The best books in the spicy fantasy genre

Why am I passionate about this?

As someone who has never lived in my own world, but in the fantasy one, these books make you escape life’s trials and live vicariously. I’ve been in love with the fantastical characters since I was a small child, my first book love (and it will always be that way) wasn’t a handsome prince, but a monster wanting to be accepted. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein created a fictional monster inside me that left me wanting to find my own place outside the day to day of life’s redundancy and that is why I fell in love with Fantasy Fiction. I’m a mom, a partner, an activist, a survivor, a dreamer, and an author.


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The Lies We Tell

By E.Y. Kelley,

Book cover of The Lies We Tell

What is my book about?

The Lies We Tell is a Fantasy Fiction novel that contains mystery and romance edges to it. This is a spicy triller that will leave you mystified and wanting more.

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of House of Earth and Blood

E.Y. Kelley Why did I love this book?

This book left me sitting on the edge of my seat.

It isn’t often I felt my body shape and fiery personality were portrayed by a fiction novel. However, Sarah Mass brought me to life with Bryce Quinlan. The adventure, heartache, turmoil, passion, and mystery that Mass created kept me not only involved but also wanting more. I highly recommend this read!

By Sarah J. Maas,

Why should I read it?

3 authors picked House of Earth and Blood as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

A #1 New York Times bestseller!

Sarah J. Maas's brand-new CRESCENT CITY series begins with House of Earth and Blood: the story of half-Fae and half-human Bryce Quinlan as she seeks revenge in a contemporary fantasy world of magic, danger, and searing romance.

Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life-working hard all day and partying all night-until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She'll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.

Hunt Athalar…


Book cover of From Blood and Ash

E.Y. Kelley Why did I love this book?

The only thing I need to say is: Poppy and Casteel. I was immediately struck by this book and have followed up with the whole series.

Casteel is the man of any woman’s dreams and you won’t go wrong in delving into the world that Armentrout created. There is something about a story where the lead MMC knows, without a doubt, that his woman is strong enough to handle her stuff, but protective enough to still be beside her through it all.

This is an epic tale of not only romance and adventure, but personal growth, battling one's demons, and fighting for those you love. 

By Jennifer L. Armentrout,

Why should I read it?

5 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 Wicked Fate

E.Y. Kelley Why did I love this book?

Stokes took me on a RH rollercoaster with this strong female lead and the mouth-watering trio of Monsterish men. This is a spicy read that will leave you wanting to join in on the chaos and revel in the badassery.

Fantasy RH books are growing more popular, and I feel as though this one can join the ranks of so many well-known series already out there. Monique keeps you on the edge as you twist and turn through the story, giving you plenty to love and despise about each character, and ending with you wanting book 2 sooner rather than later. 

By Monique Stokes,

Why should I read it?

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

What is this book about?

Three monsters are after Zada’s heart.

One is a vampire prince who’s been waiting for her for centuries.

She’s so beautiful, and she fits perfectly into his plans for the future as his bride. This world is changing, and they’ll rule it all. Together.

One is a hybrid, a mixture of bloodlines.

She’s fated to be his mate, and he’ll do anything to protect her. Being son of the lycan king, demon blood runs through his veins. But this has turned many against him—and her.

One is a demon tasked to protect her.

He knows she can never be his,…


Book cover of Scarred

E.Y. Kelley Why did I love this book?

This retelling of a much more twisted version of The Lion King’s villain had me sunk, hook, line, and sinker. The story kept me so invested, it was a one-day read, and I truly wanted more.

Every kid remembers the epic moment when Scar held onto Mufassa's paws and told him, "Long Live The King." This story brought that to life, but gave you a spicier, more morally grey version where Scar isn't the villain, but he definitely isn't the hero either.

Emily has a way with her magical retellings, this one being on the top of my list for a standalone read. 

By Emily McIntire,

Why should I read it?

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

What is this book about?

From international bestselling author Emily McIntire comes a dark and delicious fractured fairy tale reimagining.

She doesn’t belong to him… She belongs to the crown.

Prince Tristan Faasa was never destined for the throne. That was always his brother, Michael. The same brother responsible for both Tristan’s tormented childhood and the scar that mars his face. When their father dies, Michael is set to assume the throne, and Tristan is set to steal it. The leader of a secret rebellion, Tristan will stop at nothing to end his brother’s reign. But when Michael’s new betrothed, Lady Sara Beatreaux, arrives, Tristan…


Book cover of The Awakening

E.Y. Kelley Why did I love this book?

If you’ve ever wanted to throw a book and yet hug it at the same time, this series will do it for you.

The world Peckham and Valenti created is to die for, and the characters will give you a love/hate battle of wills. Be prepared for dragons you want to capture and keep, vampires that you'd let bite you, and villains you'll hate worse than Delores Umbridge.

By Caroline Peckham, Susanne Valenti,

Why should I read it?

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

What is this book about?

The Amazon.com and Wall Street Journal #1 bestselling dark fantasy romance series from authors Caroline Peckham & Susanne Valenti

I’m a Gemini. Impulsive. Curious. Headstrong. A twin. Heir to a throne I know nothing about. And it turns out, I’m Fae.

But of course there’s a catch - all I have to do to claim my birth right is prove that I’m the most powerful supernatural in the whole of Solaria. And sure, technically that’s true as I’m the daughter of the Savage King. But the bit they didn’t put in the brochure was that every single Fae in this…


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By Amy Q. Barker,

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Amy Q. Barker Author Of Lap Baby

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Why am I passionate about this?

Author Avid reader Nature lover Park ranger wanna be Best Nana ever

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What is my book about?

A story you'll never forget about survival, forgiveness, healing, and love.

Twenty years ago. A plane crash. Three women survivors are inexorably connected by fate, destiny, and a cause. 

Julie Geiger, a flight attendant, told five sets of parents to place their babies on the floor of the plane when it was going down. Now, she must live with the consequences. Will changing the emergency rules bring her healing and forgiveness? And where does love fit into her life now?

Marie Stanley lost her baby boy on that flight. And she knows exactly who to blame. Julie. The problem is that vindictiveness festers. And eats into your soul. How will Marie learn to move past her hate and save her marriage in the process?

Paige Montgomery, the lap baby who survived the flight, would love to forget it ever happened. After all, she’s happy. And she’s on the cusp of a new relationship. How will she learn to forge her own path, one that integrates all the elements of her past, including the crash, the loss of her parents, and her subsequent adoption?

Lap Baby

By Amy Q. Barker,

What is this book about?

Twenty years ago. A plane crash. Three women survivors inexorably connected by fate, destiny, and a cause.

Did you know that lap babies (children under the age of two) are instructed to be placed on the floor of a plane during an emergency? Sounds crazy, but it’s true.

Julie Geiger, a flight attendant, told five sets of parents to do just that. Now she must live with the consequences. Will changing the rules bring her healing and forgiveness? And where does love fit into her life now?

Marie Stanley lost her baby boy on that flight. And she knows exactly…


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