Crazy in Love: Possessive and jealous hero romance books you'll love

Last updated: 08 Jun 2021

We were tasked to compile a list of the best romance books featuring crazy possessive and jealous protagonists. Those who stop at nothing (and we mean nothing) to claim and protect the heroine and defend what they consider theirs. Over the top? For sure! Delicious regardless? Absolutely!

  • #1 Dead Man Walking: A Dark MC Romance Stand-Alone - Giana Darling

    Dead Man Walking: A Dark MC Romance Stand-Alone - Giana Darling

    contemporary suspense age gap dark romance alpha male

    A dark MC romance about a broken enforcer and the beautiful, innocent woman who shows him that light can exist even in the dark...

    A killer. A criminal. A psychopath. The Irish enforcer for The Fallen Men MC is everything good girls are taught to stay away from.

    Only, I found myself inexorably drawn into his dark gravitational pull. I wanted to know what it would be like to walk beside the human personification of Death and hold his hand, feel his kiss, and maybe even earn his undying love... more

  • #2 365 Days - Blanka Lipińska

    365 Days - Blanka Lipińska

    erotic romance suspense mafia alpha male dark romance

    Laura Biel and her boyfriend are on a dream vacation in beautiful Sicily. On the second day of their trip, her twenty-ninth birthday, she is kidnapped. Her kidnapper is none other than the head of a powerful Sicilian crime family, the incredibly handsome, young Don Massimo Torricelli, who is determined to possess her at all costs. Massimo has his reasons. During an earlier attempt on his life, a vision appeared before his eyes: a beautiful woman, identical to Laura. After surviving the attack, he vows that he will find the woman in his vision and make her his own. No matter what.

    For 365 days, Massimo will keep Laura captive in his palatial estate and attempt to win her heart... more

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  • #3 Little Dove - Layla Frost

    Little Dove - Layla Frost

    contemporary new adult mafia age gap virgin heroine

    Once upon a time... Isn't that how all good fairy tales start? And Maximo and I, we were definitely a fairy tale. Not the cleaned-up, sanitized ones where life's problems were solved with a smile and a song. We were the old-school kind. The twisted tales packed with murder, violence, and tragic beginnings.

    Okay, so maybe we weren't a traditional fairy tale. After all, Maximo was more villain than prince. He was scarily sexy. Devilishly charming. Controlling, possessive, and dangerous. Especially when it came to me.

    His little dove. And heaven help anyone who tried to free me from my gilded cage.. more

  • #4 Sworn to the Shadow God - Ruby Dixon

    Sworn to the Shadow God - Ruby Dixon

    fantasy paranormal magic erotic romance curvy heroine

    Adventure. It's what my boring life is missing, so when I fall through a portal into another world, I'm excited. Here, I'm important. Here, I'm special.

    I find out just *how* special when I meet Death. Yup. That guy. He's been exiled to the mortal realm to work through his flaws, and he's just as spoiled and awful as you'd think. Rhagos, the Shadow Lord, is arrogant and rude and controlling and demands to get his way. He's selfish. He's impossible.

    He's also utterly gorgeous. Magnetic. Lonely. And strangely protective of me.. more

  • #5 Ruthless Empire - Rina Kent

    Ruthless Empire - Rina Kent

    new adult sports cruel hero / bully enemies to lovers angst

    There's a girl. Beautiful. Popular. Fake. And my obsession.

    Probably my damnation. Did that stop me? Do I care? No and no. There's a line between right and wrong. Moral and immoral. And then there's her. I cross every limit with blood-coated fingers.

    She says she hates me. I say I hate her too as I trap her, own her. Make her all mine.. more

  • #6 Copper - Lilly Atlas

    Copper - Lilly Atlas

    suspense bikers alpha male contemporary rape

    Enormous, commanding, and hotter than sin, Copper is the only man Shell has ever wanted. Even as a young teen, when it was impossible and taboo to capture the attention of a grown man, she longed for him. For years, Shell clung to the dream of turning eighteen and finally being noticed by the Hell's Handlers' rough and gruff president. But the universe had other plans, and she was forced to make a horrible choice. A choice that altered the course of her life forever, sealing her fate and ensuring the dream of being Copper's ol' lady would never materialize.

    Sixteen years his junior. Daughter of his MC's former president... more

  • #7 Happily Ever Alpha: Until Nox - Layla Frost

    Happily Ever Alpha: Until Nox - Layla Frost

    mafia insta-love alpha male sassy heroine possessive hero

    Not all heroes are good guys.

    With a body count on his soul and blood on his hands, Killian Nox lived in the gray. Ruthlessly single-minded, if he wanted something, it was his. And when it came to the gorgeous lass with a fiery attitude, he didn't just want her.

    He needed her.

    With southern-bred manners and a snark all her own, Augusta ‘Gus' Allan was a connoisseur of cheap wine, delicious Mexican food, and good TV. Unfortunately, her taste in men wasn't as well-developed. When her knight in shining armor turned out to be a douche in tinfoil, Gus never expected her real hero to be a sexy-accented, tattooed beast of a man... more

  • #8 Ignite - Cassandra Robbins

    Ignite - Cassandra Robbins

    contemporary military age gap bikers new adult

    Axel Fontaine has a giant… At least that's what everyone says. Unfortunately, it's true. All. Of. It. He's dangerous, scary, and addictive. Without a doubt, the last person I should fall for is the VP of the Disciples MC.
    I'm out of my league. He's a six-foot-four, blue-eyed biker god. I'm an ex-ballerina turned stripper who should run away... more

  • #9 Bitter Heat - Mia Knight

    Bitter Heat - Mia Knight

    billionaire suspense contemporary vengeance strong heroine

    She was the wood. He was the flame. After this, they would be ash.

    A cruel twist of fate leaves Jasmine Hennessy stranded in a remote cabin with her worst nightmare—her ex-husband, James Roth, who she hasn't seen in five years. He isn't acting like the man she married, but did she ever really know him?

    One night together kicks off a series of events that threatens her freedom as Roth seeks vengeance on those who ruined him seven years ago. He's determined to bring her back into the world she left behind where money is king, reputation is everything, and people will kill to keep their secrets... more

  • #10 Luca Vitiello - Cora Reilly

    Luca Vitiello - Cora Reilly

    new adult suspense virgin heroine angst cheating

    I was born a monster. Cruelty ran in my veins like poison. It ran in the veins of every Vitiello man, passed on from father to son, an endless spiral of monstrosity. A born monster shaped into an even worse monster by my father's blade and fists and harsh words. I was raised to become Capo, to rule without mercy, to dish out brutality without a second thought.Raised to break others. When Aria was given to me in marriage, everyone waited with baited breath to see how fast I'd break her like my father broke his women. How I'd crush her innocence and kindness with the force of my cruelty.Breaking her would have taken little effort. It came naturally to me... more

  • #11 The Sweetest Oblivion - Danielle Lori

    The Sweetest Oblivion - Danielle Lori

    contemporary mafia enemies to lovers alpha male billionaire

    She's a romantic at heart, living in the most unromantic of worlds . . .

    Nicknamed Sweet Abelli for her docile nature, Elena smiles on cue and has a charming response for everything. She's the favored daughter, the perfect mafia principessa . . . or was.

    Now, all she can see in the mirror's reflection is blood staining her hands like crimson paint.

    They say first impressions are everything . . .

    In the murky waters of New York's underworld, Elena's sister is arranged to marry Nicolas Russo. A Made Man, a boss, a cheat—even measured against mafia standards. His reputation stretches far and wide and is darker than his black suits and ties... more

  • #12 Shadows - Suzanne Wright

    Shadows - Suzanne Wright

    fantasy urban fantasy vampires paranormal enemies to lovers

    Devon and Tanner fight like... well, cats and dogs. Which, to be fair, makes sense since hellcats and hellhounds aren't exactly a match made in heaven. Unfortunately, their demons' antipathy towards each other is matched only by the red-hot sexual tension between Tanner and Devon. It's driving them - and their long-suffering friends Harper and Knox - mad.

    When Devon is nearly kidnapped, Tanner's protective instincts kick into overdrive - he's sticking by her side, day and night. But staying so close means their hunger can no longer be denied - they know their demons won't accept the match, but after one red-hot night they'll fight to stay together for as long as they can... more

  • #13 Twist Me - Anna Zaires

    Twist Me - Anna Zaires

    suspense contemporary virgin heroine bad boys rape

    Kidnapped. Taken to a private island.

    I never thought this could happen to me. I never imagined one chance meeting on the eve of my eighteenth birthday could change my life so completely.

    Now I belong to him. To Julian. To a man who is as ruthless as he is beautiful - a man whose touch makes me burn. A man whose tenderness I find more devastating than his cruelty.

    My captor is an enigma. I don't know who he is or why he took me. There is a darkness inside him - a darkness that scares me even as it draws me in.

    My name is Nora Leston, and this is my story... more

  • #14 Be Mine... Or Else - Alexa Riley

    Be Mine... Or Else - Alexa Riley

    contemporary billionaire age gap virgin heroine alpha male

    Dove Rosetta is crushing hard on the hot guy she ran in to at the coffee shop. His big build, sharp suits and dark eyes have her flustered, and as luck would have it, they meet by chance every day. She might be innocent, but her thoughts aren't, and she's ready for him to make a move.

    Beau Heart has been watching her for weeks. It's no accident that he sees Dove every day and he's tired of playing it cool. He's done with gentle and patient. He's grumpy, and now it's time for dirty and fast.

    Warning: This Valentine's story is filled with alpha possessiveness and rough need. Good things come to those who wait, but great things come to those who claim... more

  • #15 Ruthless King - Meghan March

    Ruthless King - Meghan March

    contemporary mafia suspense dark romance alpha male

    New Orleans belongs to me.
    You don't know my name, but I control everything you see—and all the things you don't. My reach knows no bounds, and my demands are always met. I didn't need to loan money to a failing family distillery, but it amuses me to have them in my debt. To have her in my debt.

    She doesn't know she caught my attention.
    She should've been more careful. I'm going to own her. Consume her. Maybe even keep her. It's time to collect what I'm owed.
    Keira Kilgore, you're now the property of Lachlan Mount... more

  • #16 The Bad Guy - Celia Aaron

    The Bad Guy - Celia Aaron

    suspense contemporary alpha male dark romance love triangle

    My name is Sebastian Lindstrom, and I'm the villain of this story.
    I've decided to lay myself bare. To tell the truth for once in my hollow life, no matter how dark it gets. And I can assure you, it will get so dark that you'll find yourself feeling around the blackened corners of my mind, seeking a door handle that isn't there.
    Don't mistake this for a confession. I neither seek forgiveness nor would I accept it. My sins are my own. They keep me company. Instead, this is the true tale of how I found her, how I stole her, and how I lost her.
    She was a damsel, one who already had her white knight... more

  • #17 Dark Protector - Celia Aaron

    Dark Protector - Celia Aaron

    suspense contemporary bad boys mafia dark romance

    From the moment I saw her through the window of her flower shop, something other than darkness took root inside me. Charlie shone like a beacon in a world that had long since lost any light. But she was never meant for me, a man that killed without remorse and collected bounties drenched in blood.

    I thought staying away would keep her safe, would shield her from me. I was wrong. Danger followed in my wake like death at a slaughter house. I protected her from the threats that circled like black buzzards, kept her safe with kill after kill.

    But everything comes with a price, especially second chances for a man like me.
    Killing for her was easy... more

  • #18 Burn - Suzanne Wright

    Burn - Suzanne Wright

    demons fantasy paranormal vampires possessive hero

    Part of a small demon lair in North Las Vegas, tattooist Harper Wallis lives a pretty simple life. That changes overnight when she discovers that her psychic mate, or ‘anchor', is a guy who's rumored to be the most powerful demon in existence. Compelling, full of secrets and armed with raw sexuality, Knox Thorne is determined to claim her as his anchor, creating a psychic bond that will prevent their inner demons from ever turning rogue. The billionaire also wants Harper in his bed. She's not so sure she wants either of those things. No one seems to know what breed of demon Knox is, only that he's more dangerous than anything she's ever before encountered. But he refuses to walk away... more

  • #19 Buttons and Lace - Penelope Sky

    Buttons and Lace - Penelope Sky

    suspense dark romance contemporary abduction slavery

    I owe him a debt.
    A big one.
    The payment can't be settled with money or favors.
    He only wants one thing.

    Every action gets a reward. A button. Once I fill his jar with three hundred and sixty-five buttons, he'll let me go. He'll let me walk away. But I have to earn every single one. By submitting to the darkest, cruelest, and most beautiful man I've ever known... more

  • #20 Until November - Aurora Rose Reynolds

    Until November - Aurora Rose Reynolds

    contemporary possessive hero strong heroine military mystery

    November is looking forward to getting to know her father and the safety of a small town. After leaving the Big Apple and her bad memories for Tennessee, November starts working for her dad at his strip club doing the books. The one time she's allowed there during club hours she runs into Asher Mayson. He's perfect until he opens his mouth and makes assumptions. November wants nothing to do with Asher but too bad for November, fate has other plans.

    Asher Mayson has never had a problem getting a woman, that is until November. Now all he can think about is making November his and keeping her safe... more

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