Top 5 Dubious Consent Books

New to dubious consent books? Want to give consensual non consensual books a try but not sure quite what to pick up? Don’t worry we have you covered here at Under the Covers. We’ve put together our Top 5 recommendations of dub-con books for you to give a try.


We all have different comfort levels and we don’t want you to pick up something that steps beyond yours. So, we’ve also rated the dub con books on exactly how dubious the consent is. Each book has a rating from 1 to 3 which will tell you the level of dubious consent.

  1. Beginner level, if you’re new to consensual non consensual books we recommend you start here
  2. Beyond a beginner, these books can take you in to uncomfortable territory
  3. Nor for the faint of heart, consent can go beyond dubious to non consensual

Our Top 5 Dubious Consent Books!

Prisoner by Skye Warren and Annika Martin

by Annika Martin & Skye Warren

Dubious Consent Level: 1

Series: Criminals & Captives #1

our thoughts

When I started reading this book I had NO IDEA what kind of journey I was about to embark on. I didn’t realise before going starting that it was a consensual non consensual books. I figured I love a bad boy/good girl combo, it’s always a lot of fun. However, you rarely get a book like this where the bad boy is actually…bad. Where he really is violent and you half hope that the heroines gets out of his clutches. But, the other half of you kind of hope she doesn’t. This book did a number on me but I couldn’t help be drawn in by their very dysfunctional relationship.

I can’t tell him no. Some people have a relationship that’s sunshine and roses. Ours is darkness and vengeance.

Prisoner by Annika Martin and Skye Warren
publisher’s blurb

He seethes with raw power the first time I see him—pure menace and rippling muscles in shackles. He’s dangerous. He’s wild, he’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.

So I hide behind my prim glasses and my book like I always do, because I have secrets too. Then he shows up in the prison writing class I have to teach, and he blows me away with his honesty. He tells me secrets in his stories, and it’s getting harder to hide mine. I shiver when he gets too close, with only the cuffs and the bars and the guards holding him back. At night I can’t stop thinking about him in his cell.

But that’s the thing about an animal in a cage—you never know when he’ll bite, he might use you to escape. He might even pull you into a forest and hold a hand over your mouth so you can’t call for the cops. He might make you come so hard, you can’t think.

And you might crave him more than your next breath.

Willing Victim by Cara McKenna

Willing Victim
by Cara McKenna

Dubious Consent Level: 1

Series: Flynn and Laurel #1

our thoughts

When it comes to Dub Con Non Con books, Willing Victim by Cara McKenna is a classic. One of the first of its kind, I consider it an original. It’s written extremely well with a heady dose of sexiness to go with it. Both the hero and the heroine are ones that I love. Their relationship was so interesting to read and definitely opened my eyes to more of McKenna’s unique writing style. There’s even some great banter, which I think was what surprised me the most. It made the chemistry much more real, solidifying the romance in a more concrete way. It’s by far my favorite with the dub-con theme!

publisher’s blurb

For the past couple years Laurel’s been coasting, hiding in the backseat while her life drifts off course. Then one summer afternoon a tall, built bruiser named Flynn strides in and steers her straight into an infatuation she never saw coming.

Flynn introduces Laurel to things she’s never imagined before—to the violent but exciting realm of the underground boxing circuit, to rough sex and even rougher role-playing, and to an attraction she craves even as it intimidates her. As Flynn invites her deeper into his world and his life, Laurel has to make a choice—let fear keep her holed up where it’s safe, or take a chance and fight for the man who makes her feel more alive than she’d dreamed possible.

Wanderlust by Skye Warren

by Skye Warren

Dubious Consent Level: 2

Series: Standalone

our thoughts

Skye Warren’s Wanderlust is another classic, in my book.  There’s no beating around the bush here.  Evie is a sheltered woman who leaves her childhood home in search of adventure.  She’s travelling to see Niagara Falls.  Her first night out, she meets Hunter, a trucker with desires he can’t hold back.  This isn’t sugar coated.  Evie is kidnapped by a man who wants nothing more than to keep her for his own.  But being inside her head gives us a portrait of the desires that Evie harbors.  This is a Stockholm syndrome trip with an HEA and one of the most well done in terms of framing psychological portraits.  I could read it OVER and OVER.

“I was reborn in that moment, burst into flames like a phoenix and floating in pieces to the ground. There was scorching pain and hope for a future unknown.”

Wanderlust by Skye Warren
publisher’s blurb

Can love come from pain?

Evie always dreamed of seeing the world, but her first night at a motel turns into a nightmare. Hunter is a rugged trucker willing to do anything to keep her—including kidnapping. As they cross the country in his rig, Evie plots her escape, but she may find what she’s been looking for right beside her.

Wanderlust is a full-length dark romance novel that explores captivity and power. Not intended for those uncomfortable with the subject matter or under 18 years of age.

Take Me, Break Me by Cari Silverwood

Take Me, Break Me
by Cari Silverwood

Available on Kindle Unlimited

Dubious Consent Level: 2

Series: Pierced Hearts #1

our thoughts

Hands down, Cari Silverwood’s Pierced Hearts series is a top favorite of mine in the dub con/non con genre. This is the book that started it all.  It’s also a bit of a milder introduction into the dub-con world, as the series does get heavier as you go in in terms of topic and consent. Jodie is BDSM erotica lover, but hasn’t delved in much herself, other than a little D/s play with her accountant/judo instructor boyfriend, Klaus.

She’s hurting financially and decides to make a documentary on what life would be like to live as a kidnapped slave.  Klaus plays along, and more thoroughly than she even suspected. This is dubcon because Jodie doesn’t expect the level of servitude she will have to endure or the pain that Klaus is easily able to conjure out of his sadistic mind.  She resists at first, only to find that resistance is futile. Incredibly hot BDSM scenes and an HEA.

“I’d just signed a document that gave the man opposite me permission to mind fuck me into the next century.”

Take Me, Break Me by Cari Silverwood
publisher’s blurb

Jodie is scraping the barrel trying to stay afloat. An idea arrives that could rescue her finances and bring her together in a kinky way with a man she never gave up on. She’s terrified and fascinated, and tempted as hell.

Capture fantasies rule her eBook. Re-enacting one in a documentary would surely be irresistible viewing to millions of women?

But Jodie and Klaus discover that underneath an ordinary man dark desires may lurk. What will win in the end? The man and lover, or the monster?

Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas

Comfort Food
by Kitty Thomas

Dubious Consent Level: 3

Series: Standalone

our thoughts

Basically, it was a mind fuck. He didn’t prey on the heroine’s body, yes there was violence, but the real violation was psychological. How he manipulated her into being exactly what he wanted. What is worse, is she knows this but she can’t seem to stop it from happening. She’s helpless. Even later on the book when it seems like she has freedom, she doesn’t. But, this is one of my favourite books, I wouldn’t say it was a romance, there is no happy-ending but it was a well crafted story that leaves a mark on you.

He smiled that soulless smile that made me feel warm and like I was dying all at the same time.

Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas
publisher’s blurb

The first day of my captivity was like being born… or dying. They’re both kind of the same thing with the long tunnel and the bright light at the end. Maybe it wasn’t like either, actually. Maybe I’m remembering it wrong because for me that day all there was was darkness.

Today I found something beautiful and decided to break it. I wanted to see it shatter in my hand and crumble at my feet. Her name is Emily Vargas. She’s bright and educated and stunning. Articulate. She’ll want someone to talk to her.

Those were our favourite book with dubious consent themes, what are yours?

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  1. Willing Victim was my introduction to this sub genre and still my favorite, but I think I’ll have to give Prisoner a try!

  2. Whoa 😲 Truthfully, I didn’t even know this genre existed and now I’m intrigued. I don’t know how I’d feel about it since I’m always grilling authors about consent. Perhaps start with a number one and go from there.

  3. I’m loving these posts this week. I’ve got a new dub-con to look into. Thanks so much for all you share with us.

  4. I’m not well-versed in the genre, but KA Merikan’s (excellent) m/m historical THE BLACK SHEEP AND THE ROTTEN APPLE definitely fits the bill, I’d say!

  5. I’ve read and loved Willing Victim and Wanderlust. I have Comfort Food but haven’t read it yet. I need to get the others.

  6. I’ve wanted to read cari silverwood but have been nervous…I may have to just jump right in.