21 Bad Boy Romance Books To Fall In Love With

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​​If you’re a fan of bad boy romance books, you know that there’s something undeniably appealing about a bad boy.

To help pick your next spicy bad boy romance novel, I have compiled this list of bad boy romance books that are sure to make your heart race!

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From billionaires to faes, these books feature heroes that are as irresistible as they are dangerous. So sit back, relax, and get ready to fall in love with some bad boys.

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21 Bad Boy Romance Books To Fall In Love With

1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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Romance tropes: Bad Boy Romance, Enemies to Lovers, Forced Proximity, Fairy Tale Retelling.

A Court of Thorns and Roses follows Feyre, a mortal huntress, who is taken captive by Tamlin, the ruthless fae prince, because she accidentally killed a fae wolf. 

As Feyre adjusts to her new life at the Spring Court, she notices Tamlin is cursed by a mysterious enemy. 

The curse is causing his magic and land to die. Despite that, she sees a softer side of him that sparks feelings inside her. 

As the curse gets stronger, Tamlin is kidnapped by the enemy and taken to Under The Mountain. It is now up to Feyre to save everyone including Tamlin. 

Sarah J. Maas writes some of the best fantasy books with bad boy romances.  

2. A Million Kisses in Your Lifetime by Monica Murphy

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Romance tropes: Bad Boy Romance, Enemies to Lovers, Grumpy-Sunshine, Forced Proximity. 

Looking for a high school bad boy romance books? In A Million Kisses in Your Lifetime is for you. The book follows Crew Lancaster, the high school’s infamous bad boy. He hates no one more than Wren Beaumont. 

He thinks Wren has everyone wrapped around her fingers with her sunshine personality.

One day, Crew and Wren are forced to work on a project together and he learns they might have more in common than he thought. 

Before Crew knows it, he is obsessed with her and will do whatever it takes to make Wren fall for him.

This novel is one of the best bad boy innocent girl romance books that has recently gone Booktok viral!

3. Haunting Adeline by H. D. Carlton

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Romance tropes: Bad Boy Romance, Stalker Romance.

In Haunting Adeline, as the title suggests, Adeline Reilly is haunted by a mysterious man who won’t come too close. 

She is a successful author who has moved into her great-grandmother’s old house, the Parsons Manor. The creepy gothic house is out of a horror movie and Adeline’s stalker adds to the thrill. 

He intrigues Adeline and makes her want to challenge him, but soon she learns her stalker is not an ordinary man. He is Zade, the founder of a notorious organization that takes down human traffickers. 

Readers loved the murder mystery aspect of the plot which is not often seen in possessive bad boy romance books. 

Don’t forget to keep the second book, Hunting Adeline, at hand when you finish this novel because this one ends on a cliffhanger.

4. After by Anna Todd 

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Romance tropes: Bad Boy Romance, College Romance, Enemies to Lovers

In After we meet Tessa, who is a new college student, adjusting to her new life away from her loving mother and a sweet boyfriend.

Everything is smooth sailing until she runs into Hardin, the bad boy every girl wants to be with.

Hardin loves challenging Tessa and her good-girl ways by being rude to her. Regardless of that, the pair can’t deny the sparks they feel.

Their future together might be doomed but that doesn’t stop Tessa from hoping for a happily ever after. 

The After series are bad boy romance books that have been adapted into multiple movies

5. Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas

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Romance tropes: Bad Boy Romance, Pen Pal Romance, Grumpy-Sunshine, Enemies to Lovers, Bully Romance.  

Punk 57 follows MishaI and Ryen who were accidentally set up as pen pals by their teachers when they were kids. Since then, they had been inseparable and wrote letters to each other frequently. 

Mishal’s rules were simple: no phone numbers, social media, or pictures. He wanted to maintain anonymity. 

After a tragic accident, Mishal stops replying to Ryen’s letters, leaving her worried sick. When their paths finally cross in real life, it threatens to break their once-strong friendship forever.  

Penelope Douglas is also the author of the viral booktok novel Birthday Girl! Both these novels are popular romance reads on Kindle Unlimited.

6. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

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Romance tropes: Bad Boy Romance, College Romance, Roommate Romance. 

Beautiful Disaster is a soon-to-be major motion picture starring Dylan Sprouse as Travis Maddox!

Abby Abernathy is trying to put aside her dark past and be a good girl. She thinks being a freshman at Eastern University will give her the fresh start she has always wanted but then she meets Travis Maddox.

Travis is the university’s bad boy that every girl swoons over so Abby knows she should avoid him at all costs until he tricks her into a bet where if she wins, he will remain abstinent for a whole month.

If he wins, she will stay with him at his apartment for a month.   

This novel is a perfect read if you like bad boy college romance books where the main characters have great chemistry and banter.

7. Flawless (Chestnut Springs #1) by Elsie Silver

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Romance tropes: Bad Boy Romance, One Bed Trope, Small Town Romance, Grumpy-Sunshine, Forced Proximity. 

Flawless follows the story of Rhett Eaton, a professional bull rider who loves getting in trouble. It’s not good for his image which is leading him to lose sponsorships. 

Rhett’s agent has decided, until the world championship, he’ll be under the supervision of Summer. Summer is his agent’s daughter and completely off limits.

Now, Rhett and Summer will have to bear each other’s presence no matter how hot headed their banter gets while also staying out of trouble. 

If you enjoy a good steamy cowboy romance with the bad boy falls for innocent girl trope, this romance novel will be your cup of tea!

Plus, this book series is one of the best romances on Kindle Unlimited!

8. Riot House (Crooked Sinners #1) by Callie Hart

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Romance tropes: Bad Boy Romance, Forced Proximity, Bully Romance. 

Wren Jacobi is the leader of Roit House, a gang of bullies that terrorizes students of Wolf Hall Academy. His attention is drawn to Elodie Stillwater, a sweet and timid new student with a dark past.

Elodie has escaped from her psychotic father and the haunting memories of her mother’s mysterious death, but they still linger.

Now at her new academy, she meets Wren who is set on making her life hell but he doesn’t know she is more than capable of fighting back. 

Readers agree Callie Hart writes the best bad boy dark romance books and this novel is just as good.

9. Good Girl Complex (Avalon Bay #1) by Elle Kennedy

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Romance tropes: Small Town Romance, Bad Boy Romance.

Good Girl Complex follows Mackenzie “Mac” Cabot, who wants to open up her own business but first, she needs a college degree. 

Her parents have agreed to pay for her tuition but Mac must move to Avalon Bay, a beachside town where Garnet College is located. 

When Mac arrives, she meets Cooper Hartley, the local bad boy. Soon their friendship blossoms into something much more but Cooper’s secrets might destroy the only peace Mac has known at Avalon Bay.

10. The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black

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Romance tropes: Enemies to Lovers, Bad Boy Romance, Forbidden Romance Trope.

This bad boy romance is one of the best fae romances you’ll ever read. 

The Cruel Prince follows a mortal, Jude Duarte, who has learned to survive among the cruel fae. 

At age seven, she witnessed her parents’ murder and was then kidnapped by their killer. Now her only goal is to make a place for herself in their world and show the Fae she isn’t less than them. 

Prince Cardan of Elfhame won’t let Jude achieve that so easily. He is determined to make her mortal life hell. 

Jude and Cardan will soon learn their fates are intertwined and to survive the war that’s looming over their heads, they must join forces. 

If you want to stay longer in the magical world of Elfhame, the spin-off novel, The Stolen Heir by Holly Black is out now!

Read More: 13 Books Like The Cruel Prince

11. The Bad Boy’s Girl by Blair Holden

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Romance tropes: Bad Boy Romance, College Romance, Forced Proximity.

In The Bad Boy’s Girl, Tessa O’Connell lives an ordinary girl-next-door life and plans to continue living that way throughout her senior year.

She also hopes her childhood friend, Jay Stones, catches her hints and realizes she likes him. 

That won’t happen soon because Jay’s brother, Cole, is mysteriously back. He is ready to test Tessa’s limits and see how far she’ll go while maintaining her good-girl persona. 

However, even though Cole is determined to be a bad boy, he might be a guardian angel in disguise for Tessa.

Pick this novel up if you’re looking for romance novels with bad boy heroes.

12. Alpha’s Bane (Bad Boy Alphas #9) by Renee Rose and Lee Savino

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Romance tropes: Bad Boy Romance, Enemies to Lovers, Second Chance Romance.

Alpha’s Bane follows the story of Trey Robson and Sheridan Green, two wolf shifters who were once high school sweethearts despite the disapproval of Sheridan’s family. 

However, Trey is taken aback when Sheridan betrays her Alpha wolf pack and breaks his trust. Now, twelve years later, Sheridan returns with a thirst for revenge. 

Now running a shifter fight club, Trey encounters Sheridan in the ring. He is determined to hate her for everything she’s done. Despite this, the wolf inside Trey can’t resist the pull towards Sheridan, making for an intense battle between love and vengeance.

This novel focuses on betrayal, second-chance romance, and a fight against the vampires.

Alpha’s Bane is part of the Bad Boy Alphas Series, but they can be read as standalones. These are great bad boy steamy romance books with fantasy elements mixed in.

13. Attraction (Elements of Chemistry #1) by Penny Reid

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Romance tropes: Forced Proximity, Bad Boy Romance, Academic Rivals to Lovers. 

Attraction tells us the story of Kaitlyn Parker who has always been the invisible girl at her college. When she crosses paths with Martin Sandeke, everything changes.

Martin is the wealthy bad boy and unfortunately Kaitlyn’s lab partner too. When Kaitlyn saves him from a scandal, he seizes the opportunity to lure her out of her comfort zone and onto his private beach. 

Initially reluctant, Kaitlyn can’t resist Martin’s charm, and as they spend more time together, she begins to fall for him.

With a week of beach parties ahead, Kaitlyn is sure that she won’t be able to resist Martin’s seductive ways and keep her heart intact.

This novel ends on a cliffhanger so grab the second and third novels too, Heat and Capture!

14. Bad Boys Break Hearts by Micalea Smeltzer 

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Romance tropes: Bad Boy Romance, College Romance, Bully Romance.

Bad Boys Break Hearts is about Rory, a young girl who escapes her abusive house and joins Aldridge University, where she pursues her dream of studying law.

At the university, Rory unexpectedly reunites with her childhood friend, Mascen Wade. He is now the infamous bad boy and the university’s star pitcher. 

She is shocked to see him but she wonders if he has forgiven her for what happened in their past.

Mascen is determined to bully Rory at every chance he gets, but he will soon realize she can play his games too. 

Pick this book up if you enjoy bad boy college romance books!

15. Devious Lies by Parker S. Huntington

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Romance tropes: Bad Boy Romance, Enemies to Lovers, Slow Burn Romance, Billionaire Romance, Office Romance, Age Gap Romance.

Devious Lies is about Emery Winthrop, who was once from a wealthy family but is now in financial ruin. She struggles to make ends meet, so when she finally finds a job opening at a company, she applies quickly. Unfortunately, the CEO is Nash Prescott.

Years ago, Nash and his family lived on the Winthrop property because they worked for Emery’s family. He was also Emery’s best friend’s older brother. 

A cruel twist of fate has brought Emery to his doorstep. He will surely make her miserable because of his grudges against her family.

I highly recommend this novel if you like good girl bad boy romance books!

16. Sinful Crown by Ava Harrison

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Romance tropes: Bad Boy Romance, Enemies to Lovers, Forced Proximity, Age Gap Romance, Slow Burn Romance. 

In Sinful Crown, Gideon Byrne is a powerful drug lord who has just witnessed a man’s death, a common occurrence in his world. 

However, what’s uncommon is the dying man’s last wish – he wants Gideon to protect his sister, Sasha Lennox, whom Gideon reluctantly agrees to and kidnaps.

17. Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi

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Romance tropes: Bad Boy Romance, Enemies to Lovers, Forced Proximity, “Touch her, you die” Trope.

This novel is Booktok’s most beloved read for bad boy romance novels! 

Shatter Me is about Juliette Ferrars, a girl with a lethal touch. Whoever touches her skin faces extreme consequences, leading to the authorities locking her in solitary confinement. 

Warner, son of the Supreme Commander, has been researching Juliette’s past. He sees her potential as a weapon The Reestablishment (their government) could benefit from.

Juliette is escorted to Warner’s headquarters and instantly, she can tell something is not right. She must devise an escape plan before it’s too late.

18. The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

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Romance tropes: Bad Boy Romance, Marriage of Convenience, Forced Proximity. 

The Shadows Between Us follows Alessandra, who knows that power in her world means everything and has devised a clever plan to gain it.

The Shadow King is looking for a bride and Alessandra will make sure it is her, then she will kill him and rule over the kingdom alone. 

However, It’s easier said than done. The Shadow King has many enemies thirsty for his blood and Alessandra must keep him alive long enough to be his queen.

As she spends time with her future husband, she is afraid she might lose her heart to him.

19. Bully (Fall Away #1) by Penelope Douglas

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Romance tropes: Bad Boy Romance, College Romance, Bully Romance, Enemies to Lovers.

In Bully, Tate Brandt used to be best friends with a boy named Jared and they lived next door to each other their whole lives. Until one day he went away for the summer and was never the same.

When he returned, Jared started bullying Tate which left her heartbroken. He supported her even when her mother passed away but now he’s intentionally hurting her.

Tate hoped going away to Paris for a year would give Jared time to realise his mistake, but nothing changes when she’s back. However, this time she is much stronger and ready to face him.

If you like high school bad boy romance novels and are a Penelope Douglas fan, then this novel won’t disappoint you.

20. A Deal with the Elf King (Married to Magic) by Elise Kova

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Romance tropes: Slow Burn Romance, Marriage of Convenience.

A Deal with the Elf King is inspired by Beauty and the Beast and the tale of Hades and Persephone

In the magical land of Midscape, whenever the elves’ mortal queens die, they search for another girl to take her place. Luella was nineteen-years-old when the elves came for her, but she escaped her horrible fate. 

Years later Luella thought she was safe until Eldas, the Elf King, himself comes for her. Now she must obey or face consequences. 

She is forced to marry him but she soon learns Eldas might not be the tyrant ruler she imagined him to be. 

The magical lands are dying and only Luella can put an end to it if she doesn’t lose herself in the chaos first. 

21. Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros

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If you’re looking for bad boy good girl romance books with the enemies to lovers trope, Fourth Wing will be up your alley!

Xaden Riorson is a bad boy, he is the son of the rebellion leader and is one of the most feared students in Basgiath college.

Meanwhile, Violet is a quite bookish girl that has been training to be a scribe all her life, but her mother, the General forces her to join the brutal college as a dragon rider instead.

Violet is warned by her sister Mira to stay away from Xaden as he has motives to kill her. But then Xaden becomes her wingleader and it becomes physically impossible to avoid him.

Read More: Guide to Fourth Wing: Summary, Spicy Chapters & Honest Thoughts

Wrap Up: Bad Boy Romance Books

And there you have it, a list of hot and spicy bad boy romance books! 

If you’re looking for a billionaire bad boy like in Devious Lies by Parker S. Huntington or a rough-around-the-edges college bad boy in Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas, this list has got you covered. 

So if you’re ready to fall in love with a bad boy, grab one of these steamy reads fast!

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