Fantasy Romance

C+
Half

I am loathe to call Eli Lang’s Half an urban fantasy as for me, this always conjures up scenes of gritty violence and dystopian futures, and Half could not be more different.  In fact, I might have enjoyed a little gritty violence. So I’m going to say that it’s a standalone novel set in the c ...

B+
The Undying King

I recently read this, and as usual, Draven does not disappoint. The tale is a twist on the Beauty and the Beast trope, except in this case, both characters carry their own curses. The maiden Imogen has been cursed with the touch of death, and wants to be rid of it; the King Cededa’s enchanted immo ...

A
Heartstone

The world is full of reworkings of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, from story continuations to the inclusion of zombies. Well, now we have one with dragons. I wasn’t sure going in how well it would work - I was hopeful, but I’ve been let down before. Somehow though, Elle Katharine White has ...

B+
Breath of Fire

The first book in The Kingmaker Chronicles, A Promise of Fire was an absolute gem. I was incredibly lucky to have a chance to review it for AAR, and when I saw the sequel was coming out soon, I jumped at the chance to read it. Breath of Fire picks up almost immediately after the first book leaves of ...

B-
The Edge of the Blade

AAR staffers Maggie Boyd and Caroline Russomanno discuss Jeffe Kennedy’s latest fantasy novel The Edge of the Blade, book two in her The Uncharted Realms series in our latest Pandora’s Box. In the Thirteen Kingdoms, a woman may sample the pleasures of a man with no strings attached. Jepp ...

C
The Bird and the Sword

I discovered Amy Harmon's writing in the spring of 2014. In fact, A Different Blue was my very first review for AAR. Since then, I've read almost her entire backlist, and have eagerly awaited new releases. I was pleased to see The Bird and the Sword was available in audio format, as Ms. Harmon's ...

A-
Aphrodite's Kiss

A DIKlassic review review originally published on May 6, 2001 Following on the heels of her The Cat's Fancy, her delightful single title contemporary debut romance, Aphrodite's Kiss has made Julie Kenner's books an autobuy for me. I found this book a total delight and absolutely unique. For those ...

B
The White Spell

Lynn Kurland’s Nine Kingdoms books have been personal favorites for many years.  The series follows the surviving children of an evil mage and how they’ve rebuilt their lives after a catastrophic event ripped their family apart.  The previous three trilogies in the series focused on good men a ...

A-
A Promise of Fire

You know when you start a book, get about 25% into it and your spine starts to tingle and you KNOW it’s going to be big because it has already sucked you in to the point that you are oblivious to all of your surroundings?  Yeah…début author Amanda Bouchet did that to me with her first publishe ...

B
A Triad in Three Acts: The Complete Forester Trilogy

A Triad in Three Acts by Blaine D. Arden is just what is says in the title. It is a high fantasy tale of how a loving triad is formed between three males over three novellas, or ‘acts’. The males in question are elves and live in a beautifully thought-out forest world. The main point of view is ...