July SFF romance hero

10 sci-fi and fantasy romance recommendations to make your July sizzle

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Jul 11, 2018

Welcome to another installment of our FANGRRLS Romance series, where your diehard romance readers (that's us) round up some of the reads we're looking forward to this month, as well as the comparatively older titles that have been stealing our attention lately.

We've put together a list of 10 sci-fi and fantasy romance recs to get you started on your summer reading, but this is by no means exhaustive. Let us know what you're planning on reading in the comments below.

And a friendly reminder: As we continue to sweat it out this summer season, 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!

Enticing the Dragon

Enticing the Dragon - Jane Godman (July 1)

The second installment of Godman's series about a rock band consisting of animal shifters and the women who love them offers a deadly mystery as well as a fiery romance. Dragon shifter Torque finds himself the unexpected target of a serial arsonist, and when undercover FBI agent (and self-professed fan) Hollie ends up tasked with finding out who could be responsible, sparks fly between the two. Enticing the Dragon is a fun, sexy shifter romance with a thriller element to boot, and who doesn't want to picture a chart-topping band consisting of hot shifter dudes? It's kind of our happy place.

Kiss of the Spindle

Kiss of the Spindle - Nancy Campbell Allen (July 3)

Kiss of the Spindle puts a steampunk twist on a classic fairy tale. Dr. Isla Cooper has been cursed to fall into a deep sleep at the stroke of midnight but runs the risk of said curse becoming permanent if she is unable to find the witch responsible. After sneaking her way onto a private airship, Isla is forced to work with its owner, Daniel Pickett, who possesses a secret of his own, as well as a formidable government official tasked with hunting down and exterminating shapeshifters. Sleeping Beauty never had to deal with this much intrigue.

Wolf's Mate

Wolf’s Mate - Katie Reus (July 3)

The latest novella in Reus' Crescent Moon series can be read individually, but when you're guaranteed an HEA in each story we wouldn't blame you for wanting to go back and devour every single installment. Erica and Hudson, the couple who feature in Wolf's Mate, aren't really a couple at first — but after trying to keep the sitch strictly casual, Erica discovers she's pregnant. Moreover, Hudson realizes he may have found his mate after all, but he has to give her the space to figure that out for herself.

Embers

Embers - Suzanne Wright (July 3)

The long-awaited fourth book in Wright's The Dark In You series is here! Fans have been counting the days, the minutes even, to find out about the next chapter in the saga of Harper and Knox — and it turns out that parenthood brings even more complications. Now that their son, Asher, has been born, this couple is more powerful (and more vulnerable) than they've ever been. Will this fledgling family be able to protect what's theirs, or will their enemies prove to be too strong a foe?

The Outcasts

The Outcasts - Alexa Black (July 17)

Spacebus driver Sue Jones finds herself a survivor in a strange land when her shuttle crash-lands in unknown territory, forcing her to depend on an alien named Kara for survival. Kara's people are called Outcasts, individuals who have been banished from a higher plane of existence and forced to survive in harsh conditions. As the two women grow closer, with Kara taking Sue under her wing in more ways than one, does their relationship have the potential to forge stronger bonds than the differences that divide them?

Competence

Competence - Gail Carriger (July 17)

Carriger's Custard Protocol series continues with the playfully delightful Competence, which picks up with the adventures of a new lead: Primrose Tunstell. This whimsical story proves that Primrose is a fully capable heroine in her own right, separate from her best friend Rue (whose adventures made up the previous two books in the series). When Prim hears word of a new kind of vampire, she ventures off to Peru with the crew of the Spotted Custard. Naturally, hijinks ensue.

Saint or Sinner

Saint or Sinner - Cynthia Eden (July 24)

Sexy, cold-blooded vampire assassin Josephine Saint knows what it is to be feared, but she's not concerned with her reputation. She's only in this business to pay off her debt, and once she does she'll finally be free. But Jo isn't counting on her next target to be a big problem. Fallen angel Malik is living it up on Earth, and it's Jo's job to bring him back upstairs before the situation gets even more difficult. But what will happen when Malik starts changing into something entirely new — something deadly?

The Serpent

The Serpent - Sarah Fine (July 24)

The first book in Fine's new Immortal Dealers series promises a kickass heroine and a paranormal world unlike any we've ever seen. Ernestine "Ernie" Terwiliger has put her life on hold to look after her mother, but she didn't realize what would happen when she picked up a mysterious deck of cards. Suddenly, she finds herself the participant of a game of which she wants no part in, but she may not have much of a choice in the matter when the otherworldly Immortal Dealers get involved.

Hour of Darkness

Hour of Darkness - Lara Adrian (July 31)

Breed vampire Cain has only ever known the life of an assassin. After being born and raised as a Hunter, he's gone on to use his special set of skills, Liam Neeson-style, as a mercenary-for-hire, cleaning up any problem he's needed for. After a job in Vegas goes awry, he shifts gears and heads to Miami for some R&R — but when he witnesses the near-murder of a beautiful young woman, Cain realizes he may be the only one strong enough to protect her from death.

Shadow's Bane

Shadow's Bane - Karen Chance (July 31)

Dhampir (half-human, half-vampire) Dorina Basarab is back in the newest novel of Chance's New York Times-bestselling urban fantasy series. Dorina's already got a lot to handle as the newest member of the Vampire Senate, but her worlds collide ever further when a fey acquaintance goes missing. As Dory travels into the world of Faerie to investigate a potential fey Fight Club, she realizes the situation might be more dire than she originally thought — not to mention she's got her hands full (ahem) of super hot master vampire Louis-Cesare, too.

Pale as Death

Pale as Death - Heather Graham (July 31)

The FBI's paranormal contingent known as the Krewe of Hunters is back on the case again, this time with a murder investigation that eerily resembles the infamous Black Dahlia killings. LAPD Detective Sophie Manning is already dealing with enough in terms of the grisly crime scene, but when she starts seeing ghosts there's only one man who can help her: Krewe consultant Bruce McFadden. Working in close proximity certainly isn't going to solve the problem of unexpected attraction, that's for sure. Will they be able to stop the killer before they strike again?

A Wolf Apart

A Wolf Apart - Maria Vale (July 31)

Great North Pack Alpha Elijah Sorensson has been living apart from his pack for a long time, a literal wolf in lawyer's clothing. The only problem is that his predecessor wound up dead after being separated from his pack for too long, and Elijah's unsure if he can keep maintaining his connection to his inner wolf. That's when he meets Thea Villalobos, a human woman who's more genuine and real than anyone else he's met here. Will the law of the land allow Elijah to make room in his heart for Thea?

A Duke by Default

Kayleigh's Miscellaneous Recs

We were already spoiled earlier this year with an Alyssa Cole royal romance, but now, this month brings us the next installment in the Reluctant Royals series! We couldn't be more hyped for A Duke by Default, which promises sparks between a New York City socialite and a surly Scottish swordmaker. For those of us still on that Hamilton high — isn't that all of us? —- there's no time like the present to catch up on the Hamilton's Battalion anthology. With historical romance novellas by Alyssa Cole, Rose Lerner and Courtney Milan, this is historical romance that doesn’t shy away from the history. For YA lovers, Mackenzi Lee's The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue just celebrated its first birthday and it's a glorious romp through 18th-century Europe with the most dashing of bisexual heroes. 

A Conspiracy of Whispers

Carly's Miscellaneous Recs

Some romance authors are just the equivalent of a comfort food read. You can pick up any title and find yourself immersed in a story with all the familiar touchstones of that person's writing. That's the closest we can come to describing the security blanket of a good Nora Roberts, and while The Witness isn't one of her newer books, the story of a woman living in hiding out in the Ozarks and the local police chief who tries to pursue a romance with her is a delightfully cozy read. On the sci-fi front, our social media feeds were buzzing so much about Ada Harper's A Conspiracy of Whispers that we just had to see what all the fuss was about. Turns out all the praise about this new sci-fi romance, featuring a kickass heroine, a hero with a heart of gold, and lots of rich military-based worldbuilding, is more than well-deserved.

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