12 Best Arranged Marriage Romance Books

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Arrange a list of arranged marriage romance books for a week of marital fun.

From forced marriages between mafia princesses and devils in disguise to arranged marriages between royalty, this curated list of arranged marriage romance books has it all.

Read on for the best arranged marriage romance books.

Best Fantasy Books With an Arranged Marriage 

Radiance by Grace Draven

To unite their kingdoms, Ildiko, the niece of the king, and Brishen Khaskem, the prince of the Kai, must marry – a tall order for two people who find each other physically repulsive. Despite the forced nature of their union, Ildiko and Brishen soon realize that there is more to their marriage than politics and duty.

Between their shaky union and the precarious political landscape amongst their kingdoms, Kai and Ildiko will have to forego their honeymoon and do some damage control before the warring kingdoms rip them apart. 

Radiance is perfect for readers interested in slow-burn fantasy romance books with an arranged marriage, hilarious bickering, and unique worlds.

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Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Louise le Blanc escapes to the city of Cesarine where she blends in as a common thief, hiding the fact that she’s a witch. If the wrong person finds out, she may find herself burned at the stake as witches are feared and hunted by the masses. 

As a Chasseur (huntsman) for the Church, Reid Diggory is bound to one duty: kill all witches. However, he finds himself in a precarious predicament when Lou pulls a sly stunt that ends with the two becoming husband and wife. 

Obsessed with magic, witches, and cutthroat villains? Love forbidden enemies-to-lovers books with questionable heroes, quick-witted heroines, and an arranged marriage? If all of that has you nodding your head in excitement, then Serpent & Dove is one of the best romances for you.

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The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn tells the story of an eighteen-year-old caliph, Khalid, who takes a new bride each night only to have a silk cord wrapped around their neck each morning and a commoner, Shahrzad, who is intent on ending after her best friend falls victim to Khalid.

If you love Beauty and the Beast Retellings with cunning heroines and an arranged marriage, The Wrath and the Dawn is one of the best slow-burn fantasy romance books to add to your TBR list. You do not want to miss this standout novel. 

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A Shadow in the Ember by Jennifer L. Armentrout

In the prequel to From Blood and Ash, Seraphena Mierel takes center stage. Born to be the consort to the Primal of Death, Sera has always known that one day she would have to leave the life she knows behind to fulfill her destiny: Assassinating the Primal of Death.  

A Shadow in the Ember is a beautifully complex high fantasy romance rife with emotion, tension, action, and intricate world-building.

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Best Contemporary Books With an Arranged Marriage

The Sweetest Oblivion by Danielle Lori

After a scandalous rendezvous leaves Elena Abelli’s reputation in tatters, the once favored mafia principessa is stripped of her halo and placed on house arrest. 

When her father announces her sister’s upcoming nuptials to the notorious King of the Cosa Nostra, the last thing she expects to feel is an inexplicable pull to her future brother-in-law. 

But with each passing glance and heated altercation, fate weaves an intricate web that spells their ultimate doom. 

Gritty, captivating and unputdownable, The Sweetest Oblivion is one of the best dark billionaire romance books out there. If you’re a sucker for allusive antiheroes, buckets of sexual tension and arranged marriages, you’ll love Danielle Lori’s sweet series.

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The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen

Francesca Rossi’s dreams of her future marriage to Angelo Bandini, her childhood friend and heir to one of the most influential families in the Chicago Outfit, are dashed the moment a devil in a masquerade mask steals her first kiss. And the devil? Well, he is none other than Senator Wolfe Keaton, the kiss thief.

The Kiss Thief is a memorable mafia romance perfect for fans of romance books with an arranged marriage, the grumpy/sunshine trope, and twists and turns.

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Brutal Vows by J.T. Geissinger

Ever since her abusive arranged marriage, 33-year-old widow Reyna Caruso has been a staunch critic of arranged marriages. When she learns that her brother plans to marry off her beloved niece to an Irish mobster, she makes her stance clear on the matter.

But when her concerns fall on deaf ears, she knows there is one last thing she can do: Kill him.

After all, they don’t call her the Black Widow for nothing.

With sizzling chemistry and immense suspense, Brutal Vows is one of the mafia romance books you do not want to miss.

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Kiss an Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Walking down the aisle with cold feet and second thoughts is not a great way to start a marriage, but what’s she to do? 

Daisy has no other choice. She’s broke. Every one of her credit cards canceled. And the cherry on top of this delightful situation? There is the threat of jail time if she refuses to marry the mystery man. 

All she has to do is stick out the next six months with his traveling circus and then she’s free.

Humorous, witty and emotional, Kiss an Angel centers around an arranged marriage that evolves into something real. Daisy and Alex’s slow burn romance will make you laugh, cry and think. It’ll undoubtedly stay on your mind for quite some time.

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Forget-Me-Not Bombshell by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti 

In Forget-Me-Not Bombshell, the London Firm, ruled by the Butcher Brothers, takes center stage with Anya Volkov, the daughter of the Russian Bratva, jetting off to the UK to fulfill her marital obligations to Danny, the Butcher of London, commonly referred to as the unhinged twin. Becoming shackled to Danny is a death sentence, and Anya refuses to go down without at least sticking a knife in his back first.

Unknowingly to Anya, the psycho twin is about to get the shock of a lifetime with the unexpected arrival of Benny, the brother he backstabbed and framed for a crime that landed him with an eight-year sentence. Between Benny, his best friend and right-hand man Church, and his ex-friend turned enemy Frank, Anya has three men on her side who have no plans of allowing Danny to continue his reign of terror – even if she does not know that yet. 

With off-the-charts steam, darkly twisted characters, and hilarious laugh-out-loud moments, Forget-Me-Not Bombshell is a highly addictive addition to the Mafia Wars series and one of the best arranged marriage romance books of 2022. Between Anya’s killer harem, the fabulous banter, and the lovely England patriotism, you are in for an insane rollercoaster ride that will kick your sleep schedule to the curb.

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Sweet Temptation by Cora Reilly

When Cassio’s wife dies, leaving his children motherless, expectations push him to take a new wife. What he did not expect was an arranged marriage to an eighteen-year-old.

Barely an adult herself, Giulia is unsure whether she is ready to become a mom herself. But despite all of that, she keeps an optimistic disposition and steps up to her new role.

For an arranged romance that is as entertaining as it is engaging, I recommend looking at Sweet Temptation.

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Sparrow by L.J. Shen

When the free-spirited Sparrow finds herself walking down the aisle to Boston’s infamous Irish mob boss known as The Fixer, she refuses to shrink away from his icy stare or allow his ruthless reputation to send her running. 

Determined to fulfill his promise, Troy will do whatever it takes… even if that means clipping Sparrow’s wings. 

For readers obsessed with the mob, Sparrow is the perfect enemies-to-lovers, arranged marriage romance to satisfy all your dark and twisted underground needs.

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King of Wrath by Ana Huang 

Huang’s King of Wrath tells the story of billionaire CEO Dante Russo, a man blackmailed into an arranged marriage with heiress Vivian Lau, an ambitious young woman from a family desperate to rise up the ranks of the elite. And let’s just say an arranged marriage is the last thing Dante wants. 

King of Wrath is a sexy love story perfect for readers obsessed with arranged marriage romance books.

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