The best arranged marriage books

8 authors have picked their favorite books about arranged marriage and why they recommend each book.

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Bad Blood (Corrupt Gods Duet)

By Cora Kenborn, Catherine Wiltcher,

Book cover of Bad Blood (Corrupt Gods Duet)

Bad Blood is edgy, fast-paced, and thoroughly entertaining. Cora Kenborn and Catherine Wiltcher create pure magic together, giving readers two characters whose hate-fueled lust heats up the pages while war and dissent brews around them. It’s a well-balanced storyline that flows perfectly. The romance and mafia elements played really well against each other. There was humor and action and fantastically written dialogue.


Who am I?

I am a voracious reader who loves to escape my hectic busy life with a good book when I don’t have the opportunity to do so in person. I’m a sucker for a good love story with a little angst and mystery. I read all genres but sexy romantic thrillers are my absolute favorite. I love them so much I started writing my own sexy stories in this genre. It has become my passion. I currently have three published books, Mr. Black, Mr. Stone, and Mr. Bennett, books one, two, and three of A Black Stone Series. My fourth book, Luke, the first book in my new Cross Security series is scheduled for release later this year.


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Mr. Black: A Black Stone Series - Book 1

By Nancy Brown,

Book cover of Mr. Black: A Black Stone Series - Book 1

What is my book about?

Was it a teenage crush, love at first sight, or just pure and simple lust?  It was only one weekend and he walked away claiming that if the stars aligned, fate would bring us back together someday.

Fast forward fifteen years, he’s back and his sights are set on me. Unfortunately for us, there is a terrorist out there. He also wants her and will stop at nothing in order to make her his.

Lord of Scoundrels

By Loretta Chase,

Book cover of Lord of Scoundrels

Lord of Scoundrels regularly tops polls for the best romance ever written. I can see why – it’s got everything you want in a historical romance. It’s witty, sexy, and romantic, and it also tugs on the emotions. It’s one of those books where you laugh often, but you may also surprise yourself by shedding the occasional tear. One of my favorite tropes in historical romance is the marriage of convenience – divorce was almost impossible before the modern era, so when people married, they tended to stay that way. The marriage in Lord of Scoundrels is cobbled together out of scandal, although it’s perfectly clear that the big, bad Marquess of Dain and feisty Jessica Trent are made for each other. The fun for the reader is watching as Dain and Jessica eventually reach the same conclusion! 


Who am I?

I’ve always loved historical romance, ever since my mother gave me my first Georgette Heyer when I was eight, and my grandmother gave me my first Barbara Cartland shortly after. The fascination has never waned, which is a good thing because I grew up to become a historical romance author myself. Since publishing my first romance in 2006, I’ve written nearly 50 books, mainly set during the Regency period (first quarter of the 19th century). I’ve always adored how a good historical romance whisks me away to a larger-than-life world replete with dashing rakes, smart-mouthed ladies, and glittering high society, not to mention witty banter, glamour, and heart-stopping romance.


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One Wicked Wish: A Scandal in Mayfair Book 1

By Anna Campbell,

Book cover of One Wicked Wish: A Scandal in Mayfair Book 1

What is my book about?

Her secret lover…Lord Halston and impoverished companion Stella Faulkner start a sizzling affair under the cover of a respectable house party. But once this interval of heady delight ends, what will become of the humble governess and the wicked earl? Must they return to being strangers as originally arranged, or will five days of intoxicating sin turn into forever?

“One of the most romantic books I’ve ever read.” 5 stars. Amazon reviewer.

A Curse of Roses

By Diana Pinguicha,

Book cover of A Curse of Roses

In this atmospheric Portuguese historical fantasy, Princess Yzabel’s got a serious problem: Her country is plagued by famine and she can’t stop wasting food. Why? Every bite turns to flowers in her mouth. She’s crumbling under a mountain of royal pressures. What sets her apart from the “unlikeable” natures of the others on this list is that her niceness, not her dark side, is what landed her here. Decision paralysis and Pinguicha’s exploration of being “good” to a fault make Yzabel a girl worth getting to know.


Who am I?

I firmly believe that everyone, especially teenage girls, should own their right to pick and choose. Life guarantees you’ll run across the opportunity to make “bad” decisions, but these are so much more fun to read about than a path that’s straight and narrow. Cultivating radical empathy for my fellow humans, even those I don’t agree with, is a passion that makes me a kinder person and a more nuanced writer. Plus, I like shouting at books as much as the next reader. It makes my cats come running, which makes them tired, which makes them sit and cuddle. Diabolical, indeed.  


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Magic Mutant Nightmare Girl

By Erin Grammar,

Book cover of Magic Mutant Nightmare Girl

What is my book about?

When 18-year-old bi, anxious Harajuku fashionista Holly Roads is infected with super-strength, she strikes a deal with a CIA prodigy: Capture the mutant his scientists unleashed upon San Francisco in exchange for the cure for her powers.

Sparrow

By L.J. Shen,

Book cover of Sparrow

Sparrow was the first book I’ve read (and liked) in the arranged/forced marriage trope. It’s what got me hooked on the trope and inspired me to write my own. Set in Boston, with Troy, a thirsty-for-revenge, morally gray Irish mafia boss that bows to no one…except for the one woman he thought he hated.


Who am I?

As a woman who comes from a culture that normalizes arranged/forced marriages, turning it into a more delicious fantasy in books rather than a bitter harsh reality has become an obsession of mine. Now, as I’ve written an entire series in the trope, I read and enjoy many by other awesome authors, too. I hope you enjoy the books on the list as much as I have.


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The Italian Marriage: Billionaire Mafia Arranged Marriage Standalone

By N.J. Adel,

Book cover of The Italian Marriage: Billionaire Mafia Arranged Marriage Standalone

What is my book about?

Enzio Lanza is the most vicious animal in the city. The killer of my husband, his own twin brother, and the new Mafia boss. Oh…and he wants me as his bride. One-Click this revenge, enemies to lovers, arranged marriage Mafia romance now.

A Vow Of Hate

By Lylah James,

Book cover of A Vow Of Hate: An Arranged Marriage Romance

Who doesn’t love a good enemies-to-lovers book or hate to love antiheroes? Not to mention the steam! Killian Spencer and Julianna Romano were arranged to be married by their fathers. He was supposed to marry Julianna's sister, but she died in a tragic car accident. Killian was so heartbroken that he vowed to destroy the woman who caused her death in any way possible. A Vow of Hate hits home not only because of the angry heat between Killian and Julianna but also the emotional damage and scars the two are carrying. I couldn’t wait to see how a vow of hate could be turned into a vow of love.


Who am I?

As a woman who comes from a culture that normalizes arranged/forced marriages, turning it into a more delicious fantasy in books rather than a bitter harsh reality has become an obsession of mine. Now, as I’ve written an entire series in the trope, I read and enjoy many by other awesome authors, too. I hope you enjoy the books on the list as much as I have.


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The Italian Marriage: Billionaire Mafia Arranged Marriage Standalone

By N.J. Adel,

Book cover of The Italian Marriage: Billionaire Mafia Arranged Marriage Standalone

What is my book about?

Enzio Lanza is the most vicious animal in the city. The killer of my husband, his own twin brother, and the new Mafia boss. Oh…and he wants me as his bride. One-Click this revenge, enemies to lovers, arranged marriage Mafia romance now.

Vow of Deception

By Rina Kent,

Book cover of Vow of Deception: A Dark Marriage Mafia Romance

Taboo or controversial romantic relationships have always held a special place in my heart because, let’s face it, it’s very hot. Add a sexy tormented antihero to the equation and you get a sizzling hot story to devour. Adrian Volkov is a part of the Russian mafia and the second most powerful person in the bratva. Winter is a damsel in distress that looked exactly like his dead wife. What’s going to happen when the two meet? F-i-r-e!


Who am I?

As a woman who comes from a culture that normalizes arranged/forced marriages, turning it into a more delicious fantasy in books rather than a bitter harsh reality has become an obsession of mine. Now, as I’ve written an entire series in the trope, I read and enjoy many by other awesome authors, too. I hope you enjoy the books on the list as much as I have.


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The Italian Marriage: Billionaire Mafia Arranged Marriage Standalone

By N.J. Adel,

Book cover of The Italian Marriage: Billionaire Mafia Arranged Marriage Standalone

What is my book about?

Enzio Lanza is the most vicious animal in the city. The killer of my husband, his own twin brother, and the new Mafia boss. Oh…and he wants me as his bride. One-Click this revenge, enemies to lovers, arranged marriage Mafia romance now.

The Sweetest Oblivion

By Danielle Lori,

Book cover of The Sweetest Oblivion

You can’t mention the arranged marriage mafia trope without mentioning this book. Even though it’s relatively old, TikTok made it so popular now. You can’t help falling in love with these characters and what they do for each other. As you read, Nico and Elena are just meant for each other despite their history. He’s over the top jealous, possessive antihero, which is exactly how I love my fictional men.


Who am I?

As a woman who comes from a culture that normalizes arranged/forced marriages, turning it into a more delicious fantasy in books rather than a bitter harsh reality has become an obsession of mine. Now, as I’ve written an entire series in the trope, I read and enjoy many by other awesome authors, too. I hope you enjoy the books on the list as much as I have.


I wrote...

The Italian Marriage: Billionaire Mafia Arranged Marriage Standalone

By N.J. Adel,

Book cover of The Italian Marriage: Billionaire Mafia Arranged Marriage Standalone

What is my book about?

Enzio Lanza is the most vicious animal in the city. The killer of my husband, his own twin brother, and the new Mafia boss. Oh…and he wants me as his bride. One-Click this revenge, enemies to lovers, arranged marriage Mafia romance now.

King of Battle and Blood

By Scarlett St Clair,

Book cover of King of Battle and Blood

Isolde is forced to marry the universally hated vampire king Adrian. For those who like their forbidden romances even spicier than the above suggestions, this romantasy (fantasy-romance hybrid) is sure to steam up your Kindle. This fun, enemies-to-lovers ride follows Isolde’s necessary marriage to the most despised and feared man in her universe, the vampire king Adrian. She’s not just supposed to hate him—she’s supposed to kill him—except she’s about to explode from the power of their off-the-charts chemistry. Author Scarlett St. Clair does not hold back on the steam, which feels undeniably satisfying when the sexual tension between the characters is so utterly fierce and angsty.

“Why me?”
He stared at me, and I got the impression he did not know how to answer my question.
“You assume I want a wife,” he said. “But I came for a queen.”
It was my turn to stare.
“So our marriage…


Who am I?

Romeo and Juliet, Lancelot and Guinevere, Antony and Cleopatra—the greatest love stories in human history are awash with forbidden feels. While I shun the icky taboo, I’m easily reeled in by the rush of healthy forbidden attraction, and the higher the stakes, the better. Of course, everything is more fun when it’s not allowed! What attracts me to forbidden romance isn’t only the complicated dynamics, intense storylines, and angsty drama, but the “we can’t have each other but want each other so badly” burn. Give me all the stolen glances, fleeting touches, and breathless kisses. Nothing does sexual tension like forbidden romance.


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Emmie and the Tudor King

By Natalie Murray,

Book cover of Emmie and the Tudor King

What is my book about?

Emmie and the Tudor King is book 1 in the Hearts & Crowns trilogy, which follows an American high school graduate to a reimagined sixteenth-century England, where she meets a doomed, but utterly dreamy, Tudor king who is destined for a dreadful fate. This fast-paced time-slip romance series has already received acclaim from Foreword Reviews, YA Books Central, InD'Tale Magazine, and popular YA authors Brigid Kemmerer (A Curse So Dark and Lonely) and CJ Flood (Infinite Sky), among others. 

The Princesses

By Alexa Riley,

Book cover of The Princesses

This is insta-love at its finest. It's a modern-day fairytale with an arranged marriage. King Roman is looking for a princess to make his queen, and all he needs is just a picture of sweet Alena to know that he wants her to be his princess. He's completely obsessed with her right from the jump and can't even wait until their wedding night to get some time with her, even going so far as to sneak into her bedroom at night to see her. I loved the way he was so cold and impenetrable to the outside world, yet he totally melted for his princess.


Who am I?

I've always loved reading romance, and something about those jealous, possessive, alpha males just always got my heart racing. I love a hero who's all in from the get-go and will do anything for the woman he loves. He knows what he wants and goes after it. I also get how crazy busy we can be. I don't know about you, but I don't always have time to sit down and read a super long novel. Insta-love romances are short and spicy and don't take more than an hour or two to read. You can count on my insta-love stories to be filled with heat, passion, and happily ever afters.


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Stalking Sophie

By Emma Bray,

Book cover of Stalking Sophie

What is my book about?

When Axe Black's new club opens, he thinks it's just going to be business as usual. What he didn't bank on was the breathtaking little redhead standing outside his doors like fate wrapped up in a pretty little package. Never one to be denied anything he wants, Axe determines to make Sophie his, but he doesn't make the best first impression, and Sophie turns out to be just as fiery as her auburn locks. She wants nothing to do with the club owner who has trouble written all over him.

But Axe is captivated by her and finds himself doing things he's never done before just for a chance to change her mind.

The Company Daughters

By Samantha Rajaram,

Book cover of The Company Daughters

The Company Daughters was a great read and serves as a reminder that lesbians have been around forever, or at least since the 1600s when the story takes place. (Ha!) This is a love story, but a complicated one. Two Amsterdam women from wildly different circumstances are forced to sign on to be “company daughters” (aka brides of male settlers) in the Dutch outpost of Batavia in the East Indies. The women fall in love, yes, but their love involves renegotiating their original relationship: servant and mistress. I love tales that involve social status, especially when circumstances force it to change. What complicated beings we are! Seriously, I couldn’t put The Company Daughters down.


Who am I?

Being an out lesbian isn't my sole identity. I'm a writer of five award-winning novels, an improv artist, and co-founder of an improv school—and I’m even more than that. I wake up in the morning, brush my teeth, make myself a cup of tea, like to cook, like to walk, and adore reading—especially fiction. And while I am madly in love with my partner of 30 years (wife of 5) it's just one aspect of my life. My point being, LGBTQ2+ people do more than “be gay”. I like books that reflect this. I love a writer who crafts beautiful sentences, constructs imaginative stories, and provides me with endings I didn’t see coming.


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Perfect Little World

By Clifford Henderson,

Book cover of Perfect Little World

What is my book about?

Portland, Oregon, 1989: Lucy Mustin, living somewhat happily, pumping out wedding cakes for starry-eyed heterosexuals while she, a lesbian, can’t legally marry, is called upon to travel to Santa Cruz to help her autistic sister, Alice, care for their Alzheimer’s-afflicted mother. She knew the call was coming sooner or later. She’d just hoped it would be later. Mother issues. The possibility that resolution might be lost to dementia is a heartbreak she doesn’t feel like feeling. 

Santa Cruz, California, one week later: a trip to the family bakery collides with the Loma Prieta 7.1 Earthquake, and the sisters are trapped below ground. There, Alice reminds Lucy of an unthinkable promise she made to their mother many years ago, a promise she plans to keep.

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