Sandy’s Favorite
Science Fiction & Fantasy with a Shot of Romance

 

apromiseoffire

A Promise of Fire debuted in 2016. I stumbled across it in a Bookbub ad, downloaded it, then read the first few pages. Immediately, I was hooked! The story is about Cat. She’s called a kingmaker because of her ability to detect lies and truth. When the book opens, she’s in hiding with a group of circus performers, but is abducted by the hero for her magic. Cat is snarky and resourceful and so much fun to read. Griffin is an awesome alpha and has just taken over a province for his oldest sister. He needs Cat to help his family stay in power, and his banter and constant push/pull with her kept me reading well past my bedtime. The magic rope that keeps them together was a huge source of entertainment, and I loved watching Cat fall for Griffin. This book is the perfect mix of fantasy and romance!

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dark-horse

This book was such a surprise to find! I’d seen it in my Amazon also-boughts but never picked it up. Then I saw it in a Bookbub email, and just like with A Promise of Fire, I decided I might as well give it a try while it was discounted. I’m so glad I did! I read the first few pages and fell in love. I usually don’t like alien abduction stories, but Michelle Diener wrote this trope in all the right ways. Dav is my favorite kind of hero:  a leader who is dedicated to following rules, staying honorable, and protecting the people under his command. Then he meets the heroine and she, of course, makes it hard for him to do his duty. Rose was awesome as well, but Sazo, the AI who is protecting Rose and learning about human emotions, makes this story so much more intriguing. This is a book that sci-fi romance fans don’t want to miss.

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burnforme

Oh. My. God. This book. This book is perfect. It takes all of Ilona’s worldbuilding genius, her superb characters, and a really great story and wraps it up into one of my favorite books of all time. Burn for Me has a sizzling but slow building romance.  I loved it! And I love Rogan. Totally an alpha hero, but with a sense of humor. Nevada was great, too, and I loved the fact that she didn’t give into Rogan. Their banter made me laugh out loud, and the will they? won’t they? question of their relationship was strong enough for me in this book that I couldn’t put it down. Anyone who enjoys a shot of romance in their urban fantasy will absolutely love this book.

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dragonflybook

This is one of those books that it seems like no one else has read. It’s by Erica Hayes, who is better known for her urban fantasy. She does an absolutely brilliant job with sci-fi, though, and it feels like an urban fantasy set in space. It’s my favorite type of book: military sci-fi with a capable, kickass heroine, and a smart, gorgeous rebel hero. Carrie is a black ops operative who finally gets the chance to kill the rebel scum who murdered her fiance. Of course, that rebel scum turns out to be Dragonfly, and he’s not what she expected. But she has to put aside his gorgeous looks and his personality that seems to be in conflict with what she’s read in his file, and she has to get close to him so that she can figure out what his big, evil plan is. This is a brilliant book that I wish more people would read.

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I had high hopes when I first heard about this book, and I have to say the actual story surpassed every one of them. Devi, the butt-kicking mercenary, is my favorite heroine ever. She’s snarky, she’s brave, she’s funny, and I totally love the affinity she has for her freaking awesome body armor and weapons. The story and the very hot and sexy ship’s chef are pretty cool too. To sum up the plot, a career driven, professional mercenary takes on a new job on the most dangerous trade ship in the galaxy, and gets tangled up in something bigger and scarier than she ever imagined. This whole trilogy rocks, and if you’re a fan of Firefly, you should definitely pick it up.

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accidentalgoddess

Perhaps I love this book the most because it has the strongest fantasy element.
Or maybe I love it because I have a thang for men who are good at their jobs.
Or maybe it’s just because I love hero/god/goddesses-come-back-from-the-dead plots.
Whatever it is, Accidental Goddess is my favorite Linnea Sinclair book. Just thinking about it right now makes me want to pick it up for the umpteenth time. I adore it. To sum up the perfectly written plot, a woman with the normal, special abilities of her people saves another race of humans, falls through a time warp, and wakes up centuries later to learn that the people she saved have turned her into a goddess. She needs to save them again, and somehow, she has to do that without revealing who she really is and without falling in love with the super hot admiral. Fun! Read it! Love it! Then tell me how great you think it is.

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Finders Keepers

Another Linnea Sinclair book. She’s my favorite sci-fi romance author and while I really want to put every single one of her books down on my favorite’s list, I’m forcing myself to limit it to just two. I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve read this book. It was my very first Linnea Sinclair book and first sci-fi romance, so I have good memories of picking it up for the first time. The book is about Trilby, a low-class freighter pilot,  and Rhis, a high-class, notorious captain. Trilby finds Rhis almost dead and has no clue who he is. He gets better. They fly around space for a while. Fall in love. And then, of course, Trilby finds out his secret. I love these types of stories, and I love the military aspect of the book, the high stakes, and the action. Definitely put it on our list of must read sci-fi romances.

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Grimspace

I love this author, this book, this world. I was a bit worried when I started reading because it’s told in first person and present tense. I thought I hated present tense, but from the first page, I couldn’t set this book aside. The writing faded away in a good way, and I was immersed in a gripping story with high stakes and fantastic characters and world building. Jax is fabulous. Very real. Someone I’d love to meet. And I’m totally in love with March. The are both intense, broken people and perfect for each other. This is one of my favorite sci-fi romance books and one I recommend to everyone who wants to try out the genre.

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Cursed

This series surprised me. I don’t remember why I picked it up, but it worked in all the right ways. I loved the Were. Loved the siren. Loved the fear that Demeter was going to show up at any second and screw everything up. Seriously, I was terrified throughout the book. I’m not usually a fan of police procedurals, but this one was so much more than that, especially in the second half where there was a hint of supernatural politics. Every book in this series is great, even the novella.

Oh, wait! I do remember why I read this. My editor asked me to read it for a quote! She thought it might be something I would like, and she was totally right. This is what I said about it: Cursed is the perfect blend of magic, mystery, and romance. Emma and Zack are strong, noble characters who are trying to overcome their dark, pasts, and their quests for redemption will make your heart hurt. This is a series you need to read now.

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Ah, a great urban fantasy series with a good shot of romance. This is one of my favorite UF series. I loved the heroine, Arcadia. She was special, but she was also very normal, and what I mean by that is she reacted to situations the way I think a real life person would react. She didn’t mouth off when her life was on the line. She was genuinely scared, but not to the point that she was paralyzed. Cady’s been in hiding for several years after her occultist parents were accused of being serial killers. Now, years later, she finds herself having to prove their innocence.

And then there’s Lon. Oh, how I love him! He’s kind of quiet and reserved, but he somehow manages to emit strength and courage at the same time. He’s fabulous. Definitely not the typical urban fantasy hero.

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