Welcome to another edition of our FANGRRLS Romance series, where your unapologetic romance readers (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 rounded up 12 sci-fi and fantasy romance recs to read that are being released throughout the month of November, 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 usual: We're always on the lookout 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 some older releases to your to-read list. Happy reading!
The Omega Objection - G.L. Carriger (November 4)
New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger (writing as G.L. Carriger) offers fans the next book in her San Andreas Shifters romance series. What do you do when you discover the new guy in town may be terrified by what's at the heart of you? That's the dilemma that bouncer Tank finds himself in when hot bartender Isaac rolls into town, because there are several dilemmas in play here: not only is he a man without a smell, but he's a dude who's terrified of werewolves. Can Isaac and Tank put aside their differences in the face of trying to learn how to love? The Omega Objection is technically the second installment, but can be read as a standalone story.
Diamond Fire - Ilona Andrews (November 6)
Magic user Catalina Baylor is looking forward to being the maid of honor at her older sister's wedding — but that's until everything starts to go haywire. Not only does the wedding planner get kicked to the curb, but the bride's tiara winds up missing and the groom's extended family is overrunning everything. Worse than that: someone is planning literal murder. Now, at an event where magic has been strictly forbidden, Catalina must decide if she's going to break the rules in order to ensure her sis gets the fairytale wedding she's always dreamed of.
Leopard's Run - Christine Feehan (November 6)
Timur Amurov is a dangerous man — not just because he's a leopard shifter, but also because he experienced a violent childhood and now, in a tumultuous world, any new arrival is viewed as a potential threat to his family's safety. Enter Ashe Bronte, a woman who's just been hired at his sister's bakery and who Timur immediately feels drawn to. She's the only one who seems to be able to calm his inner beast, but Ashe isn't so eager to jump into a commitment with anyone. She's come to town for reasons that are purely her own, and she didn't count on getting wild with a shifter in the process. Can both of them set aside their unease and embrace the unknown together, even while their instincts have them fighting to stay at a distance?
A Very Dragon Christmas - Katie Reus (November 6)
Expecting a baby takes on a whole new level of complicated with Reus' latest novella, which gives us crazy fun just in time for the holiday season. Victoria would be stressed out even if she wasn't expecting a wolf-dragon hybrid, but her hover-copter mother-in-law isn't helping matters. Can Victoria assert her boundaries in time to keep the season merry, or will family bonds risk being torn apart?
Untamed Virgins - Chantel Seabrook and Frankie Love (November 8)
We love a good unconventional shifter story, and this first book in Love and Seabrook's new Mountain Men of Bear Valley series provides all that and more in a romance between a Kodiak bear shifter, his intended (virgin) mate and a once-held infatuation that has now blossomed into a full-blown romance. When Adelaide returns to Bear Valley a decade after the death of her grandfather, she isn't expecting to run into Gunnar, someone she once crushed on hardcore when they were young and who has now grown into an absolute, well, bear of a man. Meanwhile, Gunnar already knows that Addie is destined to be his mate, but he also knows their pasts are entwined in a way she remains unaware of. Will Addie still want him once she learns the truth?
A Choice of Secrets - Barb Hendee (November 13)
Lady Nicole Montagna has always had a lot on her plate, especially in regards to protecting her people from ruthless raiding parties. Marrying her sister to a neighboring lord seems like it will solve at least some of her problems — until she learns that her sister is pregnant, and not by her betrothed. Now, Nicole is in a tough spot with only hours to make a choice. Using a magic mirror, she attempts to live out each of her options, but there's one component she didn't anticipate on having to guard: her own heart.
The Krinar Exposé - Anna Zaires and Hettie Ivers (November 13)
The tagline to the latest book in the Krinar Chronicles series is "what happens in an alien sex club stays in an alien sex club." Given that premise alone: SOLD. A young journalist sets out to write an exposé on said sex club, but begins to blur the lines between personal and professional when she omits the fact that the experiences she's including in her article are her own — not to mention that the other party is actually the sexy alien who owns the very club she's threatening to expose, and he has no problem with blackmailing her in order to keep her from filing her next big story.
This Strange Witchery - Michele Hauf (November 15)
When you're surrounded by the supernatural, it can be difficult to try and rediscover a normal life — especially when the right person walks into your life at the wrong time. That's the dilemma Torsten Rindle finds himself in, especially after he has a run-in with sexy sorceress Melissande "Mel" Jones. He can protect her from all kinds of otherworldly threats, but will he be able to leave both her and the supernatural world altogether behind him once the job is complete?
Cursed - Keri Arthur (November 20)
For almost a thousand years, the land of Cannamore has been ruled by kings: firstborn sons who are born to draw a sword from its ancient seal as prophecy has foretold. Princess Nyx Bel-Hannon isn't expecting to break a prophecy or change the world, but that's exactly what happens when she's the one who pulls the sword instead of her twin brother. She's imprisoned and later given to a contentious warlord as a result, but Nyx feels compelled to honor her duty and her responsibility to her rightful crown at all costs — and she's going to either take back her kingdom or destroy it. Whatever comes first.
Birds of a Feather - Dominique Kristine (November 27)
Raven shifter Gabriel has every intention of enjoying his vacation in New Orleans with his half-faerie girlfriend in relative peace and quiet — but someone has other ideas. When he's called upon by the local branch of a bureau responsible for investigating paranormal activity, Gabriel finds himself thrust into wild circumstances involving missing agents and a spike in newly turned vampires. Apparently, vacation isn't going to be peaceful and quiet after all.
Tiger’s Claim - Celia Kyle (November 27)
Kyle's latest book in her Shifter Rogue series pairs sexy spy intrigue with a dash of the paranormal for a read that will definitely heat things up for readers as the fall chill creeps in. Jaguar shifter Stella is on a mission to take down the anti-shifter group responsible for destroying her family, but she isn't prepared for the company of a hot, super wealthy playboy whose facade masks his own deeper secrets. Cole might look like a shallow rich kid, but he's actually the member of a special ops shifter team, and as the two work together for a common goal, they're going to have to get a little closer in pursuit of their mission — while trying not to fall in love in the process.
The Last Vampire - R.A. Steffan and Jaelynn Woolf (November 30)
This steamy new urban fantasy romance series from Steffan and Woolf (who also co-authored the Circle of Blood saga) follows a heroine who meets her own "bad end" thanks to an angry vampire "with a severe case of iron deficiency and a panty-melting English accent." As far as she's concerned, it's no real surprise that she's fated to be bitten, especially given that her mom also died under particularly violent and mysterious circumstances. Now that the truth of what's really out there in the world (fae, demons and one very reluctant vampire, oh my) is starting to come to light, what will happen when the supernatural and the ordinary worlds collide? And is that last vampire even one of the good guys, anyway?
Kayleigh's Miscellaneous Recs
After many recommendations, I finally got around to reading Craving Flight by Tamsen Parker, an erotic novella about an Orthodox Jewish woman who seeks a balance between her religious dedication and her need for kink. After much meddling from the community, where being 37 and single is almost unheard of, she agrees to marry the local butcher and finds exactly what she's always craved, but it's never that easy. I was so surprised by this refreshing read and how it balanced two seemingly opposing elements. I'm also super excited for Suleikha Snyder's next novella, about the bad boy and the good girl whose fiery attraction leads to more. Plus its title is Tikka Chance On Me. How am I supposed to say no to that?!
Carly's Miscellaneous Recs
There's something about this time of year that makes me want to set aside most of the genre romance I read (blasphemy for this column, I know) in favor of historical romances, and the latest author on my list is one whose words make me laugh until my sides hurt. Lynsay Sands has a ton of romance titles under her belt, but Bliss, about two feuding nobles who are literally forced into marriage, is one that makes me smile whenever I think about picking it back up again. I also just finished (and absolutely adored) Tessa Dare's The Duchess Deal, which reminded me a lot of Beauty and the Beast paired with regency Batman plus a sassy dressmaking heroine and lots of hot, hot romance.