose compassion, rather than his harshness, strikes me as more terrible.

My kidnapper is a puzzle. I have no idea who he is or why he kidnapped me. He carries a darkness within him that both frightens and attracts me in.

This is my story, and my name is Nora Leston (written by Anna Zaires).

This book falls under Psychological Literary Fiction, Kidnapping Crime Fiction, and Romance Literary Fiction. You can obtain this book in Kindle and Paperback formats.


7. Born Sinner (Se7en Sinners Book 1)

7. Born Sinner (Se7en Sinners Book 1)

I was born into a chilly, sodden womb and nurtured in the filth and squalor of Chicago’s concrete arms twenty-two years ago. I wasn’t meant to make it past the age of eighteen on these streets, according to statistics.

Fate, on the other hand, had a different plan. I was nurtured with only one goal in mind: to bring death and ruin to my world. My thoughts have a lot of power. My words have the power to kill. Grace attempted to save me when evil created me.

But first, they attempted to murder me. They’re known as the Se7en. They’re sin and redemption, as well as everything we’ve dreaded from the dawn of time. Their commander is the most lethal of them all. He never loses. He refuses to make concessions.

S.L. Jennings (author of the book) is the proud military wife of her high school sweetheart, the mother of three boisterous sons, and a New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary and paranormal romance novelist.

This book falls under the Paranormal Romance genre. You can buy this book in Kindle and Paperback versions.


8. Killing Sarai (In the Company of Killers)

8. Killing Sarai (In the Company of Killers) 

Sarai was fourteen years old when her mother sent her to Mexico to live with a known drug lord. She lost what it was like to live a regular life over time, but she never gave up hope of escaping the complex where she had been held captive for the previous nine years.

Victor is a cold-blooded assassin who, like Sarai, has grown up surrounded by murder and violence. Sarai views Victor as her only way out when he comes to the property to gather details and cash for a kill.

However, instead of getting transportation back to Tucson, she finds herself free from one deadly guy and ensnared in the hands of another. Victor deviates from his primal nature while on the run, succumbing to his conscience and deciding to assist Sarai.

As they get closer, he finds himself prepared to put everything on the line to keep her alive, including his relationship with Niklas, his devoted brother, and liaison, who, like everyone else, now wants Sarai dead.

As Victor and Sarai gradually gain trust, their differences appear to fade, and an unusual attraction grows. Victor’s ruthless talents and expertise, however, may not be enough to save her in the end, as the power she inadvertently wields over him maybe what kills her.

Reading Order: Killing Sarai, Reviving Izabel, The Swan & The Jackal, Seeds of Iniquity, The Black Wolf, Behind the Hands That Kill.

J.A. (Jessica) Redmerski (author of the book) is a New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon #1 bestselling author, as well as a worldwide best-selling author and award winner.

This book resides under the Romantic Suspense Genre. This book can be purchased in Kindle, Audiobook, Audio CD, and Paperback formats.


9. Wanderlust: A Dark Romance Novel

9. Wanderlust: A Dark Romance Novel

Haydee’s Opinions Is it possible to find love amid adversity? Evie had always wanted to see the globe, but her first hotel stay turns into a nightmare. Hunter is a tough trucker who will go to any length to keep her safe, even if it means abduction.

Evie plots her escape as they travel across the nation in his rig, but she might just find what she’s seeking right alongside her. Wanderlust is a full-length dark romantic book about power and imprisonment.

Not suitable for individuals who are sensitive to the subject matter or who are under the age of 18.

It was emotionally distressing while also having moments of comedy, and it was incredibly dark and scary while also being sensuous. – Blog TotallyBooked

Prepare yourselves for a heartfelt and unexpected love story. In this story, there are no heroes, only frighteningly attractive creatures.

Dark romance novelist Skye Warren is a New York Times bestselling author.

This book falls under New Adult & College Romance, New Adult & College Romance, Suspense categories. You can buy this book in Kindle, Audiobook, and Paperback formats.


10. Ruthless People

10. Ruthless People 

They appear to be American nobility to the outside world, donating to charity, feeding the poor, and reconstructing the city. However, there is a continual fight for power behind closed doors between two bosses, cultures, and hearts.

Ruthless People is a romantic crime story set in modern-day Chicago that chronicles Melody Giovanni and Liam Callahan’s lives and marriage as competitors by blood and leaders by terror.

Their union is planned to put a stop to years of violence between the Irish and the Italians.

Liam believes he’ll receive a simple-minded woman who he can dominate and who would submit to his every whim but he’ll soon discover that his future wife does not meet that description.

Melody is well aware of the sort of man Liam is and would sooner die than relinquish the authority she has accumulated throughout her life.

Melody and Liam will have to learn to work together to take down those who stand in their way, as the mafia of the past has changed, and with competing bosses hunting for their family, they’ll have to learn to work together to take down those who stand in their way.

During a Morality and Ethics class her first year in college, J. J. McAvoy began working on Ruthless People. When you ask her why she started writing, she simply responds, “They wanted to get their tale out.”

This book resides under Organized Crime Thrillers, Organized Crime, Crime Thrillers genres. This book can be bought in Kindle, Audiobook, and Paperback formats.


11. RAW

11. RAW

You’d think that growing up the way I did would make me more screwed up than I am. I left the bump in the road I called home as soon as I became sixteen and took my chances on the street. It was the best decision I’ve ever made.

I’m now twenty-six years old, educated, working, and darn good at what I do. My acquaintances have become into the family. They, like me, have experienced the pain of being unloved as a child. However, the adage is correct.

Those that know where they’re headed have access to the globe. That’s me on the left. I know where I’m heading and when I get there, I’ll let you know. I can do things at my own pace and on my terms.

But there’s also him. His gaze is fixed on me. He’s lurking in plain sight, I notice. He keeps an eye on me. He affects me.

Belle Aurora (author of the book) is a twenty-year-old Australian woman who was born in the country down under. She developed a passion for reading at a young age.

This book comes under the Romantic Suspense genre. This book can be bought in Kindle, Audiobook, and Paperback versions.


Final Verdict

With over 11 of the greatest dark romance books on the market, you won’t be short of reading material in the coming months. With these twisted dark romances, it’s time to sweeten up your weekend!


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