Spicy and Dark Romances (18+) 

A "dark" romance is a subgenre of romance fiction characterized by its exploration of taboo or controversial themes, as well as its focus on morally ambiguous or flawed characters. In dark romance novels, the relationships between characters often involve elements of danger, manipulation, obsession, or coercion, challenging traditional notions of love and romance. These novels may also delve into darker aspects of human nature, including themes of violence, power dynamics, trauma, and psychological complexity.

Unlike traditional romance novels, which typically feature protagonists who overcome obstacles and find happily-ever-after endings, dark romance novels may have more ambiguous or bittersweet conclusions. While they still center around romantic relationships, dark romance novels often blur the lines between love and obsession, desire and destruction, exploring the complexities of flawed and imperfect characters who navigate turbulent and sometimes destructive relationships.

It's important to note that dark romance novels can vary widely in tone, content, and intensity. Some may feature elements of suspense, mystery, or the paranormal, while others may focus more on psychological or emotional drama. Additionally, while dark romance novels may push the boundaries of traditional romance fiction, they can still offer compelling and thought-provoking storytelling that resonates with readers who enjoy exploring the darker aspects of love and human relationships.

Featured Spice!!!!

Paranormal / Taboo / Erotic / Villain /

Fairy Tale Retelling: 

The Never King by Nikki St. Crowe 

#1 in of the Vicious Lost Boys Series 

Goodreads Rating: 3.7 / 5 

Personal Rating: 4.7 / 5


The stories were all wrong - Hook was never the villain.


For two centuries, all of the Darling women have disappeared on their 18th birthday. Sometimes they're gone for only a day, some a week or a month. But they always return broken.


Now, on the afternoon of my 18th birthday, my mother is running around the house making sure all the windows are barred and the doors locked.

But it's pointless.


Because when night falls, he comes for me. And this time, the Never King and the Lost Boys aren't willing to let me go.


NOTE: The Never King is a reimagining of Peter and Wendy. Characters have been aged up for this darker, grittier version. If you like your enemies to lovers romance with hot, ruthless, morally gray love interests, you'll enjoy The Never King and the Lost Boys. You can expect hate kissing, fighting, bickering, and 'touch her and I'll unalive you' vibes. Book one ends on a cliff.


Age Gap Romances:

Romances where there is a significant age difference between the romantic partners, often exploring themes of maturity, power imbalance, and societal judgment.

Dark Contemporary Romance:

Romances set in modern-day settings with dark or gritty themes, exploring issues such as addiction, trauma, or criminal activity alongside the development of romantic relationships.

Dark Erotica/ BDSM:

Romance novels that explore taboo or controversial themes with a focus on explicit sexual content, often featuring elements of power play, BDSM, or non-traditional relationships.

Dark Fantasy Romance:

Romance novels set in dark or dystopian fantasy worlds, featuring elements of magic, danger, and forbidden love amidst epic quests and battles against evil forces.

Dark Romantic Suspense:

Romance novels with elements of suspense and danger, where characters face threats from outside forces as well as internal conflicts and secrets within their relationships.

Dubious Consent:

Novels featuring relationships where consent is unclear or questionable, exploring themes of power dynamics, manipulation, and moral ambiguity.

Erotic Thrillers:

Romance novels that combine elements of eroticism and suspense, featuring intense sexual tension, danger, and intrigue as characters navigate complex relationships and dark secrets.

Forbidden Love:

Romances where the love between characters is deemed forbidden or taboo due to societal, familial, or cultural norms, leading to intense emotional conflicts and obstacles.

Stalker Romance:

Romantic relationship between a human or supernatural protagonist and a mysterious, often dangerous stalker figure, exploring themes of obsession, desire, and forbidden love.

Dark Paranormal Romance:

Romances featuring supernatural creatures such as vampires, werewolves, or witches, where characters navigate the complexities of love, power, and otherworldly forces.

Psychological Thriller Romance:

Romances with elements of psychological suspense or thriller, where characters grapple with psychological trauma, obsession, or manipulation in their relationships.

Taboo Relationships: 

Novels that explore taboo relationships such as teacher-student, step-sibling, or doctor-patient romances, challenging societal norms and expectations.

Villain Romance:

Novels where the romantic interest is an anti-hero or villainous character, challenging traditional notions of heroism and redemption in romance fiction.

What is a Trigger Warning? 

A trigger warning for a romance novel is a content advisory or notice provided to readers about potentially distressing or triggering material contained within the book. Trigger warnings are intended to alert readers to sensitive topics, themes, or scenes that may evoke strong emotional responses or trigger traumatic memories or experiences. In the context of romance novels, trigger warnings may be used to caution readers about content such as:

1. Graphic or explicit sexual content, including scenes depicting rape, sexual assault, or non-consensual sex.
2. Violence, including physical or emotional abuse, domestic violence, or scenes of intense conflict or aggression.
3. Substance abuse or addiction, including depictions of drug or alcohol abuse, addiction recovery, or related themes.
4. Mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, self-harm, or suicide ideation.
5. Trauma, including themes related to past trauma, PTSD, or recovery from traumatic events.
6. Taboo or controversial themes, including age gap relationships, power dynamics, or other sensitive subject matter.

Trigger warnings provide readers with the opportunity to make informed choices about their reading material and to prepare themselves emotionally for potentially challenging content. They can also serve as a way to promote awareness and sensitivity to the diverse experiences and backgrounds of readers.