Top 10 New Adult Fantasy Romance Recommendations
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Book recommendations I get asked about the most are fantasy romance recs or “romantasy.” This genre is quickly gaining popularity with indie-published authors on TikTok and Instagram, with many available on kindle unlimited.
So, I’m here to give you my top ten new adult fantasy romance recommendations.
Beauty and the Beast/Hades and Persephone retellings are classics for fantasy romance. The North Wind, and the Frost King, rule absolutely, and it’s time for him to choose a bride. When he comes to Wren’s village to find one, she will do anything to protect her sister, even sacrifice herself. With gods, magic, spirits, and a slow-burn enemies to lover’s romance, this book is hard to put down and therefore is number 10 on my list. Tropes: enemies to lovers, forced proximity, arranged marriage, SLOW BURN, one bed. Book 2, The West Wind, is a highly anticipated sequel. Adult romantasy that is Available on kindle unlimited.
Also available on kindle unlimited, this new adult fantasy romance follows Emara, a young woman who finds her life flipped upside down in the wake of tragedy. This book has witches, demon hunters, a love triangle between sexy demon hunter brothers (I have already picked a side, but I won’t sway your decision), betrayal, and a hidden past. This book is highly underrated and bridges between upper YA and new adult. Book 2, An Empress of Fire and Steel, comes out in September and is set to fully become an adult fantasy romance. If you can handle the slight cliffhanger and your heart broken, this is an excellent choice for the coming fall witch season vibes. Tropes include forced proximity, love triangle, secret past, and secret powers.
Already returning to the beauty and the beast retellings is a book by the “queen” of fantasy romance, Entreat Me by Grace Draven. Draven truly writes adult high fantasy while incorporating romance stories that bring the whole story together. This book is another tale of a woman doing anything to protect her younger sister. This time her sister is in a marriage she truly wants, though her prince and his father are hiding a darker secret in their castle. If you’ve never read Grace Draven but love this genre, you are missing out. This is a standalone worthy of a cozy weekend read. The main trope in this book is enemies to lovers with forced proximity.
Next up is a completed trilogy, but I’ll start with the first book. The Kingmaker Chronicles book one, A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet, centers around Cat, a runway with a secret. She is captured by Griffin, a strong clan leader (Dothraki game of thrones vibes? Yes, please and thank you), and both find they are in over their heads.
This series deals with classic Greek gods, enemies to lovers, a super-strong female lead who fiercely protects those she loves the most. Griffin definitely falls hard and fast for Cat, but can he convince her she is truly worthy of love? The covers have recently been revamped and rereleased, and book 4 comes out in October (centered around another couple in the series). Tropes present are possessive male, captive/captor relationship, magic, one horse, and one bed.
Number 6 on the list is a book that completely took me by surprise at the end of last year. Little Fire by Hollee Mands is a fantasy filled with my favorite tropes. It includes the “touch her and you die” that truly warms my heart. In this story, Evangeline is the protagonist who cannot remember her past yet struggles with trauma memories. She is sucked into another dimension/world with a cold and powerful mage, Declan. Plus, they’re forced to work together to survive.
Yes, they’re going to have to cuddle to stay warm. Trigger warnings for this book include sexual trauma involving a child. It is implied without describing every detail but should be noted. Furthermore, the character exemplifies what a survivor of sexual assault feels long after something so horrifying has occurred and a man handling this with the utmost patience and respect. Other tropes in this book include one tent, forced proximity, broody male that is actually a cinnamon roll, and slow burn. This is book one, book two is also available now, and both are on kindle unlimited.
Book 5 on this list comes from a popular contemporary with a debut fantasy novel. A Fate of Wrath and Flames by K.A. Tucker is one not to be slept on. This book starts in New York City, with Romeria working as a thief and struggling to survive. A mysterious woman plucks her out of our world and into Islor. A land ravaged down the middle between those with powers and those without, also to find out she has just murdered the king and queen of a rival kingdom.
Well, at least the body she was in did. This story follows Romy and Zander as they try to deny their feelings for each and find out why Romy is where she is. This story absolutely took me off guard and had all the elements I love in high fantasy. This book includes quite a bit of exposition in the form of history lessons while the main character is trying to figure out what is really going on in this world. Two main tropes are slow-burn tension with a TRUE enemies to lovers. I truly cannot wait to see where this series goes. The book is out on July 12th, and I am about to start reading the ARC.
Now that I’m at number four on this list, we are getting into my all-time favorites. This book caught me off guard this year and blew away my expectations of it. Between Wrath and Mercy by Jess Wisecup is a debut fantasy romance that, to put it mildly, rocked my world.
The main character in this book is in her mid-thirties and is a mom that will go to the ends of the world to save her daughter. This book embodies the epic journey fantasy elements with found family, magical powers, second chance romance, friends to lovers, and a slow burn tension that culminates in some extreme male possessiveness. My favorite part about the story is the secondary characters are just as loved as the two main characters.
I cannot wait to see this author grow this story and this world. The end of this book might make you chuck your book or kindle (it is on kindle unlimited!) across the room with the cliffhanger, but do not let that deter you from starting this series immediately.
Number three on this list, I will never stop recommending. I read this after my friend would not stop talking about it, and once I did, I wondered why I waited so long. Another debut novel is The Witch Collector by Charissa Weaks. This is another witchy book recommendation that has a unique protagonist. Raina is a mute witch who uses signs to perform her powers and communicate with her friends and family. My favorite part about this is that her muteness does not detract from anything about her character.
It is not something to be overcome. It is merely who she is. The Witch Collector comes for a collection every year to take someone back with him. The year he took Raina’s sister was when she started plotting her revenge. The Witch Collector is not what he seems, and as Raina is forced to work in tangent with Alexus, she finds out more about her world and the gods than she ever imagined.
Another enemies to lovers book with other tropes including SLOW BURN, one horse, one cave, and touch her and you die. I love this book for the true fantasy elements woven into a budding romance that culminates in a spiciness you will not want to miss. Book 2 is the City of Ruin, coming out in September as well.
Number two spot goes to Grace Draven again, but with a series. The Wraith Kings series, specifically book one, Radiance, changed my mind on the friends to lovers and arranged marriage trope. Draven’s storytelling is so superior in this genre that you cannot go wrong with any of her books. But Radiance is my favorite. Brishen and Ildiko are the “spares” in their respective families and are therefore being married off to each other to bring their two races together.
Brishen is a Kai, similar to a human but with grey skin, sharp claws, and yellow eyes, whereas Ildiko is the human king’s niece. Both start out turned off by the other’s appearance but find mutual respect and kindness towards the other in an agreement to make their predicament work. Neither is weak, neither backs down, and both fall in love with the other. The story is a beautifully told love story with political issues and action sequences. Book two continues their story, while book 3 is about another human/Kai couple. You can never go wrong with Grace Draven’s fantasy romance.
The number one spot on this list goes to one of my all-time favorite authors, series, and book that I never shut up about on TikTok and Instagram. The Plated Prisoner series by Raven Kennedy. In order, the books are Gild, Glint, Gleam, Glow, and Gold, to come out in 2023. This series is a King Midas fantasy retelling centered around the golden girl Auren. It starts in Gild with an almost prequel-type story setting the scene for what is to come in the rest of the series.
There are trigger warnings in this series for sexual assault as well as a victim of years of abuse at the hands of her captor. The beauty in this story is that Auren learns how to finally stand up for herself and come into her power. She is a powerful creature. She has spent a good portion of her life locked in a cage at the hands of her abuser. Do not be fooled by how this story begins. It is a journey that will break your heart and put it back together.
Without giving too much of the story away, the main love interest is not even met until book 2, and so much of his story unfolds in book 4. Kennedy’s ability to tell this story authentically, with patience, and superb writing abilities, makes her easily one of my all-time favorite authors. I have been talking about this series for over a year. I love discussing and dissecting this book with other fans. The trigger warnings make it not for everyone. But going on the journey with Auren is so worth it in the end. Spice levels in this series heat up with each book, and I cannot wait for its conclusion in Gold next year. It is currently still available on kindle unlimited but could disappear at any time.
There you have it.
My favorite popular and not as popular new adult fantasy romance recommendations. Have you read any of these? What did you think? What else should be on this list?