Looking for a good book? I highly recommend all of the books below. However, books are very subjective, so be sure to read a sample before buying. :) Book budget blown? Check your local library. Libraries are the best!
The list will be updated occasionally and new books will be added at the top.
An orc gives up adventuring to open a coffee shop in a town that’s never heard of coffee. Soft, lovely, and filled with found family goodness.
The second volume in this delightful series, this time with lady witches (just don’t call them that), flying houses, a roguish pirate, and a road trip to retrieve a long-lost magic amulet. Absolute fun!
A woman braves entering the forbidden prison of mages in order to bring back the rightful prince of the realm, only to find that he’s not interested in rescue. But she’s not so easily thwarted…
A soft, cosy collection of stories about a pragmatic inventor and the outlandish necromancer who lives next door.
The lethal, genetically enhanced leaders of two rival families find out that their spouses stole priceless data and ran away—together. It’s a blow that could not only bankrupt both families, but could also destroy their standings in a brutal, cutthroat society, forcing them to put aside their ancient grudge and work together.
Incredible world-building and sizzling passion make this novella a must-read!
A woman who doesn’t want to be a long-lost princess and the investigator whose job it is to convince her otherwise—for more than one reason.
Alyssa Cole writes some of my favorite contemporary romances, and this one includes a fake relationship, forced proximity, and only one bed. 😍 Yes, please!
So I was super late to this party, but I adored this book and the next one (A Court of Mist and Fury), and I’m working my way through the rest of the series. Magic, fae, a strong main character, an interesting world, and plenty of twists and turns!
A woman with a passion for acquiring rare books gets pulled into a dangerous plot involving a relic from the library of Timbuktu, and the smokin’ hot man she met after leaving a disastrous first date is not only a private security expert, he’s also tangled up in the same case. But can he keep her safe when the stakes turn deadly?
A young witch with a broken heart and a little too much vodka pretends to curse her ex with bad hair days and a perpetual inability to find his partner’s clitoris. Unfortunately, when he returns nine years later, the curse turns out to be a little more real—and more dangerous—than she expected. Now she and her ex must fix the problem before the whole town is lost to magic—without falling back into bed.
Easy peasy, right?
A young woman raised in a library full of sentient books must decide if the wizard who’s come to take her away to face judgement for a death she didn’t mean to commit is as evil as the stories she’s been told, because he seems distressingly kind. And likable.
Even if he has a demon servant.
If you enjoyed Howl’s Moving Castle, check this one out because it gave me similar vibes!
A young woman training to become a Gray Sister—a nun who ensures spirits stay at rest—is forced to use a saint’s relic to defend her convent. But the deadly spirit trapped in the relic nearly overwhelms her and the struggle costs her her freedom. Malicious forces are gathering in the kingdom and an alliance with the very spirit who tried to kill her might be the only way to save it. Dark, haunting, and beautiful.
When a woman inherits her great-uncle’s fortune, she didn’t expect his extended family to attempt to marry her off to a revolting cousin. When she draws an ancient, enchanted sword in an attempt to defend herself, she’s as surprised as anyone when a handsome man emerges from thin air to act as her champion. A delight!
A forger, an assassin, a fallen paladin, and a scholar go on a not entirely voluntary quest to save their city from destruction by clockwork warriors. You might as well grab the second book, The Wonder Engine, while you’re at it because you’re going to want to keep reading!
I adored Spoiler Alert (the first in this series), but I might’ve loved this one even more! My official blurb:
Olivia Dade once again delivers a book as sexy and charming as it is cathartic. Dade’s books speak to my soul as she deftly tackles complicated subjects with humor, heart, and infinite kindness. I adored ALL THE FEELS and can’t wait to see what Dade writes next. Olivia Dade is an auto-buy author!
A soft, slow romance between a supersolider who thinks he’s dying and a woman whose incredible brain is worth millions of credits—if it doesn’t kill her. Tons of gentle longing, found family feels, and hope in a harsh, post-apocalyptic world. I loved it!
Full disclosure: The duo behind Kit Rocha and I are friends. :)
A hockey star who can no longer play and television princess whose character just got the axe both retreat to lick their wounds in solitude and end up finding each other. Add in some wooing via homemade baked goods and this book made me swoon with happiness.
A smart, opinionated woman finds herself in a potentially scandalous situation with a drunken, spoiled, hurting duke—one she’d loved as a girl. She refuses to marry him, so he sets about changing her mind—by changing himself.
Lady pirates, flying houses, and proper British society collide in this fun historical fantasy romance. Try a sample because the style might not be for everyone, but I loved it!
A little bit Red Riding Hood, a little bit Beauty and the Beast, and yet also something completely new, I devoured this one! Dark and twisty, it kept me glued to the page until the hard-won HEA.
A woman who doesn’t believe in relationships ends up in a fake one with a man who’s a romantic at heart. Sharp, funny, and oh so romantic, I loved it!
A sunshine extrovert and a grumpy introvert have to make an arranged marriage work or risk destroying the peace treaty that keeps their planets safe from the rest of the universe. Political, twisty, and romantic!
An uptown do-gooder won’t let anyone stand in her way, not even a handsome crime lord with a hand in every business in town. But maybe she can persuade him to help her cause… for a price.
A romance between a woman trying to rebuild her life and an AI trying to figure out how to be human. I adored this book!
When a woman who hates and fears the spotlight accidentally goes viral, her bodyguard whisks her off to his family’s farm to hide until the heat dies down. But they can’t hide from their feelings for each other…
I read an ARC of this and loved it so much that I officially blurbed it: “Olivia Dade perfectly captures fandom, love, and acceptance in this incredible, delightful novel. I loved every page!”
Rich, incredible world building and a twisty, turny plot that kept me riveted.
A woman who is desperate for marriage and family—but only one filled with love—must convince the only person she wants that his heart isn’t a frozen as he thinks it is.
A woman flies halfway around the world to attempt to seduce a stranger, but slowly finds herself seduced instead. Beautiful and heart-wrenching.
A blacksmith who will do anything to protect her family, and the Amichai centaur shifter who fights by her side, even when it looks like they’ll have to fight an entire kingdom alone.
A smart, badass heroine with a core of hope and kindness meets a jaded, honorable, super-soldier who is so very, very conflicted. Delicious in every way, I adored this one!
Want more super-soldier goodness? Check out Ashwin.
Full disclosure: The duo behind Kit Rocha and I are friends, but that doesn’t make their books any less awesome. :)
When a Hero escapes from his unwritten book, it’s up to the librarian of Hell’s Unwritten Wing to get him back. But things don’t go exactly according to plan…
Penny has never met a wounded creature she didn’t want to heal and love—and that includes the grumpy, ruthless man next door.
Do you like banter? Then this is the book for you! Hattie embarks on the first year of the rest of her life, plan firmly in hand, and nothing is going to keep her from it—not even a delicious man called Beast.
A delightful science fiction romance with a prickly assassin heroine and a sweet, badass hero. She takes him hostage after a botched assassination, but the political ramifications go much deeper. Balanced on the edge of war, they must find trust enough to work together.
A woman used to being overlooked and the prince who sees exactly how special she is. Words cannot express how much I loved this one!
Two enemies are trapped together on a planet where the very atmosphere is a killer aphrodisiac. Scorching hot!
A woman determined to teach despite fierce resistance meets a bearded mountain of a man, descended from pirates, who calls her cheri, and moves heaven and earth for her. Swoon.
A woman boldly steals the last ice cream carton—and a kiss—from a handsome man without realizing he’s a world-famous rock star. When circumstances throw them together, they slowly grow closer.
A sociopath decides to take revenge for her best friend’s death by breaking the man responsible and taking away everything he holds dear. She starts by becoming his girlfriend and it gets so much better from there.
A young woman from a planet rebelling against Earth finds an abandoned AI mech that could end the war, if she can bring herself to follow her training and sacrifice his life. Beautifully written.
Urban fantasy based on Native American myths. Loved the incredible world building!
Small town girl with big dreams gets mixed up with a motorcycle club enforcer who’s got secrets of his own. Sweet and steamy.
A smart, witty scientist heroine and an undercover prince hero—two of my favorite things. Loved it!
Two competitive ice skaters must set aside their mutual loathing to work together for a chance at gold. An enemies to lovers story that I adored.
A technically dense science fiction book about one man trapped alone on Mars and his plan to get home. By turns funny, sarcastic, and optimistic despite all odds, you just have to root for him.
A tipsy bride bolts before her “perfect” wedding and it’s up to the best man to bring her back. Only once he gets caught up in her adventure, he starts to think maybe he’d rather be the groom. But honorable men don’t steal their best friend’s bride, right? Utterly adorable.
I have a soft spot for writer heroines and Zenobia doesn’t disappoint. Add a hero that completely skips the alpha-asshole nonsense while still being badass and I’m in love.
Originally written as a set of interconnected short stories, the end of the first story blew my mind. Worth it for that alone, but the rest are great, too.
This is such a fun story, as the heroine refuses to take any shit from the hero. Fair warning: the hero spends a good deal of the first half as kind of an ass, but it’s so, so satisfying when he comes around.
A fantasy romance beautifully written and emotionally captivating. I could not put it down.
An American heiress meets an arrogant duke and sparks fly. The only problem? She’s already engaged—to someone else.
A sexy Scottish duke, the adult ward he inherited with the title, and the scandal to end all scandals. My catnip.
Historical mystery with a smart heroine, a smoking-hot hero, and an interesting plot. Start with A Curious Beginning.
A young woman who only wants to avoid scandal finds herself in a compromising situation with the very man she was trying to avoid.
A coyote shapeshifter gets kidnapped by powerful vampire enemies. She must escape before her werewolf husband starts a war to get her back.
Another favorite, start with Moon Called if you’re new to the series.
A kickass heroine, the lion shapeshifter who loves her, and a whole host of awesome side character. This is the conclusion to one of my all-time favorite series. If you haven’t read any of the books, start with Magic Bites.
Full disclosure: Ilona and I are friends, but that doesn’t make her books any less awesome. :)