Romantasy (aka Romantic Fantasy) is one of the hottest trends in books these days! If you like your romance blended with the beats of fantasy — from the dark to the paranormal, high or historical — this is the subgenre for you. Heat levels will vary, but the adventures are thrilling and the couples are overflowing with chemistry.
Not sure where to start? Check out our list of 10 Indie Romantasy eBooks To Read Now.
The Librarian of Crooked Lane by C.J. Archer
Librarian Sylvia Ashe knows nothing about her past. Then, she discovers she might be descended from magicians. To seek the truth, Sylvia looks to a member of the most prominent magician family. But finding the truth won’t be easy. War hero Gabe is gifted in many ways, though not all injuries are visible. As a consultant for Scotland Yard, Gabe is going through the motions investigating the theft of a magician-made painting. His life changes when he secures a job for Sylvia at the library housing the world’s greatest collection of books about magic. Together, they must work to find the missing painting and the truth about Sylvia’s past before powerful people can stop them…
What People Are Saying: “This was a new author for me, so I definitely went in with no pre-conceived thoughts and came out very glad I selected the book. Can’t wait for the March 2023 release of the second book, it has definitely hooked my curiosity. Keep writing CJ Archer.” – CJTasha, B&N Reviewer
From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Poppy’s life has never been her own. Solitary. Modest. Isolated. Virtuous. Only waiting for the day of her Ascension. But she would rather be fighting back the evil that took her family. The choice has never been hers. But when a golden-eyed guard bound to ensure her Ascension enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. Hawke incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.
What People Are Saying: “There’s a reason this book is one of the most popular #Booktok books out there right now — Jennifer L. Armentrout has crafted an amazing story full of characters you can root for, intricate world and plot building, and a high-heat romance that will have you swooning!” – ashandink, B&N Reviewer
Magic Tides by Ilona Andrews
Kate, Curran and their son, Conlan have left Atlanta, vowing to keep a low profile, and are settling into a new city and new house…but some things never change! Magical mayhem is about to erupt when Kate undertakes the rescue of a kidnapped youth, while Curran guards the homefront. It should be a simple retrieval, but with monsters on land and sea, Kate’s got her work cut out for her. Still, she’s never let her blade dull or her purpose falter. And that low profile? It’s about to wash away with the raging tides!
What Are People Saying: “Magic Tides was a fantastic, exciting, intense story, with lots of action and magic… If you have not read this illustrious duo (Ilona and Gordon Andrews), you need to start reading them now.” – Barblie, B&N Reviewer
Only Bad Options by Jennifer Estep
Few people know the name Vesper Quill. To most folks, she’s just a lowly lab rat at the powerful Kent Corp. But when Vesper uncovers a flaw in the new line of Kent Corp spaceships, suddenly she’s enemy number one. Things couldn’t get worse. Then she meets Kyrion Caldaren, an arrogant Regal lord who insists that we have a connection, one that could bring them both death. As the leader of the Arrows, the Imperium’s elite fighting force, Kyrion is used to being a villain. But everything changes upon meeting Vesper. When the two are forced to work together to unravel a dangerous conspiracy, they must outwit the deadly enemies who want to bend and break them apart.
What Are People Saying: “Estep’s world building is engaging and believable (as much as space opera can be believable)… The characters are properly sympathetic or villainous, the writing is crisp and the story is just plain fun. All-in-all, Only Bad Options is a great read, and I hope the next book in the series shows up soon!” – sufue, B&N Reviewer
Dark Wizard by Jeffe Kennedy
Lord Gabriel Phel, a powerful but novice wizard, wants to rebuild the shattered fortunes of his people and restore his ruined house to its former station. If he can obtain a familiar to amplify his magic, a highborn daughter he can marry, to be mother to his children, he can ascend to such a position of power in the Convocation that he can destroy it forever. Lady Veronica Elal, captive in her tower, has one hope for control over her life: a wizard she can manipulate. Gabriel Phel seems like the perfect choice for Nic’s gambit, but the compelling wizard touches her heart like no other. So, Nic runs. But when Gabriel catches up to her, their adventure is only beginning…
What People Are Saying: “Dark Wizard was compelling. It was brilliant… I loved the world building and magical system, so interesting and intriguing. I adored the main characters Gabriel and Nic and their relationship dynamics. I’m most definitely looking forward to reading the rest of their story. I’m eagerly anticipating it. I definitely recommend this book to one and all.” – Timitra C., B&N Reviewer
Born of Blood by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Jayne Erixour is a bounty hunter and assassin. To her, there is no truth outside of her blaster’s recoil and her resolve to let no one get too close. Hadrian Scalera is on the run from the same brutal assassins who slaughtered every member of his family. He expects no mercy from anyone, until the day one assassin hesitates to pull the trigger. An assassin’s code is simple: Kill or be killed. If Jayne doesn’t fulfill her contract and kill Hadrian, she’ll be the next target on the League’s menu. But they quickly learn that neither will survive unless they can learn to trust each other. Yet things are never so simple and survival means only one of them can be left standing…
What People Are Saying: “I really enjoyed this book it took you into the lives of the characters and took you on a journey. Part of a great series to read.” – Lydia67, B&N Reviewer
The Cornish Princess by Tanya Anne Crosby
Princess Gwendolyn of Cornwall is “blessed” at her cradle by three Fae gifts: a prophecy for her future, a gift of “Reflection,” and a golden mane. But no one understands more than Gwendolyn that her blessings are truly curses. Unless a man’s heart is true, she is destined to be coveted for her crown and despised for her face. To make matters worse, “The Romans are coming.” And according to the Goldenchild Prophecy only by uniting their dragon banners can they stem the Red Tide. But when Gwendolyn’s heart is tempted by a mysterious half-blood Fae whom she can never wed, she must decide between fate and favor.
What People Are Saying: “This is an amazing story! It drew me in right away and I didn’t want to put it down until I had finished it! The characters are fantastic and well introduced and developed through the story. I loved the storyline and it has a lot of twists and turns that I didn’t see coming until they happened” – Sharon 70, B&N Reviewer
Song of Scarabs and Fallen Stars by Lindsey Sparks
Tarset is accustomed to being the most famous woman on the planet. But the world is locked in a devastating war between humans and immortals, and her spotlight is fading. When she is inexplicably “killed” only to rematerialize in ancient Egypt, she is desperate to cross the vast chasm of time stretching out before her. Striving to keep a low profile to avoid causing a devastating butterfly effect, Tarset journeys across the harsh desert and befriends a handsome stranger who claims he can repair the damaged timeline. But the man she suspects is her fated mate has an air of dangerous secrecy, and she fears one misstep could cost her life… and that of her entire bloodline.
What People Are Saying: “Twists and turns, edgy, and darker… You will NOT be disappointed!” – SBringolf, B&N Reviewer
The Kingless Crown by Sarah M. Cradit
Twenty years ago, King Eoghan’s father cunningly devised marriages between the highborn sons and daughters of the oft-warring Reaches. Now, Eoghan, the cruel boy king who stole his crown through murder, demands the eldest daughters of these unions. To accept is unfathomable. To refuse is treason. And the daughters have chosen treason, painting the world with their rebellion. But across the kingdom, little fires light within. As the Reaches ready themselves to face the king, the kingdom hovers on the edge of chaos. And there are many who recall, in candlelit secrecy, tales of a time before…
What People Are Saying: “So many things to like in this book. it has everything you could want in a high fantasy novel and more. i loved each and every character and cant wait for the second one to find out more.” – Belinda, B&N Reviewer
Our Bloody Pearl by D.N. Byrne
The ocean is uncontrollable and dangerous. But to the sirens who swim the warm waters, it’s a home worth protecting. Especially from the ruthless pirate captain, Kian, who creates a device to cancel out their songs. Perle was the first siren captured, but Kian still keeps them prisoner. Hope for escape rekindles as another pirating vessel seizes Kian’s ship. This new captain promises that Kian will never again be Perle’s master. Soon it becomes clear that Kian will hunt Perle relentlessly. As the tides turn, Perle must decide whether to run, or ride the wave into battle, hoping their newfound human companions will fight with them.
What People Are Saying: “The story easily captures your imagination and tugs you into some deeper compelling thoughts about what is going on beyond the surface story…” – JennieR, B&N Reviewer
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