Fantasy Romance

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A Heart of Blood and Ashes

A generation past, the western realms were embroiled in endless war. Then the Destroyer came. From the blood and ashes he left behind, a tenuous alliance rose between the barbarian riders of Parsathe and the walled kingdoms of the south. That alliance is all that stands against the return of an anci ...

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I Buried a Witch

I Buried a Witch is the middle book in Josh Lanyon’s Bedknobs and Broomsticks trilogy, a series of fantasy/mystery/romance novels set in and around San Francisco and featuring witch and antiques dealer Cosmo Saville and his husband, John Joseph Galbraith, the Commissioner of Police. The books d ...

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Frozen

I love our end of the year lists in part because, later, I can look back and see what we loved. In 2014, Meljean Brook's novella Frozen made my #Bestof2014 list. (2014 produced several books on it I still adore: Three Weeks with Lady X, Rogue Spy, No More Mr. Nice Guy, Having Her, Off the Edge, and ...

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The Goddess Gets Her Guy

The Goddess Gets Her Guy is a romance of supreme silliness and goofiness – an alright journey with a message that love isn’t bound by class or status.  But its extremely lightweight nature and total inability to stand on its own without having read…well, almost everything else the author’s ...

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Queen of Nothing

This review contains spoilers for the first two books in The Folk of Air series. At the end of The Wicked King, the second book in Black's marvelous The Folk of the Air series, Cardan, the King of Faerie, banishes Jude to the mortal world decreeing: “I exile Jude Duarte to the mortal world. Un ...

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Sweep of the Blade

Sweep of the Blade is the swashbuckling conclusion to the romance of Arland and Maude, which began in One Fell Sweep, book three of the Innkeeper Chronicles.  It very much reads like the completion to their love story, so I would recommend starting the saga at its very beginning with Clean Sweep. T ...

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Flamebringer

Flamebringer is the richly imagined, lushly magical conclusion to the Heartstone trilogy, in which we join Aliza and Alistair almost immediately after the events in Dragonshadow. All of the world and character building take place in the first two novels, so potential readers will definitely want to ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...