Fantasy Romance

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 ...

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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 ...

A
Salt Magic Skin Magic

This book.  Oh my goodness.  I was bewitched and captivated from the first page to the last, and I barely took any breaks in between.  Magical.  Romantic.  Suspenseful.  Mysterious.  Sexy.  It’s all of those things and a tremendously engaging story.  It’s also Ms. Welch’s first full-l ...

B-
Witchmark

Witchmark, by début author C. L. Polk, is an intriguing blend of history, science fiction, fantasy and romance.  In Aeland, a fictionalized Edwardian England, aristocratic families use their magical gifts to keep a stranglehold on the power and wealth of the nation, whilst relegating anyone outsid ...

C
Heart on Fire

Oh, what a letdown, when a series starts off so strongly (I nominated Bouchet for debut author of the year in 2016) but can’t stick the landing. Cat Fisa, married to the warlord Griffin, has made progress overthrowing the corrupt Alphas ruling her land, but the biggest challenge of all remains: Al ...

B
His Wicked Love

His Wicked Love, the début fantasy title from Mila Benson, is not my usual fare.  I read very little fantasy and have never played Dungeons and Dragons (let’s be honest, I’ve never played any role-play video game), so I worried His Wicked Love , with its cast of warlocks, paladins and archmage ...

B+
Wildfire

Ilona Andrews has written several of my favorite books, from her Innkeeper Chronicles to her current romantic fantasy series, Hidden Legacy. Wildfire, book three in the latter series, brings the trilogy to a nice close with the romance between leads Nevada Baylor and Connor “Mad” Rogan finally r ...

A
Lord of the Abyss

A marvelous stand-alone Beauty-and-the-Beast fantasy (or maybe Beast-and-the-Beauty, or perhaps just Beast-and-Beast?) by an author who really knows her way around the supernatural? Yes, yes, yes! Twenty years ago, the kingdom of Elden fell to the vile Blood Sorcerer. Before dying, the queen cast ...