If you’re a voracious romance reader, then you know that lately, you can’t browse for ebooks without seeing at least one step-brother romance (okay, maybe five, or ten…). A search for “step-brother romance” books on Amazon brings up nearly 2,000 results. Regardless of your personal taste, readers are snatching up these quasi-taboo love stories — and propelling them onto the bestseller lists.
Playing off an old romance plot device — hero and heroine are forbidden to be together because reasons, but decide to go for it anyway — step-sibling romances add another layer to the conflict. While some find it too close to incest for their liking, others are barely batting an eyelash.
I’ve read a few step-brother romances and, honestly, the potential taboo doesn’t really bother me. I’ve read some weird stuff in romance (like the double-pronged man god in Sevin by Elizabeth Amber — which I will never forget) so a step-sibling couple isn’t necessarily going to affect whether I read and enjoy a book or not. In most of the step romances I’ve come across, the hero and heroine meet later in life, or sometimes before their parents decide to get married. (Like instances of “Oh, the guy I hooked up with that one time is now my step-brother? Well then.”)
But I do get why it’s a deal breaker for some. They could live in the same house, their parents are married. It’s a potentially awkward situation, at the very least. In real life, it would gross me out. But in romancelandia? Bring it. For me, sometimes I want a book that strays a little from the path, and “taboo” subjects can provide that satisfaction if done well.
One main issue readers have with step romances is oversaturation, which happens with many trends. With so many step-brother romances, where does one begin? I highly recommend A Little Too Far by Lisa Desrochers, which features two “taboo” romance subjects: step-siblings and priests (my favorite!). Step-Brother Dearest is another title that’s constantly recommended. I haven’t read it yet, but it’s waiting patiently on my Kindle.
Below are more step-brother romances that are highly rated by readers. What step-brother romances do you recommend?
Stepbrother Untouchable by Colleen Masters (Amazon)
So, what do you think? Are you a fan of step-brother romances? Have you read any of these books? I’m always looking for recommendations. For more love stories, visit our Everything Romance page.