The best romance books with cursed love

Jenny Hickman Author Of A Cursed Kiss
By Jenny Hickman

The Books I Picked & Why

Hollow Heathens: Book of Blackwell

By Nicole Fiorina

Book cover of Hollow Heathens: Book of Blackwell

Why this book?

Hollow Heathens, a hauntingly dark romance, overflows with Fiorina’s poetic prose. This book single-handedly made Fiorina an auto-buy author for me. Dark, forbidden love, a dangerous curse, legends and lore, murder and intrigue, Hollow Heathens will have you falling from the very first page. Seriously, I still dream about Julian x Fallon. I read the NA version, but Fiorina also released a YA version with milder language and fade-to-black spicy scenes so her daughter could enjoy the story as well.  


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A Curse So Dark and Lonely

By Brigid Kemmerer

Book cover of A Curse So Dark and Lonely

Why this book?

This book, the first in a trilogy, features a modern girl snatched away from this world to another, where she is expected to fall in love with a cursed prince. I don’t know about you, but that’s been my fantasy for as long as I can remember! The world building and magic system are lush and extensive, but somehow simple to understand without overwhelming the reader, which is something I always appreciate when reading fantasy. Also, this book is YA, so it is suitable for younger readers. 


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Zodiac Academy 5: Cursed Fates: Shadow Princess

By Caroline Peckham, Susanne Valenti

Book cover of Zodiac Academy 5: Cursed Fates: Shadow Princess

Why this book?

These books are the most addictive I’ve ever read. I devoured the first six in a week and couldn’t stop. They are dark and twisted and keep you on the edge of your seat. The cliffhangers will shake you to your core and the romance… forbidden, cursed, and dangerous. I will say that the first book is a bit hard to get through. It was my first “bully romance” and the story made me so angry. But when you reach book two and get the boys’ perspectives, everything becomes clear. I’m recommending the fifth book because if you make it that far, you’re a goner just like me. (These books are 18+ and dark. There are a heap of situations that could be triggering, so I would recommend doing some research before you dive in.)


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Emmie and the Tudor King

By Natalie Murray

Book cover of Emmie and the Tudor King

Why this book?

Modern girl finds a cursed ring, goes back in time to the deadly Tudor era, and falls for the king. What could go wrong? This book has everything, cursed rings, time travel, swoon-worthy romance, forbidden love, and a drop-dead gorgeous Tudor King. There’s also a murder mystery as well, which adds so much depth to the plot. And I love, love, love how Murray treated the time travel aspect. There are dire consequences for changing the past and those consequences could be the worst curse of all. EATTK is YA and is suitable for younger readers and the first book in a heart-stopping trilogy.


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Lyrics & Curses

By Candace Robinson

Book cover of Lyrics & Curses

Why this book?

The author describes this book as Pretty in Pink meets Stranger Things—and I must agree! The story takes place in the 80s, and as a child of the 80s myself, that makes me love it even more. Lyrics & Curses is the perfect balance of romance and mystery (and epic 80’s music) that will keep you guessing until the very end. If you’re looking for something quirky and dark, this book may be the perfect fit for you. L&C is the first in a YA duology suitable for younger readers. 


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