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    15 Books To Read Based On Your Favorite Disney/Marvel Villain

    What if the villain gets to fall in love?

    Whenever I watch a Disney film, I always find the villain more interesting than the hero. They have layers of mystery, which make you want to dig deep in order to uncover what's behind those closed doors. Because I am a romantic at heart, I crave that. Maybe in a parallel universe they find someone who matches their energy, someone who connects with them in a way that you won't ever find in another person. Even if they have been horrible, there is still someone out there who can love them. Below you'll find 15 books I intentionally paired with a Disney villain counterpart!

    Content warning: A few of these titles contain adult content of the erotic fiction genre. 

    1. If you love Jafar, try Desperate Measures by Katee Robert.

    Disney, Katee Robert

    What it's about: Living a very sheltered life, Jasmine wants more than anything to escape her gilded prison. When Jafar makes a play against her father's empire, he decides to take her away too. This is the start of a very steamy, dark, and kinky relationship between the two of them.

    Why you'll love it: Katee Robert has a whole series about reimagined Disney villains. Desperate Measures is the first book, and it's all about Jafar and Jasmine.

    Get it from Barnes & Noble, Target, or your local indie bookstore through Indiebound here.

    2. If you love Captain Hook, try Well Met by Jen DeLuca.

    Disney, Berkley

    What it's about: Emily agrees to volunteer for the local Renaissance Faire in order to help her sister, who is recovering from an accident. But she never expected to run into the sexy and irritating school teacher who is in charge of the volunteers. This summer trip was just a pitstop in a longer destination for Emily, but now she can't help but think about staying there.

    Why you'll love it: These two pair well together since Simon was inspired by Hook from Once Upon a Time (2011). You see, Simon dresses as a very charming pirate when the Renaissance Faire happens, and he can't stop flirting with Emily while in character.

    Get it from Bookshop, Target, or your local indie bookstore through Indiebound here.

    3. If you love the Queen of Hearts, try The Cruel Prince by Holly Black.

    Disney, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    What it's about: Prince Cardan definitely reminds me of the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. I mean, the dramatics, the mood swings, the sadism — you can find that in both of them. Cardan constantly tries to make Jude's life miserable during the book. But the difference between Alice and Jude is that Jude isn't scared of going against the fae. Even if it means becoming worse than them.

    Why you'll love it: While this isn't a romance book, it does feature romance in its overall series. The Cruel Prince is the first book in a fantastic tale of intelligence, fae, court intrigue, and bloodshed.

    Get it from Bookshop, Target, or your local indie bookstore through Indiebound here.

    4. If you love The Horned King, try The Predator by RuNyx.

    Disney, RuNyx

    What it's about: Morana Vitalio, a genius extraordinaire, is searching for something important. This search brings her to Tristan's house, where she is intent on killing him. But what they don't realize is that something far bigger bounds them together.

    Why you'll love it: You don't see this villain a lot in "favorite Disney villains" lists, but The Horned King from Disney's 1985 feature film The Black Cauldron features a truly evil villain. He's said to be one of the most brutal and ruthless villains in the Disney universe, and you know what? Tristan Caine is very similar.

    Get it from Bookshop, Target, or your local indie bookstore through Indiebound here.

    5. If you love Professor Callaghan, try Stolen Heir by Sophie Lark.

    Disney, Sophie Lark

    What it's about: Mikolaj wants revenge, and the first step of his plan is kidnapping the daughter of his enemy. Beauty and the Beast inspired, Stolen Heir is going to give you a wild ride where a rough, emotionally closed-off hero meets a sweet heroine.

    Why you'll love it: What drives most villains is revenge, and Professor Callaghan is ruled by it. After suffering a devastating tragedy, he becomes Yokai, a villain who only wants retribution. But before he became this antagonist, Robert was a kindhearted man who cared a lot about his family. This is where we can connect these two characters, Callaghan and Miko. Miko is driven by revenge in a way that it's the only thing he sees. He becomes cold and hard after the death of his sister, but when they murder his father, his soul breaks. Because of this, he decides to kidnap Nessa, the daughter of his enemy.

    Get it from Amazon.

    6. If you love Hades, try Games We Play by Dana Isaly.

    Disney, Dana Isaly

    What it's about: Jack, best known as a famous gamer named The Joker, is mystery incarnate. No one knows his real face because he constantly has it hidden by a mask. But when he is suddenly interviewed by a beautiful journalist, his plan quickly changes. He wants to play a game with her, and he's ready to make a bargain.

    Why you'll love it: Probably one of the only books in this list with a love interest who isn't really a villain or an antihero, but he has so many similarities with Disney's Hades that I needed to match them up.

    Content warnings for graphic sexual content, violence, eating disorders, BDSM, and mention of suicide.

    Get it from Amazon.

    7. If you love the Winter Soldier, try Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh.

    Disney, Berkley Sensation

    What it's about: When Bucky Barnes became the Winter Soldier, he was a cold, ruthless assassin. Brainwashed and brutal, the only thing on his mind was to kill. Kaleb Krychek resembles Bucky in this aspect — he's an emotionless villain who has been under the guidance of pure evil for so long. Both are trying to find that someone who makes them a little bit more human.

    Why you'll love it: Singh is a master of words, and her romances always create fireworks. So if you still haven't started the Psy-Changeling series, I say don't walk, run.

    Get it from Bookshop or Target.

    8. If you love Loki, The Perks of Loving a Wallflower by Erica Ridley.

    Disney, Forever

    What it's about: In this historical romance, we meet Thomasina/Tommy Wynchester, a master of disguise. We know that Loki can create illusions in order to deceive his enemies, and Tommy is similar. Every time Tommy takes on a new character or persona, it's so humorous that you won't be able to stop laughing.

    Why you'll love it: Tommy is very charming when the moment calls for it. Loki has captured our attention for years, and it's mainly why he continues to be onscreen, even though you know what happens in Avengers: Endgame. *Sad face.* He's such a charming antihero, and you won't be able to get enough of him.

    Get it from Bookshop, Target, or your local indie bookstore through Indiebound here.

    9. If you love Helmut Zemo, try Burn This City by Aleksandr Voinov.

    Disney, Aleksandr Voinov

    What it's about: Consigliere Jack has lived his life trying to keep peace between the three mafia families while also harboring a big secret that could cost him everything. When mafia boss Sal tortures and interrogates him, Jack should be nervous — because the truth always has a way of coming out.

    Why you'll love it: Both Helmut Zemo and Salvatore Rausa want retribution for the death of their families. Helmut is consumed with anger and vengeance, so he decides to attack the Avengers. In the same way, Salvatore Rausa grabs Jack Barsanti in order to spill the secrets of the Lo Cascio family.

    Get it from Amazon.

    10. If you love Maleficent, try The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh.

    Disney, G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

    What it's about: Khalid, the 18-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is known as a monster by his people. The story starts with Shahrzad, Khalid's new bride. But she isn't there to play — she's there to take revenge. Unexpectedly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love instead.

    Why you'll love it: You could say that they see him as truly evil just like Maleficent. I mean, he has been murdering his new brides every dawn. Khalid has a goal in mind, and he will do everything in his power to achieve it.

    Get it from Bookshop, Target, or your local indie bookstore through Indiebound here.

    11. If you love Hans, try Love Unsolicited by Alexandra Warren.

    Disney, Alexandra Warren

    What it's about: A night out brings Joella and Keanu together, but not in the way you might be imagining. Joella is there to rob him. She wants to hustle him and walk out with a lot of cash without him knowing. Unfortunately for Joella, Keanu finds out, but instead of getting angry with her, Keanu decides to make an arrangement.

    Why you'll love it: Keanu's dad constantly neglected him throughout his life. But when he finally needed him, he came calling for run the family's company. Instead of choosing one of his brothers, his father appointed Keanu as the CEO, to everyone's confusion. With his intelligence and charm, Keanu is ready to make everyone see that he is the boss and not anyone else.

    Get it from Bookshop or through your local indie bookstore through Indiebound here.

    12. If you love Bill Cipher, try Her Soul to Take by Harley Laroux.

    Disney, Harley Laroux

    What it's about: In Her Soul to Take we meet Rae, a woman who is returning to her small town to finish her college degree. Rae has loved the supernatural since she was very young and craves investigating the creepy aspects of the town. But when she accidentally summons Leon, a demon, her whole life turns upside down.

    Why you'll love it: You would think there might not be one similarity between a triangular being with one eye and a sexy demon with fangs, right? Well, you're wrong. Bill Cipher from Gravity Falls and Leon are both very old demons, but quick thinkers. If you anger them, you probably don't want to be there when all hell breaks loose.

    Content warnings for consensual non-consent/CNC, blood play, breath play/choking, bondage, violence, horror elements, and depections of hard kink/edgeplay.

    Get it from Amazon or from your local indie bookstore through Indiebound here.

    13. If you love Davy Jones, try For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten.

    Disney, Orbit Books

    What it's about: Red was born as a second daughter to the throne. Since she was a child, she's known that the first daughter becomes queen while the second daughter becomes the sacrifice for the Wolf. When the time comes to give herself to the mysterious legendary being, she quickly learns that rather than a monster, the Wolf is human, and his name is Eammon.

    Why you'll love it: What do Eammon and Davy Jones have in common? They're both monsters who have been cursed for many, many years. One cannot leave the ocean; the other cannot leave the woods. They're known by the people for being evil creatures who only want death, but there's always more to the story...

    Content warnings for self-harm for magic use (cutting), parental neglect, gore, religious abuse, and parental death.

    Get it from Bookshop, Target, or your local indie bookstore through Indiebound here.

    14. If you love Chernabog, try Fear, and Other Love Languages by Aveda Vice.

    Disney, Aveda Vice

    What it's about: It just so happens that in Fear, and Other Love Languages, we meet two night terrors who only live inside Elia's nightmares. When they wake up, the nightmares disappear — just like Chernabog.

    Why you'll love it: Chernabog appears in Disney's Fantasia in the "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria" segment. He's inspired by the God of Night in Slavic mythology. When the sun comes up, he disappears.

    Content warnings for erotic horror, monsterfucking, BDSM, breath play/choking, blood play, light consensual non-consent/CNC, sexual harassment, torture, and mentions of death.

    Get it from Amazon.

    15. If you love Stromboli, try The Contortionist by Kathryn Ann Kingsley.

    Disney, Kathryn Ann Kingsley

    What it's about: In Kingsley's The Contortionist, you'll find a long-abandoned circus that comes to life, containing both wonders and secrets inside. Rather than craving tickets sold to audiences, the Puppeteer craves your soul. Cora, the protagonist, decides to take a step inside this world, but she'll find that it is far worse than she first imagined.

    Why you'll love it: These Puppeteers are both manipulative in their own stories, so enter at your own risk. I have never met someone who has told me that they love Stromboli from Disney's Pinocchio (or that they remember him *looks away*), but if you are interested in an evil and creepy puppet master who is so intriguing that it's hard to stop reading, you should definitely pick up this series.

    Get it from Amazon.