Welcome to another installment of our Fangrrls Romance series, where your resident romance experts (that's us) round up some of our favorite new reads for June, as well as the comparatively older titles that have been stealing our attention lately.
We've compiled a list of 13 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 head further into the hot summer months, 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 TBR list. Happy reading!
The Billionaire Werewolf's Princess - Michelle Hauf (June 1)
We're big fans of straightforward romance titles that tell you up front exactly what you're getting into, and in this case, there's a lot about Hauf's latest for Harlequin's Nocturne imprint that appeals—for starters, that billionaire werewolf. Who among us wouldn't fall for that combo? The rich were in question finds himself falling for a girl who seems like your typical socialite on the surface, but their romance—and her venture into his world—sparks something within her that she never anticipated.
Born of Air - Sean Michael (June 4)
No doubt the latest in Michael's ongoing Dragon Soul series is going to be very appealing for a specific type of romance reader. A family of dragon shifters called the Beteferoce brothers? Check. Strong elemental powers? Check and check. Oh, and the dragon shifter brother this book centers around is a SWAT cop? Check and mate—and in this instance, Mark may have found his mate in local baker Quincy. We're already swooning at the premise alone.
Hunt the Moon - Kari Cole (June 9)
We're already imprinting on Cole as an up-and-comer in the realm of shifter romance series, thanks to this fun first installment. Hunt the Moon hints at a greater shifter conspiracy at work (which is always one of our favorite tropes in PNR), but the romance is both fun and moving. Isabella is an abuse survivor, and the book deals thoughtfully with her recovery and her long-standing rejection of her inner wolf when she finds herself falling for the Alpha of the pack. Meanwhile, Luke isn't the pushy overbearing Alpha hero you might expect. He has layers and depth and often doubts himself. It makes for a very sweet, sexy, and entertaining story, and we can't wait for more.
Venom in the Veins - Jennifer Estep (June 12)
New York Times bestseller Estep is highly prolific, with four paranormal and urban fantasy romance series to her name for adults and teens alike. The Elemental Assassin series is her biggest project to date, centered on Gin Blanco, an assassin with the codename Spider who can control the elements of ice and stone. In between killings, she runs a BBQ joint and has daily dealings with vampires, dwarves, and fellow elementals. Her 17th book, Venom in the Veins, follows the Spider's attempts to track down a mysterious figure targeting a local banker. One for paranormal fans who love a big, long-running series to binge over the sticky summer.
Ocean Light - Nalini Singh (June 12)
We have talked extensively about our love for Nalini Singh's work and we could keep on doing so until the end of time. She's just that good. Nobody can beat her at exemplary world-building, and even now with 17 books in the Psy-Changeling series, she continues to surprise us with new and fascinating shades to her storytelling. Ocean Light takes on the story of Bowen Knight, a series favorite and head of the Human Alliance, and his dalliance with an enigmatic changeling at the bottom of the sea. Whatever the case, if Singh is writing it, we’ll be there.
The Black Wolf - Linda Thomas-Sundstorm (June 14)
Stunning cover aside, Thomas-Sundstorm's latest for Mills & Boon Supernatural/Harlequin Nocturne promises a compelling story and an intense romance. Cara's grown up in seclusion, but it's time to venture outside her comfort zone and find the man she keeps dreaming about—were-cop Rafe, who only wants to protect the fledgling shifter from the big bad world. Given that this romance is set in Miami, we're already anticipating a high steam factor—a perfect setting for a summer read.
Stray Magic - Kelly Meding (June 19)
The first book in Meding's new Strays series, Stray Magic is definitely primed to fill an urban fantasy-shaped hole in our hearts. Federal marshal Shiloh Harrison works in the Paranormal Investigators Unit, and this time she's got a case that isn't so open-and-shut. Something's got vampires scared for once, and it's up to her to figure out what that something is.
Witchmark - C.L. Polk (June 19)
A fun historical fantasy set in an alternate version of World War I, Polk's Witchmark hits so many wonderful buttons that we don't know what to mention first. It's steampunk meets mystery meets magic meets history, all with a lovely main romance. Doctor Miles Singer has attempted to hide his true gift since before he can remember—to the point where he even goes off to war to escape what he's been marked for—but when he returns and the truth threatens to come out, he's forced to rely on the help of a beautiful man while investigating the death of a patient. See? We told you there's a lot to love here.
Falling Through Time - Nancy Scanlon (June 19)
At first blush, the pairing of time travel and Highland romance and will immediately sweep you back to a certain set of novels—but Scanlon's Mists of Fate series is worthy of its own recognition. It's perfect for fans of books like Outlander, of course, but in this instance it's the Scottish clansmen who are the time-travelers, putting a refreshing spin on a very specific subgenre that romance readers will want to dive into with Falling Through Time (as well as the three preceding books in the series).
Iron and Magic - Ilona Andrews (June 26)
True story: The latest series from urban fantasy legends behind the double team of Ilona Andrews (Ilona Gordon and Andrew Gordon) started out as an April Fool's joke. Fans were so excited by the concept that they kept asking for a real book. And so, June brings the release of Iron and Magic, set in a world "where Technology and Magic compete for supremacy…But no matter which force is winning, in the apocalypse, a sword will always work." The Warlord Hugh d'Ambray needs a new base for his forces, while the curious creature Elara needs an army. What better way to form a questionable allegiance than for the pair to marry? Andrews' Kate Daniels series has kept readers hungry for years now, so of course, we're revved up by the news of a brand new series to sink our teeth into.
The Science of Pleasure - Jacquelyn Frank (June 26)
A STEM heroine with a supernatural twist is all we need to know to dive into Frank's latest, the second book in her Morphate series. Dr. Jenesis DeBruehl's research has been twisted for nefarious purposes, leading to the creation of beings called Morphates. Seven years later, she's been hired by someone who has been directly affected by the mutations of her science—but Kincaid seems more than happy to let the good doctor use her as his test subject.
The Cyborg's Stowaway - Eve Langlais (June 26)
Have you been watching the Netflix reboot of Lost in Space and thinking, "Jeez, that weirdly sexy robot's got me all hot under the collar?" Then you need some good old-fashioned cyborg romance. Eve Langlais's latest book, the second novel in her series set aboard the spaceship Gypsy Moth, has a stoic cyborg with a troubled past at its heart. After discovering a stowaway on board, he finds himself protecting her from her enemies and feeling his mechanical heart rush at the prospect.
The Darkest Warrior - Gena Showalter (June 26)
Gena Showalter is a bona fide legend of the paranormal romance scene. She's written over 50 books and is a writer beloved by fellow authors like Jeaniene Frost and Karen Marie Moning. The Lords of the Underworld series — possibly her magnum opus — combines urban fantasy thrills with deeply passionate romance, a hefty dose of fun (we promise you'll laugh a lot), and a mythological mix of immortals and gods and eternal curses.
Kayleigh's Miscellaneous Recs
For those of you who haven’t been keeping up with the romance world scandals, you may be unfamiliar with talk of #cockygate. To succinctly sum it up, one very cocky author decided to trademark the word “cocky” and stop all other romance authors from using the word in their book titles. It’s created a grassroots movement for creative freedom and protection against fraudulent copyright, as well as a lot of giggles over the word “cocky.” To help raise funds for the Romance Writers of America's Advocacy Fund, an array of amazing writers — including Penny Reid, Nana Malone, and Karla Sorensen — have banded together to create the anthology Cocktales. How can you not rally behind something that combines romance, creative advocacy, trolling, and dick puns?
Outside of cockiness — ahem — we have Lynn Turner's Pas De Deux, a passionate romance centered on a prima ballerina and the beautiful but damaged choreographer who she works with on a new project.
Carly's Miscellaneous Recs
On a personal note, I'll admit that I haven't been reading a ton of SFF romance lately (although I can vouch for the greatness of Hunt the Moon on this list, among others). In terms of my e-library, my tastes have run the gamut. Since there's an upcoming TV adaptation coming up, I've decided to finally start reading Deborah Harkness's A Discovery of Witches after falling prey to my friends' multiple recommendations. I'm also finally picking up Beverly Jenkins—and Night Hawk, about a sexy Scottish bounty hunter and the sassy prisoner he's been tasked with protecting, feels right up my alley and then some. And, last but not least, I've got My Lady's Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel burning a hole on my bookshelf, inspired by my latest deep-dive into some choose-your-own-adventure mobile games.