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What are Reverse Harem Romance Novels?

Q: What do chameleons have in common with books about polyamory?

A:  The ability to change and rebrand themselves, of course!

Here’s what I mean. Books featuring a single heroine and multiple men, all of whom she is in a committed relationship with, are hardly new. You’ve probably come across them before: badly photoshopped covers, usually published by Siren, and without exception rated ‘XXX Adult.’

Patton's Way Cover

Exhibit A. I actually kind of like this book, but my God, THAT COVER.

Sometimes the writing was good; sometimes it was as awful as you’d expect from covers like that. These books didn’t really have a specific genre name beyond plain old ménage. They certainly weren’t mainstream. Their golden years were from roughly to , give or take a few years.

So what changed?

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From a sociological perspective, there are a couple of things I could discuss – the increasing acceptance of alternative lifestyles, the new ease with which indie authors can get themselves recognised, etc., etc. Manga of course gets an honourable mention. Harems are common there, and from that we get the shiny new genre name: reverse harem. Suddenly, these books have managed to rebrand themselves. They aren’t smutty secrets anymore. They’re actually so popular that they show up in USA Today articles. This is all a recent phenomenon; you won’t see the term ‘reverse harem’ before about

One reason behind this sudden surge is that the reverse harem genre has managed to diversify. It isn’t strictly adult anymore: YA and even that hard-to-pin-down NA have gotten involved. It’s also no longer mostly contemporary, with fantasy and paranormal becoming common settings. In many books the men now have relationships with each other as well as the female. To put the cherry on the icing, there are sometimes other women in the harem too!

Reverse Harem Vocabulary

As the genre has gotten more complex, so too has the language involved. Gone are the days when a simple ‘ménage’ referred to any book where the heroine had more than one partner. Nowadays, it’s taken back its original implication of à trois and is used exclusively to mean that she has only two partners. A reverse harem means that she will have more than two partners. Here are a couple of other definitions:

Polyamory: the technical term for reverse harem relationships.

Polyandry: the woman is married to multiple men.

Polyfidelity: the concept that sex is restricted to within the group – this isn’t a free-for-all, and cheating can still exist within a reverse harem context.

Must-Read Reverse Harem Romance Novels

As with any genre, there are the absolute gems…and the non-gems. To help out anyone new to reverse harem, I present you with the following, all of which I highly recommend:

Trickery CoverTrickery (Curse of the Gods #1) by Jaymin Eve & Jane Washington

This is my absolute favourite series, and well known to every reverse harem fan out there. You could say it’s a genre classic. In this fantasy world, ultra-clumsy Willa Knight accidentally sends herself to Blesswood Academy, a school for sols: she, as a lowly peasant dweller, must serve the sols, who are training to be gods. All hell breaks loose when she’s assigned to be the personal dweller-servant for the five sol Abcurse brothers.

Willa is absolutely hilarious. The brothers are all extremely well defined, and they have their own distinct personalities. (As you can imagine, making sure the heroes don’t blur into each other is where some reverse harem authors fall short, but Jane and Jaymin are a winning combination). The series straddles the line between YA and NA, with the steam level increasing in later books.

Four Psychos CoverFour Psychos (The Dark Side #1) by Kristy Cunning

Another gem. The heroine, as far as she can tell, is an invisible ghost: with no name or memory of her past life, she spends all her time watching the four men who live in her house. (Yes, she even watches what they do in the bedroom). But what happens when she suddenly turns visible?

The heroine is adorably sarcastic. The men are arseholes, but engaging ones. Even the underlying plot line is interesting. Steam rating: max. If you need extra inducement, Kristy Cunning is actually the pen name of popular contemporary romance author C.M. Owens.

The Vixen's Lead CoverThe Vixen’s Lead (Kit Davenport #1) by Tate James

Kit Davenport is a thief. Not just any thief – she’s the Fox, an internationally renowned criminal. Her day job is being a demure boarding-school student. And then one day, a host of men show up, tasked with catching the Fox…

This is another very popular paranormal reverse harem series. I do think the later books slip a little bit in terms of plot quality, but the earlier books are great – the heroine is super sassy without being annoying.

Queen Takes Knights CoverQueen Takes Knights (Their Vampire Queen #1) by Joely Sue Burkhart

Shara is a lost vampire queen who’s spent her life running from the monsters after her. One day, they catch up with her – only for her knights to appear and save her. She has to learn to control her powers in an effort to fend off all the people who want to kill her.

So this is obviously another paranormal, but it’s the only one I’ve named so far which really makes full use of the whole ‘polyamory’ thing. Shara’s harem consists of both men and women, and there is both MM and FF action. Warning: this is messy. They are vampires, after all.

Idol Thoughts CoverIdol Thoughts (H3RO #1) by J.S. Lee

This has got to be one of the most unique premises I’ve ever encountered.

Holly, a Korean-American, discovers that she’s actually the heir to a K-Pop company; she’s given a band of idols to manage, and falls in love with them in the process. This is definitely a new spin on the tried-and-tested trope of having a rock band harem! K-Pop has been taking off in the Western world lately, and the book has a plot line like a K-Drama too.


This is only a tiny selection of the vast number of great reverse harem novels out there. And there’s more nearly every day! Check out some manga reverse harem recommendations here. And let us know of your favourites!


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A new sub-genre is on the rise in popular romance fiction: the reverse harem. In the five years since its beginning, the themes of these novels rose from obscurity to a buzzword thrown across book titles and descriptions. The reverse harem novel stands apart from other romance novels due to many of its basic characteristics, the most obvious of which is the makeup of the main characters. Just as a harem is made up of one man with multiple women, a reverse harem consists of one female protagonist and three or more male love interests. However, this is not a situation where the woman must pick her one true love by the end of the novel; instead, the woman simply does not choose. She gets them all, and they all live out their happily ever after as one united family. The HEA of a traditional romance still exists, though it is a happily ever after for the entire family unit, not between just one of the men and the woman. The reverse harem genre recently arose from its roots in the Japanese Otome games and anime to gain popularity in Western romance fiction. Fitting into the romance genre through its focus on a happily ever after and relationship building, the world of a reverse harem transcends that of the heroine’s origins, bringing the heroine into an atmosphere where a polyandrous relationship is not stigmatized. While sharing a name with the traditional harem, the reverse harem has many different core themes from the harem novels from the s to the present day.

Introduction to Reverse Harems

Reverse harem character and plot archetypes follow many of the same themes as seen in other romance novels. Just as in a typical romance where the two protagonists meet and feel a strong connection, so does the heroine meet her men and all experience these feelings. Entering into this atypical relationship is completely voluntary and something all members of the harem agree upon. The men’s love toward the heroine is enough to get them all to agree; sometimes they know ahead of time they will share a woman, and in other novels they simply all want the girl. If this is not an already accepted dynamic within the community, often the group is forced together due to outside circumstances. They must spend time together, and during this time the heroine falls for her men and they fall for her. The men may have a moment where they question the relationship and sharing the heroine. However, tearing the heroine away from the others would hurt not just the other men but also the heroine herself. Forcing her to choose would cause a lot of harm to the heroine, for in these novels she cannot choose one. She feels deeply for them all. To keep her, each hero is willing to share. As for the heroine, why should she choose? She is loved by all of the heroes, and choosing would cause her unending pain. These men are not all cookie-cutter depictions of one other. The heroine often remarks on how different the heroes are, each representing varied character tropes that come together and let her experience all types of personalities and love. The men may be gods, ghosts, shifters, bodyguards, spies, thieves, princes, soldiers, or just about anything else seen in contemporary romance and fantasy. Put together, they establish a balance within their family.

Plots within the subgenre often have paranormal or fantasy elements that place the characters in a world where this kind of dynamic is easier for a reader to accept. They can have elements of mystery, action and adventure, and court intrigue. Often there is some kind of crisis that only the heroine and her heroes can solve. Also, the sub-genre includes many novels both in a sweeter young adult form and the more sensual, sexier adult romances. Unlike a ménage romance with a HEA between a woman and two men, which has already been mainstream for the past few decades, there do not have to be very erotic elements to the novels and the relationship includes more than three individuals. In addition, some sensual reverse harem novels do include sex between the male love interests, but this is not a requirement for them.


The roots of the reverse harem novel can be found in Japanese Otome games and anime. In Japan, romance between a woman and multiple men is found in many popular books, shows, and video games, such as Ouran High School Host Club. While this main feature is shared, there exist many differences between the Westernized reverse harem and the Japanese gyaku hāremu. Similar to Otome games, an “array of boys all vie for the attention of the female lead,”but often these games only let the player pick one love interest to play out the storyline at a time, or do not let the main character stick with them all at the end (Faerudo). C.L. Stone describes this by commenting that “in Western fiction, the tone has a slight change, where instead of a main character choosing one partner, they could end up with all&#; with characters admitting their love to the central character directly” (Stone, &#;Reverse Harem in Western Fiction.&#;). In gyaku hāremu, “the series has two choices in the end; the protagonist ends up with one or none of the men” (Alexander). The Japanese gyaku hāremu has existed for over 30 years and started with titles such as ‘Soredemo Chikyuu wa Mawatteru’ (), ‘Fusuma Land ’ (), and ‘Akogare Boukensha’ () (“Intro to Reverse Harem”). The Wikipedia page on Harems only includes harem examples in anime and manga, with not a single reference to Western novels, as they are less mainstream. (“Harem (genre)”).

The shift from Japanese anime to western romance fiction can clearly be traced to C.L. Stone’s Ghost Bird series with the release of Introductions in I must note, however, that probably because of the newness of this trope, scholars haven’t yet published commentary on it. To explain the history of the subgenre, I draw here on a selection of blogs, author and publisher websites, social media, and author descriptions to form a picture of how this subgenre came about.

A picture of C. L. Stone's groundbreaking reverse harem novel, Introductions

This is an extremely new area of fiction. Goodreads mentions and lists of reverse harem novels do not include any true reverse harems dating back before (“The reverse harem”). Only C.L. Stone can be found on these early lists, with a few more novels coming out in then a vast explosion from on. More than half the novels listed are from One popular twitter hashtag connected to the promotion of these books is #whychoose, used primarily by authors for promoting their books and highlighting one of the key characteristics of the reverse harem. The first time this hashtag was used to describe reverse harem romance was August 6th, in a fan’s tweet. By early , the hashtag was full of reverse harem novels – there were around seven tweets per day relating to the subgenre in March (“#whychoose hashtag on Twitter”). Another common hashtag is #reverseharem, which dates back quite a bit further than #whychoose to June 6th, (“#reverseharem hashtag on Twitter”). This post by an American fan mentioned reverse harems in anime, and it is not until that there is mention of western romance novels. The tweet referred to C.L. Stone’s Introductions. While the hashtag still mentions anime at the time of this writing in early , it is dominated by western fiction.

Bloggers and authors alike mention C. L. Stone as their introduction to the subgenre, saying that “I had a little bit of experience from reading C.L. Stones ‘ghost bird’ series,” (Bailey) and “I didn&#;t even know RH was a thing until CL&#;s books,” (Jen) and “my obsessions with reverse harems started, of course, with C. L. Stone and the Ghost Bird series.” (&#;Lily &#; R. M. Walker.&#;). One blog even directly asserts that “The first international reverse harem is The Ghost Bird Series in ” (“Intro to reverse harem”). Fitting with this transition from Japanese anime to western novel, C. L. Stone first learned about the reverse harem style from Japanese culture and Otome games, giving her ideas that sparked her own transformative novel (Stone, &#;Reverse Harem in Western Fiction.&#;). Introductions is a young adult “sweet” novel, with no sex on the page and less sensuality than its adult counterpart. While her book introduced reverse harems into this category— and there are still many sweet young adult novels within the category, including more from C.L Stone— sensual reverse harem romances soon followed.

Picture of early fan favorite Charcoal Tears by Jane Washington

From this beginning, the reverse harem genre branched out slowly over the next four years, steadily gaining in momentum. Some early fan favorites include Jane Washington’s Charcoal Tears and Lane Whitt’s Finding my Pack. The year was a big year for reverse harem romance. In a list of popular reverse harem romances from , 78% of the novels were published from September to December (“Reverse Harem Books released in ”). Authors who primarily write one-on-one heterosexual pairings began to partner with well-known reverse harem authors in order to co-write books. One example of this is the widely popular Curse of the Godsseries, co-written by the established reverse harem author Jane Washington and popular YA paranormal author Jaymin Eve. As C. L. Stone comments, “There are many books coming out now simply because using the keyword Reverse Harem can lead to sales whether or not that author is known” (Stone, ‘A Reader Turned Investigator’). Multiple authors talked about the large popularity of the subgenre, though Jaymin Eve also noted that “the genre has really taken off now, and that&#;s not always the best thing because a lot of badly written books are being thrown in there just to make money” (Eve, ‘A Reader Turned Investigator’). The subgenre is only growing and shows no sign of slowing down.

Distinctions from the Traditional Harem

While reverse harems share a name with traditional harems, their composition stands distinct from the Oriental harem novels that were popular from the s onwards due to their differing origins. One example comes from the settings of these novels. Harem novels are extremely Orientalist in nature, with a plot set in the Middle East (Bach). This Oriental setting is completely absent from the reverse harem novels of the s. There has yet to be a popular reverse harem novel set in the Middle East; in fact, most novels in this subgenre do not even exist on an Earth as we know it. The historical sheik harem novels stand in contrast with the mainly paranormal fantasy lands of reverse harems. A few novels such as C. L. Stone’s Introductionsare in a contemporary reality, but not one exists in historical romance.

Other prominent tropes in earlier harem romances are the themes of slavery and abduction. There are women “stripped naked in slave markets and sold as concubines into the oppressive harems of Oriental potentates where they tasted the erotic delights of sex and the indulgence of the senses” (Teo, 21) and the novels emulate themes that are “essentially oriental: sensuality and violence” (Taylor, ). These women do rise to power, but the bonds of slavery and sex are always upon them. As one line from Beatrice Small’s The Kadinillustrates, “If we must be slaves… let us be powerful ones… [so that] we may someday rule not only the harem but the sultan as well.” (54) The novels often center around how “women in the harem acquired or exerted power,” (Teo, 26) mostly through the use of sex. The heroines in reverse harem romances are not slaves, and neither are their love interests. This incredibly large power differential does not exist in the reverse harem novels. While the women of traditional harems may indeed rise to power over their rulers and masters, reverse harem women are instead at the same level as their men. Her entrance into the harem and into this new world puts her on the same playing field as the men she falls in love with. The men in Yumoyori Wilson’s Dark Wishmay be princes, but the heroine, Makoto, turns out to be a hidden princess. C. M. Stunich’s Zara in Pack Ebon Redhas prepared for her entire life to become the Queen and rule alongside her mates, the future kings of each of their lands. The heroine does not rise to exist above her men, but rather with them and within their role in society. She loves them, they love her, and the reverse harem dynamic is simply accepted as fact. All are equal and active participants. Notes blogger Lauren of Lauren’s Boookshelf, “the focus on RH in literature and art is not the same as taking a traditional harem and gender-swapping everything. The men are not owned and the woman does not control them” (Lauren).

Rape and other coercions are also not tropes seen in reverse harems – the heroine would not allow it. In addition, sexuality is not as heavily foregrounded in reverse harem novels as it is in traditional harem novels, C. L. Stone’s Ghost Bird series is an extremely slow burn – in the first book, the main character never kisses her men. As C. L. Stone explains, “I feel as though reverse harem itself has successfully been presented in all kinds of works of fiction. I and a couple of others work with it in a Young Adult setting, some in sweet romances as well. It isn&#;t taboo in itself as some assumed at the start. It can be as innocent as a girl&#;s first experience with love” (Stone, “A Reader Turned Investigator”). Stone explains this further in a blog on her website by commenting that “reverse harem is strongly connected to the romance part of the story, not the sex. While sex may be included in the story, how the relationship turns out and the attention the heroine gets throughout determines if the story is a reverse harem” (Stone, &#;Reverse Harem in Western Fiction.&#;). That is not to say that the novels never explore women’s sexuality. However, as one author puts it, “Men have had their harem fantasies forever. I think women have finally given themselves permission to entertain such fantasies, too. But unlike the male fantasy, a woman’s fantasy isn’t so much about sex as it is about romance. It’s the idea of being loved and cherished by more than one man, and protected and supported, too. The steamier end of the market covers the hot sex that’s possible, but it’s not necessary. There are a lot of YA reverse-harem books that contain no sex” (Scott). The reverse harem subgenre transcends the “western fantasies of opulence, barbarism and sensuality” (Bach) of harem novels into a more open, relationship-focused novel.

While many differences exist between reverse harem and traditional harem novels, both do include a strong emphasis on family dynamics within the harem. As Orientalist romance scholar Hsu-Ming notes, the “crucial relationship in the harem is not simply between sultan and slave, but that a woman’s power is forged through her relationships with family… love is indeed possible in the harem: not merely between sultan and slave, but among women who support and are loyal to each other” (Teo, 26). This family loyalty and love is a central theme of reverse harem novels. Many times, the men already know each other and consider themselves as a family unit by the time they meet the leading female, as in Kristy Cunning’s Four Psychosand Jane Washington’s Charcoal Tears. Sometimes the men may all be brothers, or at least some are related, like in Tate James’ The Vixen’s Leadand Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington’s Trickery. The woman joins this established family dynamic. Even if the men do not start out as a family unit, their close relationship with the heroine brings them all closer together. The sense of connection between the male protagonists is also what keeps the harem from breaking up or resorting to fighting or extreme jealousy.


The popular Twitter hashtag #whychoose reveals the reason many authors say they love this subgenre: the idea of giving the female protagonist power to do what she wants, taking away the necessary choices placed on her by society. When asked about the popularity of reverse harems, G. Bailey comments that “I let my [main character] choose her own fate without any limits. The beauty of the Reverse harem sub-genre is that it is so free and empowering for women… Reverse harem shows that the main character can be a woman, and have several men love her, and she is strong enough to love them all.”. Though the subgenre is only five years old, it is already making an impact on the western romance reader. These strong women and their devoted and equally powerful mates are redefining what romance means and how love can be expressed.


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