A list of the best romance books with reclusive heroes

Written by Silke, updated 08 Jun 2021

It's easy to root for the underdog, especially when they come in the form of sexy and sensitive romantic heroes! We have compiled a list of the best romance books with reclusive heroes, outsiders and outcasts of this society.

  • #1 Archer's Voice (A Sign of Love) - Mia Sheridan

    Archer's Voice (A Sign of Love) - Mia Sheridan

    young adult contemporary suspense strong heroine tortured hero

    When Bree Prescott arrives in the sleepy, lakeside town of Pelion, Maine, she hopes against hope that this is the place where she will finally find the peace she so desperately seeks. On her first day there, her life collides with Archer Hale, an isolated man who holds a secret agony of his own. A man no one else sees.

    Archer's Voice is the story of a woman chained to the memory of one horrifying night and the man whose love is the key to her freedom. It is the story of a silent man who lives with an excruciating wound and the woman who helps him find his voice. It is the story of suffering, fate, and the transformative power of love. more

  • #2 Demon from the Dark (Immortals After Dark #10) - Kresley Cole

    Demon from the Dark (Immortals After Dark #10) - Kresley Cole

    strong heroine abuse fae alpha male shapeshifters


    Malkom Slaine: tormented by his sordid past and racked by vampiric hungers, he's pushed to the brink by the green-eyed beauty under his guard.


    Carrow Graie: hiding her own sorrows, she lives only for the next party or prank. Until she meets a tortured warrior worth saving.


    In order for Malkom and Carrow to survive, he must unleash both the demon and vampire inside him. more

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  • #3 Addicted to You (Addicted #1) - Krista Ritchie,Becca Ritchie

    Addicted to You (Addicted #1) - Krista Ritchie,Becca Ritchie

    contemporary alpha male bad boys friends to lovers abuse

    She’s addicted to sex. He’s addicted to booze…the only way out is rock bottom.

    No one would suspect shy Lily Calloway’s biggest secret. While everyone is dancing at college bars, Lily stays in the bathroom. To get laid. Her compulsion leads her to one-night stands, steamy hookups and events she shamefully regrets. The only person who knows her secret happens to have one of his own.

    Loren Hale’s best friend is his bottle of bourbon. Lily comes at a close second. For three years, they’ve pretended to be in a real relationship, hiding their addictions from their families. more

  • #4 Brutally Beautiful (Beautiful #1) - Christine Zolendz

    Brutally Beautiful (Beautiful #1) - Christine Zolendz

    contemporary strong heroine enemies to lovers bad boys alpha male

    A deadly game of hide and seek.

    With blood still on her hands, Samantha Matthews is on the run, running from dark secrets and a man she prays to God will never find her. Running and hiding, just to stay alive. She had no choice but to run, to leave, to hide and forget about her life before. When Samantha believes she's gained enough distance from her past and her demons, she stops running, hoping to find her future in the heavily wooded area of the Adirondack Mountains, a place she never expected to encounter a man with secrets as dark and as sordid as hers. more

  • #5 Slightly Dangerous (Bedwyn Saga #6) - Mary Balogh

    Slightly Dangerous (Bedwyn Saga #6) - Mary Balogh

    regency historical sassy heroine second chances tortured hero

    All of London is abuzz over the imminent arrival of Wulfric Bedwyn, the reclusive, cold-as-ice Duke of Bewcastle, at the most glittering social event of the season. Some whisper of a tragic love affair. Others say he is so aloof and passionless that not even the greatest beauty could capture his attention.

    But on this dazzling afternoon, one woman did catch the duke’s eye—and she was the only female in the room who wasn’t even trying. Christine Derrick is intrigued by the handsome duke…all the more so when he invites her to become his mistress. more

  • #6 Curio (Curio #1) - Cara McKenna

    Curio (Curio #1) - Cara McKenna

    contemporary erotic romance virgin heroine

    Caroly Evardt never expected to find herself patronizing a male prostitute. Then again, she never expected to be weeks from her thirtieth birthday and still a virgin.

    When a friend mentions that a gorgeous male model in Paris sells his body as well as his image, Caroly's intrigued. Finally, a chance to sample the gifts of a beautiful man—no strings, no stakes, no fear of rejection.

    But she soon discovers that Didier Pedra amounts to more than a striking face and talented body. He's a kind, charming, damaged man, and after a few evenings of pleasurable education, Caroly's interest blossoms into something far deeper than mere lust. more

  • #7 England's Perfect Hero (Lessons in Love #3) - Suzanne Enoch

    England's Perfect Hero (Lessons in Love #3) - Suzanne Enoch

    western historical mystery virgin hero strong heroine

    Lucinda Barrett's best friends ended up married to the men to whom they delivered their "lessons in love." So Lucinda decides to choose someone who definitely needs lessons, but someone who will not complicate her life. And that person is definitely not Robert Carroway.

    Robert is nothing if not complicated, and though he is the brother of a viscount, he rarely goes about society, and finds the weather and hat fashions ludicrous subjects for discussion. Robert is attracted to Lucinda's unpretentious ways, her serenity and her kindness. more

  • #8 Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood #3) - J.R. Ward

    Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood #3) - J.R. Ward

    vampires paranormal strong heroine virgin hero rape

    In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other - six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Of these, Zsadist is the most terrifying member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

    A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savage feared by humans and vampires alike. Anger is his only companion, and terror is his only passion—until he rescues a beautiful aristocrat from the evil Lessening Society. more

  • #9 Lord of Ice (Knight Miscellany #3) - Gaelen Foley

    Lord of Ice (Knight Miscellany #3) - Gaelen Foley

    regency historical suspense strong heroine forbidden love

    Damien Knight, the earl of Winterley, is proud, aloof, and tormented by memories of war. Though living in seclusion, he is named guardian to a fellow officer's ward. Instead of the young homeless waif he was expecting, however, Miranda FitzHubert is a stunning, passionate beauty who invades his sanctuary and forces him back into society. Struggling to maintain honor and self-control, Damien now faces an even greater threat: desire.
    A bold, free spirit, Miranda has witnessed the darkest depths of Damien's soul-and has seen his desperate need for love. But before she can thaw his unyielding heart, she must endure a terrifying nightmare of her own. more

  • #10 Lord of the Abyss (Royal House of Shadows #4) - Nalini Singh

    Lord of the Abyss (Royal House of Shadows #4) - Nalini Singh

    paranormal contemporary werewolves virgin heroine vampires

    Once upon a time…the Blood Sorcerer vanquished the kingdom of Elden. To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with vengeance. Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs…and time is running out.…

    As the dark Lord who condemns souls to damnation in the Abyss, Micah is nothing but a feared monster wrapped in impenetrable black armor. He has no idea he is the last heir of Elden, its last hope. Only one woman knows—the daughter of his enemy.

    Liliana is nothing like her father, the Blood Sorcerer who’d cursed Micah. She sees past Micah’s armor to the prince inside. A prince whose sinful touch she craves. more

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