Romance is in the Air (and in the books)

For Valentine’s Day, I want to share some of my favorite romance books with you.

SciFi Romance

Archangel by Sharon Shinn

Angels and mortals on a new planet. Such incredible worldbuilding. The entire Samaria series is wonderful. Archangel is the first in the series.

Gaea’s Chosen: The Mayday Directive by Cara Michaels

Colonists on a spaceship travelling to a new world. They’ve each been assigned a compatible partner, but Commander Gemma Bryant’s intended mate isn’t attracted to her at all. Couldn’t put this down. Love the way the author set up the tension between the characters.

Alien Blood (Diaspora Worlds) by Melisse Aires

The hero and heroine are both prisoners chosen to compete in a survival game on another planet. Really likable characters and an interesting setup.

Fantasy Romance

I’ve grouped paranormal romances under this category with the more traditional fantasy romances.

Mystic and Rider (Twelve Houses) by Sharon Shinn

Senneth is a mystic and Tayse is the royal guard assigned to protect her as she travels on a mission for the king. This is another great series (The Twelve Houses) with fantastic worldbuilding. This is the first book.

Blindsight: A Mirus Short Story by Kait Nolan

Loved the premise of this story (psychic woman held prisoner for her abilities and the assassin who comes to rescue her) and the author really came through with it. Great read.

Storm Dancer (Dark Epic Fantasy) by Rayne Hall

Dahoud is struggling with his inner demon, literally. Merida is a weather magician obsessed with social status. Life brings them together in difficult circumstances. Not an easy book to read with some dark material (sexual violence and rape content), but a fascinating world and intriguing characters.

A Touch of Greek (Out of Olympus #1) by Tina Folsom

Greek Gods in the modern world and a temporarily blind heroine. A fun setup and the author doesn’t disappoint. Contains explicit sexual content.

Historical Romance

Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale

A Quaker woman and an English lord who has a stroke and loses the ability to communicate easily. This was truly amazing and it’s an eternal favorite of mine.

Honor’s Splendour by Julie Garwood

Lady Madelyne is kidnapped by Baron Duncan as revenge against the crimes of her evil brother. Little does Duncan know what he’s in for. An all-time favorite. I adore the humor in the writing. The author does head-hop constantly between the hero and heroine, but it adds to the fun of the story.

Loki’s Daughters by Delle Jacobs

A Viking warrior and a Celtic maid. When the Vikings move into the women’s village and won’t leave, the women get creative. Good story.

Sixteen Brides by Stephanie Grace Whitson

Historical and inspirational. Sixteen Civil War widows head west to set up new lives, unaware that the men in town are expecting them to be their brides.

Contemporary Romance

Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer

The heroine has anger management issues and the hero is a hitman sent to guard her by an overprotective friend. I’m a sucker for a bad boy so I had to read this. The humor is fabulous. Truly enjoyable.

What are some of your favorite romances?