The best fantasy romance books featuring sexy beasts and vibrant worlds

Who am I?

I’m an author, but first and foremost I’m a reader. I’ve been voracious about it my entire life, but it wasn’t until just a few years back that I discovered the romance genre—which sucked me in immediately. After a few books I stumbled onto Ruby Dixon and it was over. Syfy and fantasy romance had their hooks in me. These recs are the books I re-read and the authors I follow because they are consistent in telling captivating stories, with rich worlds, and vibrant characters. Book hang-over guaranteed. 

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Tamed by the Troll

By Tracy Lauren,

Book cover of Tamed by the Troll

What is my book about?

Once the belle of her village, life took a dark turn for Adelaide upon her parent’s death. Plagued by lingering grief, Adelaide finds herself alone on the edge of The Perished Woods—a cursed and evil place. Without warning, an orc army attacks. Her village ablaze, Adelaide races into the Perished Woods, seeking refuge in a place of nightmares. With orcs on her heels, she’s desperate to escape. But when the young woman crosses an ancient stone bridge she’s met with an even more fearsome enemy. A troll… who is determined to save her.

The books I picked & why

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Bound to the Battle God: A Fantasy Romance

By Ruby Dixon,

Book cover of Bound to the Battle God: A Fantasy Romance

Why this book?

Ruby Dixon is quite the goddess herself. Literally everything she writes is gold. The Ice Planet Barbarian series introduced me to Syfy romance and I’ve re-read those books more times than I can count. I particularly enjoy the Anchor and Aspect books because of the length. It’s everything I love about Ruby Dixon, but I can’t devour it in a single night. That means one, two, sometimes even three nights of a story and characters that I love. Doesn’t get much better than that. 

Minotaur: Blooded

By Naomi Lucas,

Book cover of Minotaur: Blooded

Why this book?

The intro to the world Naomi created really grabbed me. This idea of a misty, ever-expanding labyrinth…so cool! It’s one of those times that the setting in a story is so exciting and vivid that it’s almost an entire character in and of itself. Then there are all the characters we encounter along the journey. Hello centaurs It’s a labyrinth you’ll definitely want to get lost in. 

Rein: A Tidefall Novel

By Bex McLynn,

Book cover of Rein: A Tidefall Novel

Why this book?

I love everything Bex McLynn writes. There is depth to her stories unparalleled in the genre, on top of that: nobody writes a hero like Bex. I still swoon just thinking about the book Bane. Rein is as deep and complex as her Syfy work, but in a world of werewolves and moon Gods. 

Pestilence: The Four Horsemen Book #1

By Laura Thalassa,

Book cover of Pestilence: The Four Horsemen Book #1

Why this book?

I just love this idea. A series starring the four horsemen as our heroes. It’s a pretty dire plot, set in a post-apocalyptic world with our heroine out there kicking ass and fending for herself, only to cross paths with a horseman. It’s tragic, and star-crossed, and basically everything you want in a romance novel. 

Escaping Wonderland: Cosmic Fairy Tales

By Tiffany Roberts,

Book cover of Escaping Wonderland: Cosmic Fairy Tales

Why this book?

A fantasy read by the husband-wife author team Tiffany Roberts. This is a dystopian/insane asylum twist on Alice in Wonderland, featuring some absolutely gorgeous imagery and a Cheshire Cat hero named Shadow. Shadow is a character to swoon over—charming, heroic, and mysterious—he’s the book boyfriend you’ve been waiting for.  

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