Are you looking for a new genre to read? If you love romance novels, we recommend you give reverse harem romance a try. This genre is a spin-off of harem romance, where one male character is surrounded by three or more female characters. In reverse harem romance novels, a single female character has multiple male love interests. There are normally three or more male characters who essentially worship the female character. There doesn’t tend to be any jealousy or fighting over the female, and the men just accept that the female has all of them.
Reverse harem romance began in anime or manga. Originally, the girl had to choose one of the male characters at the end. However, reverse harem books subvert the traditional love triangle (or square or pentagon, depending on the number of love interests) plotline. Now the female lead doesn’t always have to choose one male partner at the end of the story. She can have all of the male characters, just like the male characters in harem romance.
If you’re a longtime romance novel reader, you’ve probably read tons of books where the main character is in a love triangle, struggling to decide on a partner. While it can be entertaining, the love triangle trope can get old and feel predictable. The idea that the female character doesn’t have to choose began around 2016, and it quickly became a popular idea. We like this trend because the end of the story can go either way, leaving an extra element of surprise.
You’ll find that there are a lot of sub-genres in reverse harem books. The story plots are all different, and many reverse harem novels are also sci-fi. The only aspect that is guaranteed to be the same is the harem part. You can expect the main female character to entertain a group of males wanting her attention.
When looking for book suggestions, there’s no better audience to turn to than our readers. We asked our readers to recommend some reverse harem titles. Here is our list of the top five reverse harem books, as voted on by our readers:
Power of Five
The main character was forced to spend her time cleaning horse stalls and being controlled by a master. Out of no where, four immortal brothers show up and become bonded to her. This situation may not be safe for anyone involved.
Pieces of Her Soul
This book is part of a 3 book series involving the female main character who has been deemed a failure by society. After meeting five men, she cannot choose one of them, even though it is customary in her kingdom to choose one man and one house. She worries she will be shunned if she cannot choose.
After a bartender’s regular customer passes away, she finds out that he was a multi millionaire who left her his fortune. She has to be married within 30 days to receive the money, however. She invites four males to stay with her for a week, and now she may not be able to choose just one.
The main female character in this novel has magical blood in her veins, and with the city on the verge of disaster must make a choice. She is forced to choose between her family and doing what is expected of her. This book is the first book of a series.
The main character heads out on the Pacific Ocean with five men for an event called “The Challenge”. Unfortunately, the ship wrecks and they have to survive on a deserted island. This challenge goes much differently than the main character originally expected.
As you can see, there’s a lot of variety within the reverse harem genre. Our readers selected sci-fi, literary fiction, survivalist, and fantasy style books. If you like the idea of polyamorous romance novels, you’re bound to find one in your favorite genre.
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