Last Updated on April 19, 2023 by Jella Erhard
Read the most twisted and steamy new dark romance books with cruel heroes and heroines. You’ll find here thrilling dark romance books for adults, paranormal romance thrillers, enemies to lovers stories, reverse harem books, dark fantasy books as well as fiction books with dark romance.
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Steamy & Twisted New Books With Dark Romance
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If you’re here because you’re looking for the lushest, sexiest, and most atmospheric new dark books with romance then you’re at the right place. We included the most exciting dark romance novels for adults and YA readers.
You’ll find here spooky enemies to lovers dark romance books, twisted fantasy romance books, new dark and romantic historical fiction books, as well as horror, psychological thriller, and new mafia romance books that will take you around the world and beyond.
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We included some truly dark romance thriller books that can be triggering for some so make sure you always read the notes before getting started with a dark romance book. However, you’ll also find here more magical dark romance stories, new contemporary romance novels, retellings, and dark books that were inspired by folktales and myths.
So get ready for dark romance stories with witches, fairies, gods, demons, and erotic reverse harem books you’ll be too shy to read in public.
27| She Is a Haunting by Trang Thanh Tran – Dark Romance Book, February 2023
A house with a terrifying appetite haunts a broken family in this atmospheric horror, perfect for fans of Mexican Gothic.
When Jade Nguyen arrives in Vietnam for a visit with her estranged father, she has one goal: survive five weeks pretending to be a happy family in the French colonial house Ba is restoring.
She’s always lied to fit in, so if she’s straight enough, Vietnamese enough, American enough, she can get out with the college money he promised.
But the house has other plans. Night after night, Jade wakes up paralyzed. The walls exude a thrumming sound, while bugs leave their legs and feelers in places they don’t belong.
She finds curious traces of her ancestors in the gardens they once tended. And at night Jade can’t ignore the ghost of the beautiful bride who leaves her cryptic warnings: Don’t eat.
Neither Ba nor her sweet sister Lily believe that there is anything strange happening. With help from a delinquent girl, Jade will prove this house—the home her family has always wanted—will not rest until it destroys them.
Maybe, this time, she can keep her family together. As she roots out the house’s rot, she must also face the truth of who she is and who she must become to save them all.
She Is a Haunting is one of the most anticipated new dark romance books for adults who love atmospheric and spooky ghost stories.
26| Where Ivy Dares to Grow by Marielle Thompson – Dark Romance Novel, July 2023
Mexican Gothic meets Outlander in this spellbindingly atmospheric timeslip debut, as a woman struggling with struggling with her mental health spends the winter with her cruel in-laws in their eerie, haunting manor that sweeps her back through time and into the arms of her fiancé’s mysterious, alluring 19th century ancestor.
Traveling to be with her fiancé’s terminally ill mother in her last days, Saoirse Read expected her introduction to the family’s ancestral home would be bittersweet.
But the stark thrust of Langdon Hall against the cliff and the hundred darkened windows in its battered walls are almost as forbidding as the woman who lies wasting inside. Her fiancé’s parents make no secret of their distaste for Saoirse, and their feelings have long since spread to their son.
Or perhaps it is only the shadows of her mind suggesting she’s unwelcome, seizing on her fears while her beloved grieves?
As Saoirse takes to wandering the estate’s winding, dreamlike gardens, overgrown and half-wild with neglect, she slips back through time to 1818. There she meets Theo Page, a man like her fiancé but softer, with all the charms of that gentler age, and who clearly harbors a fervent interest in her.
As it becomes clear that Theo is her fiancé’s ancestor, and the tenuous peace of Langdon Hall crumbles around her, Saoirse finds she’s no longer sure which dreams and doubts belong to the present—and which might not be dreams at all . . .
Where Ivy Dares to Grow is one of the most deeply atmospheric gothic romance stories set in 1818.
25| Spiteful Heart by Candace Wondrak, Mystery Dark Romance Book, January 2023
It’s official. The city’s got a new serial killer, and the b*tch is taunting me.
He’s killing women, tearing them up, mutilating their faces, and leaving them for me. He knows what I do. He has to. He doesn’t hate me because I’m the Bloody Queen.
He hates me because I’m the Night Slayer, because I take out the men this world doesn’t need.
The thing is… I’m starting to suspect he’s one of us, someone who knows our inner workings. Me being a serial killer ain’t common knowledge, and if there’s one thing I know, it’s a spiteful heart. He’s killing girls to get back at me.
Sylvester, Maddox, and Viper are my rocks. My sexy mafia men who’d do anything to keep me safe, even if it means lying to me. But I’m no damsel in distress, and I don’t deal with liars. They better shape up if they want to stay on my good side.
I got a serial killer to catch, and I’m gonna do it whether I have their help or not.
you better believe the Night Slayer’s coming for you.
by the time I’m done, you won’t be begging for more.
Spiteful Heart is one of the steamiest new dark romance books for adults shocking twists and creepy serial kilker.
24| City of Nightmares by Rebecca Schaeffer – YA Dark Romance Book, January 2023
Gotham meets Strange the Dreamer in this thrilling young adult fantasy about a cowardly girl who finds herself at the center of a criminal syndicate conspiracy, in a city where crooked politicians and sinister cults reign and dreaming means waking up as your worst nightmare.
Ever since her sister became a man-eating spider and slaughtered her way through town, nineteen-year-old Ness has been terrified—terrified of some other Nightmare murdering her, and terrified of ending up like her sister.
Because in Newham, the city that never sleeps, dreaming means waking up as your worst fear.
Whether that means becoming a Nightmare that’s monstrous only in appearance, to transforming into a twisted, unrecognizable creature that terrorizes the city, no one is safe.
Ness will do anything to avoid becoming another victim, even if that means lying low among the Friends of the Restful Soul, a questionable organization that may or may not be a cult.
But being a member of maybe-cult has a price. In order to prove herself, Ness cons her way into what’s supposed to be a simple job for the organization—only for it to blow up in her face. Literally.
Tangled up in the aftermath of an explosive assassination, now Ness and the only other survivor—a Nightmare boy who Ness suspects is planning to eat her—must find their way back to Newham and uncover the sinister truth behind the attack, even as the horrors of her past loom ominously near.
City of Nightmares is one of the most imaginative and scariest books with a dark romance story.
23| Burn Butterfly Burn by Reese Rivers – Dark Romance Book Series, January 2023
She gave them a second chance and they burned her with it. Everyone she loves leaves her and breaks her a little more.
Determined to protect what’s left of her shattered heart, she leaves and starts over with a mask covering the pain she lives with. A mask so cold it burns anyone who tries to get behind it.
She’s writing her own story now and they won’t be a part of it, her book is closed to them.
No matter how hot they make her burn right back.
Burn Butterfly Burn is an emotional and twisted dark romance book for adults who love immersive and steamy reverse harem stories.
22| The Last Tale of the Flower Bride by Roshani Chokshi – Gothic Dark Romance Novel, February 2023
A sumptuous, gothic-infused story about a marriage that is unraveled by dark secrets, a friendship cursed to end in tragedy, and the danger of believing in fairy tales–the breathtaking adult debut from New York Times bestselling author Roshani Chokshi.
Once upon a time, a man who believed in fairy tales married a beautiful, mysterious woman named Indigo Maxwell-Casteñada. He was a scholar of myths. She was heiress to a fortune.
They exchanged gifts and stories and believed they would live happily ever after–and in exchange for her love, Indigo extracted a promise: that her bridegroom would never pry into her past.
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But when Indigo learns that her estranged aunt is dying and the couple is forced to return to her childhood home, the House of Dreams, the bridegroom will soon find himself unable to resist.
For within the crumbling manor’s extravagant rooms and musty halls, there lurks the shadow of another girl: Azure, Indigo’s dearest childhood friend who suddenly disappeared.
As the house slowly reveals his wife’s secrets, the bridegroom will be forced to choose between reality and fantasy, even if doing so threatens to destroy their marriage . . . or their lives.
Combining the lush, haunting atmosphere of Mexican Gothic with the dreamy enchantment of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, The Last Tale of the Flower Bride is a spellbinding and darkly romantic page-turner about love and lies, secrets and betrayal, and the stories we tell ourselves to survive.
The Last Tale of the Flower Bride is the perfect choice for those readers who are looking for deeply atmospheric dark romance books with twists and mysteries.
21| Feeling Forever by Albany Walker – Dark Paranormal Romance Book, January 2023
They say the truth can set you free… That’s exactly what I’m worried about.
Secrets never last long, but mine get exposed before I’m ready, leaving me betrayed by someone I love.
Now I have to pick up the pieces and hope it doesn’t end with me losing the men I love, or my freedom.
She thought she could scare us away.
Brutal words spoken in an effort to shake our foundation only serve as proof of why we belong together.
There’s nothing we won’t do to keep her, and we’re ready to prove it.
Feeling Forever is one of the steamiest and darkest new romance books for reverse harem story lovers.
20| Twisted by Emily McIntire, Contemporary Dark Romance Book, February 2023
She’s his diamond in the rough. He’s her worst nightmare.
Yasmin Karam, daughter to one of the richest men in the world, has never known strife. So, when her beloved father falls ill, she’s determined to make his final days his happiest. His last wish? To see her married to a man of his choosing.
Except Yasmin’s heart already belongs to someone else. A servant. A street rat. A man her father would never consider worthy. Stuck between a rock and a hard place, Yasmin strikes a desperate deal with her father’s right-hand man, Julian, not realizing he has his own twisted agenda.
Julian Faraci has one goal: become the most powerful man in the world. He’s built a future from broken bones and faded bruises, never caring who he hurt along the way.
But when his mentor falls ill, he finds himself on the verge of losing everything, and he’ll stop at nothing to inherit what is rightfully his. Even if it means forcing a woman he can’t stand into marriage.
Yasmin is a brat who speaks out of turn, and he’s the villain of her story. But he decides she’ll be his—no matter what it takes to convince her.
Twisted is one of the most anticipated new dark romance books for adults who love steamy contemporary romance stories and fractured fairy tales.
19| Radiant Sin by Katee Robert – New Mythology Dark Romance Novel, February 2023
There’s nowhere more dangerous than Olympus…and no one more captivating than its golden god: Apollo. Keeper of secrets, master of his shining realm…and the only man I am powerless to deny.
*A scorchingly hot modern retelling of Apollo and Cassandra that’s as sinful as it is sweet.*
As a disgraced member of a fallen house, Cassandra Gataki has seen firsthand what comes from trusting the venomous Thirteen.
But when the maddeningly gorgeous and kind Apollo asks her to go undercover as his plus-one at a week-long party hosted by a dangerous new power player…Cassandra reluctantly agrees to have his back.
On one condition: when it’s all over, and Apollo has the ammunition he needs to protect Olympus, she and her sister will be allowed to leave. For good.
Apollo may be the city’s official spymaster, but it’s his ability to inspire others that keeps him at the top. Despite what the rest of Olympus says, there’s no one he trusts more than Cassandra.
Yet even as their fake relationship takes a wicked turn for the scaldingly hot, a very real danger surfaces… threatening not only Cassandra and Apollo, but the very heart of Olympus itself.
Radiant Sin is one of the most magical dark magical romance books for adults inspired by greek mythology.
18| Pageant by Lilith Vincent – New Reverse Harem Dark Romance Book, May 2022
If you’re looking for new dark romance books for adults then check out this standalone. It’s one of the most highly-rated contemporary dark new reverse harem books with various delicious and dark themes.
Get ready for a Russian mafia story and go on a journey with sixteen women who are forced to compete in a twisted pageant of their demonic captors.
Just like many other dark romance books this one too can be triggering at times since it also contains a fair amount of violence so keep that in mind before you get started.
Pageant is a standalone adult dark reverse harem romance book filled with mystery, ruthless, and possessive Russian mafia anti-heroes that’s just as steamy as it is dirty.
17| Wretched by Emily McIntire – New Dark Fiction Romance Book, April 2022
If you’ve been looking for dark romance fiction books for adults then check out Wretched.
It’s an atmospheric fiction that’s perfect for dark romance novel lovers and is the third standalone of a brilliant collection of fractured fairy tales inspired by some of the most beloved villains of all time.
Follow Emily’s journey as she tries to find out who murdered her sister, her only family member who ever loved her. Get ready for super steamy sex, a sexy undercover agent, and a badass female villain.
Wretched is a spicy and dark romance book with a witty and ballsy female lead who is far from perfect.
16| Triple Threat by K. Webster – New Reverse Harem Dark Romance Book, January 2022
If you’ve been looking for new dark romance book series that will take you on wicked adventures for multiple books then check out this contemporary adult newcomer.
It’s a reverse harem fantasy book for adults about Landry the daughter of a controlling and cruel billionaire who’s staying to protect her little sister. Her only hope comes from a dangerously handsome man but soon it turns out it’s not one but three identical triplets who are getting close to her only to get their own family.
Triple Threat is a dark adult book with a princess locked in a tower theme but instead of a prince, her hope comes from a much much darker place.
15| The Pawn and The Puppet by Brandi Elise Szeker – New Dark Romance Thriller Book, April 2022
Looking for a steamy and dark thriller or are you looking for new dystopian books for adults? Then don’t look further. Get ready for a truly dark world with forbidden romance that takes place in the cruel The Emerald Lake Asylum where Nineteen year old, Skylenna wants to change the asylum’s horrible ways and treatments of its patients.
However, she has to achieve an even harder goal in a short time because Dessin a bloodthirsty genius with a split personality will get executed unless Skylenna can bring out his core personality and reveal his humanity.
The Pawn And The Puppet is a dark adult dystopian fantasy book with forbidden love set in a terrifying asylum.
14| Corruption by Jenika Snow – New Adult Dark Mafia Romance Books, May 2022
If you’ve been craving an erotica standalone dark mafia romance for adults then you’re in luck because Corruption will feed all your dark cravings. This sexy story reimagines the famous Anastasia story as a Russian mafia princess tale set in modern times.
The captivating story is told from the male lead’s point of view. He’s the perfect killing machine who’s in love with a mafia princess.
While Kostya can’t have her he doesn’t want anyone else to have her either. So on before the night of her wedding, Kostya takes her and keeps Anastasia locked up until she realized she was mine and mine alone.
Corruption is a steamy dark mafia romance book for adults who love contemporary stories.
13| Twisted Dares by A.R. Breck – New Dark YA Horror Romance Books, March 2022
This spooky story is about the daughter of the most prolific serial killer in the United States. This dark horror tale is not only a serial killer story but also a dark mafia romance book.
It’s not the most violent or creepy book you’ll ever read so it’s a great choice for those who are looking for something dark but don’t want to go down in the deep too much.
There are still possible triggers in the book like criminal activity, drug use, as well as sexual abuse but it has more of a YA vibe in general.
The story follows Raven who’s trying to escape her violent home. She’s forced to fight in an underground fight club and that’s where she meets Caelian a skilled fighter who is capable of killing.
Raven knows she has to improve her skills so she asks the handsome boy to train her.
Twisted Dares is a dark romance horror novel perfect for YA readers and adults alike.
12| Lovely Bad Things by Trisha Wolfe – New Dark Psychological Thriller Romance Book, May 2022
If you’ve been looking for new psychological thriller books then check out this twisty read. The story follows Halen, a criminologist, who is focused on solving the recent killings in her small town. However, Halen might just have to make a deal with the -very sexy- devil to be able to do so.
Her decision will take her on a darker journey than she could have ever imagined and will experience and see things that will make her question everything.
If you’re looking for new thriller books to read that are just as steamy as it is twisted then don’t miss Lovely Bad Things.
Lovely Bad Things is a deliciously dark and atmospheric contemporary psychological thriller romance book for adults.
11| Isle of The Immortal by S.M. Estrada, Stephanie Estrada – New Dark Paranormal Romance Book, March 2022
In this lush and dark adult fantasy romance novel, you’ll get to explore a land plagued by darkness and filled with supernatural creatures including fae and vampires.
This land is dark in a very literal sense since it’s without a sun and its story follows Shailin who has the venture deep into the Immortal Lands to find a cure and save her brother.
She leaves her safe small Scottish village and enters this mysterious dark land. There she meets Axton a rogue vampire who decides to help her on her journey.
If you’re looking for new vampire books and love enemies-to-lovers stories then make sure to check out this dark fantasy tale.
Isle of The Immortal is the perfect dark romance book for adults who love vampire stories and dark paranormal romance books.
10| With Fangs and Claws by Sam Hall – New Dark Reverse Harem Fantasy Romance Book, May 2022
The first book of the Wolf Queen series is a lush and dark tale about Darcy, who is the daughter of the Duke of Elverston. She’s a fierce fighter who spent most of her time alone in a world where women are always treated less than men.
Her only support and guidance is Nordred, a horse master, who teaches her how to find her inner strength.
It has action, a great female lead, sexy alpha males and lots of magic. If you’re looking for new dark fantasy books with romance, secrets, and excellent world-building then put this steamy read on your TBR.
With Fangs And Claws is one of the most anticipated adult reverse harem fantasy books perfect for dark fantasy lovers.
9| Crown of Crimson by Karina Halle – New Dark Mythology Romance Book, May 2022
Are you looking for dark new retelling books? Then you might just found your next favorite read.
This atmospheric tale is about Hanna who ventures into the dark and dangerous world of Tuonela, the Land of the Dead because she wants to be reunited with her father again.
However, she’ll have to make a deal with Tuoni, the God of Death himself in order to save her father’s life. Hanna has to agree to become a captive of the dark and sexy God.
Crown of Crimson is perfect for readers who want high steam Hades/Persephone and Beauty and the Beast vibes with a dark Nordic folklore twist.
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8| Society of Psychos by Caroline Peckham, Susanne Valenti – New Dark Reverse Harem Romance Book, April 2022
Get ready for a spooky and sexy new mafia romance book with delicious enemies to lovers and slow-burn tropes.
The story is about Brooklyn who is taken to a new secure location, which forces Mateo and Niall to join forces and try to get her back. However, Brooklyn can also fight for herself and she even finds new sexy and dangerous allies in her new place.
Society of Psychos is a thrilling new adult dark crime romance book for readers who love dark contemporary reverse harem novels.
7| Dark Night Golden Dawn by Allison Carr Waechter – New Dark Fantasy Romance Book, March 2022
If you’ve been looking for dark and sexy new books about witches set in a lush and dangerous fantasy world then Dark Night Golden Dawn is a great choice for you.
This witchy fantasy story follows Harlow, a sorciere who’s been living with humans for the past two years to be with her ex-boyfriend Max.
Their relationship was not only abusive but Max had ulterior motives too since he only dated Harlow to get information about the Order. When Harlow finally breaks up with Max she has to face new challenges.
Soon they both realize that there are bigger things at play and Harlow and Finn have to work together to save their land and take back their lives in the process.
Dark Night Golden Dawn is one of the most exciting new dark romance books with witches that’s perfect for YA and adult readers alike.
6| Wicked Is the Reaper by Nisha J. Tuli – New Dark Fantasy Romance Book, April 2022
Looking for a dark and lush fantasy story? Then this fast-paced retelling with some really steamy love scenes is the right choice for you.
This adventurous story follows Rowan, a princess, who lives in a dark magical land that’s ruled by the Fae. The Fae requires all Princesses to be subject to a Hunt when they reach the age of maturity, and mand to compete for their hand.
However, one of the contestants has other plans that might just be too dangerous for Rowan.
Wicked Is The Reaper is a dark fairy romance book with a sweet enemies-to-lovers trope.
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5| The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake – New Dark Fantasy Romance Books, March 2022
This YA mystery is certainly one of the most popular books of 2022. It’s the one that people either get obsessed about or really love to hate on.
However, if you’re looking for new dark academia books you shouldn’t miss this novel because it’s filled with great characters, and the world-building is phenomenal.
The story centers around a secret society that initiates 5 new members about every 10 years. Six candidates with the rarest powers are chosen to compete for a spot, like a fellowship, with a thrilling twist.
The Atlas Six is one of the most exciting new YA LGBTQ+ books with romance and thrilling mysteries.
4| The North Wind by Alexandria Warwick – New Dark Fantasy Romance Book, January 2022
This lush and dark fantasy story is about Wren, a loner who’s been in survival mode ever since her parents were gone.
She lives in a dark land that has been encased in ice, surrounded by a great barrier called the Shade, which protects the townsfolk from the Deadlands beyond.
However, the barrier weakens and the only thing that could save everyone is if a mortal woman is taken captive across the barrier, bound in wedlock to the dark god who reigns over the Deadlands.
And the time has come for the Frost King to choose his bride.
The North Wind is a lush and dark adult retelling romance book that’s perfect for Beauty and the Beast fans as well as Greek mythology lovers.
3| Haunting Adeline (Cat and Mouse Duet #2) by H.D. Carlton – New Dark Thriller Romance Books, January 2022
This dark romance book is perfect if you’ve been looking for contemporary new horror books for adults that will make you cry your eyes out.
The story follows Adeline and tells the tales of all the dark and twisted things she has to go through to finally find love.
Be careful though, because it’s a very realistically written triggering book (rape, abuse) and can be too heavy for many readers.
Haunting Adeline is a brilliant new horror romance novel for adults who enjoy truly dark tales.
2| The Book of Azrael by Amber Nicole – New Dark Fantasy Romance Book, April 2022
If you’ve been looking for new fantasy books for adults with dark vibes, witches, demons, and vampires then get your hands on this lush delight.
The story follows Diana who gave up her life to save her dying sister a thousand years ago. She’s was reborn with dangerous powers, and now serves as the right hand to the most powerful monsters of all.
If you’re looking for new fantasy romance books with atmospheric settings and with all the best supernatural creatures ever created then check out The Book of Azrael.
The Book of Azrael is one of the most anticipated lush dark romance books for adults who love twisted fantasy stories.
1| The Cursed And The Broken by Chloe Hodge – New Dark Fantasy Romance Book, April 2022
If you’re into epic dark fantasy love stories then pick up this beauty and get ready for a magical read.
It’s a steamy, enemies-to-lovers dark fantasy romance novel is filled with dark magic, witches, and inspired by Hungarian folklore. the story follows Kitarni, a witch and shepherd of her flock with a dark destiny.
She’s also betrothed to the heir of the Wolfblood Clan and as corruption is spreading all over the land they have to stand against the cultists or watch the Kingdom of Hungary fall.
The Cursed And The Broken is one of the best new epic dark fantasy romance books for adults and ya readers.
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