So, this one isn’t really freaky, but some people might consider it weird and “not for them.” The reverse harem: one female with multiple males. Now, this trope is found in several Young Adult novels/series, so of course there is no sex. It’s just the female having her own small pack of boys who worships the ground she walks on. She might have a special bond with them, magical or otherwise, they may kiss, but there’s really no smut… because, YA.
The “grown up” version usually refers to books like this as ménage and classifies it as erotica because there is plenty of smut.
The term seems to have originated with Japanese anime.
This is a trope I am LOVING right now, so I thought I would share a few books with you that feature it. First, on the Young Adult side:
The Seraph Black series and Curse of the Gods, both by Jane Washington, have a female main character bonded to four young men. They are fantastic!
The Academy series by C.L. Stone. I have not read this one yet, but it supposedly features a reverse harem.
Finding My Pack by Lane Whitt. This one supposedly is a bit more mature. I have yet to read this one either, but looking forward to trying it out.
On the definitely-for-adults-only side:
Pretty much anything by Kaitlyn O’Connor. Her books have cyborgs and aliens, so strap on your sci-fi belts!
The Merry Gentry series by Laurell K. Hamilton. I LOVED this and it does have tons of sex in it, but I also loved the characters and world-building. Yes, there is actual plot, although Merry does have a lot of men. I love them all too!
If you’re curious and looking for more recs, there is a list dedicated to nothing but reverse harem books at Goodreads (both adult and YA)!
Until next time, try something new, be weird, and remember: most of these books are available on Kindle, so you can hide the covers and no one will know you are reading about harems or alien sex!