The best dark fantasy enemies to lovers mm romance

Who am I?

I am an author and avid reader of romance, especially those full of conflict in a world heavy with magic, shifters, vampires, and others. My dad was a great storyteller and sparked my interest in the paranormal. When I was a kid, he’d tell me stories about growing up in the mountains of Puerto Rico. The evil that lived there. My imagination took it from there. I wish I would’ve written down those stories. I can’t get him to talk about them anymore. It might be the reason why The Nine: Zane had started out as a contemporary romance story until Zane took over with all his paranormal drama. 

I wrote...

The Nine: Zane

By Elle Arroyo,

Book cover of The Nine: Zane

What is my book about?

Zane is Anunnaki tasked with protecting humankind from the malice. He must bind himself to an heir before the demons secured within his vessel burst free. But Zane is not interested in the female chosen for him. His desire lies in the man he shared an innocent night with. After five years, Zane finds the man and shares one night of passion, hoping to satisfy his hunger. But it doesn’t work, and Zane does everything in his power to keep him by his side, even risking the human realm and unleashing hell on earth.

The Nine: Zane is a high-heat, fated mates romance book with an MC who may not deserve his HEA but fights for it anyway. It’s the first in the series.

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The books I picked & why

King of the Dark

By Ariana Nash,

Book cover of King of the Dark

Why did I love this book?

I really love a good anti-hero and Ariana Nash delivers it in this series.

The story centers around a soldier and a prince bound by dark magic. Needless to say, the soldier hates the monarchy, prince included, which instantly drives the conflict between the two. This is a slow-burn romance. The way the prince uses the soldier is reprehensible until you figure out why he does it.

Can he be redeemed? I think so. 

By Ariana Nash,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked King of the Dark as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

"Your love is worthless, it's your hate I need." ~ Prince Vasili Caville 

When King Talos Caville surrendered the war to the elves, soldier Nikolas Yazdan vowed never to serve the royals again. He said the same to the prince who tried to buy his loyalty, and learned that the Caville princes don't take no for an answer. 

Whipped for his insolence, Nikolas is also forced into slavery in a palace full of vicious, brutal royals. Prince Vasili is the worst Caville of all. Malicious and cruel, the prince is more viper than man, and someone inside the palace wants…

Silk & Steel

By Ariana Nash,

Book cover of Silk & Steel

Why did I love this book?

Another one of Ariana Nash’s books. This one about a dragon shifter and an elf.

The elves are at war with the dragons. Their kind do not mix, which is the major conflict in the story. The elf hates the dragon while the dragon continues to prove that he’s not evil. It’s heartbreaking at times and satisfying in others.

A slow burn with an eventual HEA which is satisfying. 

By Ariana Nash,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Silk & Steel as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

A tormented dragon prince.

A captured elven assassin.

Duty demands they fight for their people but love has other plans.

Eroan, one of the last elven assassins, lives for one purpose: kill the queen. 

He would have succeeded if not for her last line of defense: Prince Lysander. Now, captured and forced into the queen's harem, Eroan sees another opportunity. Why kill just the queen when he can kill them all? It would be simple, if not for the troubled and alluring dragon prince. A warrior, a killer, and something else... something Eroan finds himself inexplicably drawn to. 

Trapped in…

Soul Eater

By Lily Mayne,

Book cover of Soul Eater

Why did I love this book?

This is a monster mm romance in a dystopian setting with a human soldier who hates the monsters that breached into the human world.

When faced with the enemy, the soldier learns that the monsters are not what they seem.

I love this one because the monsters aren’t all good, but neither are they the evil the world thinks. The lines are blurred, and I think it works. 

By Lily Mayne,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Soul Eater as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

Lost and Bound

By Eliot Grayson,

Book cover of Lost and Bound

Why did I love this book?

This is book six of the Mismatched Mates series.

It’s part of a shifter series with bound mates, forced proximity, enemies to lovers. Two shifters jailed and experimented on join forces to escape their prison. One of them must be willing to sacrifice his life to do it. I love this one!

The MC was once viewed as the bad guy in his pack. Meant to be food, he’s tossed into the cell with an alpha shifter whose been changed into something else. They are forced to mate to escape and what follows is a series of alpha male influence and blooming love. Though neither of them believes they deserve their HEA.  

By Eliot Grayson,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Lost and Bound as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


By Joel Abernathy,

Book cover of Exhale

Why did I love this book?

A shifter and a human come together to rescue the human’s kidnapped daughter.

The human was married to the woman who had been promised to the shifter which makes for lots of conflict between them. This is the first book in the series.

I love the worldbuilding and the questionable morality of the shifters.

By Joel Abernathy,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Exhale as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Two men haunted by the same ghost… Falling for “the other man” in my marriage was never part of the plan. Then again, according to Nicolae Ursache, I am the other man, and human wedding vows don’t apply. Not to werewolves. Nicolae is a smug, arrogant alpha male stereotype--and I do mean alpha in the literal sense--but when the same people who killed my wife kidnap my teenage daughter, he’s my only chance at getting her back. The fact that Nicolae was my wife’s rightful mate means that we share a mutual interest in bringing Ellie home, but I never…

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