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Evelyn MitchellEvelyn MitchellMay 30, 2024

Strong female lead romance books

Strong female lead romance books

In the world of romance novels, strong female leads are redefining the genre, shattering tropes, and captivating readers with their courage, wit, and unapologetic attitude. These women are not simply love interests or damsels in distress; they are the driving force behind their own stories, forging their own paths and writing their own happy or unexpected endings. From sassy and confident to weak to strong, these heroines will make you laugh, cry, and cheer them on as they ride through the ups and downs of love, relationships, and personal growth. In this article, we'll celebrate 11 exceptional strong female lead Romance books that will leave you feeling empowered, inspired, and maybe even a little bit in love.

True Luna by Tessa Lilly

‘I had chosen a different mate. She should have an opportunity to do the same. But it would kill me. Looking at another man touching what's mine… it would definitely kill me.’

On her first shift, her mate Alpha Logan rejected her and chose her bully to be his mate, deeming her not strong enough to rule the Pack with him.

However, the feeling of jealousy became a stronger obsession for Alpha Logan. He rejected her, yet seethed with rage at the thought of other men near his ex-mate, and each day, his possessiveness over Emma grew even more stronger. The biggest twist? Emma, whom he'd rejected for being weak, wasn't just an ordinary Wolf.

A perfect mix of jealousy, a possessive male lead, and regrets, the book ‘True Luna’ one of the best paranormal romance books with strong female leads will take you on a twirl of emotions.

The Mafia Don's Crazy Beauty by Sabelle

Varona Campbell – the wild daughter, the one who was bent on doing anything she wanted. She never cared about anything or anyone.

Her life began with a devastating turn when her mother's tragic death left her and her sister at the mercy of their ruthless father. But that's not the worst of it – he sells her off to the notorious Italian Mafia boss, Zavi Covillie, to settle a debt.The least she expected was that she’d be called a slave. Slave? What exactly do slaves to the Italian Mafia Boss, Zavi Covillie do?

Knowing how strong-headed she could be, would she bend to all the rules of Zavi Covillie, a man used to setting rules that must be followed, or would she stand up against his rules?

If you're looking for the best romance books with strong female leads, check out The Mafia Don’s Crazy Beauty.

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  • Author: Sabelle
  • Status: Completed
  • Age Rating: 18+
  • 👁 28.9K
  • 7.9

Warning- Mature Audiences only!. -Strong sexual content. -® rated language. © Original work. Description: "Get up!." He commanded. His voice was stern and his cold blue eyes pierced into my skin. I didn't look fazed by his intimidating demeanor. "You muckerfucker blood-sucking demon." I cussed, biting down my lower lip to hinder myself from not raining more curses at him. He smirked. He glided across the room until he stood in front of me, I looked right into his eyes as he lowered down to my level. His hand gripped my chin up, his blue eyes looking deep into mine. "You won't end well if you continue to speak to me like that," I smirked. "I am not afraid of you!" He smiled but it didn't reach his eyes. "And you're afraid of death, I am death." My jaw dropped. He knows where to get me. He let go of me seeing my frightened look and looking satisfied. "But you didn't have to kill that girl for my sake. She did nothing." "Someone's going to cover up for you." He turned around and went to sit on my bed. "But I didn't kill him. There was nothing to cover up for." "Oh, dear." He said and lit his joint up. "He died." I froze. I killed someone too. I've stained my hands with blood. "Don't look too surprised and all that stunned. That's one thing you'll learn how to do and face. You've got to learn how to kill." *** Vanora Campbell's mom died leaving her with her uncaring father, she blamed her father for killing her mother and lived so carelessly thereafter. Her life turned upside down when her dad sold her to the Italian mafia boss, Zavi Covillie.


The Alpha's Plus Size Urban Human Mate Series by Keisa Khaos

When sassy and plus-sized Ji'lanhi, a friend of Makahi Crystal's mom, is offered a deal to plan a mating ceremony/wedding ceremony for the powerful Alpha—Makahi Crystal, she embarks on a long journey, only to discover a jaw-dropping twist upon arrival - she's his mate instead! A plus-sized human wedding planner with zero knowledge of werewolf culture, Ji'lanhi is pulled into a world of werewolves and forbidden attraction, where nothing in her whole existence could have prepared her for the shocking revelation that changes her reality.

His Mafia Bride by Adaririchichi

“The world is a very small place. We will definitely cross paths again, and this time, I'll make her apologize properly, and pay for her rudeness, be it the hard way or the easy way.”

In the dimly lit club, Alina's carelessness led her to bump into a stranger. She escaped without offering a proper apology, unaware of the danger that waited ahead. The stranger was none other than Dante Morelli, the feared and ruthless capo dei capi of the most powerful and dangerous Italian-American mafia.

His years of training have prepared him for a life of crime and revenge, and he won't hesitate to exact revenge for Alina's ignorance.

Fate seems to be working in his favor when he receives an invitation from his sworn enemy, Nikolia Fedorov, Don of the Russian Mafia – the man responsible for his parent's demise. A little investigation reveals that Alina is Nikolia's youngest child. Their two encounters have been less than pleasant: she bumped into him the first time and slapped him the second. Instead of being utterly enraged, he's stunned, intrigued, and enraged in disbelief at how daring Alina was.

When a marriage alliance is formed by Alina's father, she has no choice but to meet the man she's been forced to marry.


“Nice to meet you, Alina.”

Of course, for everything she has done and for being his enemy's daughter, he’s still holding a grudge.

His Mafia Bride, the top on our list of Mafia romance books with strong female leads.

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  • 7.1

His iron grip was fastened around my waist and he pinned me on to the wall. "Let go of me!" I gritted. "If I want to right now" he leaned in close, his lips grazing my earlobe. "I can forcefully have my way with you and watch you scream your beautiful melodious tone underneath me" he whispered gravelly. I gasped and tried getting his hands of my waist. "You are my wife after all aren't you?" He teased, his teeth gently nibbling on my skin. I felt a strange heat brewing up inside me and I fought to control it. "Dante let go of me!" I seethed. Slowly, his head ascended from my neck and faced me. He ran a finger along my lips and a devilish smile curled up on his face. * * * * * * Love. Crime. Passion. Strong female lead Alina Fedorov, the vibrant and daring daughter to the Don of the Russian mafia is forcefully put into marriage against her wishes by her father. And her groom is no other than the feared Dante Morelli, the ruthless capo dei capi of the most powerful and dangerous Italian-American mafia. He has his base running all through Europe and America with myriads of capos and underbossess at his beck and call. Running his underworld without a heart, he is quick to do away with any one who goes against his orders and his years of training has him equipped for a dangerous life of crime. But none of that will matter when he meets the impulsive and independent Alina Federov. Can love ever blossom between the two especially as Dante craves revenge on Alina for the sins of her father? Or will Alina be able to break down his walls of coldness and have him on his knees for her?


Hello Kitty: Revenge On My Narcissist Husband by ShyAmy

“You are mine Samantha. Just know that in whatever you are doing, you cannot leave me.”

Samantha, tired of her husband's recurring unfaithfulness, takes a bold step towards revenge. She takes on a new identity, “Kitty,” and becomes a stripper at one of his clubs. As she perfects her craft, she also files for divorce, ready to break free from his grasp.

But the ultimate revenge comes when she's chosen to perform for the club's VIP clientele, unaware that her ex-husband is in the audience. With a mask on, she’d performed excellently. After her performance, the manager's announcement with a bottle of champagne brought forward was quite—unexpected for Samantha:

“This is a courtesy of the owner himself. You have impressed him and his benevolence. He has decided that you would perform for him privately.”

A book with a lot of tension to keep you intrigued all through? Hello Kitty: revenge on My Narcissist Husband—one of the best strong female lead romance books.

Mafia Queen by Reneè Watts

Ellie had always thought she was average-looking, with nothing special about her. And even though she thought she was average-looking, that definitely didn't stop her from being crazy. Every single time she lets her hair down and gets loose, something always goes wrong.

It all started one night – a night when she'd decided to celebrate her successes at Rookies bar, owned by Konstantin, the notorious Mafia Lord.

Just like it never ends well when she lets her hair down and gets loose, that night wasn't an exception. In one way or another, she'd gotten into a problem, then another, and then a greater problem, until it culminated in a terrible encounter with Konstantin himself, where she stood before him with a gun pointed at her head. Her reckless actions had unknowingly intruded upon his business, and now she must face the consequences.

“Take Her!”

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  • 8.5

Ellie - “Run, Ellie!“ Nicole, my best friend, screamed. Was she fucking crazy? There was no way I was leaving her like this! I froze and didn’t know what to do. If I screamed for help then the other ones would hear me and what if they’re in on it too? I went to her and started pulling her hands towards me while she was still kicking at him. Together we were finally able to get her free from his hold but he was already getting back on his feet. I repeated to Nicole what she yelled at me “run!” I took off down the hallway opposite from the stairs after seeing Nicole was right behind me. Literally running for my life. Praying there was a fire escape or something for us to get out of this damned club and away from the psychos in here. I ran past the doors that said restroom on them and saw a shiny handle that looked like it was dying to be pushed and i was praying when I did that it would open up to the outside. I pushed on the handle with all my might and it didn’t budge. “Shit, shit, shit!” This time I threw my hip into the push and it burst open only have me fall on my hands and knees sending shock waves of pain to them. “Stupid woman! Argh!“ oh shit that voice. That deep, sinful voice. I turned to look behind me and noticed Nicole was no where in sight and I started panicking. When I looked around at where I was at I noticed I was standing on a landing for stairs in a warehouse that was full of boxes. “He fucking got away!“ Scary man yelled. When I turned around to face the mad man it wasn’t him looking back at me at all. It was the barrel of his gun. Konstantin - When I jumped back the door to the exit was forced open and knocked Antonio and myself backwards stumbling over each other. Long brown hair and a green dress fell at my feet. Fuck. Antonio took this opportunity to take off and run from me as I was caught up trying to figure out what the hell she was doing here and why she was bleeding down her arms and legs. I was so fucking pissed at everything. I pulled my gun out and trained it on Elizabeth. I thought she was innocent but how convenient for her to come through this fucking door after I told her to leave! “He fucking got away!“ I screamed at her and she looked up at me. Golden eyes glowing again. Shaking from head to toe and bleeding. What the fuck is going on? It took everything in me not to pull that fucking trigger until I heard someone else scream her name coming from the hallway. Fabian was running towards her pulling his gun from his side. I take my gun off of Elizabeth and plant a bullet right in the middle of Fabian’s head. Dimitri and Ivan show up next to me and tell me they didn’t see Antonio in the warehouse anywhere then they look down at Elizabeth. “Take her.” I told them and started walking through the warehouse to look for Antonio myself. Mafia Queen - What will happen between these two completely opposite people who also have so very much in common? Will Konstantin let his gaurds down for Ellie? Can Ellie get over his life style and see past the ugly side of the mafia? Or will they grow together? Only the trials and struggles will test how strong or weak they can be.


A Queen Among Alphas by ADB_Stories

Meet Amelia, a force to be reckoned with in the world of werewolves. Born of the Alpha's blood, she's destined to become the first female Alpha of the Pack, shattering centuries of tradition and patriarchal rule. But with this historic ascension comes a tidal wave of challenges. Belittled and doubted by her own pack, Amelia faces relentless reminders that she's a woman and therefore “not strong enough” to lead.

But Amelia has a singular mission: to prove them all wrong. With persistent determination and unrelenting power, she's determined to rule with exceptional skill and strength, silencing her doubters and inspiring her pack. Even her partner, who once questioned her abilities, will be forced to witness her greatness.

Romance books with badass female leads were what you wanted? Read ‘A Queen Among Alphas’ now!

Beyond the Contract by Natacha_H

In a twist of fate, Anastasia Jackson, the billionaire heiress, enters a contract marriage with Abraxas, the man of her dreams. But little does she know, their union is built on deceit. Desperate to escape her overprotective parents and experience life on her own terms, Anastasia creates a new identity - ordinary Stacy.

Their wedding day arrives, and the truth hits her like a ton of bricks: Abraxas is already entangled with another woman and only married her out of convenience. The next six years are a living nightmare - Anastasia is maltreated, starved, insulted, and cheated on. Yet, she holds onto the hope that he will one day reciprocate her love.

But when that hope dwindles, Anastasia makes the bold decision to file for divorce. And that's when Abraxas discovers the truth: the woman he's been mistreating is none other than Anastasia Jackson, the influential and powerful heiress of the Jackson Family.

Dive into a world of intrigue, deception, and suspense in this gripping romance novel.

The Bad Boy's First Love by Anna Kendra

Looking for the best romance books with strong female leads? Hop into the captivating world of Lydia McKenzie and the notorious bad boy, David Lyric Donovan.

David Lyric Donovan, the quintessential bad boy of Rosewater, has a reputation for getting into trouble - from useless fights to criminal arrests, and a revolving door of conquests. He's a professional street fighter, and his dangerous charm draws girls in, eager to 'fix' him, while guys aspire to be him.

Lydia McKenzie, on the other hand, has shut off her emotions entirely. A traumatic incident at school and a severe brain injury left her with a robotic efficiency, devoid of feelings.

But when David Lyric Donovan meets Lydia, he's intrigued and annoyed by her presence. She's upfront, outspoken, and completely unimpressed by his antics. For the first time, he's left questioning his feelings – is it curiosity, hatred, or attraction? What does he feel for the enigmatic Lydia McKenzie, the girl with no emotions?

Oops, My Sugar Baby is Alpha by Nina GoGo

On her eighteenth birthday, she and her fiancé had agreed to share their first time in an intimate night together. But her half-sister Emily had other plans, seducing her fiancé after getting her drunk. Meanwhile, in a dark and unknown room, Isabella had a one-night stand with a stranger. She had always believed the man she spent the night with was her fiancé.

But when she woke up alone in her bed the next morning, she realized her devastating mistake. Months later, she was pregnant with this stranger's child. As she lay in the hospital ward, recovering from delivery, a breathtaking man with a cold demeanor walked in and declared.

“I am Andrew Turner, your child's father.”

Who was this enigmatic figure? Where had he been all this time? Was he even human? How did he manage to arrive just at the right time? Had he been keeping an eye on her?

Get ready to sink your teeth into the juicy story of ‘Opps, my Sugar Baby Is Alpha,’ fantasy romance books with strong female leads.

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Fated Is Overrated by Brendamx107

Lola, a fiery and determined she-wolf, has been treated like an outcast by her pack, the Red Dagger Pack, for as long as she can remember. Abandoned in the woods as a child, she was taken in by a foster mother, but never truly accepted by the pack. With her curvy figure, blonde hair, and green eyes, she stands out from the rest, and her sassy attitude and anger issues only add fuel to the fire.

After years of bullying and torment by her former best friend, Chris, the alpha heir, Lola has had enough. She's been secretly training and building her strength, waiting for the perfect moment to strike back. And when she finally snaps, the pack will never be the same.

As she faces off against her tormentors, Lola discovers she has special powers and a mysterious past that threatens to upend everything she thought she knew about herself. And to make matters more complicated, she's caught the attention of not one, but two Lycan princes, who claim to be her fated mates.

Will Lola let her guard down and trust again, or will she choose to go it alone? And what happens when her true identity and powers are revealed to the pack? One thing's for sure: the outcast has become a force to be reckoned with, and the Red Dagger Pack will never be the same again.

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  • 9.5

*18+ content included!* If you are looking for a story with a submissive, all-forgiving female lead, this is not the novel for you. ***** She smirks, before asking “do you like that, my little mate?”. I’m too far gone to even care about the “little” part now, all I want is her tongue back where it was a second ago. “Yes..” I manage to breathe out, before she licks it again, and shortly wraps her lips around my tip. F*ck. I moan, shivering when she pulls back. “Say please, my little mate” she taunts, her eyes still glued to mine and her hand still pleasuring me. “Please Lola” I breathe out. And just like that, she wraps her mouth around the tip, before taking in my c*ck until it hits the back of her throat. We both moan loudly, and I close my eyes momentarily in pure ecstasy. I almost whimper when she pulls it out again to say “look at me while I please you”. I comply immediately, and she grins before continuing her delicious torture. Her other hand moves to play with my balls and I know I’m not going to last long. ***** Lola is an omega within the Red Dagger pack. She was found as a baby abandoned in the woods by her adoptive mother, who has long passed by now. Lola is not your typical submissive she wolf. She is sassy, with anger issues bubbling just beneath the surface. With her curvy body, blonde hair and green eyes she is the total opposite of all the other wolves appearance wise. And as a result, is treated like an outcast after her best friend Chris – the alpha heir – turns on her without warning as young children. Ignored by almost everyone and bullied and beaten by her former best friend and his gang daily, Lola long awaits the day and year she turns 18 when she gets her wolf and is able to finish high school to leave Red Dagger. All she has to do is withstand one more schoolyear of it all, despite the constant desire to fight back and the struggles to reign in her anger. But what happens when the bucket runs over and her restraint finally snaps? What happens when she faces off those who have tormented her for years, thinking she is a weak little girl, although she has been secretly training hard for years on her own? As the story unfolds, she will come across those who desire her as well as her fated mates – the Lycan princes. Lola has never wanted a mate and after all betrayals is reluctant to trust anyone anymore – but will she let any of them in eventually? And what happens when her wolf is revealed and her origins are questioned when she gains special powers? Will she find her happy ever after with a mate, her fated mates, or stay alone?


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