August SFF romance hero

10 sci-fi and fantasy romance recommendations to kickstart your August reading

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Aug 2, 2018

Welcome to another edition of our FANGRRLS Romance series, where your self-proclaimed romance fans (that's us) round up some of the reads we're looking forward to this month, as well as the slightly older titles that have been stealing our attention lately.

We've assembled a list of 10 sci-fi and fantasy romance recs to read as the summer winds down, but this is by no means exhaustive. Let us know what you're planning on reading in the comments below.

And a friendly reminder: We're still looking for authors with SFF romance titles to spotlight, so if you're a writer with a book coming out, let us know! You can also chat us up anytime on Twitter, either individually or via SYFY FANGRRLS, using the hashtag #FangrrlsRomance. And don't forget to check out last month's releases in case you're looking to add a little backfill to your to-read list. Happy reading!

Unseen Lord

Unseen Lord - Karpov Kinrade (August 2)

Karpov Kinrade, the pen name for husband-and-wife writing duo Lux and Dmytry Karpov-Kinrade, promises a fantasy romance with "a new twist on an old tale" perfect for fans of Outlander and TwilightUnseen Lord, the sixth book in their ongoing Vampire Girl series, continues what's basically Season 2 as it follows the adventures of fierce hunter Iris and Elias, the High Prince of Hell.

Entropy

Entropy - Jess Anastasi (August 6)

The fourth book in Anastasi's Atrophy series revolves around the impulsive entanglements of sexy space pirate Captain Qaelan Forster and a woman named Camille Blackstone, whose father is hellbent on having any man who even shows a hint of interest in her executed. Eventually, Camille is forced to keep Qaelan alive not only from her dad's wrath but also from any of the other dangers lurking out there in the universe. Camille and Qae make a perfectly sassy, quippy team, so you'll definitely want to pick this up.

Iron Bones

Iron Bones - Yasmine Galenorn (August 6)

In Book 3 of the Wild Hunt series, the situation is getting critical for both Light and Dark Fae as a deadly plague makes its way through both realms. The group of elite bounty hunters known as the Wild Hunt is tasked with investigating the cause. Its leader, Herne, as well as Ember Kearney, a member caught between Light and Dark Fae, must work together to stop the disease before it leads to total extinction for their race.

Legion

Legion - Regine Abel and Juno Wells (August 7)

It's a new sci-fi romance series! Authors Abel and Wells are bringing the Xian Warriors to us, and the first book deals with a group called the Vanguard, an "elite intergalactic military force." Heroine Ayana, herself a powerful psychic, has spent her life training to join them, but she is what's known as Hollow, meaning she can never catch a Warrior's soul. That doesn't stop her from grabbing the attention of Legion, a Warrior who knows she's destined to be his soulmate no matter what the cost.

Bloodlust by Midnight

Bloodlust By Midnight - Deanna Chase (August 13)

Phoebe Kilsen might be a badass witch and vampire hunter, but her life is in shambles at the moment. Her shifter partner Dax isn't doing too hot and may turn rabid at any point, and her brother has literally gone AWOL. To top it all off, there's a new drug making the rounds on the New Orleans black market, and Phoebe needs to track down whoever's responsible for it. She doesn't want to deal with powerful vamp Eadric Allcot, but she also knows she needs to save those she loves, and she might have to make some tough choices in order to do so.

The Prince

The Prince: A Wicked Novella - Jennifer L. Armentrout (August 14)

Armentrout's newest novella takes place in her Wicked series and revolves around titular Prince Caden, a mysterious figure whose name is enough to strike fear into the hearts of both fae and mortals. But the one woman who he knows can help him with his dark past, Brighton, is also the woman who knows just how dangerous he truly is. As they're forced to work alongside one another, will the threat of a mysterious being with plans to destroy Caden and everyone close to him drive them apart forever?

Rebel Without a Pulse

Rebel without a Pulse - Odessa Gillespie Black (August 14)

Former nerd Willie is transformed forever when his hometown water supply is contaminated with a virus that brings the dead back to life. After suffering a bite, Willie comes back to life as a new being, one with increased stamina and reflexes... but with a downside of the craving for human flesh. He leaves his old life behind and chooses never to look back — until he runs into childhood friend Kaylee two years later. Can Willie-now-Will resist his deeper cravings and his renewed attraction, or will his dangerous secret set an impenetrable rift between the two of them?

Wild Hunger

Wild Hunger - Chloe Neill (August 14)

Neill's spinoff to her New York Times bestselling Chicagoland Vampires series, called Heirs of Chicagoland, shifts into new gear with a brand new vampire: the one and only Elisa. As the only born vampire child, she's viewed and treated much differently than the rest of her fellow vamps. But the only one who knows her darkest secret is also the leader of a different pack: Connor Keene. When an assassination casts a new light on old rivalries, Elisa and Connor are forced to choose between love and duty.

Blood Bond

Blood Bond - Helen Hardt (August 21)

Hardt takes readers to a new setting with a new group of paranormals in her new series. Vampire Dante has only just escaped the clutches of a female vampire after winding up her blood slave for years; he doesn't expect to encounter ER nurse Erin, who finds herself drawn to the gorgeous stranger looting the hospital's blood bank. Chemistry ensues, but the traumas of Dante's past and Erin's unknown history might throw a wrench into that.

Mirage

Mirage - Somaiya Daud (August 28)

The newest addition to the YA SFF genre is space odyssey meets The Prince and The Pauper meets historical richness. Author Somaiya Daud blends her own Moroccan heritage with a sci-fi twist on a fairy tale classic for a story that is as vivid as it is engaging. A girl named Amani discovers that she is a near-twin to cruel Vathek Princess Maram, but only after she's forced to become Maram's body double, standing in place for her on the off chance someone gets the idea to assassinate. But Amani doesn't count on how much she enjoys her new responsibilities, dangerous as they are — or the company of the princess' fiancé.

The Kiss Quotient cover

Kayleigh's Miscellaneous Recs

Sarah MacLean, one of the true gems of current historical romance, has started her new series. The devilishly titled Bareknuckled Bastards saga promises thrills, temptation and MacLean's ever enticing prose, which practically glimmers with appeal. The first book, Wicked and the Wallflower, is waiting on my Kindle for the quiet few hours of solitude it deserves. How can you turn down a romance with a hero called Devil? Elsewhere, I've been waiting months to read Seared by Suleikha Snyder, which promises to sate my thirst for sexy romances involving bad boy chefs. Of course, it would be remiss of me to not mention the current most talked about contemporary of the summer, The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. Everyone in romance has been talking up the joys of this story of a successful businesswoman with Asperger's who hires a male escort to instruct her on how to date properly.

Hullmetal Girls

Carly's Miscellaneous Recs

I've been reading a lot of different books lately, but I'm trying to get back into reading sci-fi romance, at least for this month. When I heard that Emily Skrutskie had a new book that fans were praising as being very similar to Pacific Rim AND featuring a friendship between two women of color? Well, I was sold for sure. I'm a huge fan of her The Abyss Surrounds Us series, so I'm hoping that there's more where Hullmetal Girls came from too. I'm also reading Shana Galen's Lord and Lady Spy, a historical retelling of Mr. and Mrs. Smith (one of my favorite Brangelina flicks) and Sierra Simone's New Camelot Trilogy, a contemporary erotic series inspired by Arthurian legend that considers what it would be like if Arthur, Guinevere, AND Lancelot were a thing — oh, and if Arthur was POTUS instead of King.