Science Fiction Romance

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Catfishing on Catnet

Catfishing on CatNet by Naomi Kritzer is a YA suspense tech thriller with strong romantic elements, and it’s electrically good at every single element. Steph Turner and her mother have been on the run for almost as long as Steph can remember. Her father tried to kill them both via arson and has ...

B+
Strange Love

The Hunger Games meets The Bachelor in Strange Love, a romance about an abductee who decides to make the best of it when she finds herself fighting for her survival – and a mate – on a foreign world. On Barath, you can’t just meet someone, fall in love and start a family. You must earn the ...

B+
Homebound

Science Fiction romances tend to battle sequences and spaceships, but Homebound by Lydia Hope is set on a dystopian Earth. In The City, an urban ruin that reads like a Dickensian slum, Gemma works for a pittance scrubbing prison cells. A surprise reassignment to the third floor, where the alien p ...

B-
Ice Planet Barbarians

Here's my one sentence review of this book: "Ice Planet Barbarians is predictable, ridiculous, and a damn good time." You're looking for more, however, aren't you? You want to know why Ruby Dixon's wildly successful series about a group of women who, after being kidnapped from Earth and imprisone ...

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Song of Scarabeus / Children of Scarabeus

Sara Creasy’s Song of Scarabaeus matches an intricately-built world with engaging characters and a fascinating plot. In the future, humanity terraforms planets by seeding them with biocyph (biology technology) pods called BRATs. This tech absorbs data from the existing ecosystem, then engineers an ...

B+
The Final Dawn

The Final Dawn is the fifth and final book in Jess Anastasi’s Atrophy series, featuring the motley crew of the starship Imojenna under the command of the super badass, super enigmatic Rian Sherron.  This story has been a long time coming; book four, Entropy, was published in 2018 and I confess I ...

B+
Y Negative

Curious about a gender-based dystopia where women have been erased as a concept and testosterone, inborn and taken via shots, rules the day? Check out Y Negative. Ember is Y-negative, a person born without a Y-chromosome. In his early years, he was forced to bear children; now, with the help of t ...

B-
The Valmont Contingency

A number of readers recommended Val Roberts to me on a thread about looking for SF romances. Overall, The Valmont Contingency was a solid read, and you definitely can’t beat the price point. However, some logic and plot errors, alongside a completely avoidable fetishizing of Japan, held this back. ...

B+
Winter's Orbit

I’m not usually drawn to Science Fiction/Fantasy or Space-Opera Romance but I may have to rethink that after reading Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell. Kiem, Prince Royal of Iskat, has been asked to marry Count Jainen, the Thean representative to the federated empire ruled by Iskat. Jainen wa ...

B+
A Conspiracy of Whispers

I love sci-fi romance, but I find it the hardest romance subgenre to navigate. Marketing is more disorienting, quality is highly variable, and the best reads seem fewer and farther between. While searching my library’s Libby app under 'romance' and 'science fiction', I picked A Conspiracy of Whisp ...