Fantasy romance novels to fall in love
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Is there anything better than the pure escapism of fantasy romance novels? A little magic, a little love, and a perfectly happy ending – that’s exactly the kind of thing I like when I’m looking for some solace. And these ten fantastic romance novels are full of just that: comfort. Whatever conflict and turmoil lurks within – and make no mistake, some of these novels involve war, death and terrible curses – you can rest assured that at the end of it all , love will prevail. And maybe, just maybe, you’ll fall in love with them a little bit.
These stories are full of ghosts and love, princes and goddesses, mermaids, magicians and all kinds of magic. Some of the stories take place in our world where a hint of the supernatural resides, while others depict magical worlds pulled straight from our wildest imaginations. From urban fantasy romance to high fantasy romance, these stories have it all. Even with all of these possibilities, one thing you can be sure of is the combination of magic and romance you’ll find inside.
Be enchanted, be carried away, but above all, take a moment to relax as you sit with one of these beautiful fantasy romance novels.
When We Were Birds by Ayanna Lloyd Banwo
St. Bernard women have lived in a house on a hill outside Port Angeles for generations, guiding the spirits of the dead to the afterlife. But Yejide is unprepared for the life she is meant to lead, and when her mother dies without preparing her for the responsibilities she is about to assume, Yejide is thrown into the deep end. Raised as a Rastafarian, Darwin was always taught not to interact with the dead. He never even went to a funeral. But when his mother becomes too ill to work, he starts digging graves to support them both. This is where he meets Yejide, among the spirits of the dead. Here, in the oldest cemetery in Port Angeles, the dead rest uneasily. And for Yejide and Darwin, that means their lives — and their destinies — will never be the same again.
Paladin’s Grace by T. Kingfisher
A godless paladin is nothing. Three years after the death of his god, Stephen is a broken paladin, searching for a reason to live. So when he witnesses a failed assassination attempt, he doesn’t hesitate to dive headfirst into a web of betrayal and lies down next to a woman he’s just met. Magic, murder and love can be found even among spies, poisoners and dead gods.
Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan
Xingyin grew up on the moon, unaware that she and her mother were living in exile, hiding from the Heavenly Emperor who her mother stole the elixir of immortality from many years ago. But when Xingyin’s magic breaks out, she is discovered and must flee to protect her mother. Alone and scared, she goes in disguise to the celestial kingdom. There she meets the son of the Celestial Emperor. Soon feelings flare between Xingyin and the prince, but to save his mother, Xingyin will have to challenge the Celestial Emperor to end his betrayal once and for all.
Wonderful Light by Freya Marske
This historical fantasy romance set in England follows Baronet Robin Blythe as he tries to figure out the strange world of magic when an administrative error leaves him working as a liaison to the magical society hitherto unknown to him. If only his magical world counterpart, the brilliant but tangy Edwin Courcey, would let him have the time of day. But when a magical plot brings them together to solve a mystery, the two begin to see they have more in common than they previously thought.
The Mermaid, the Witch and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall
An imperial lady and an orphan-turned-pirate intertwine in this tale of survival and magic. When Lady Evelyn is taken by pirates en route to an ill-fated arranged marriage, she could never have guessed that her rescue would come from young Florian, or that Florian is also Flora in disguise. Soon, the two embark on a daring escape that involves freeing a captive mermaid and teaming up with an opportunistic witch to secure their freedom.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Lazlo Strange is a war orphan turned junior librarian who studies fairy tales. Only Lazlo believes they are more than just stories. Throughout his childhood he heard stories about an incredible city; a city everyone has now forgotten, remembered only as “Weep”. When a contingent from the all-too-real Land of Weep comes seeking the aid of the brightest minds, Lazlo’s knowledge of fairy tales comes in handy. He is the only one to speak Weep’s language. And his journey will take him to a city torn by war and divine vengeance, where gods have enslaved humans and humans have killed gods. And there he meets a blue-skinned girl, a girl who meets him in his dreams.
Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust
A fairy tale story inspired by Persian myth as well as Rapunzel and Beauty and the Beast, Girl, Snake, Thorn follows a cursed princess who has spent all her days locked up in the royal palace. But when a div locked in the dungeons hints at answers about her curse and a handsome new soldier takes an interest in her, Soraya becomes determined to discover life beyond the palace walls – even if it does. puts her and others in danger. With not one but two love interests, Girl, Snake, Thorn beautifully illustrates how feelings can deceive as well as direct.
The Romantic Deaths of Ashley Poston
A nigger who can see real ghosts? That might sound a little too on the nose, but for a girl who grew up in a funeral home and was kicked out of her hometown for solving the murder of a dead boy with the help of her ghost, it’s Like nothing ever happened. So when Florence Day returns home for her father’s funeral, she expects to be haunted by many things from her past. The one thing she doesn’t expect is to find her new editor’s ghost waiting for her. But what is his unfinished business? And what does that have to do with her? Between planning her father’s funeral and making amends with her siblings, she must find a way to help her overly-attractive editor get through — without falling for him in the process.
Release: July 5, 2022
A Taste of Gold and Iron by Alexandra Rowland
A shy prince and his bodyguard fall in love in this Ottoman-inspired fantasy novel. Princes of Arasht can taste precious metals with the touch of their hand, and when Prince Kadou inadvertently finds himself at odds with an important ambassador, he must take charge of an investigation into a recent guild heist to prove his loyalty to his sister. , the Queen. Alongside his new bodyguard, Evemer, Kadou uncovers a financial plot that could bring the kingdom to ruin.
Release: August 30, 2022
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