Fantasy Romance

D+
The Absinthe Earl

Set in an alternate Victorian-ish (or possibly Regency-ish) era, Sharon Lynn Fisher’s The Absinthe Earl starts out as an okay fantasy romance, although some stiff prose and awkward worldbuilding drag the entire production down.  Then the novel introduces a mentally ill character doused in ‘mad ...

B+
Kingdom of Exiles

Good, original fantasy worldbuilding is so much harder than it seems. Kingdom of Exiles is set in an interesting and unique world that I was excited to read and look forward to spending more time in. Leena is a Charmer, which means she has the ability to forge a magical connection with supernatur ...

A-
The Orchid Throne

I’ve had some occasional exposure to Jeffe Kennedy’s work through fantasy anthologies, but this is the first full-length book I’ve read. Judging by how well The Orchid Throne turned out, I have a new fantasy author to add to my TBR shelf. Sixteen years earlier, a despot rose to power in the ...

B+
Promise of Darkness

Princess. Tribute. Sacrifice. Is she the one prophesied to unite two warring Fae courts? Or the one bound to destroy them? In a realm ruled by magic, the ruthless Queen of Thorns is determined to destroy her nemesis, the cursed Prince of Evernight. With war brewing between the bitter enemies, ...

B-
Lord of the Last Heartbeat

May Peterson’s début novel, Lord of the Last Heartbeat, is an intricately constructed gothic fantasy with an intriguing storyline, set in a world that reminded me somewhat of eighteenth century Italy where dark secrets lurk behind the scenes, political backstabbing is rife and influential familie ...

A-
The Lady Rogue

Jenn Bennett evokes classic movies and stories of derring-do in her latest novel, Lady Rogue. Set in Europe in 1937, this fun twist on the treasure hunting tales of yore is laden with romance, adventure, and just a touch of magic. The last time Theo (Theodora) Fox saw sexy Irish hunk Huck Gallagh ...

C+
The Lady Detective

I can make this review brief: If you’re already reading Emma Holly's Tales of the Djinn series, you may (may!) like this latest instalment, The Lady Detective. If you’re not, for heaven’s sake don’t start here - and I include this review in that statement. I cannot review this book without ...

B
Dragonshadow

Dragonshadow is the sequel to last year’s popular Pride and Prejudice inspired fantasy romance novel, Heartstone. Picking up shortly after the end of Heartstone, Dragonshadow offers a deeper look at the magical kingdom of Arle and their dangerous enemies: the vicious Tekari and the mysterious Els. ...

A
Empire of Sand

Empire of Sand is a fantasy début which showcases a young woman who defeats an ancient evil by embracing her heritage. Drawing from the rich, turbulent history and vibrant culture of India's Mughal Empire this is a tale of magic, mayhem and true love. Mehr is the eldest daughter of the governor ...

A-
Phoenix Unbound

Phoenix Unbound is the first book in Grace Draven's Fallen Empire series. It's a lovely romance set in a fascinating world, and I'm so glad I picked it up. Gilene is a fire witch who is honor-bound to put the safety of her village above that of her own. Each year, every village in the empire is r ...