30 Best Bully Romance Books To Read Now

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Bully romance books have long been a popular genre of fiction, exploring the many facets of love and relationships. If you’re looking for the best bully romance books, then you’ve come to the right place!

In this article, we’ll explore some of the best titles in the bully romance genre from authors like Penelope Douglas, Ashley Jade and more.

We’re here to help you find the perfect bully romance novel that speaks to you. So fasten your seatbelts and buckle up for a romantic adventure as we explore the best bully romance books on the market today.

For some more grey areas in the romance genre, check out this list of forbidden romances in books.

Bully by Penelope Douglas

Jared Trent and Tatum Brandt were best friends until the day Jared became Tate’s worst tormentor. 

On the eve of her departure to study abroad for a year, Tate attends a party only to find herself the target of a prank that leaves her feeling more relieved than ever to be heading off the next day. Fast forward a year later and Tate’s back, more confident than ever. With her newfound maturity and Jared’s decision to end his bullying ways, they are left to sort through their sordid past and address the bullying Tate went through. 

For high school bully romance books where the main characters go from best friends to enemies to lovers, you should check out Penelope Douglas’s Bully. An added plus is the slow-burn romance. No insta love here.

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Just Drop Out by J Bree

After surviving life’s curveballs, Eclipse Anderson is grateful for the chance to attend Hannaford Prep, the country’s top school, as a way out of her “hellhole” home. But her plans to fly under the radar quickly fizzle when she lands on the bad side of four of the school’s reigning monarchs. 

Lips must use every trick in her arsenal to survive the year, no matter the cost. If you’re looking for bully romance books featuring believable plot, no insta-love, a badass heroine, and a bully academy trope, check out Just Drop Out. It’s sure to deliver an unforgettable experience!

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Tryst Six Venom by Penelope Douglas

From the outside, future prom queen and captain of the lacrosse team Clay Collins has it all: popularity, a charming boyfriend, and a picture-perfect family. Except it’s all a facade. The popularity is stifling, the not-so-charming boyfriend is an asshole, and her family is shattered beyond repair. But the one person who helps her escape her demons is the one person she can never have: her enemy, Olivia Jaeger.  

All Olivia Jaeger wants is to survive her senior year and get a one-way ticket out of her small-minded town and away from her greatest tormentor: Clay Collins. But Clay has other plans. And they do not involve Olivia leaving her in the dust. 

Beautiful, emotional, and steamy, Tryst Six Venom is an unputdownable FF enemies-to-lovers bully romance overflowing with twists and turns. Prepare to be up well past your bedtime when you crack open this intense high school bully romance.     

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Vicious by L.J. Shen

Love the villain? Then you’ll love Vicious

Vicious is one of the most ruthless fictional a-hole out there. He has a heart of stone and basically treats everyone like dirt; a real winner over here. The person who is on the receiving end of his taunts and ridicule the most is Emilia LeBlanc, the daughter of the hired help living on the grounds of his father’s estate. He treats her like utter crap and eventually runs her out of town. Ten years pass and they meet again. Vicious wants her back and won’t stop until he wins her over. 

For a bully love story where the hero has a huge chip on his shoulder and takes it out on the daughter of the hired help, take a peek at Vicious . . . there’s a thin line between love and hate.

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Hate Me by Ashley Jade

Ever since a disastrous first meeting, Aspen and Knox’s relationship has gone from bad to worse. So when she comes face to face with him years later at Black Mountain Academy, she knows nothing good could come of their reunion. After all, Knox will only ever be her bully.

In Hate Me, Ashley Jade delivers a twisted and delectably dark bully romance that is unputdownable. Brimming with taboos and jaw-dropping situations, this must-read is not one fans of bully romance books will want to miss.   

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Kings of Quarantine by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti

When the world is gripped by a virus, Tatum is in the worst possible place: abandoned in quarantine with three boys who hate her. But little do these boys know, Tatum is not to blame for her father’s suspected involvement yet they won’t rest until they make her pay. 

Enter Kings of Quarantine, the delicious bully romance that ramps up the angst and chemistry to an explosive level. From Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti comes a story of spice and secrets that will satisfy fans of bully romance looking for stories that go beyond the ordinary.

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The Bully by Sophie Lark

Fans of bully romances will be thrilled by Sophie Lark’s The Bully, the third installment in her Kingmakers series. Cat is back at Kingmakers Academy, but she’s about to face a tough school year. Dean Yenin, one of the heirs, knows her secret and it’ll take making a deal with the devil to keep that secret a secret. 

With off the charts spice, a dash of mystery, and insane chemistry, Sophie Lark’s The Bully is a must-read.

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Shunned by Steffanie Holmes

Hazel’s entire life went up in flames when a fire took the lives of her parents and best friend. Barely getting by, she is given a second chance when she is offered a scholarship to an elite academy. Her plan is to coast by, get good grades, graduate and get the hell out of there.

Hazel does not count on Ayaz, Trey, and Quinn: the three guys who practically run the school and who also want her gone. However, what they don’t realize is that it will take more than a few insults and pranks to run Hazel out of town.

Read Shunned if you like reverse harem bully romance books where the girl is bullied by a few guys who all (typically) end up being love interests.

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Manhattan Tormentor by V. Theia

If there is one thing high school quarterback Finn Maverick learned from his father, it is the importance of upholding the Maverick legacy, both on and off the field. Cruel and cutthroat, Maverick would be the perfect prodigal heir if not for his inexplicable attraction to the pretentious resident school nerd. 

Sage Fierro never understood what he did to land into his tormentor’s crosshairs. If not for his baffling interest in the heartless bully, Sage would have written him off long ago. But when he realizes that the disgust lurking behind Finn’s eyes is all a facade for his lust, their nonexistent relationship evolves into something they never saw coming. 

If you are looking for an MM bully romance brimming with heat, passion, and angst, I recommend cracking open V. Theia’s memorable standalone Manhattan Tormentor

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Cruel Prince by Ashley Jade

Four years ago, Dylan and Jace were best friends. Then tragedy struck, pushing Dylan and her family to move away. By the time Dylan returns to her hometown, everything has changed which she realizes on the first day of school when Jace makes it known that she is persona non grata. 

Confused by Jace’s intense hatred, Dylan tries giving him the benefit of the doubt. Once she realizes that Jace’s cruel new attitude is here to stay, Dylan finds her spine and gives it right back. 

If you like the friends-to-enemies-to-lovers trope in bully romance books, you should Cruel Prince a go. 

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Jude was seven-years-old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were whisked away by the murderer to live in Faerie. Ten years pass and all Jude wants is to fit in despite her own mortality.

Swept into a deadly game of politics, Jude must stay on top of her game when things take a turn for the worst. With lives on the line and cunning faeries, Jude will have to stay one step ahead to come out victorious. 

Prince Cardan is the youngest son of the High King: Cunning, charming, cruel and wicked, Cardan has a real mean streak when it comes to Jude. But the tides are changing. All it takes is one slip up to shift the balance.  

The Cruel Prince is perfect for everyone out there who loves their bully romance books centered around cutthroat fae, scheming royals and a slow burn romance (of epic proportions).

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Tough Sh*t by Sheridan Anne

Oceania Munroe’s entire world comes crashing down the day her mother announces they’re moving from the gang-ridden streets of Breakers Flats to the swanky paradise that is Bellevue Springs.

Saying goodbye to her crew is hard as it is without the added stress that comes with moving into an extravagant mansion littered with wealth. And nothing could have prepared Ocean for Colton Carrington, the son of her mother’s boss.

But when Colton throws down a gauntlet, Ocean refuses to back down. And once the games begin, all bets are off. 

If you love high-school bully romance books with badass heroines and rich assholes, I recommend checking out Tough Sh*t. Ocean has a backbone of steel and gives as good as she gets.  

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Lords of Pain by Angel Lawson and Samantha Rue

Dive into a world of steam, shades of gray, and intense passion with Lords of Pain

It follows Story Austin, a young girl whose past leads her to three men: Killian, Tristian, and Dimitri Rath. When she finds herself in a desperate situation, she turns to her insufferable stepbrother and his equally insufferable best friends for help. But when it comes to the Lords of Pain, nothing is ever straightforward. 

Lords of Pain is a why-choose bully romance perfect for fans of morally ambiguous characters. With dark twists, intense relationships, and plenty of steam, lovers of bully romance books won’t be able to put it down. Delve into this page-turner and experience a thrilling story full of passion.

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Dirty Girls by Lily White 

A few years back, tragedy hit a small town in Washington when a local girl was found dead. Charged with murder, then high school student Soren Callahan was placed behind bars. It is only when Soren is released that the murders start up again, each one more gruesome than the last. 

Olive Reid is a senior at Winter Ridge Prep. Back when Soren and his circle ruled the school, she refused to take part in their games, yet found herself attracted to Soren, the King of Winter Ridge Prep. Now that Soren’s back, Olive’s life takes a sharp turn into dangerville when she realizes Soren has his sights set on her . . . the question is, will she come out of it alive.

If you want a whodunit mystery bully romance book, Dirty Girls is your book soulmate because it has all of that and more! 

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Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas

Misha Lare and Ryen Trevarrow have been pen-pals since fifth grade for a school project when their teachers paired them together, mistakenly assuming they were the same gender. They have kept in touch ever since and have gone on to become best friends despite never meeting in person. That all changes in high school when Misha suddenly goes radio silent. 

Unbeknownst to Ryen, she met Misha a few weeks back at a fundraising scavenger hunt for his band. Completely different from the girl he knows from the letters, Misha is shocked and disgusted by this stranger. 

When new boy Masen Laurent *Misha* shows up in one of Ryen’s classes and stands up for a boy who’s being bullied by one of Ryen’s friends, she’s intrigued. That is, until she finds herself at the receiving end of his anger and blatant disapproval. Confused as to why his opinions matter so much to her, she finds herself taking the bait and adding fuel to the fire.

If you’re in the mood for a friends-to-enemies-to-lovers bully romance book where the guy pretends to be someone else, you’ll love Punk 57

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Untouchable by Sam Mariano 

Sam Mariano brings uncomfortable experiences to an entirely new level with her dark romance novel Untouchable.

Zoey never expected her senior year to start with lube in her locker, but after getting a football player suspended for harassment, she has become a social pariah. One day, Zoey finds that she’s attracted the attention of the all-star quarterback Carter Mahoney. That’s when things go too far and Zoey finds herself caught in the snare of a devil lurking beneath the golden boy facade. 

If you love dark bully romance books, I think you should give Untouchable a go, but tread carefully, especially during the beginning of the book. It’s not for everyone.

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The Secret Girl by C.M. Stunich

Charlotte Carson is forced to move to Connecticut when her father receives a position as headmaster of Adamson All-Boys Academy. The board plans to modernize the academy by allowing girls in and they want to use Charlotte as the guinea pig. However, who wants to be the only girl at an all-boys school? Well, I guess some people would like that, but Charlotte would prefer not to be the only girl. We can all guess what that means.

Enter Charlie “Chuck” Carson (aka Charlotte). Chuck is the new guy at Adamson All-Boys Academy and quickly becomes a social pariah. The question is, how quickly will it be before someone realizes Chuck is actually Charlotte?

Well, not too long. In fact, there’s a killer on the loose and he (or she) is not happy about a girl enrolled at Adamson All-Boys Academy. Plus, add in some suspicious members of the student council–Church, Ranger, Spencer, Micah, and Tobias–and she has herself one hectic semester ahead.

If you like RH bully romance books that are light on the bullying aspect and put the slow in slow burn, then you should check out C.M. Stunich’s The Secret Girl.  

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Angry God by L.J. Shen

Vaughn Spencer is the brooding artist: ruthless, arrogant and untouchable, no one gets past his defenses . . . well, except for Lenora. Vaughn and Lenny have a history and when Lenny enrolls in Todos Santos for her senior year, Vaughn makes it his mission to make her life hell. 

Lenny is his opposite in every way. She stands her ground, matching him step for step. The only thing getting her through her senior year is the chance at winning a prestigious art internship with her biggest competition being Vaughn. 

When Lenny learns they will both be interning in London, she finds herself questioning whether she should go. But Lenny has never been one to back down during a fight and she refuses to let Vaughn win this round.

If you love gritty love stories that don’t hold back, Angry God is one of the best bully romance books you should get your hands on.   

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Corrupt by Penelope Douglas 

Erika “Rika” Fane is exasperated with everything and everyone. Hoping to get a fresh start, Rika heads off to college in a new city. Those dreams are destroyed when she realizes her ex’s older brother Michael Crist, now a professional basketball player, is practically her neighbor. 

When Michael realizes that Rika is in his city, he decides it’s time to serve up some justice for what Rika did three years prior. A decision that led to the imprisonment of his three best friends. With vengeance on his brain, Rika has no clue what she’s in for when Michael and his friends come for her.

If you’re in the mood for some intense, dark bully romance books, Penelope Douglas’s Corrupt is the perfect fit. Get ready for a tumultuous ride that will have you questioning your morals. 

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Deviant King by Rina Kent

The King of Royal Elite Academy has declared war on heroine Elsa Quinn. For the next two years, his vicious subjects make her life a living hell. But as the duo approach graduation, Elsa reaches the end of her rope and issues a challenge the king can’t ignore. 

Deviant King is a dark bully romance you don’t want to miss. Rina Kent’s controversial trilogy is perfect for anyone who loves possessive alphaholes, badass heroines and loads of steam. Read at your own risk!

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Devil’s Day Party by C.M. Stunich

What happens when you must relive the worst day of your life—full of bully run-ins, crashed cars and epic parties—on an infinite loop? 

C.M Stunich’s Devil’s Day Party offers bully romance fans a thrilling reverse harem ride, with heart-pounding twists and turns like no other. Don’t miss out on this page-turning read. It promises an endlessly exciting experience you won’t soon forget.

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The Help by Callie Rose 

Lincoln, River, Dax and Chase are the Kings of Linwood Academy and Harlow–she’s just the help.

When Harlow Thomas’s mom is offered a position as an Executive Housekeeper in a prestigious home in Connecticut, she takes the offer. Harlow has no idea what to expect, but when she meets the son of her mom’s new employer, Lincoln, she comes to her own conclusions. What Lincoln does not realize is that Harlow is not the type to bend under pressure and the Kings of Linwood better watch themselves because they’re in for some serious changes.

Read The Help if you’re in the mood for a high school reverse harem bully romance. 

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It Just Had To Be You by Jacqueline Francis

Catalina is exhausted after being tormented by the school bully, Scott Carter. However, when he starts to show her a different side, Catalina’s life takes an unexpected twist. While Scott has changed, Catalina struggles to put the pain of the past behind her. 

From Jacqueline Francis comes It Just Had To Be You, a captivating page-turner perfect for fans of bully romances. 

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Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward

High school senior Greta Hansen has no idea what to expect from her new year long roommate, Elec O’Rourke, a stepbrother she’s never met until now. Broody and arrogant, Elec sends mixed signals from the moment he moves in to the moment he abruptly leaves. Fast forward seven years and they meet once again. This time, they’re not letting go…  

If you enjoy bully romance books with a taboo premise (step-sibling romance), then you should take a look at Stepbrother Dearest.

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Resurrection by Siobhan Davis

After Harlow Westbrook’s father dies, Low numbs her grief with sex and alcohol. To make matters worse, she catches her boyfriend with another girl on the worst day of her life. Little does she know, this is the start of something much bigger. Low soon finds herself tangled with the Sainthood, a powerful and notorious gang.

Led by Saint, Galen, Caz and Theo, the Sainthood reigns at her new school with an iron fist. Despite their notorious reputation, the group takes a strong interest in Low and makes her a part of their family. As she navigates newfound secrets and a menacing brother-in-law, Low comes face-to-face with the dark side of the Sainthood.

If you’re a fan of the bully romance genre, Resurrection is a wicked ride not to be missed! Packed with steamy scenes and explosive confrontations, you’ll be in for the ride of your life! Get ready for a story that will leave you wanting more.

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The Awakening by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti

When Tory and Darcy Vega discover their true identities as part of a mystical realm, their fates take a dramatic turn. At the cutthroat Zodiac Academy, the twin sisters must learn to persevere in the treacherous hallways or face dire consequences. 

Packed with magic, danger and a hint of romance, Zodiac Academy is an engrossing bully romance that will tantalize fans of the genre. So, if you can’t get enough of bully romances, then Zodiac Academy is the perfect story for you.

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The Peer and the Puppet by B.B. Reid

After a job goes wrong, Four Archer is forced out of her comfort zone when she and her mom are shipped off to Blackwood Keep, her mother’s new lover’s mansion. There she meets her future step-brother Ever McNamara. To say that they got off on the wrong foot would be an understatement.   

Ever sees Four and her mother as gold diggers and makes Four’s life a living hell. When an opportunity arises to get rid of Four, Ever takes it. What he never expected was for Four to come back with vengeance on her mind.

If you’re in the mood for a bully love story with a step-sibling romance, The Peer and the Puppet is the perfect option. 

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Orientation Week by Ruby Vincent

When Zela sets her sights on Breakbattle Academy, nothing will stop her from earning an elusive spot at the prestigious academy that happens to segregate the girls from the guys. Except she has no plans of attending as herself. When she steps onto that extravagant campus, it will be as Zeke Manning, a freshman boy with high hopes of snatching a coveted spot among the elite.

Determined to prove that she can hold her own among the male population, Zela quickly realizes that it won’t be as simple as she initially thought. Because at Breakbattle, students have no quandaries with fighting for their place at the cutthroat academy. But Zela has other plans that involve a certain boy in her year, something that he’ll never see coming.

Read Orientation Week if you’re in the mood for a slow-burn high school bully reverse harem romance where the girl pretends to be a guy. You won’t be disappointed by this series.

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I Dare You by Shantel Tessier

Austin is the new girl in town. Trying to escape from her deadbeat mom and her abusive boyfriend, Austin moves in with her dad. Hoping to keep a low profile, Austin’s plans are shattered when she witnesses something she should have never seen.

Caught by the perps of the crime, she is coerced into joining a group of dangerous men who live life on the edge. As the dares spin out of control, lines are blurred and the games turn deadly. The question is, will Austin and Cole make it out with their hearts?

For a game of crazy dares and some insane sexual tension, I Dare You brings all of that in this bully love story that will keep you reading till the very end.

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Filthy Rich Boys by C.M. Stunich

Alright, imagine you’re in this scenario. You won the scholarship to attend one of the most elite private schools in the United States. On your first day, almost everyone seems to already know who you are and your tour guide ditches you after implying that you don’t belong there. A friendly face ends up helping you around campus and gives you the low-down of course the school’s social structure. This new friend then explains how the idols (the elites) are at the top of the food chain and they have set their sights on you (like a bounty, not ooh la la). What else is there to do except survive.

If you’re in the mood for a reverse-harem high school bully romance novel, you should definitely give Filthy Rich Boys a try.

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Pretty Reckless by LJ Shen

All it takes is one decision to irrevocably change the future.

Four years ago, Daria Followhill took fate into her own hands when she destroyed a fellow dancer’s chance at achieving her dreams and, in doing so, destroyed a relationship with the guy who wanted all her firsts. Now, he’s back. Except, this time, he’s her foster brother.

Penn Scully adored Daria until he didn’t. When she shattered the only good thing in his life, everything changed. He still wants her, but not in the same way. This time, the roles are switched and he’ll become the guy who destroys her.

Read Pretty Reckless if you’re looking for high school bully romance books with misunderstood characters who toe the line between love and hate.

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