12 Monster Romance Series Starters for the New Year

It’s the start of a new year, and what better time to start a new series than now? If you’re looking for a new monster romance series to read, take a look at the great books below! There’s 12 of them, so you can even start a new series every month of the year! With sci-fi romance, fantasy romance, paranormal romance, dystopian romance, and post-apocalyptic romance, there’s something for everyone.

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1. A Soul to Keep by Opal Reyne

All Reia ever wanted was freedom.

Known as a harbinger of bad omens and blamed for Demons eating her family, Reia is shunned by her entire village. When the next offering is due and the monstrous Duskwalker is seen heading their way, her village offers her an impossible choice – be thrown into the prison cells or allow herself to be sacrificed to a faceless monster.

However, he is not what he seems. His skull face and glow eyes are ethereal, and she finds herself unwittingly enchanted by him.

All Orpheus ever wanted was a companion.

Each decade, in exchange for a protection ward from the Demons that terrorise the world, Orpheus takes a human offering to the Veil – the place he lives and the home of Demons. The brief companionship does little to ease his loneliness, and their lives were always, unfortunately, cut short.

He’d thought it was a hopeless endeavour, until he met her. She’s not afraid of him, and his insatiable desire deepens within every moment of her presence.

But will Orpheus be able to convince Reia to stay before she’s lost to him forever?

2. Stealing the Troll’s Heart by Lyonne Riley

Telise has survived on her own by being the quickest, the smartest, and the deadliest. But even to her friends, she’s always been a little… Strange. She’s spent her life seeking something that other humans simply can’t offer her, and it’s not until she tries to rob two trollkin that she realizes what it is she’s after.

Raz’jin the troll has only ever wanted money—oh, and the occasional casual lay. But when he finds himself with a dagger at his throat, at the mercy of a red-headed human woman… He discovers a new and very unexpected desire in himself.

Telise and Raz’jin are both haunted by the memory of their meeting, even if such a relationship would be the ultimate taboo. Their peoples are at war, and they can’t even speak the same language. But when they meet in a bar in neutral territory, perhaps their bodies can do the talking for them.

3. Candy for My Orc Boss by Ava Ross

A new life, a new job, a new orc husband . . . Wait, isn’t he supposed to be my boss?

After my ex announces his wedding to someone other than me, I’m eager to leave town. A new life and a new job are just what I need to restore my mojo. On the way to my destination, I overnight at a hotel where edible unmentionables and a tattooed orc construction worker rock my world. I sneak out the next morning, figuring I’ll never see him again.

Until I walk into my new job. That hot orc construction worker?

He’s my boss.

He’s eager to continue where we left off.

And those symbols on his wrists? According to orc tradition, they mean we’re married.

Candy for my Orc Boss is Book 1 in the Monsterville, USA world. Each book is standalone, containing its own Happily Ever After, and they can be read in any order. Expect size difference, a cinnamon roll hero, fates mates, and a marriage of convenience.

4. Claimed by the Alien Rogue by Krista Luna

The grumpy blue demon who rescues me is hot as sin. And he’s got one hell of a wicked tail.


I went to space looking for adventure, my job to guard the other women of the expedition. When gray aliens wake me from cryo in the middle of a bustling market, it turns out I’m what’s on sale. This sure as hell isn’t the fun I dreamed of!

A blue demon with horns and a tail leaps to my rescue. We escape into the jungle, zipping through the trees on a hoverspeeder with me clinging to his powerful back. Now this is more like it!

Gravin’s gorgeous and grumpy and growls in an unknown language. But he treats me like I’m precious, and his touch sets me on fire.


Banished from my home world because I didn’t have a fated mate, I never expect to find her on an auction block. Or for a mob boss to make the winning bid.

I fight for her. Steal her.

I don’t care that she’s not Zaarn. Car-Raa is sunshine and strength and the most beautiful thing in the universe.

The mating pull burns hot in me. I need to give her my mating vow. But to be able to talk, we need special translation tech. We dive into a heist, attempting to con the same mobsters I stole her from. When danger threatens from all sides, I’ll risk everything to save her.

And to claim her as mine.

Claimed by the Alien Rogue is a steamy alien romance featuring a grumpy alien mercenary who goes soft for her and a sunshiny heroine ready for the best adventure of all—love. Strap in for a fun ride filled with adventure, toe-curling steam, and a heartfelt HEA.

5. Monster’s Find by Leann Ryans

I found her in the dark, and that’s where I’ll claim her so she can’t run.

My heat is coming, and nothing will stop it. They killed my father, and now there’s no one to protect me, so I run.

A cave in the mountains is the safest place I can find, but I am not alone.

Is a real monster any worse than the ones that murdered my father to take me for themselves?

6. Monsters’ Genesis by Alana Khan

Nothing prepared us for this.

My three mates and I have managed to bond and love each other despite the horrendous conditions of an overpopulated Earth. We live in the Down Below, forced to comply with crippling regulations while the rich tower over us in the Up Above structures.

Until the cataclysm happens, and people in the Down Below experience massive genetic mutations. I’m safe with my mates until one of them begins to change… then another… until I’m not sure who I need protection from–the monsters outside my door or the ones within my walls.

The first book in the Rescued by the Monsters series is a dystopian why choose monster romance by USA Today Bestselling author Alana Khan.

No cheating. No cliffhangers. Guaranteed love and happily ever after. Readers 18+.

7. Soul Eater by Lily Mayne

Twenty years ago, monsters rose on earth and began a new age of civilization.

One where humans live in military-controlled, cramped and dirty cities along the coasts, and the majority of the United States is known as the Wastes. A lawless, desolate and dangerous place, teeming with monsters that have claimed the land for their own.

Including Wyn the Soul Eater.

He appears every three years, making his way across the country and slaughtering humans randomly, sucking them dry until they’re nothing but husks.

I’ve only been in the military for six months, but now I’m part of a unit tasked with trying to stop and capture him. And when I’m the only soldier out of hundreds that the Soul Eater leaves alive, I realise that… something about me has intrigued him.

But what is it? What could a twenty-three year old guy from the south, with no one and nothing in the world, have possibly done to capture the attention of a death monster with horns, blackened fingertips and a face hidden in the dark depths of his hood?

Soul Eater is the debut novel of Lily Mayne. It is the first in a planned post-apocalyptic fantasy series featuring monsters and human men falling in love.

Warning: This m/m love story contains explicit content and is not suitable for young readers. There are also graphic depictions of torture and violence.

8. A Lady of Rooksgrave Manor by Kathryn Moon

On the brink of losing her position as a maid and with no prospects to go on, the offer of a place at Rooksgrave Manor—a house of ill and unusual repute—sounds like a perfect fit for a young woman with Esther’s inclinations. Even better, the invitation comes by the hand of the handsome Dr. Underwood, a delicate gentleman with a ferocious alter ego who knows exactly what he wants from Esther.

Upon arrival, the men and the daily decadence of the manor feel too good to be true for a girl of Esther’s station. There are rules to be followed, expectations to meet, and Esther is afraid she might be too wicked even for a place like Rooksgrave.

Temptations lurk around every shadowy corner and Esther has never been a girl able to resist. But the risk of disappointing her new gentlemen isn’t all that’s threatening Esther’s new position. Rooksgrave Manor’s protections for its unusual patrons are failing, the wards are crumbling, and Esther’s new and exquisitely pleasurable life may all come tumbling down.

9. A Monster’s Treasure by Lynnea Lee

Unfairly convicted of a crime, I’m sent to serve the Kadrixan males for their rutting season.

The Kadrixans. Even their name inspires terror. Fiery-skinned and devil-like, they stand head and shoulders taller than any human man. Our colony made a terrible bargain with these monsters. The Kadrixans give us precious ore in exchange for the one thing they need.

Women. Like me.

When we meet our Kadrixan captors, I come face to face with a massive, brawny beast who claims I belong to him.
And not just for the rutting season. He wants me forever.

I never expected to claim a human mate, but one look at the curvy female and I know she’s mine.

Hunger claws at my mind and that of every other warrior in my regiment. All of us are on the brink of the rut which makes us more belligerent with each passing day. Without females, we’ll tear each other apart with rage.

We depend upon our bargain. Human females for Kadrixan ore.

The females arrive and there is one who stirs my primitive desire: Clara. She thinks I’m a monster; I see it in her eyes and scent it in her fear. She vows to return to her people after the rut is over, but I vow to claim my mate, to woo her and prove she’s mine.

10. The Gardener and the Water-horse by Mallory Dunlin

I swore never to love again. So why can’t I resist the one man who’s too deadly to touch?

After sacrificing everything for a new beginning, I expected to be alone forever. It was better that way. Safer.

All that changed when I looked at my reflection in the lake and saw the face of an elemental water-horse instead.

If I touch him, I might die. If I let myself follow the forbidden lure of his voice, not even a sorcerer can save me. Behind those ice-blue eyes is a possessive, merciless immortal.

He says all he wants is the sound of my voice. But I know that won’t ever be enough—not for him and not for me.

I’ve heard the stories—but it’s not the risk of drowning that scares me.

It’s the risk of losing my heart.

“The Gardener & the Water-horse” is a standalone high fantasy romance, featuring an immortal, shapeshifting elemental who would sacrifice anything to claim the woman he desiresand who won’t ever let go once she says “yes”.

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11. Little Slice of Hell by Clio Evans

Creatures of all kinds go to the Barista to find love, including the devilishly sexy incubus known as Dante.

Dante wants to find his soul mate— someone that won’t scream when they see his horns, his tail, and his…other thing. Thousands of years of seduction and power, and he still can’t fill the hole in his heart.

When the Barista sets Dante up with a human named Peter, he realizes that he’s never wanted anyone else more. Peter is resistant though, especially when it comes to the L word.

Dante has his work cut out for him if he’s going to finally get his own little slice of hell.

This novella has the following:

  • Hot MONSTER Scenes
  • Special package….
  • Fated Mates Love
  • BDSM
  • Sword Crossing
  • And more 😉

The Creature Cafe Series follows the Barista and who he matchmakes. Each book will have a different monster finding their true love, tons of spicy scenes, and special *ahem* appendages. Follow Clio Evans on Instagram, Facebook, or Tiktok to stay up to date on monster related shenanigans.

12. Broken Earth by S.J. Sanders

Veral’monushava’skahalur is an oddity among his species, a lone Argurma cyborg divorced from his own kind by choice and to escape termination as a malfunctioning unit. Wandering the fringes of space as a salvager, he comes across a planet beyond the boundaries of the federation, rich in metals remnant of a dead civilization. Or so he thought. Confronted by cannibalistic mutations of the indigenous species, his salvage has suddenly become a lot more complicated. Even more so when he encounters a female surviving on her own. She is strong and fearless, begrudgingly earning his admiration. Terri is hardened by a life of hunger and watchfulness, and yet is moved by a compassion that he’s never possessed. When his admiration turns into the first signs of a forming mate-bond, he knows his fate is sealed. Unlicensed mating is forbidden—if his malfunctioning wasn’t already a death sentencing, taking her for her mate would be. Yet, he finds that letting her go is no longer an option.

Please be advised that this book has graphic sex and violence that may not be appropriate for all audiences. *** includes mention of child death and SA in a chapter.

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