25 Books Like King of Wrath by Ana Huang (Arranged Marriage Romances)

Books Like King of Wrath by Ana Huang (Arranged Marrieage)

If you are a fan of Marriage of Convenience books, you may also be a fan of Arranged Marriages. In contemporary books, we see a lot of arranged marriages within the Mafia and Billionaire trope.

Ana Huang’s latest book, King of Wrath, features an arranged marriage between an heiress and a billionaire tycoon. This is an enemy to lovers as the Female Main Character’s (FMC) father blackmails the Male Main Character (MMC).  The FMC knows that she must participate in an arranged marriage to support her family, but she is not happy with how MMC treats her from the start.

If you are looking for a slow burn, high heat with strong sexual tension then you must add King of Wrath to your TBR.

What is an arranged marriage?

An Arranged Marriage is a marriage planned and agreed upon by the families or guardians of the couple concerned rather than by the couple themselves.

Popular Tropes for Arranged Marriage Romances

The most popular tropes regarding arranged marriage romances are enemies to lovers, mutual pining that they are not willing to share, high angst, and sexual tension.  Both characters deny their attraction to one another until they reach the crescendo they can’t escape.

What types of books feature lots of Arranged Marriage Romances?

You will find a lot of arranged marriage romances among Billionaire romances and Mafia romances.

About King of Wrath by Ana Huang

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She’s the wife he never wanted…and the weakness he never saw coming.

Ruthless. Meticulous. Arrogant.

Dante Russo thrives on control, both personally and professionally.

The billionaire CEO never planned to marry—until the threat of blackmail forces him to engage with a woman he barely knows.

Vivian Lau, jewelry heiress, and daughter of his newest enemy.

It doesn’t matter how beautiful or charming she is. He’ll do everything he can to destroy the evidence and their betrothal.

There’s only one problem: now that he has her…he can’t bring himself to let her go.

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Elegant. Ambitious. Well-mannered.

Vivian Lau is the perfect daughter and her family’s ticket into the highest echelons of high society.

Marrying a blue-blooded Russo means opening doors that would otherwise remain closed to her new-money family.

While the rude, elusive Dante isn’t her idea of a dream partner, she agrees to their arranged marriage out of duty.

Craving his touch was never part of the plan.

Neither was the worst thing she could do: fall in love with her future husband.


Why should you read this book?

This is a billionaire romance where one family is blackmailing the other, resulting in an arranged marriage. The story’s first half is mainly enemies to lovers, full of sexual tension. Then a shift takes place, and the hero becomes possessive. If you want to read about an heiress whose life has been dictated by family obligations but soon wakes up and starts growing a backbone, then this book is for you.

King of Sins series by Ana Huang  FAQ

What books does Ana Huang reads and Recommends?

During the summer of 2022, the What to Read Next Podcast recorded a live podcast with Ana Huang. In this interview, we chatted about the Kings of Sins series. If you are also curious about what books Ana read, tune in to the author interview.

How long is the King of Sins series will be?

This is a seven-book series following the seven deadly sins.

How long is King of Wrath?

This book’s length is manageable compared to the author’s previous series.  The page length is 398 pages.

Should I read the Twisted series prior to the King of Sins  series?

Yes, it would be best to read Twisted Lies, as the characters appear as secondary characters.  Yes, Twisted Lies is 530 pages long.

Is there an audiobook available?

Yes. The audiobook is an Audible Exclusive. This means that you can only listen via Audible. This book may be eligible for Whispersync for a discounted price.

What is the series order for the King of Sins series and Tropes?


25 Books Like King of Wrath by Ana Huang (Arranged Marriages)

Sweet Temptation by Cora Reilly

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The first time Cassio meets his fiancée, she calls him “sir.” After losing his wife, Cassio is left to take care of two small children while trying to establish his rule over Philadelphia. Now he needs a mother for his children and someone who can warm his bed at night. But in a world as traditional as his, choosing your wife is a duty, not a pleasure. Rules have to be followed and traditions heeded. That’s how he ends up with a woman—a girl—barely of age. She may not be what he and his children need, but she’s lovely and a sweet temptation he can’t resist. Giulia has always known she’ll marry the man her father chose for her, but she never expects to be given to someone so much older. Suddenly she’s supposed to be a mother to two small children when she hasn’t even held a baby. Giulia quickly realizes Cassio isn’t interested in a relationship on equal footing. Her mother has warned her that men of power, like Cassio, don’t tolerate insolence. Tired of being treated like a nanny, Giulia fights for her version of a happy family.

Why should you read this book?

Sweet Temptation is an age-gap, consensual, Arranged Marriage romance within Cora Reilly’s Mafia world.

This is a standalone Mafia story which there are few and far between. Yes, we meet some of the characters in other books and see other secondary characters in future books. I found Sweet Temptation a good entry point to Cora Reilly’s Mafia World. A good book to read after is Twisted Emotions  which follows a secondary character introduced in Sweet Temptation.

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Twisted Emotions by Cora Reilly

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Nino Falcone is a genius and a monster. As the right-hand man and brother of the Capo of the Camorra, his lack of feelings is a blessing, not a curse – until his brother asks him to marry for the sake of the Camorra. Kiara Vitiello, the cousin of the Capo of the New York Famiglia, is chosen to marry Nino Falcone to prevent war with the Camorra, but what she hears about Las Vegas makes her veins pulse with terror. After her father betrayed his Capo and paid with his life, her family thinks marriage is her only chance to bring honor to her name, but only Kiara knows she’s a faulty prize given in return for peace. A man is incapable of emotions, and a woman scarred by the past – an arranged marriage with the potential to unite or destroy…

Why should you read this book?

Even though this is book 2 in the Camorra Chronicles series, this book was a good starting point for the series. This is another mafia-arranged marriage romance with an age gap and a bride being sent to a competing Mafia family as a business arrangement.

The wedding night scene is gruesome, but it shows you the length the hero goes to protect his bride. This book features the trope Touch Her, and You Will Die.

The rest of the series is addictive and binge-able. I fell in love with this Vegas-set Mafia family.


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A Match Made in Hell

The Griffins and the Gallos have been battling for control of Chicago’s underworld for generations.

Their bitter rivalry reignites when Aida, the youngest and wildest Gallo sibling, crashes a party at the Griffin mansion, accidentally setting fire to the library.

To stave off all-out war, her father arranges a marriage with Callum Griffin, the eldest son and heir.

Cold, ambitious, and brutal, Callum is determined to tame his headstrong bride. Aida is more than capable of giving as good as she gets – starting with poisoning Callum on their wedding night.

In their struggle for dominance, who will break first?

Why should you read this book?

If you love good enemies to lovers whose families decide they are better off married, this book is for you. At the wedding reception, the bride tried to kill her husband. The sexual tension is next level.

This is book 1 in the  Brutal Birthright series set in the underworld of Chicago. This series features multiple mafia families. The following book Stolen Heir, a Beauty, and the Beast, is reimagined with the hero kidnapping the heroine at the beginning of the book.


The Set Up by Falguni Kotharis



The Set Up
By Falguni Kothari



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This book is available on Audible Plus. 

A perfect disaster – or a perfect match? Find out in this heartfelt rom-com novella…

“Just three dates. That’s all I’m asking. One boy shares your sense of humor. Another has similar interests and ideals. The third boy has a helpful heart like yours.”

When Aditi Gupta comes home late from work as a pediatric resident one night and her grandfather offers this pitch, she reluctantly agrees. She’s far too busy with med school to be dating, and besides, she dreams of a love for the ages, like her parents, not an arranged marriage. And yet she finds herself agreeing to three dates because she loves her grandfather. All she has to do is make herself utterly ineligible and problem solved! 

And sure enough, her first date with the disgustingly handsome and intriguing Krishna Lal goes exactly as planned: not well! But then the second date comes around, and Aditi finds more at stake than just three bad dates. Suddenly, her heart is on the line, and maybe her grandfather’s.

Why should you read this book?

If you are looking for a quick novella on audio, then The Set-Up is for you. We see the characters go through three dates and slowly fall in love.


No one knows how new members are selected for the Hale Banking and Holding board. But there are rumors of a sordid rite of initiation.

Whispers how one woman and nine men disappear into a boardroom.

This time, that woman will be me.

The Hale family owns everything—the eighth largest bank in the world, everyone in our town, and even the mortgage on my parents’ mansion. And now Royce Hale wants to own me.

He is charming. Seductive. Ruthless. But above all, he’s the prince of lies. My body may tighten with white-hot desire under his penetrating gaze, but I refuse to enjoy it.

I’ll deal with the devil to save my family and sell myself to the Hales. But Royce will never own my heart.

Why should you read this book?

This series is bananas. If you hate Love Triangles, then this series is not for you. Marist agrees to Royce, little does she know that McCallister, Royce’s dad is obsessed with Marist and he will do anything to break the marriage that HE arranged apart.

The Initiation is a three-book series. The books are available on audio  and they are a great smutty escape.




Fake Empire
By Farnsworth, C.W.



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There’s rich.

Then there’s the Ellsworth family. The Kensington. American royalty.

Money buys power, and power always has a price. The fear of those who already possess both? Losing it. What is the best way to ensure keeping it? Alliances. And elites don’t marry down—they marry equally.

For Scarlett Ellsworth and Crew Kensington, that leaves one option: each other. Accepting that inevitability is very different from embracing it. That’s the only thing they agree upon.

It was meant to be a union for the better and business.

Instead, it challenges everything Scarlett and Crew thought they knew about themselves, their families, and most of all…each other.

Why should you read this book?

If you are looking for slow burn, mutual pining then this book is for you, Both FMC and MMC know that they are destined to get married however they are holding back falling in love because they don’t want to look weak. This book is perfect if you love Gossip Girl.

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Kiss an Angel
By Phillips, Susan Elizabeth



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Pretty, flighty Daisy Devreaux can either go to jail or marry the mystery man her father has chosen for her. Arranged marriages don’t happen in the modern world, so how did the irrepressible Daisy find herself in this fix?

As humorless as he is deadly handsome, Alex Markov has no intention of playing the loving bridegroom to a spoiled little feather-head with champagne tastes. He drags Daisy from her uptown life to a broken-down traveling circus and sets out to tame her to his ways.

But this man without a soul has met his match in a woman who’s nothing but heart. Before long, passion will send them flying sky-high without a safety net… risking it all in search of a love that will last forever.


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She’s a romantic at heart, living in the most unromantic of worlds . . .

Nicknamed Sweet Abelli for her docile nature, Elena smiles on cue and has a charming response for everything. She’s the favored daughter, the perfect mafia principessa . . . or was. Now, all she can see in the mirror’s reflection is blood staining her hands like crimson paint.

They say first impressions are everything . . .

Elena’s sister is arranged to marry Nicolas Russo in the murky waters of New York’s underworld. A made man, a boss, a cheat—even measured against mafia standards. His reputation stretches far and wide and is darker than his black suits and ties.

After his and Elena’s first encounter ends with an accidental glare on her part, she realizes he’s just as rude as he is handsome. She doesn’t like the man or anything he stands for, though that doesn’t stop her heart from pattering like rain against the glass when he’s near, nor the shiver that ghosts down her spine at the sound of his voice.

And he’s always near.

I was telling her what to do.

Making her feel hotter than any future brother-in-law should.

Elena may be the Sweet Abelli on the outside, but she’s beginning to learn she has a taste for the darkness, rough hands, cigarettes, and whiskey-colored eyes.

Having already escaped one scandal, however, she can hardly afford to be swept up in another. Besides, even if he were hers, everyone knows you don’t fall in love with a Made Man . . . right?


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I should’ve known better than to believe in fairytales…

I had to leave and can’t ever tell my husband why.

I’ve been threatened. Gene Windsor said he’d take the two people I had left away from me.

But there’s been a change of plans. Gene wants me to do his dirty work. Enemies surround me, and there’s no way out.

Bryce says it’s forever, but I know the truth: there’s no such thing as a happily ever after for a girl like me.


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He’s prince charming. Just not hers.

I have a secret

.I stole a heart, or rather a marriage contract.

It wasn’t mine to own, to look at, or to even consider.

But it was there for the taking, so I took it.

Huge mistake.

Ronan Astor is a nobility in this world.

Arrogant player.

Heartless bastard.

Vicious prince.

Now, he’s out to destroy me.

He doesn’t know that I’m out to destroy him too.

My name is Teal Van Doren, and I’m where princes go to die.

Vicious Prince is part of the Royal Elite Series but could be read independently. To better understand the world, consider reading the previous books first. This mature new adult contains situations that some readers might find offensive or triggering.




Arranged
By Lilley, R.K.



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There were rules in the cash-for-beauty game. The money held power. The beauty followed the rules and jumped through the hoops.

THE BRIDE

I knew what everyone would think if they knew the truth about my marriage. They’d be shocked and appalled. And rightly so. I was a young, modern, independent woman who’d done the unthinkable. I’d sold my virginity to a spoiled, rich boy. To a stranger who didn’t love me. And yes, I’d done it all for money.

THE GROOM

My bride was as gorgeous as she was unwelcome. As desirable as she was unwanted. I wanted nothing to do with her, but that didn’t seem to matter exactly the second she got close enough to touch. I wanted her to hate me more than she loved the millions she’d sold herself for. I wanted to spurn her, but unfortunately, I wanted to f*ck her more.

ARRANGED is a standalone erotic romance.


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They say your first kiss should be earned.

A devil stole mine in a masquerade mask under the black Chicago sky.

They say the vows you take on your wedding day are sacred.

Mine were broken before we left the church.

They say your heart only beats for one man.

Mine split and bled for two rivals who fought for it until the bitter end.

I was promised to Angelo Bandini, the heir to one of the most powerful families in the Chicago Outfit.

I was then taken by Senator Wolfe Keaton, who held my father’s sins over his head to force me into marriage.

They say that all great love stories have happy endings.

I, Francesca Rossi, found myself erasing and rewriting mine until the very last chapter.

One kiss.

Two men.

Three lives.

They were entwined together.

And somewhere between these two men, I had to find my forever.




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To the outside world, they look like American royalty, giving to charities, feeding the homeless, and rebuilding the city. But behind closed doors is a constant battle for dominance between two bosses, cultures, and hearts.

Ruthless People is a romantic crime fiction set in modern-day Chicago and follows the life and marriage of Melody Giovanni and Liam Callahan – rivals by blood and leaders through fear. Theirs is an arranged marriage to end years of bloodshed between the Irish and the Italians. Liam assumes he’s getting a simple-minded wife, one he can control, one who bends to his every need…he’ll soon find out that his wife-to-be does not fit that mold.

Melody knows exactly what type of man Liam is and would rather die than give up the power she has spent her life earning.

The mafia of the past has evolved, and with rival bosses gunning for their family, Melody and Liam will have to learn to work as one to take down those who stand in their way.


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She’s his enemy and his obsession.

For six months, I’ve watched every move she made.

Every curve of her body.

Every breath she took.

She was gorgeous and innocent…until I made her my captive.

It started as a revenge ploy,

but every forbidden touch made me crave her more.

Her sinful body. Her venomous tongue.

The way my arousal jumps every time she resists her fate.

She’s learning quickly that her defiance will not go unpunished.

That I will be obeyed.

And I’m enjoying every moment of every lesson I teach her…

Unfortunately, even her obedience can’t save her now.

Because her hand in marriage was promised to my twin,

A man as evil and ruthless as her father.

But he doesn’t want her as I do,

And our enemies have other plans.

So when a deadly attack makes me the new boss of the Malikov Bratva,

I’m left with a crippling decision to make.

Marry the princess, keep my possessions, or protect my family by killing her.


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“You are MINE…”

Michael Byron Domenico Sovrano

The Capo of Sicily’s notorious Mafia company.

My father owed him,

so he took me to repay the debt.

He’s out to destroy me, but I’ll go toe to toe with him every step of the way…

I’ll do everything to make him fall for me.

…Then he reveals his secret…

Note: This is book 1 in Michael Byron and Karma’s story. An arranged marriage billionaire mafia romance with emotional scenes. 


.I signed on the dotted line. A marriage contract to seal my union with the devil. I thought I knew what I was doing. His money and name were mine for the taking. But Camden Percy always gets exactly what he wants. And what he wants is me—my body, my obedience, my surrender. He wants to break me. But I’m Katherine Van Pelt. I’ll never break. I’ll never beg. I’ll never give in. Except I promised him one more thing—a baby. A Percy heir. There’s no way out of this one. Either I comply or lose everything. Do I risk the husband I’m just learning to love, or will I finally break down in this cruel marriage? 

Note: This book was originally titled The Breaking Season.


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He wasn’t the one I was supposed to marry.

He’s cold.

Brutal.

Calculating.

To his family, I’m a strategic move in their war.

To me, an alliance offers protection against our enemies.

Still, there’s something about him that calls to me.

A dark edge threatens to revive me. His gaze steals my breath.

Even if my heart thinks this could work, my brain knows better.

We say “I do” with his brother’s blood on our clothes,

and the bars of my gilded cage slam closed.

Our wedding vows are forever – ’til death do us part.

But with enemies closing in from all sides, death might be closer than we think


I wanted out of the mafia and unexpectedly got my wish,

only it’s worse than I ever could have imagined.

I’ve been promised to the Irish.

An arranged marriage in the name of the alliance.

I have no choice.

My father will kill me if I refuse.

In two short weeks, Conner Reid will become my husband.

The ruthless Irishman threatens my composure and intoxicates my senses.

He represents everything I hate in this world yet summons my darkest cravings.

I can’t escape him.

The worst part is, I’m not sure I want to.

Because my life is in danger, Conner may be the only man to save me.


Gabriela

Stefan Sabbioni showed up uninvited in my bedroom on my sixteenth birthday. He stood in the shadows, smelling of whiskey and death, and wrapped a broken, blood-crusted necklace around my neck. I thought he’d strangle me with it.

That night, he left a message for my father. He said he’d be back to take something precious.

I never delivered that message, though. I wonder if things would be different if I had because now, two years later, he’s back. And he’s not hiding in any shadows.

He’s come to make good on his promise.

He’s back to take that something precious.

Me.

Stefan

Marchese is the manipulator of my family’s tragedy. I won’t just bring him to his knees. I’ll bury him for what he did.

Taking his daughter is only the beginning. I’ll do it knowing I’m starting a war. I’ll do it knowing my enemies will become his allies. They’ll stop at nothing to destroy me and he’ll stop at nothing to get her back.

I’ve never shied away from war, though. I’m not one to play nice and I don’t share my toys. I’ll demolish you if you touch what’s mine.

And she is most definitely mine.


A mafia princess and a mafia prince walk into a bar…

It should be the beginning of a joke. My father set me up with Dante Scarano is a joke—just not a particularly funny one. But when the night ends with me up against a wall and Dante’s hands on my body, I know I’ve underestimated him—and the power he and his father wield.

I might be forced to marry him, but nothing about this relationship is real. Not our vows, our marriage, or how my body responds to his. At least—that’s what I tell myself every time Dante sets me on fire.

Dante isn’t my husband, and he’s my enemy. A man who I plan to take down just as soon as I get the chance. Isn’t that what the vows say, anyway? Til death does us part.

Here in this city, the Rosarias rule. But it’s about to get savage.


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He’s evil incarnate, cloaked in a beautiful disguise.

My father uprooted our family, forcing me to relocate to America.

If that wasn’t bad enough, he’s making me marry the son of a psychopath.

Maxim Volkov.

Heir to the Volkov Bratva.

I’d rather die than be shackled to a man so evil.

A man who has no soul.

His piercing blue eyes are as cold as his stony heart.

And he’s not exactly thrilled, either.

My life has never felt so hopeless.

Maxim makes it clear I’m to be his slave.

A wife to tend to his every whim and desire.

The thing is, I’ve got darkness inside of me too.

He may think he’s the monster in this union,

but violence is a part of my soul, and I won’t bow down to his command.

Maxim has finally met his match.

Let chaos reign until death does us part, preferably his…

Evil Prince is the third book in the Chicago Mafia Dons series. This book is a dark mafia romance involving a forced arranged marriage, dark themes, and certain subjects that may upset the reader. It has no cliffhanger, a happily ever after ending, and can be read as a standalone.


Mikhail

The Italian and Russian mafias are at war,

And it is brutal.

We’re both ruthless, relentless, and unforgiving.

But then, the decision is made to merge our worlds,

A marriage between the two sides.

The most beautiful woman in the Italian mafia,

And the Bratva’s most feared monster.

I loved her from afar for so long,

And I finally get to have her as my own.

But will she run away,

When does she realize who I am?

Bianca

Anything,

I would do anything for my sister,

Even marry into Bratva to keep her safe.

I expected a vicious, cold-hearted savage,

But I am in for a surprise.

This scarred, frightening man,

It is everything I have ever wanted.

Now, it’s up to me,

To break down his walls,

And destroy the barriers between us

With broken whispers.


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Isabel Bonetti –

One minute I’m mourning the sudden death of my father, and the next, I’m getting calls from a lawyer saying they needed to read me my father’s will.

As far as I know, my father didn’t have much to leave. He was a blue-collar worker, through and through.

Or so I thought.

Everything topples down at once, the inheritance I’m left with and the truth about what my father did, but the biggest shock was finding out he’d married me off to a stranger without my consent.

By the time I show up at my supposed husband’s nightclub, I’m determined to leave with divorce papers signed, but nothing can prepare me for the man that awaits me on the other side of those doors.

Giovanni Masseria –

My father has done a lot of messed up stuff, but marrying me off to Charles Bonetti’s daughter, a stranger may take the cake. I didn’t even know old Bonetti had a daughter, and I wanted nothing to do with her or this marriage until I was told what staying married to her would mean for the empire I was slowly trying to build. There’s no harm in staying married a little longer if it means I’ll cash out on those promises. I decided I’ll cut ties with her as soon as that’s done.

That is until she barges into my office demanding a divorce.

I wasn’t sure what I’d expected her to be like, but it certainly wasn’t . . . this.

A week ago, I didn’t know of her existence, and now, I can’t seem to escape her presence anywhere I go.

She doesn’t belong in this world, and I know this won’t end well for either of us, but I can’t stop reminding her who I am.

Her husband


Have you read any books by Ana Huang? If so, what are your favorites?

When it comes to arranged marriage romances, what are some of your favorite books that you love to recommend?

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