Welcome to another edition of our FANGRRLS Romance series, where your unrepentant 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. Christmas time! Mistletoe and wine! Sexy vampires and paranormal psychosexual weirdness! This month has it all.
We've put together 14 sci-fi and fantasy romance recs to read that are being released throughout the month of December, including some holiday-themed options, 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!
Owned by Fate - Sean Michael (December 3)
Sexy dragon shifters are already on our list of must-haves this holiday season, but a whole family of sexy dragon shifters? Well, that just kicks things up a notch, romantically speaking. One brother, Mike, has been pretty unlucky in love, though, having recently experienced a broken heart and the loss of who he thought was his soulmate. When he encounters the Fae Corryn, their tempestuous history makes for a tense reconnection — especially once they recognize each other as newly bonded. Can they move past their reservations and embrace their true destiny: each other?
Lost That Feeling - Erin Satie (December 3)
Memory loss can be a heckuva thing, especially when you've been stuck in prison for as long as you remember. That's Alma's story, at least, and not only does she not remember who she is but she doesn't remember the past seven years, either. The man who rescues her claims to be a friend (and he's definitely a hottie to boot) but when she doesn't remember why she's ended up in jail to begin with, can she even trust anything he says?
Outcast - Lexi Blake (December 4)
With book four in her Hunter series, Blake picks up the ongoing story of private detective Kelsey Owens and the men she can't help but love. It's been a few months since Trent Wilcox was tossed into exile, but Kelsey's still trying to find a way to get him back even if her other interest, Grayson Sloane, isn't nearly as motivated. Part of the tagline for this book reads "loving two men is challenging enough without them being at each other’s throats," and if that's not catnip for someone here we don't know what is.
Of Blood and Bone - Nora Roberts (December 4)
Roberts is a well-known name in romance and with good reason, not just for her prolific output but for all the amazingly crafted and different worlds she offers in every new book she writes. Of Blood and Bone is the second in Roberts' latest Chronicles of the One series, which merges post-apocalyptic and fantasy and to create a compelling new universe. After something called the Doom killed billions, those in possession of certain gifts are being hunted — including 13-year-old Fallon, who finds herself thrust into a world of faeries, elves and shifters as she's forced to grow up into the fighter she never knew she could be.
Warleader - Susan Grant (December 6)
Enemies to lovers is another well-tread trope in romance, but it's one we can never resist, especially when it's paired with sci-fi elements. Fraternizing with the enemy is number one on the list of galactic rules of engagement, but when starship commander Brit finds herself forced together on the same ship as notorious outlaw and warleader Finn for the purpose of diplomacy, she's going to have a hard time maintaining peace with her sworn enemy. Or will she?
Angels of Belle Meade - Lindsey Iler (December 6)
This new paranormal romance from Iler follows the titular Angels of Belle Meade, who have seemingly ruled over a town pretty inconspicuously for generations — until the latest is unexpectedly revealed and the town's dark history is unveiled. There's not a lot of detail we can garner, but there's enough from what the blurb teases to promise an intense story, and anything involving fallen angels is enough to pique our interest.
Stone Obsession - Julie Morgan (December 6)
With Aquaman on the horizon for release this month, we've decided to dip our toes into some more aquatically-themed romances. The latest book in Morgan's Cursed Seas series sets its heroine's adventures against the backdrop of an Antarctica whose waters are plagued not by climate change but by ancient sea creatures, mutated by a dark and ancient magic. Threats persist on land, too, from pirates to islanders who live above the sea. Oh, and our heroine just so happens to be a Siren. Stone Obsession offers plenty to lure us in.
His Dark Magic - Pat Esden (December 11)
What would you do if you couldn't take back one tragic mistake? That's the dilemma Chloe Winslow faces after being cast out of her magical family, choosing to use her profession as a med student to blend healing and sorcery in an attempt to right past wrongs. But when she's extended an offer to join the exclusive Northern Circle, a mysterious and powerful coven, it's one that Chloe can't quite refuse — but when she's forced to make another dangerous decision, it could lead to catastrophic consequences for not just the magical world but the human one as well.
Return to Atlantis - Vivienne Savage (December 11)
We told you there were going to be some romances designed to tap into everyone's thirst for Aquaman this month, and Savage's Return to Atlantis is no exception. Kailani's unaware of her true heritage, having been found on a beach when she was just a baby, but she's always been passionate about the ocean — and that's all before she finds out she's the lost princess of Atlantis. While there's no denying her attraction to general's son Manu, will Kailani be able to accept her true role as the queen Atlantis needs?
Charming - Jane Washington (December 11)
At the Bastan College for Applied Physics, Lilou Adler is an Enforcer-in-training, one of many assigned to make sure that fairy tale creatures stay on their set paths and live out the fates everyone is destined to read about in storybooks for years to come. Lilou's not anticipating that she'll literally be handed the "Cinderella" story straight out the gate, or that she's the next target in a string of magical murders — and the only one who might be able to keep her safe is the High Warlock of Bastan himself.
A King’s Oath - Sloane Murphy (December 17)
With the last book in Murphy's new paranormal series, we're following the journey of star-crossed lovers who are driven to find their way back to each other at all costs. Cade thought he had everything until his bride-to-be Emilia was ripped away from him, and now the clock is ticking as he fights to get her back — all while trying to keep the peace in his Court. Meanwhile, Emilia has a journey of her own to take as she struggles to reconcile what she's grown up believing her whole life with the actual truth.
Fool’s Folly - Ophelia Bell (December 18)
Paranormal romance heroines are always on the path of growth and self-discovery, and Bell's second book in her Fate's Fool series continues this lesson for Deva Rainsong. She may have gotten her hands on the first of five souls she needs to assemble her own, to fully awaken her powers as a chimera, but her struggles are just beginning. Her very existence threatens the balance of things, and Fate itself is redoubling all efforts to take her out for good. Will she be able to survive on the run long enough to complete her soul?
Midnight Bite - Cynthia Eden (December 18)
Most people expect a kiss at midnight on New Year's Eve, but a vampire bite? That's another issue altogether, especially for Lark Kinsley. She might have escaped her fanged date, but that doesn't mean she's out of trouble — because the sexy vampire prince Deveraux has set his sights on her, and as far as he's concerned, Lark is the vampire queen he's been waiting centuries for. While Lark continues to change, more paranormal beasties are coming out of the woodwork, so she's going to have to make a tough choice between embracing her hunger and the unknown or risking her own life.
A Winter's Rose - Tanya Anne Crosby (December 31)
Facing an unwanted arranged marriage, Rosalynde is taking matters into her own hands, thanks to a handy spell. Disguising herself as a plain nun, she's fleeing her intended and trying to start a new life. She doesn't plan on encountering Giles, the bold knight betrothed to her sister — and as the two strike up an unlikely bond, Giles realizes that he may be drawn to the mysterious woman even while remaining ignorant of her real identity.
Kayleigh's Miscellaneous Recs
'Tis the season for a good Christmas romance and fortunately the publishing world isn't short on that front! I've been looking forward to reading Therese Beharrie's A Wedding One Christmas, which features seasonal humbugs, fake boyfriends and family confusion. Rebekah Weatherspoon's Fit trilogy is a highly re-readable series of contemporary sexy times with personal trainers, and now there's a Christmas one, Wrapped! I'm also dying to read The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory, which comes highly recommended and secures my steadfast belief that public marriage proposals are the absolute worst thing on the planet.
Carly's Miscellaneous Recs
Christmas is definitely the time for holiday-themed romances, and I'll have a separate post of those going up soon, but in the meantime I can't help but recommend some of the romances that have kept me particularly toasty during this cold season. First: Captive Desire, the second in Robin Lovett's ongoing Planet of Desire series. The first one was incredibly steamy sci-fi fun, and I'm really looking forward to diving into the follow-up when I have a spare moment in between Christmas shopping and gift wrapping. Technically, I ordered this new Christmas anthology back in October, but I've been saving it for the perfect time, which is now! How the Dukes Stole Christmas includes short stories from some of my favorite historical romance authors: Sarah MacLean, Tessa Dare, Sophie Jordan, and Joanna Shupe. I'm planning on enjoying this one with a mug of hot cocoa (extra marshmallows) and lots of bonus blankets.