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Jul 14 2017 9:30am

The 6 Fantasy Romance Authors You Should Be Reading Right Now

A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

When we talk about fantasy and romance, they’re often seen as two totally different genres. While romance can have fantastical elements, and fantasy can have romance elements, it seems a hard bridge to build to find that beautiful gray area of fantasy romance. Much like romantic suspense, fantasy romance needs to have just the right balance of both genres in order to appeal to readers. It's hard to do, but the author that get it right, get it perfect. If you're a fan of Game of Thrones, but are looking for something a little more romantic (read: a lot less violence against women and rape), then these authors are definitely ones you'll want to check out. 

Amanda Bouchet

Amanda Bouchet's debut, A Promise of Fire, took the romance genre by storm just one year ago. Now, with two books in an almost completed series, Amanda Bouchet has cemented her position as one of the premiere voices in fantasy romance. 

The Book That Will Put You Under Their Spell: A Promise of Fire. (Amazon | B&N | Kobo) I'm not always a stickler for reading in order, but since this book starts the series—and the series follows the same couple, building on events from each book prior—it's fairly important to read in order. Start from the beginning, I've been told it's a very good place to start. 

Kerrelyn Sparks

While Sparks is a not a new voice in the romance genre, many readers know her for her paranormal romance. With that series done, it was time for Sparks to start a new series and we were gifted with her Embraced books. With catchy titles like How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days and So I Married a Sorcerer,  these books have Sparks' signature humor and, as she herself has described it, are a “female friendly Game of Thrones.” 

The Book That Will Put You Under Their Spell: How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days. (Amazon | B&N | Kobo) Here's the sticking point, dear fellow readers, this series is only just beginning, so sadly the only book available for us to devour is the first one, however, So I Married a Sorcerer is just around the corner (releasing August 29) so there's just enough time to catch up before Book 2!

Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa

Laura Thalassa

Laura Thalassa walks a beautiful line between romance and fantasy. All of her series follow the same couple, building on a given mystery or uncovering a “big bad,” but still have strong romantic elements that make the books truly engrossing reads. 

The Book That Will Put You Under Their Spell: Rhapsodic. (Amazon | B&N) While there were series before this that I will also highly suggest, I loved Rhapsodic. I could not stop talking about it. Whenever someone asked me what I was reading, I wouldn't even tell them my current read because I would need to talk about Rhapsodic. Callypso is a siren who begged the favors of a fairy king—the Bargainer—for years she's collected bracelets from him, for each one she owes him a favor. He's now come to collect, and oh what a delicious, slow burn-of-a-ride it is. 

Amy Harmon

If you love books with a slow burn, Amy Harmon will become one of your go-tos. Her characters form relationships—with many of her books featuring friends to lovers or “reluctant allies” turned lovers—that can be decades in the making before finally getting the satisfying ending we love. 

The Book That Will Put You Under Their Spell: The Bird and the Sword. (Amazon | B&N | Kobo) Words have power, and this is none more true than in The Bird and the Sword. I was on the edge of my seat for this entire book, unsure of how Harmon would get us to a happy ending, but the pay off is magnificent and the story all the more beautiful for it. 

The Mark of the Tala by Jeffe Kennedy

Jeffe Kennedy

When I say “fantasy romance,” you say what? The name you're looking for is Jeffe Kennedy. Whenever I'm asked about the rising trend of fantasy romance, Kennedy's name is one of the first on my lips. Speaking to the importance of balance between fantasy and romance, Kennedy is pitch perfect, and you won't find an author that blends the two better. 

The Book That Will Put You Under Their Spell: The Mark of the Tala. (Amazon | B&N | Kobo) It's the start of the series, and will introduces you to a world governed by a mad king and barely kept together by his three daughters. You'll find magic, shifters, epic battles, and espionage—it's like a romance readers version of Lord of the Rings. If you want a slightly more tropey entry to the series, then jump into Pages of the Mind, which begins the Twelve Kingdoms spin-off series Unchartered Realms series. You'll find a quiet libarian and a hulking king of a foreign land finding their happily ever after in a wonderful 

Grace Draven

We've been talking about Grace Draven for almost three years now and for good reason. Draven gives us the world of the Wraith Kings, starting with Book 1, Radiance, in which a marriage of convenience is made between the human princess of the kingdom of Gaur and and the Kai prince of Bast-Haradis. It's a total opposite-attract story in every sense of the word. 

The Book That Will Put You Under Their Spell: Radiance. (Amazon | B&N | Kobo) If my above paragraph hasn't convinced you, then... that's all I got. It's tropey, magical, and complex. However, Draven also has Master of Crows which builds on a world of gods, love and magic. 

What voices in fantasy romance have you been loving? What do you think is necessary to hit that balance of fantasy and romance elements?


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Jennifer Proffitt is a Midwest transplant to New York City. You can usually find her wishing time-travel was possible so she could go back to Victorian England or that she was a paranormal creature. But in the meantime, she fills her time being the Community Manager for Heroes and Heartbreakers, and reading and writing romance. You can find her on Twitter at @JennProffitt.

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9 comments
Jessie E
1. Jessie E
I would recommend THE PREY OF GODS by Nicky Drayden!

Jennifer Proffitt
2. JenniferProffitt
@Jessie E, I love that cover! I'll definitely be looking out for this book!
Kareni
3. Kareni
I've actually read all of the authors mentioned in the post which is a rare event! I'll have to think to see if I can add to the list; I'm drawing a blank now.
Kareni
4. Kareni
A few authors that might fit under the fantasy romance umbrella ~

Maria V. Snyder with Poison Study and its sequels
Kristen Ashley with her Golden Dynasty books
C. L. Wilson with her Tairen Soul books

How would you classify Naomi Novik's Uprooted?
Jennifer Proffitt
5. JenniferProffitt
Oh, CL Wilson! I'm eagerly anticipating her sequel to Winter King!

Without reading the book, it looks more like a straight-up fantasy rather than a fantasy romance--though it's very reminiscent of Robin McKinley to me!
Mary Lynne Nielsen
6. emmel
So so great to see this post featuring some of my fave authors but offering new discoveries for me!

@kareni: I bill Snyder and Novik as romantic fantasy, rather than fantasy romance. In that same category are Robin McKinley, Patricia A. McKillip, Anne Bishop, Sharon Shinn, Patricia Briggs. And I love your citation of Golden Dynasty!

I wonder what what happened to C. L. Wilson....
Jessie E
7. Lucy D
While I wouldn't call it a romantic fantasy series, Kevin Hearne's The Iron Druid features Atticus O'Sullivan, a druid, and the first apprentice that he takes under his wing in over 1,000 years is a woman named Granuaille. There is no hanky-panky in the 12 years of her apprenticeship but once she becomes a full druid there does become a romantic link between them. Granuaille chooses to fight with a staff rather than a sword and since becoming a full druid, she has her own chapters and sometimes goes on solo adventures. She saves Atticus as often as he has saved her.

Granuaille is a powerful female fantasy character and has never been written as a weaker heroine because of her sex.
Jessie E
8. CherryMischievous
Why is "A Promise Of Fire" by Amanda Bouchet not available for purchase in the UK?!?
Jessie E
9. Carissa R.


Temperance (The Arcanian Chronicles #1)by Ella Frank

I fell in love with this book and there are plans for 3 more in the series...I keep on reminding Ella not to forget about them, because the story is fantastic with all of these mysterious characters that I want to find out what happens. I normally don't re-read books BUT I definitely will with this one. I <3 it so much!
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