Vengeance be mine: A list of the best romance books about revenge

Written by Silke, updated 08 Jun 2021

Looking for strong heroines and heroes? Characters with a plan? Probably a devious plan? Look no further! We have compiled a list of amazing romance novels in which either the hero or the heroine are set to extract revenge. However, love might get in the way...

  • #1 Lady Luck - Kristen Ashley

    Lady Luck - Kristen Ashley

    contemporary suspense erotic romance mystery strong heroine

    Since birth, Lexie Berry has had nothing but bad luck. Orphaned at an early age, she had a rough childhood and a boyfriend who was murdered. Now the beautiful, stylish Lexie is determined to change her luck and her life. But first she's got to make good on a promise: to pick up Ty Walker from prison. One look at the gorgeous ex-convict and Lexie knows she's in trouble-and already thinking about taking a walk on the wild side . . .

    For five years, Ty was imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit. Now he wants revenge on the people who framed him. Yet when the high-stakes poker player sees the leggy Lexie, he suddenly has other desires on his mind. more

  • #2 Monster in His Eyes - J.M. Darhower

    Monster in His Eyes - J.M. Darhower

    suspense erotic romance billionaire insta-love tortured hero

    Ignazio Vitale is not a good man.

    I suspect it, the first time I see him, sense the air of danger that surrounds the man. He has a way of commanding attention, of taking control, of knowing what I'm thinking before I even do.

    It's alarming and alluring. It's dark and deadly. It's everything I've ever wanted but the last thing I truly need. Obsession.

    It doesn't take him long to draw me into his web, charming me into his bed and trapping me in his life, a life I know nothing about until it's too late. He has secrets, secrets I can't fathom, secrets that make it so I can't walk away, no matter how much I beg him to let me go. more

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  • #3 Lothaire - Kresley Cole

    Lothaire - Kresley Cole

    fantasy vampires paranormal vengeance possessive hero

    All Fear The Enemy Of Old

    Driven by his insatiable need for revenge, Lothaire, the Lore’s most ruthless vampire, plots to seize the Horde’s crown. But bloodlust and torture have left him on the brink of madness—until he finds Elizabeth Peirce, the key to his victory. He captures the unique young mortal, intending to offer up her very soul in exchange for power, yet Elizabeth soothes his tormented mind and awakens within him emotions Lothaire believed he could no longer experience. more

  • #4 Debt - Nina G. Jones

    Debt - Nina G. Jones

    suspense enemies to lovers billionaire pregnancy tortured hero

    I don’t know what I was thinking when I hired someone to attack me. Maybe I was bored, or lonely, or there was a void so deep inside of me that I needed something explosive to fill it. It was supposed to be safe. A thrill. A way to break through the monotony of everyday life. It was an illusion of danger that I could walk away from as soon as it was over.

    Except that it wasn’t. Because I had been in danger long before I ever invited it into my life.

    My mission is almost complete. The bubbling boil of vengeance that heats my blood might finally simmer. She is the last piece of the puzzle. Once I destroy her, everyone who ever hurt me will have paid their debt. more

  • #5 Raw - Belle Aurora

    Raw - Belle Aurora

    suspense erotic romance tortured hero rape vengeance

    Growing up the way I did, you’d think I’d be more screwed up than what I actually am. Soon as I turned sixteen, I left that bump in the road I called home and took my chances on the street. Best decision I ever made.

    Now, at the age of twenty six, I’m educated, employed and damn good at my job. My friends have become my family. Like me, they know what it’s like to grow up unloved. But the saying is true. The world makes way for those who know where they are going. That’s me.

    I know where I’m going and I’ll get there eventually. On my own terms and at my own pace. But then there’s him. I feel his eyes on me. I see him hiding in plain sight. He watches me. more

  • #6 Raze - Tillie Cole

    Raze - Tillie Cole

    young adult contemporary possessive hero cheating virgin hero

    One man stripped of his freedom, his morals… his life. Conditioned in captivity to maim, to kill and to slaughter, prisoner 818 becomes an unremorseful, unrivaled and unstoppable fighter in the ring. Violence is all he knows. Death and brutality are the masters of his fate.

    After years of incarceration in an underground hell, only one thought occupies his mind: revenge… bloody, slow and violent revenge. Revenge on the man who lied. Revenge on the man who wronged him. Revenge on the man who condemned him and turned him into… this: a rage-fueled killing machine. A monster void of humanity; a monster filled with hate. more

  • #7 Into the Dark (The Bodyguards #6) - Cindy Gerard

    Into the Dark (The Bodyguards #6) - Cindy Gerard

    suspense contemporary vengeance tortured hero war

    Amy Walker endured unspeakable horrors while being held as a hostage before she was rescued by Dallas Garrett and his brothers from E.D.E.N., Inc. Amy is determined to leave the past behind…but only after she gets some answers to the questions that haunt her: Why was she abducted by the terrorists? Why is her mother locked up in a mental institution?

    Dallas wants Amy to know he's a man she can trust. He's incapable of offering her his love but promises his sworn protection while she embarks on her quest to discover the truth about her family…and herself. more

  • #8 A Necessary Sin - Georgia Cates

    A Necessary Sin - Georgia Cates

    contemporary mafia bad boys strong heroine forbidden love

    Bleu MacAllister is consumed. A horrific childhood incident has caused every decision in her life to revolve around bringing a monster to justice. With years spent studying The Fellowship, a Scottish organized crime brotherhood of liars, thieves, and killers, Bleu will rely on her skills as a special agent to cut Thane Breckenridge off at the knees. But walking hand in hand with retribution means risking collateral damage, in the form of Breckenridge's son Sinclair--until Sin becomes so much more than Bleu bargained for. She's always known this undertaking would place her life in danger--she never imagined her heart would be as well. more

  • #9 Seeds of Iniquity (In the Company of Killers #4) - J.A. Redmerski

    Seeds of Iniquity (In the Company of Killers #4) - J.A. Redmerski

    contemporary vengeance alpha male mystery abuse

    Victor Faust’s new Order is growing. Business is good as there is no rest for the wicked in an underground world of hardcore criminals and contract killing. Relationships among the operatives have changed little over the past year—but things are about to change now, and all six high-ranking members of the new Order will be blindsided by an unlikely enemy.

    Loved ones whose only ties to Victor’s organization are their relationships with its members, are abducted. more

  • #10 Captive in the Dark (The Dark Duet #1) - C.J. Roberts

    Captive in the Dark (The Dark Duet #1) - C.J. Roberts

    tortured heroine enemies to lovers virgin heroine vengeance forbidden love

    Caleb is a man with a singular interest in revenge. Kidnapped as a young boy and sold into slavery by a power-hungry mobster, he has thought of nothing but vengeance. For twelve years he has immersed himself in the world of pleasure slaves searching for the one man he holds ultimately responsible. Finally, the architect of his suffering has emerged with a new identity, but not a new nature. If Caleb is to get close enough to strike, he must become the very thing he abhors and kidnap a beautiful girl to train her to be all that he once was.

    Eighteen-year-old Olivia Ruiz has just woken up in a strange place. Blindfolded and bound, there is only a calm male voice to welcome her. more