When you have a hankering for mystical worlds filled with cutthroat royals, political espionage, and magical intrigue, fae romance books are the way to go.
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
At seven, Jude’s entire life imploded, leaving her orphaned and reliant on her kidnapper after being whisked away to live in Faerie. At seventeen, Jude wants nothing more than to fit in, despite her own mortality. But many of the Fae despise humans, especially the youngest son of the High King. But the tides are changing. Swept into a deadly game of politics, Jude must stay one step ahead to come out victorious.
Filled with scheming royals, political minefields and magical intrigue, The Cruel Prince is perfect for anyone on the market for a slow-burn romance between a wicked fae prince and an ambitious human girl. And as one of the best fae romance books on the market, you need to add this to your bookshelf.
Mortal Skin by Lily Mayne
For seven-year-old Ash, wishing up a friend with a mouth full of sharp teeth and an uncanny ability to blossom a rosebud in seconds seemed perfectly normal – a normal that would persist for the next seven years until the day the visits stopped.
By twenty-one, Ash has long since forgotten his mythical childhood visitors, chalking them up as figments of an overactive imagination. So no one is more surprised than Ash to return home only to be kidnapped and swept off to the Unseelie Court.
With orders to shed his mortal skin and embrace a fae side he never knew existed, Ash’s entire world is turned upside down. What makes matters more confusing is Ash’s shadow, the Unseelie Queen’s youngest son Prince Lonan – a shadow who captures his attention and refuses to let go.
With hauntingly beautiful prose and highly addictive characters, Mortal Skin is a MM fantasy romance that deserves a spotlight and its very own spot on your bookshelf. As one of the best MM fae romance books of 2022, you do not want to miss out on this unputdownable must-read.
To Bleed A Crystal Bloom by Sarah A. Parker
As the sole survivor of a bloody massacre, 20-year-old Orlaith is haunted by the memories of that night. If not for the enigmatic High Master Rhordyn who took her in as his ward, Orlaith would have fallen victim to her nightmares long ago. But after 19 years, her feelings have blossomed into something all-consuming, yet all the more unrequited. And when it comes to Rhordyn, nothing is ever easy. Shrouded in shadows and secrets, Orlaith must step out of her comfort zone if she ever hopes to begin playing the game if she ever hopes to step out of the dark.
Mysterious, addictive, and enticing, To Bleed a Crystal Bloom is a seductive dark Rapunzel retelling that will keep you entranced from the very first page. If you’re looking for a beautiful fantasy romance overflowing with angst, magic, and intrigue, this is one of the best fae romance books to add to your TBR list.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
After a chance encounter with a wolf places Feyre in deep waters with the fae, Feyre is swept away to a magical kingdom where she is to live out the rest of her human life. Held captive by the mysterious green-eyed Tamlin, Feyre finds herself growing feelings for her jailer. But the question remains: What is he hiding behind the mask he refuses to remove?
ACOTAR is a captivating Beauty and the Beast retelling that brings us an epic slow-burn romance filled with magic, adventure and intrigue. If you can’t get enough of the enemies-to-lovers trope, A Court of Thorns and Roses is one of the best fae romance books to add to your shelf.
Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa
Siren Callypso (Callie) Lillis is a present-day bounty hunter. Back when she was a teenager, she called upon The Bargainer to clean up a mess and with no one to rely on but herself, she continued calling him back for more and more favors. But every visit came at a price. Then one day he ignored Callie’s call and she wouldn’t see him for years to come.
Seven years pass before he collects those favors. Callie must help The Bargainer save the Otherworld from an invisible enemy that only Callie has the power to stop. The question is, will she discover it before it discovers her?
If you’re a sucker for slow-burn fantasy romance books where the villain gets the girl, Rhapsodic should be added to your TBR list.
A Fate of Wrath and Flame by K.A. Tucker
After a botched mission, gifted thief Romeria’s night takes a turn for the worse when a mysterious woman tricks her into providing her services. Tasked with a dangerous quest to save Sofie’s husband, Romy is spirited away to an unsettling realm of warring kingdoms, unstable monarchies, and fantastical creatures.
The mission would be simple if not for the identity she has assumed as the treacherous Ybarisan Princess. Imprisoned for murdering the king and queen on her wedding day, Romy must figure a way out of her precarious predicament. All while looking for the sought-after stone hidden within Islet’s sacred garden.
Exciting, beautiful and unpredictable, A Fate of Wrath and Flame is an enchanting tale overflowing with political intrigue, magical twists, unforeseen betrayals and a blossoming romance. And as one of the best enemies-to-lovers fantasy romances released in 2021, you won’t be able to put this page-turner down once you feast your eyes on K.A. Tucker’s intricate world-building and magnificent prose. Prepare to be spellbound.
A Rake of His Own by AJ Lancaster
How does one turn an evening into an unforgettable night? First, one must have an arrogant, bloodied fae portal into their room, and second, one must stumble upon the dead body of your co-worker in your greenhouse.
Those are the ingredients for a night Marius Valstar shall not soon forget, especially when Prince Rakken decides to join forces in locating the individual behind the murder.
A Rake of His Own is an unputdownable MM gaslamp fantasy overflowing with mystery, magical intrigue, sexual tension, and steam. In the mood for a memorable second-chance fantasy romance? I recommend opening this must-read because it is one of the best fae romance books on the market.
House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas
It’s time to get into Sarah J. Maas’s Crescent City series, filled with magic, danger, and a scorching romance. Half-Fae and half-human Bryce Quinlan is out for blood after learning that her closest friends were murdered. With help from the infamous Fallen angel Hunt Athalar, Bryce plans on finding the murderer and bringing her friends justice.
Read House of Earth and Blood if you love the enemies-to-lovers trope, angels, demons and kickass heroines who will do whatever it takes to destroy the monster responsible for the vicious slaughter of her friends.
A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Silver Flames tells the story of Nesta Archeron, the prickly newly-turned fae who is swift to anger, and Cassian, the battle-hardened warrior who has a penchant for pushing every single one of Nesta’s buttons. Together, they forge their own paths to redemption while battling the monsters set on destroying them.
Violent, sexy, and darkly thrilling, A Court of Silver Flames is a spellbinding fae romance submerged in action, romance, and magic. If you’re obsessed with A Court of Thorns and Roses, you’ll love the anxiously-awaited fourth installment to Maas’s bestselling series.
Warrior Fae Trapped by K.F. Breene
For 21-year-old Charity, nothing sounds more tortuous than a night out at an elite college party surrounded by a bunch of plastered trust-fund babies, especially when it can be spent studying for her upcoming midterm. Pressured into going by her über rich roommate, Charity quickly realizes that it is far from a normal college party. And when a horde of ghastly-looking creatures with wickedly sharp fangs make their grand appearance, Charity barely clears the front door when she is attacked by a pack of oversized wolves. Nothing could make the night any worse. Well, except learning that you’re a lost fae warrior who is anything but mundane.
Intriguing, exciting, and addictive, Warrior Fae Trapped is an action-packed fae romance filled with magic, romance, and adventure.
The One and Only Crystal Druid by Annette Marie
Saber Rose is an impulsive, switchblade-slinging vigilante with a chip on her shoulder. Zac is an intimidating and perpetually moody druid with a mile-long rap sheet. When their paths cross, they strike up an unlikely partnership to defeat the deadly foe terrorizing the fae community. As they become more entrenched in the search, the two unwittingly find themselves falling for one another. That is until Saber discovers that their bond goes much deeper than they could have ever imagined. Talk about a catastrophic explosion.
Explosive, exciting, and unputdownable, The One and Only Crystal Druid is a spellbinding fae romance that will leave you desperate for more.
The Awakening by Nora Roberts
When debt-ridden teacher Breen Kelly discovers her long-lost father left her $4 million in investments, all her prayers are answered. With a small portion of her life-changing fortune, Breen takes a trip to Ireland. There she learns that her entire life was a lie. That the mysterious silver-haired man that haunted her dreams was not a figment of her imagination. That her destiny does not lie on Earth, but in the magical realm of the fae. And once Breen travels through the portal, nothing will ever be the same.
Searching for captivating fae romance books filled with adventure, danger, and magic? The Awakening will take you on a magical journey into the world of faeries and mermaids?
Savage Lands by Stacey Marie Brown
An unrequited love. An arranged marriage. And an unforeseen betrayal.
Brexley Kovacs has nothing to lose. Not after learning of her future nuptials to the abusive son of the prime minister. As a last hurrah, Brex finagles her best friend Caden into an adventure that would end with her imprisoned in the infamous Halalház – the House of Death. In the place feared by seasoned soldiers and civilians alike, Brex must fight to survive the Hell that will become her life.
If you love slow-burn fantasy romance books with heroines that can take down battle-seasoned warriors with the flick of her wrist (well, maybe not the flick of her wrist), check out Savage Lands. You won’t be able to stop reading, especially after the cliff-hanger.
Elemental Fae Academy by Lexi C Foss
Burning down a bar with a match is one thing, but with your mind, well, that’s a monster Claire never saw coming. Upon learning that she is descended from fae, Claire is forced to come to terms with her heritage while attempting to control her burgeoning, and often volatile, elemental powers. With help from her five mentors, Claire must master the elements before all is lost and the Fae Realm falls into chaos.
Read Elemental Fae Academy if you’re in the mood for a medium-burn paranormal reverse-harem romance that will keep you up well past your bedtime.
Winter by Audrey Grey
In a world taken over by the fae, humans live in fear.
When half-starved Summer commits treason by attempting to steal from the Fae, she finds herself in a pickle when she’s caught and sentenced to attend the Evermore Academy for four years as a human shadow, the equivalent of a student who is also a servant. Summer’s plans of keeping a low profile are killed when she makes an enemy out of the most powerful student at the academy, the Winter Prince. Things only get worse when she realizes he’s her Fae Keeper. Life has never been more interesting.
In the mood for an academy bully romance filled with immortals, dark magic, and intrigue? You’re in luck because Winter has all of that and more. As one of the best fae romance books out there, I recommend making this your next book obsession.
Zodiac Academy by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti
When twin sisters Tory and Darcy Vega discover that they are a part of a hidden magical realm, their lives are turned upside down. Thrust into the cutthroat world of Zodiac Academy, the two must learn how to navigate the treacherous halls before it’s too late.
Thrilling, addicting and fun, Zodiac Academy is an exciting fae romance riddled with magic, danger, and intrigue. If you’re obsessed with academy bully romances, you’ll love Zodiac Academy.