The best romantic fantasy books out there

Why am I passionate about this?

I love all things Fantasy and Romance, so Romantic Fantasy is my favorite genre (both to read and to write)! The possibilities in the genre are truly endless. There are so many worlds and settings to explore. Do you prefer High Fantasy or Urban? Paranormal or Thriller? There’s a story for every taste, as long as there are strong romantic and fantastical elements. But the beauty of Romantic Fantasy is that it’s not all about the romance. It’s a healthy mix of complex characters, fast-paced plots, and of course, swoon-worthy romances. I hope you will enjoy these books as much as I did!


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Blessed Fury

By C.S. Wilde,

Book cover of Blessed Fury

What is my book about?

Once you face the devils, there’s no going back. Guardian angel Ava Lightway has spent a century watching over her charges, whispering the words of the gods in their ears. But her peaceful existence ends when she’s assigned to Liam Striker, a supernatural detective with no memory of his past. Keeping death away from her new partner is an impossible task. Ava has never failed a charge, and she doesn’t plan on starting now. But even if their investigation doesn’t destroy her, succumbing to Liam’s smoldering touch just may.

Read the sizzling, breath-taking tale of angels gone bad! This is a forbidden romance featuring a sinning rogue and the angel who'll stop at nothing to help him. Perfect for fans of dark supernatural romance.

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of Serpent & Dove

C.S. Wilde Why did I love this book?

This book has all you can ask for: A great story, likeable characters, and an enemies-to-lovers romance that will make you swoon. The French setting was a refreshing take, and both the romance and the plot moved in a fluid way. The characters were layered and the story kept me on the edge of my seat.

By Shelby Mahurin,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Serpent & Dove as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it. This book is for kids age 14, 15, 16, and 17.

What is this book about?

New York Times Bestseller * Indiebound Bestseller * An Amazon Best Book of 2019 * B&N's YA Book Club Pick

"A brilliant debut, full of everything I love: a sparkling and fully realized heroine, an intricate and deadly system of magic, and a searing romance that kept me reading long into the night. Serpent & Dove is an absolute gem of a book." -Sarah J. Maas, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Court of Thorns and Roses series

Bound as one, to love, honor, or burn. Book one of a stunning fantasy trilogy, this tale of witchcraft and…


Book cover of From Blood and Ash

C.S. Wilde Why did I love this book?

This book starts slowly, but don’t give up on it so quickly. The chemistry between Poppy and Hawke is out of this world, and the plot and twists will keep you on the edge of your reading nook. This is an epic fantasy romance that will certainly leave you breathless.

By Jennifer L. Armentrout,

Why should I read it?

7 authors picked From Blood and Ash as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

“I hope you guys love this book as much as I do!! (Let me just say...Hawk *swoon*!!)” ~ NYT bestseller Sarah J. Maas

Captivating and action-packed, From Blood and Ash is a sexy, addictive, and unexpected fantasy perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Laura Thalassa.

A Maiden…

Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather…


Book cover of Pestilence

C.S. Wilde Why did I love this book?

This Dystopian Romance will make you swoon. The plot and characters are *chef’s kiss*. Gripping from beginning to the end. The entire series revolves around different horsemen and different characters, so you’ll always find a fresh new story, with different elements, too. Although this is a Dystopian Romance, it has loads of fantastical elements.

By Laura Thalassa,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Pestilence as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

They came to earth-Pestilence, War, Famine, Death-four horsemen riding their screaming steeds, racing to the corners of the world. Four horsemen with the power to destroy all of humanity. They came to earth, and they came to end us all.


When Pestilence comes for Sara Burn's town, one thing is certain: everyone she knows and loves is marked for death. Unless, of course, the angelic-looking horseman is stopped, which is exactly what Sara has in mind when she shoots the unholy beast off his steed.


Too bad no one told her Pestilence can't be killed.


Now the horseman, very much…


Book cover of A Court of Thorns and Roses

C.S. Wilde Why did I love this book?

This one is already turning into a classic, so there isn’t much to say about it other than give it a go. You will find romance, a fantastic world, and drop-dead-gorgeous book-boyfriends with bat-like wings that will send your heart racing. Book 2 is even better than book 1, which is an amazing feat!

By Sarah J. Maas,

Why should I read it?

15 authors picked A Court of Thorns and Roses as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it. This book is for kids age 13, 14, 15, and 16.

What is this book about?

Experience Feyre Archeron's journey all over again with the beautiful collector's edition of A Court of Thorns and Roses, the seductive first book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series by Sarah J. Maas, featuring a deluxe new package, an updated map, ribbon pull, and more! When nineteen-year-old Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin-one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world. As she…


Book cover of The Shadows Between Us

C.S. Wilde Why did I love this book?

This book is so different from what you normally find in the genre, but it still hits the tropes that make me love Romantic Fantasy. We start with a main character who is actually a villain, and their decisions can be sometimes morally grey. Definitely a must read.

By Tricia Levenseller,

Why should I read it?

4 authors picked The Shadows Between Us as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

They still haven't found the body of the first and only boy who broke Alessandra's heart - and they never will. Since then, all of her relationships have been purely physical. And now at eighteen years old, Alessandra is ready for more. The plan is simple:

1. Make the king fall in love with her.
2. Get him to marry her.
3. Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.

It's no small task, but Alessandra wants a kingdom and is going to do everything within her power to get it. She knows the freshly crowned Shadow King will be…


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Why should I read it?

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What is this book about?

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