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Discover my most favorite fantasy romance books and the most popular titles in this genre worth reading.
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Do you love fantasy romance books? Well I have a book list for you!
I’ve pulled together my most favorite fantasy romance books as well as the most popular in this spellbinding category of romance novels so you won’t have to search anywhere else to find your next fantasy read.
What is Fantasy Romance?
But before we get to the list of best fantasy romance books worth reading, let’s take a look at what fantasy romance actually is.
Fantasy romance books are those with a storyline that includes magic, fairies or other magical creatures or some sort of supernatural phenomena like time travel all taking place in a magical, fictional world.
As part of the romance book genre, fantasy romance books not only include this supernatural, magical element, but they are also stories that include a love story with a happy ending.
Authors in this category who do it best craft stories full of the most creative worlds, enchanting characters and captivating storylines with a romance that will sweep you off your feet.
There’s nothing better!
Of course, this description of fantasy romance books still leaves room for a lot of variety in this category of books.
In it you’ll find adult and young adult fantasy romance books, contemporary fantasy romance books, urban fantasy romance books as well as historical fantasy romance books.
And whether you’re more into fairies, witches, warlocks, gods or simply magic, you can find books with each of these components as well.
Elements of Fantasy Romance
While there is a wide variety in fantasy romance books, I’ve found that there are many, similar elements to stories in this romance book category.
Fantastical World Building
It wouldn’t be a fantasy romance book unless there was a magical setting for the story to take place in, right?
Fantasy romance books should be your pick if you’re looking to escape into a book setting that is unlike any other.
I am in awe at some of the magical worlds that fantasy authors conjure up and create for their characters to live in.
For this reason, there is quite a lot of time in fantasy romance books devoted to describing the setting of the book and the world where the characters are interacting in, including the people or creatures that inhabit it, the mores or rules that govern it and the overall look and feel of the location.
Story Plots Involving Good versus Evil
More often than not, fantasy romance books will have a plotline or sub plotline of good versus evil.
Magic is often portrayed as both good and evil so many fantasy romance characters find themselves in a struggle or ongoing battle against dark magic or dark creatures.
These dark elements can be quite violent in some fantasy romance books or include bullying elements so choose your fantasy books wisely based on what you do or don’t like to read.
Stories with Suspense
Because fantasy romance books depict stories of good versus evil, many often include an element of suspense to their storyline.
If you’re not a fan of romantic suspense then you might not like this element to fantasy romance books but some books are more suspenseful than others.
Fantasy Romance Book Series
With so much focus on world building, suspense and the battle between good and evil, fantasy romance books are often written in multiple book series.
With too many details and descriptions of plotlines to fit into just one book, authors instead create amazing fantasy romance book series, giving you an opportunity to sink into their magical worlds and really come to know their characters and their struggles.
For some readers, you might not want to invest so much time into a three or five book series, but when you find a fantasy romance book that ticks all the right boxes for you, you’ll be so excited it’s part of a series giving you more to devour and enjoy!
Slow Burn Romance
I myself am partial to the fantasy romance books that are high on romance as well as their fantastical elements.
I don’t pick up a book in this category just for the action and adventure, but for the sweeping love story between characters that conquers all.
Another common theme that I’ve found in fantasy romance books is that the romantic storyline between main characters is often a slow burn romance.
This may especially be the case for fantasy romance book series, but even in standalone books, there is often a slow to develop relationship between characters.
I love slow burn romances where even the love connection between characters surprises them, because the tension and growing attraction can be so intense!
So, if you’re a fan of slow burn romances, a fantasy romance book would be a great choice for you.
Fantasy Romance vs. Paranormal Romance
I feel the need to also distinguish the difference between fantasy romance books and paranormal romance books.
These aren’t formal definitions to distinguish the two categories but more how I view their differences.
As previously mentioned, fantasy romance books include elements that focus solely around magic, fae and magical creatures and fantastical worlds.
Paranormal romance books focus less on magic and instead include other paranormal creatures such as vampires, ghosts, shapeshifters, psychics, werewolves or zombies.
Both categories however include a central love story that results in a happy ending.
I’ve kept this book list to fantasy romance books only so as not to confuse the categories however a book or two may have shapeshifter elements in them or the like so it’s not an exact science!
The Best Fantasy Romance Books
If you’re looking for a wonderful fantasy romance book to read then these next books are for you.
These are my most favorite books in this category and those that I consider the best fantasy romance books worth reading.
Poppy’s life has never been her own. As the Maiden, the future of the kingdom rests on her shoulders, and she is to remain untouched, in solitary, until the day of her Ascension.
But when Hawke takes up the post as her Royal Guard, she begins to question her duty and the desire that he has awoken.
As tensions among the Desenters rise and attacks on the kingdom increase, Poppy is at risk of failing the gods, denying her destiny and possibly losing her life or her heart.
I wholeheartedly agree that this book was worthy of the title Best Romance Book according to the 2020 Goodreads Choice Awards!
It has everything going for it – great writing, a story that completely sucks you in, characters you fall for and an amazing slow burn romance.
Poppy is such a strong heroine and I found her life path as the Maiden to be fascinating but I especially loved her connection with Hawke.
After finishing this book, I had to immediately start the next book in the series which is equally as good if not better.
This is a fantasy romance book and entire series not to be missed!
Cat Fisa has been living in disguise as a soothsayer in a traveling circus until Griffin, an ambitious warlord from the magic-deprived south, recognizes her magic and kidnaps her.
Griffin knows Cat is the Kingmaker, the woman who divines the truth through lies. He wants her as a powerful weapon for his newly conquered realm-until he realizes he wants her for much more than her magic.
I absolutely devoured this book and didn’t want to put it down. The back and forth banter between Cat and Griffin was off the charts as she fought her feelings for him, but he was the most patient alpha. I loved it.
Her growing friendship with Griffin’s team who sought to protect her at every turn also made this a fantastic read. I also loved the Greek gods aspect to the story making it a unique fantasy romance book.
You can easily read this as a standalone or continue with the entire series.
The day my mother was killed, she told me to swallow my words, to push them down deep, and I haven’t spoken a word since. I’m no longer just a prisoner to my mother’s curse but I’m still invisible to those around me.
The Gifted are hunted in our lands and so I keep my words close. But there is one who hears my words and demands my devotion, my duty and perhaps my love.
This book was one of the first to make me fall in love with fantasy romance!
Harmon is such a talented writer and she pens an unforgettable world and beautiful prose in this fantasy romance filled with healers, seers, spinners and changers.
It’s also a perfect slow burn love story within a majestic, medieval world. I wanted to be a fly on the castle wall as Lark and Tiras grew to be more than captive and captor. I was enthralled and couldn’t stop reading.
The best part is that this is a standalone fantasy romance book so you’re not left on a cliffhanger. It’s a must read!
Brishen Khaskem, prince of the Kai, has been the heir to spare in his Kai kingdom, which is why his only worth is to wed a human to secure a political alliance between kingdoms.
Ildiko is the niece to the Gauri king and has resigned herself to her fate of marrying the young Kai prince. Both Brishen and Ildiko see the other just as ugly in appearance as they expected on their wedding day and yet through a new-found friendship, they come to find each other more beautiful than either could imagine.
I was blown away by the premise of this fantasy romance book that hooked me from the first meeting between Brishen and Ildiko.
These two unique characters, from different kingdoms that look beyond appearance and find true love within, are what really makes this story stand apart from all others.
Though there is not a lot of “magic” to the story, I found this book to be a wonderful, marriage of convenience story that was the perfect slow burn romance.
Half-human and half-Wyr, Pia Giovanni realizes that her days are numbered once she’s blackmailed into stealing from a dragon – the most powerful of the Elder Races.
She’s always kept a low profile to protect her true identity but when Dragos spares her for her crime, her life as she knows it changes forever. As does her heart for the dragon who claims her for his own.
I loved this fantasy romance that is a standalone story but also launches a series to give the supporting characters their own stories.
Pia was a fierce heroine who doesn’t cower from the famed Dragos who is one HOT alpha. The moments when you see him adapt and learn to compromise were my most favorite of the story.
Their connection had all the sparks and then some! I definitely recommend this if you’re a fan of fantasy romance books.
Claire Randall is a former combat nurse just back from the war who travels to Scotland with her husband on a second honeymoon. There she walks through a standing stone circle sending her back in time to 1743 and a Scotland torn by war.
Although she’s desperate to return to her husband and her own time, it’s a young Highland warrior that forces her to choose between two different men and two different times.
I consider Outlander to be one of the best romance books of all-time because of it’s a sweeping, fantastical story about Claire falling back in time and falling in love with another man.
I loved the magical elements of the stone circle and time travel, but this book has so much more.
It’s rich in history, suspense and adventure, but it is the hard fought, slow burn romance between Jamie and Claire that makes this book outstanding.
Once you read this fantasy romance book, trust me when you say that you’ll want to read the entire series. Plus, you can also check out the TV series on Starz which is phenomenal!
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Hawk, Laird of Dalkeith, is fierce warrior but no woman has ever stirred his heart until the day Adrienne de Simone tumbled out of modern-day Seattle and into medieval Scotland.
Adrienne can’t believe that she’s stuck captive in the sixteenth century and now married to a rogue laird. She’s determined to keep Hawke at a distant but the man wants Adrienne and he’s up to the challenge at making the outspoken and irresistible woman his to keep.
This is another fantasy romance book with a time travel element set in Scotland.
I fully admit for having a thing for romance books featuring Scotsman, but I loved the idea of a modern, man-hating woman being thrown back into medieval times and into an instant marriage.
I loved how the fairies are playing these two people behind the scenes and yet the joke is on them when the sparks actually fly between Hawk and Adrienne.
Fans of historical romance and fantasy romance books will love this pick.
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From a young age, she always knew she was different. Hallucinations and visions plagued her young mind but were then locked away until she learned her whole existence has been a lie.
Now she’s faced with a new world beyond comprehension with only the gorgeously handsome Carrick Byrne to teach me about my unique gifts. She doesn’t trust him, but there’s no one else to help her.
I started reading this fantasy romance books because I’m a fan of Sawyer Bennett’s books and it did not disappoint.
Bennett slowly unlocks a magical world that has been hidden to humans for millennia in this first book of the series.
Instead of a historical world setting, this fantasy is set in a contemporary world with humans, fae, daemon and magic and one mysterious alpha male.
Since this is the first in a five book series, it lays a great foundation to the world that actually exists, a mystery to be solved and trouble to come.
Sparks are definitely there between Carrick and Finley but you’ll have to continue with the rest of the series to get to the heart of their romance.
Fans of urban fantasy romance or contemporary fantasy romance books will enjoy this read.
Breen Kelly has always just tried to keep her head above water – working a job she hates to pay the bills and her mountain of debt. But when she discovers a secret investment account in her name, it changes everything.
Now she’s off to Ireland to find her father, but there she discovers a gateway to a world of magic and awakens to a past long forgotten and a duty she’s destined to fulfill.
Nora Roberts is famous for her fantasy romance books for a reason. She’s such a talented writer who creates intriguing new worlds and characters who bring these worlds, their powers and their conflicts to life.
If you love fantasy romance books that sink deep into world building then this is a perfect read for you.
At over 430 pages, Roberts uses this first novel in the series to really build a back story for Breen and to expose the reader to a new, magical world that exists beyond the human realm.
I adored the diverse cast of characters in this novel and the beautiful setting in Ireland.
Anastasia Donovan has a special gift of healing, just like her cousins, though she keeps it hidden, especially from her new neighbor, Boone Sawyer.
Boone may be a single dad but that doesn’t keep him from looking at his new neighbor who looks like the fairy princesses he writes about.
But when an accident puts a life at stake, Anastasia must use her powers even though it could cost her Boone’s growing love, or even her life.
This is another contemporary fantasy romance book from Roberts but this one focuses on a family of cousins who are witches.
Boone is one of those single dad characters you can’t help but love along with his sweet daughter. I especially enjoyed the close knit family of the Donovan cousins but this can easily be read as a standalone.
This fantasy romance book is less about a fantastical world and the battle between good and evil and more about a woman’s magical power to heal and her fear that it will prevent another from believing her, loving her and accepting her.
A wonderful, sweet fantasy romance worth reading.
Popular Fantasy Romance Books
If you’re looking to read even more fantasy romance books, then you may want to check out these books which are some of the most popular in the category.
These are a few that are on my to read list!
When Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. To keep her family safe, she travels to a magical land with her captor who is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries.
With time on his estate, Feyre’s feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion, but now it’s up to her to stop a curse that threatens both Tamlin and his world.
Maas seems to be the queen of fantasy and this is just one of her popular fantasy romance book series to check out.
I always love a good, enemies to lovers romance story so this one is definitely on my list of must reads.
Plus, this book series is being adapted for a TV series on Hulu with Maas as one of the writers to the script.
Bayr of Saylok is the bastard son of a powerful chieftain who is haunted by his dying mother’s curse that from that day forward there will be no daughters in Saylok.
When the first girl child is born in nearly two decades, Bayr seeks to protect her with his inhuman strength.
What Bayr and Alba don’t know is that they each threaten the king. With their connection growing deeper, they soon realize the only way to defend their land is to break the curse and defeat the king.
I won’t lie, if Amy Harmon is writing it then I want to read it!
This fantasy romance book also has a curse that needs to be broken, as in The Bird and the Sword, but I’m anxious to see how the protection angle plays out in Bayr and Alba’s relationship.
After three years of war, Wynter Atrialan is eager to take his vengeance on Summerlea’s king by marrying one of his daughters.
Khamsin Coruscate, Princess of Summerlea and summoner of Storms, is forced to marry Wintercraig’s king as a punishment from her father, but she sees it as her first opportunity for freedom and for love.
This sounds like a great marriage of convenience love story with a bit of an enemies to lovers twist!
I always enjoy a romance where the alpha male is totally taken by surprise by his feelings for a woman that he thought he would hate or despise.
This will be my first fantasy romance book by Wilson and I look forward to diving in.
Lara is a warrior princess who’s driven to bring her kingdom’s enemy – King Aren of the Bridge Kingdom – to his knees. The Bridge Kingdom enriches itself at the expense of other kingdoms since it controls the only route through the world but Lara intends to change this with her upcoming nuptials to the King.
But as she gains a deeper understanding of the war to possess the bridge, Lara begins to question her task as well as her original feelings toward Aren. Now Lara must choose which kingdom she’ll save, and which kingdom she’ll destroy.
I have a weakness for romance books with strong heroines and Lara looks to be just that. I want to see what this warrior princess can do!
This sounds like another marriage of convenience, enemies to lovers fantasy romance worth reading.
Faith never dreamed that she’d find herself falling into a portal, catapulting her into a strange new world when she went to investigate the strange sounds from the apartment next door.
Now she’s stuck with Aron, Lord of Storms, Butcher God of Battle, with the task of guiding him through the land of Aos. Only she of course knows nothing about this world or how to guide the arrogant god through his exile.
Bonded together they have one goal in mind, to get home, but even the bickering and the enemies they face are nothing compared to the danger to their hearts.
While the cover to this one could use an update, I cannot wait to read this fantasy romance book because it sounds so unique.
A sassy heroine and an arrogant God? I can only imagine the great banter between these two so sign me up!
Callypso Lillis is a siren who’s been collecting IOUs for favors rendered for years. The night the fae king appears in her room, she knows the time has come for repayment.
For the Bargainer, he’s appeared to Callypso to call in her debts to help save his people who are mysteriously disappearing. So what if in claiming his due they may possibly rekindle an old romance too.
Only an evil has been awoken and the Bargainer’s foe has a taste for exotic creatures, and Callie just happens to be one.
I’m always looking for something new and different and I’m intrigued by the storyline to this fantasy romance book.
Who is this siren? Why has she needed so many favors in the first place, and what is her history with the fae king? I have so many questions that need answers so it’s on my to read list!
The tenuous alliance between the barbarian riders of Parsathe and the walled kingdoms of the south is shook when the barbarian king and queen are slain.
Maddek vows to avenge his parents by making the king’s daughter, who lured his parents to their deaths, pay.
Yet the woman Maddek captures is not what he expected. Yvenne may be small and weak but she proposes a marriage with Maddek to unite their goals which is to bring vengeance against her father.
I cannot wait to read this book! I’m so curious to see the dynamic between Maddek and Yvenne, especially since she’s a heroine that takes him completely by surprise.
This fantasy romance book is at the top of my list!
Young Adult Fantasy Romance Books
Many popular fantasy romance books fit in the young adult category with the main characters being teenagers.
If you’re a fan of young adult books, you’ll want to check out some of these popular fantasy romance books.
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray witnesses a murder committed by three teenagers outside a club in New York City and then to watch the slain body disappear, she doesn’t know what to think or what to do.
What she has done is meet the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. While she’d like to put the encounter behind her, she’s thrust into needing the help of Jace, a Shadowhunter who’s also a jerk, after her mother mysteriously disappears and after Clary is attacked by a demon.
This fantasy romance book looks like it might be a bit darker than any of my previous reads but I’m intrigued by the Shadowhunters.
I also want to see what the chemistry is like between Clary and Jace who sounds like he will be a great reluctant hero to fall for.
Despite being stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie when she was seven years old, Jude wants to be one of them. But as a human, she is despised by many of the fae, including Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.
To win a place at the Court, Jude becomes mixed in royal intrigues and deceptions, ultimately needing to forge an alliance with the Prince to save herself, her family and possibly the kingdom.
This is quite a popular book and series for fans of young adult fantasy romance. While I liked Jude and her strength of character, you have to be a fan of bully romance to like this book.
If you’re a fan of drama, suspense and intrigue that is light on romance, then check out this fantasy romance book.
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Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, has been turned into a beast and cursed by an enchantress to repeat his eighteenth year until a girl falls in love with him.
All hope of breaking the curse is lost until he meets Harper.
Harper knows what it’s like to struggle having cerebral palsy, but she doesn’t let that stop her. When she tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s pulled into a magical world with a prince, monsters, a curse and the people’s of Emberfall’s lives at stake.
I’m all for checking out this Beauty and the Beast retelling. I love how it has a diverse heroine which we need more of in romance!
This is also book one of a three book series so here’s hoping it’s a good one so I’ll want to continue with rest of the books!
On the day of her Presenting, seventeen-year-old Cyrene Strohm’s lifelong plans come to fruition when she’s chosen for one of the most prestigious positions in her homeland—an Affiliate to the Queen.
But when Cyrene receives a mysterious letter and an unreadable book, she finds nothing is as it seems. Cyrene is drawn into a world of political intrigue and magic where she’s drawn to the one man she can never have – King Edric.
This fantasy romance book also seems high on suspense and intrigue with a bit of forbidden attraction thrown in.
This is book one of a five book series so there is more to love after this one.
Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight because she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. Because of this skill, Katsa is forced to do her uncle, the king’s bidding as his thug.
As she comes to learn the truth about her Grace, she unlocks a terrible secret while also falling in love with the prince.
How do authors come up with these ideas? I’m so curious to see how Katsa manages her Grace along with the way she’s forced to use it.
I’m not sure how the romance will come into play but that will make it all the sweeter.
Fantasy Romance Books Made into Movies
I not only love a good romance book but I love a good romance movie. But when a romance book is made into a movie- even better!
I absolutely loved the movie version of these fantasy romance books and can’t wait to check out the books themselves.
If you too are a fan of books to movies, check out these fantasy romance books that have been made into movies.
Clare meets her future husband when she is six and Henry is thirty-six and yet the two marry when she is twenty-three and Henry is thirty-one.
Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder which causes his genetic clock to reset and misplace him in time. Clare and Henry attempt a normal life and marriage, all the while battling the effects of time travel that they cannot control.
I loved this movie so I can only imagine that I’ll love the book more. The idea of managing a love that is constantly disrupted by time travel is so incredibly unique.
Not only can you see this book come to life on the big screen, but HBO is currently adapting the book for a TV series which is anticipated to release in 2022.
This is the fantastical tale of the true love found between Buttercup and Westley. What was once lost may be found again despite beasties, captures, death and lies if one believes in miracles.
This fantasy romance book is a classic full of adventure and true love as they say.
This movie is such a classic as well but I’ve always wanted to read the book!
In the tiny town of Wall, Tristran Thorn would do anything to win the heart of the beautiful Victoria Forester. For the coveted prize of her hand, Tristran vows to retrieve a fallen star and deliver it to his beloved.
It is an oath that sends him over the ancient wall and into a world of faerie that is dangerous and strange beyond imagining.
I’ll be honest and say that I didn’t realize, when I say this movie, that it was adapted from a book. This is the type of romance movie I love, but I’ve heard equally amazing things about the book.
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