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Oct 13 2017 8:30am

4 Fantasy Novellas You’ll Fall for This Autumn

Fall, with kids returning to school and the holidays just around the corner, can easily be one of the busiest times of the year. Which makes it the perfect time to indulge your reading habits with stories that are slightly shorter but still packed with the heat and heart romance readers crave. Here are some great fantasy romance stories to warm up the season.

The Glamour Thieves by Don Allmon

The Glamour Thieves by Don Allmon
Level of Romance: High

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Don Allmon pens a hot reunited lovers story in his male/male fantasy tale The Glamour Thieves. Austin, an elf, has always spelled trouble for JT, an orc who’s worked hard to achieve success. When Austin shows up at JT’s mechanics shop with an amazing, yet clearly stolen, car he knows this time it will be no different. The elf does nothing for free and this “gift” undoubtedly comes with a heavy price tag.

Austin needs help. A mutual friend is in trouble and this is just the excuse he needs to reappear in JT’s life. But JT has created a placid, orderly existence that he has no intention of bringing Austin into. Can Austin convince JT that what he needs in his life is a little hot, sexy Austin style chaos?

It was easy to imagine the two of them like this always. Too easy. He should tell Austin to go. He would tell him. In just a few minutes.

This is an easy to read, a fast and furious tale of magic, mayhem and the power of love.

Harkworth Hall by L.S. Johnson

Harkworth Hall by L.S. Johnson
Level of Romance: Just Getting Started

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Harkworth Hall by L.S. Johnson is a “kisses only” Regency style f/f romance. Caroline Daniels family has fallen into financial decline. While her father denies their circumstances, Caroline does laundry and dusts rooms behind his back so they may keep up appearances. His hope is to see her married but there are few eligible gentlemen in their remote corner of England and none of them are interested in her. More importantly, she is not interested in them. When Sir Edward Masterson arrives and leases the beautiful but decaying Harkworth Hall, with plans for an expensive renovation, her father begins to hope that his dreams of a marriage for Caroline will be answered. But it is Mr. Jonathan “Jo” Chase, a woman wearing men’s clothing, that captures Caroline’s interest:

She took my hand in a dramatic bow and kissed it. A kiss that lingered a beat too long, that felt her thumb slide along my palm – or did I imagine it? Certainly, she seemed unchanged when she arose, but oh! My hand burned, with a sensation I had never felt before. It was everything that Sir Edward’s kiss was not, it set every nerve alight in my body.

But before Jo and Caroline can reach for an HEA they must battle the dark magic that surrounds Harkworth Hall.  This engaging novella is the start of a fantasy adventure series starring two intrepid young heroines.

Forget Me Not by Em Shotwell

Forget Me Not by Em Shotwell
Level of Romance: High 

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Forget Me Not by Em Shotwell is a homespun, heartfelt romance that shows that sometimes even a perfect match isn’t, well, perfect. Evelyn Cadeau is powerfully Gifted. Able to bring life and vitality to anything organic, she is a prime catch for people in her magical community. Rex Somersby? Not so much. His Gift of perfect memory can come in handy for tests but doesn’t really get you far on a farm in Missouri. When their respective matchmakers claim that the two are a perfect match, a very rare event indeed even for the magical, Evelyn can’t believe it. Not only is Rex not her type, she’s in love with someone else. But life -and love - can be funny things.  When Evelyn is forced to go on an arranged date with Rex, things take a dramatic turn.  A bottle of wine, some late-night skinny dipping, and a cheating boyfriend can have a girl seeing things in a whole new way:

She couldn’t look at Rex without remembering the way her Gift had responded to his touch. How it had rushed through her, making her head spin. Now, every time his hand innocently brushed against her, she couldn’t help but think of the way his touch set her on fire, of how that heat had traveled the full length of her body, and how if she hadn’t pulled away at that exact moment she wouldn’t have pulled away ever.

But when Rex is forced to go to Vietnam and fight in the war, will the boy with the perfect memory ever be able to heal from the horrors he has seen? Proving that no road to happily ever after is ever really trouble-free, this tale of love, heartache, and healing is sure to be a hit with fans who appreciate a bit of sour with their sweet.

The Third Kiss by Kat Colmer

The Third Kiss by Kat Colmer
Level of Romance: High

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The Third Kiss by Kat Colmer is a lighthearted YA romance that has a commitment-phobic teen falling for his best friend. Jonas Leander doesn’t do long term. Never has, never will. He treats girls like the sweets in the candy store and he’s determined to try them all, without picking any favorites. But when he gets a weird letter advising him that he’s an Eros Guardian who has only one chance left to pick his life partner or spend eternity alone, Jonas has to do some serious soul-searching. Cora Hammond is one of Jonas’ oldest- and best - friends. She figures the letter is some well-deserved payback from one his short-term exes but then she becomes a part of the problem. An impulsive kiss between the two friends reveals there’s a lot of unexplored chemistry between them:

He sat and listened and let me pace, rant, and rave. And when I was done, hot tears finally breaching my icy anger, he reached for me and held me until I cried myself dry. Then held me some more. Past the point where I needed to be held. And into unfamiliar territory.  I became acutely aware of every gentle stroke of his hand over my hair. Of the reassuring weight of his palm as it pressed just below and between my shoulder blades. Of his breath as he murmured soothing words near my temple. About then was when the unexplainable happened. I can still remember the startled taste of him, all sweet tangy and warm.

But before they can decide just how much they want to explore this thing between them, Cora becomes the target of the Groth Maar: demons sent to destroy Eros Guardians. Can true love prevail against the powers of hell? Definitely!


H&H Editor Picks:

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Maggie Boyd, blogger, reviewer, avid reader.

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Kareni
1. Kareni
Some intriguing choices here! Thanks for the list, Maggie.
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