The best sci-fi/fantasy books driven by romance

Who am I?

I didn’t want to write about this world when I could submerse myself in a magical one! I’ve always had a passion for Sci-fi and Fantasy books and movies. With these genres, you can push your mind to limits that can’t be explored in the normal world. You can investigate imaginary places and fall in love with someone who can throw fire from their hands or teleport to another time. You can slay monsters and swim with merfolk; you can marry an alien and join your two kingdoms. You can even perform science experiments on someone and turn them into a hulk-like creature who runs around town naked! How fun! 


I wrote...

The Green

By B.L. Twitchell,

Book cover of The Green

What is my book about?

A mysterious fog covered the earth, ending the lives of millions and leaving a small number unharmed. Others were left deformed. The rest found they could do miraculous things. I was one of them. The world is now filled with powerful people, and I’m burdened with bleeding ice from my palms. While I crack cold murder cases, my male coworkers hunt down a powerful mob boss who can throw fire from his hands. But I find him first.

It's simple: Apprehend the handsome criminal and prove I am a skilled detective. Or I could use him to crack the murder cases I’ve been trying to solve instead. It shouldn’t be a problem, as long as my heart stays as frozen as my hands are…

The books I picked & why

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Divine

By B.L. Teschner,

Book cover of Divine

Why this book?

A coming-of-age fantasy romance with magical realism. The world is made up of two types of people: Typics and Divines. Typics are “typical” people, whereas Divines were born with powerful abilities.

Summer is a Divine who is supposed to teleport, but can’t. Starting over in a new place, she finds a new job, new boss, new friends, and most importantly, the romantic interest, Jonah, a muscly mechanic with a few secrets of his own.

Summer’s boss, a Divine, grows jealous as Summer and Jonah’s relationship blossoms, and they find themselves escaping his rage.

The wit and affection Jonah and Summer share are intoxicating. They are a young couple but are mature for their age and things don’t progress until she turns eighteen. Urban fantasy at its finest!

Divine

By B.L. Teschner,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Divine as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

** This is a new cover edition. There have been previous cover editions of this book that may show up different on other websites such as Goodreads **

There are two kinds of people in the world: Typics and Divines. Typics are known to society as the normal people on the earth, or, the “typical” human beings. And Divines? Well, they are the people who were born with unique super-human abilities, those of which they choose to either expose or conceal while living among the world of Typics. Divines can be powerful.

Summer Peregrine is a Divine who has the…


Exile

By Colleen Vanderlinden,

Book cover of Exile

Why this book?

A fantasy romance where a marriage arrangement is made in hopes of bringing peace to warring nations. Medieval-type vibes and aliens (not the traditional kind) are nicely combined. Shannen and Daarik are both strong-willed and noble main characters.

I fell in love with Daarik, who is the alien in this story. He’s sweet, protective, respectful, and strong. At the beginning the flowery smell of Shannen made him gag, but that changed once he started falling for her.

This story reminded me of Beauty and the Beast, except this maiden wasn’t so innocent. I liked her.

This opened my eyes to how much I have the hots for aliens...

Exile

By Colleen Vanderlinden,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Exile as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Two races fight for what remains of a dying planet.
For generations, the Maarlai, an alien race who fled the destruction of their own home world, have lived silently, hidden, exiled on Earth. They watched, year by year, as humanity destroyed what was once a planet full of hope and promise. Unable to idly watch as the planet dipped further into destruction, the Maarlai left their hidden villages and went to war with what was left of humanity.
With the death of the last great human king, the Maarlai found themselves victorious and vowed to protect and restore the planet…


The Cursed Doubloon

By B.T. Love,

Book cover of The Cursed Doubloon

Why this book?

A fantasy romance between a young woman who finds an alluring merman while out at sea.

After her father professes to be cursed, Grace agrees to help him find treasure he lost. When their ship gets caught in a storm, a man's melodic voice guides them to safety. Grace goes in search of the stranger and finds the gorgeous mythical creature responsible—Ladarius. His shimmering skin and muscly chest entrance her; her womanly beauty captivates him. As they fall in love, the difference between their species takes center stage.

Ladarius had a sweet and sexy charm that made me swoon. It had “The Little Mermaid” vibes, but the roles were reversed. The relationship between Grace and her father was complex, and it wrapped up nicely in the ending. Fun read!

The Cursed Doubloon

By B.T. Love,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Cursed Doubloon as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Grace Hayes detested pirates. They were smelly and boisterous, and their antics often disrupted her peace. But as much as she despised their behavior, she found herself living amongst a ship full of them on the sea, a decision she made out of love for her father.

Grace's father, Captain William "Grog Blossom" Hayes, was a cursed man. Ever since taking the rare Spanish coin know as the Cursed Doubloon into his possession, he'd been chased by bad luck. He blamed the Doubloon for his wife's death, his fading memory, and the layer of fog that always seemed to surround…


Linnet and the Prince

By Alydia Rackham,

Book cover of Linnet and the Prince

Why this book?

YA fantasy romance following a sixteen-year-old who is given the task of assassinating the prince she is supposed to marry.

Linnet is brought to Rajak’s palace in exchange for sparing her kingdom. She was trained to fight and is hyper-aware of the danger around her. Her mother instructs her to gain his trust and kill him.

Rajak isn’t what he appears to be and wants more for his people. Tough on the outside, she finds he has a soft heart.

Slow-building clean romance with great descriptions. I felt like I was immersed in the scenes. It is set in a fantasy world with “Aladdin” vibes.

One of my favorite parts was when Linnet said she felt Rajak’s protection as surely as she would have felt a shield in her hand.

Linnet and the Prince

By Alydia Rackham,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Linnet and the Prince as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Young Princess Linnet has been given a grave task. If she succeeds, it could end her life. If she fails, it could destroy her people. She must kill a prince. But first, she must marry him.
Prince Rajak of the Badi, son of the conquering desert king, has given Linnet's kingdom an ultimatum: give him a princess for his bride, or be slaughtered. Linnet volunteers, to save her people. Her mother, however, sees an opportunity. She secretly instructs Linnet to gain Rajak's trust, and then assassinate him. Now, Linnet is forced to live among foreigners and enemies, married to a…


The Guardians' Daughter

By A.M. McPherson,

Book cover of The Guardians' Daughter

Why this book?

This YA book is about a young woman, Ember, whose parents were murdered when she was young. They were Guardians, which are superheroes with awesome talents they use to keep the world safe. Flash forward to adulthood, and Ember goes off to a university where she meets Aiden, who knows quite a bit about Ember's past.

Ember and Aiden hang out and feelings generate between them. Aiden is keeping a secret from Ember, so he tries his best to keep an emotional distance from her, even though it's incredibly hard for him.

There are many interesting characters in the book; I enjoyed the descriptions of them sprinkled throughout. There is also a cute little rock golem named Lime who is a sidekick to one of the supporting characters. So adorable!

The Guardians' Daughter

By A.M. McPherson,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Guardians' Daughter as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

She wanted to forget her past. Love will force her to remember.

Ember Vulterra’s parents were Guardians—people who used their abilities to protect the city of Stalwarth no matter the cost. But when they pay the ultimate price to stop a villain attack, Ember loses her faith in the city’s heroes, swearing to never follow in her parents’ footsteps.

Aiden Stiles was accepted into the University of Stalwarth, ready to start his training to become a Guardian. Yet, a dark secret resurfaces when he meets Ember, linking him to her parents.

Will Aiden risk everything and tell Ember what he…


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