19 Of The Best Sci Fi Romance Books To Add To Your Reading List
If you're looking for your next sci-fi book with romance, then we've got a list for you! We've read the books, scoured the internet for reviews, and savagely debated the best science fiction romance books so you don't have to.
You'll find something on this list whether your tastes are more towards books with an alien race or a young woman coming into her own in a far-out world. So dive into the romance genre with our top picks about alien species, robots, and paranormal romance. Here are 19 books to add to your reading list.
Note the following list is in alphabetical order NOT by the best book.
1. A Civil Campaign
Lois McMaster Bujold - 1999
Miles Vorkosigan has returned to his home planet after acting as Imperial Auditor. And his problem is that he's in love with a woman who doesn't love him back. But he has a plan. And so does his brother and so does his cousin. Dive into the political intrigue and complex story of Miles, Ekaterin, and their families.
Author Lois McMaster Bujold brings to full bear her whit and propensity for complex narratives. Some book reviews have referred to it as Jane Austen in space, but it's also funny.
2. Dark Horse (Class 5 #1)
Michelle Diener - 2015
Main character Rose McKenzie is off Earth and far from home. She's been saved from captivity by artificial intelligence. Dav Jallan has stumbled across an impressive Class 5 battleship and finds Rose the only survivor. As the mystery of Rose unfurrels, Dav is forced to decide to trust her or follow orders... and the fate of the world hinges on the decision.
Dark Horse is getting rave reviews for being enthralling. Author Michelle Diener builds a world that is captivating and draws out characters that are fantastic.
3. Edge of Eon (Eon Warriors #1)
Anna Hackett - 2018
After being falsely imprisoned and accused of a crime she didn't commit, Eve Traynor is set on a mission to capture the Eon warrior Davion Thann-Eon. The kidnapping is successful, but short lived. Eve's ship and crew are attacked crash landed on a brutal planet called Hunter7. Eve finds herself forced to work together with her enemy, Davion to survive the dangerous planet.
It's a really fun read with witty banter and characters that come to life off the page. A fan favorite part of the story is the ever-changing planet, Hunter7. It mirrors that of a video game made to test its players to their limits.
4. Fated Blades (Kinsmen #3)
Ilona Andrews - 2021
The Adlers and the Baenas have been trying to dominate each other for generations. And with genetically enhanced abilities, the families believe their claim to rule legitmate. But all the power struggle ceases when catastrohpe strikes their shared planet Rada. Ramona Adler and Matias Baena must work together to protect their planet from further destruction and find they have more in common than the planet they live on.
One of the new books on this list, Ilona Andrews installment from her Kinsmen series was published last year. It's a real page turner that I think you'll find hard to put down. Though a version of Romeo and Juliet, I found the kickass aspect of it to be a fun twist on the common story.
5. Finders Keepers
Linnea Sinclair - 2005
Down on her luck and her prospects looking bleak, Trilby Elliot finds a very valuable crash landed military craft. Maybe the salvaged ship can bring her profits and a promise of a better life? But the problem is the pilot, Rhis, is still alive and intent on keeping possession of his ship... And there's more to Rhis than he lets on.
This one's a good blend for SF romance readers. The world building is an ear worm - you'll be thinking of it long after you finish the book. The science included and space fighting will satisfy SF readers who may generally not enjoy a classic romance book.
6. Fortune’s Pawn (Paradox #1)
Rachel Bach - 2013
Devi Morris is a mercenary with big plans. She'll make a name for herself. She earns a job on "The Glorious Fool" a ship aptly named for it's propensity for getting into trouble. Devi must work for a year on the ship, but this security might be more than she can handle.
This is Rachel Bach's first book in her series called Paradox. If you're looking for a book with mystery and plot twists then look no further. The book has loveable main characters and light sci-fi (not hard and technical).
7. Gabriel's Ghost
Linnea Sinclair & Megan Sybil Baker - 2005
A highly respected former captain, Chasidah Bergren is charged with crimes she didn't commit. The trial ends with her sentenced time on a prison planet. With the help of a rogue pirate named Gabriel Sullivan, she escapes the planet and sets out to save innocent women from being bred and slaughtered. The mission puts their lives at risk and heats up the romantic tensions between Babriel and Chasidah.
If you're looking for true sci fi romances with a heavy emphasis on the romance, Gabriel's Ghost fits the bill. It is an intense, action-packed romance that takes the reader into a world of redemption, love, and rescue.
8. Grimspace (Sirantha Jax #1)
Ann Aguirre - 2008
Sirantha Jax has a talent that makes her a highly sought out asset for the corporation. Her talent is being able to jump ships through grimspace. She's the navigator everyone wants. After everyone dies in a crash landing, she finds herself rescued by a group of rogue fighters. But her rescuers have a price: Overthrow the establishment.
If you're looking for a well-written narrative with fast-paced action, then pick up your copy of Grimspace by Ann Aguirre. It's first novel in a series called Sirantha Jax. Our favorite aspect of it is how it artfully avoided many of the sci-fi romance cliches.
Kate Elliott - 2002
The Chapalii empire controls a string of planets. Tess Soerensen is far too familiar with the unpredictable ways of the alien rulers. In the process of finding herself, she ends up tangled with a rebellious and nomadic people called. She herself challenged by the tribal people and drawn to their leader, Ilya.
If you're looking for multi-dimensional characters that buck the troupes, then pick up this flick from Kate Elliott. Though sci-fi related, the book is light on the technical and futuristic aspects of the world. The focus is on the characters and narrative.
10. The Last Hour of Gann
R. Lee Smith - 2013
Uyane Meoraq is a holy being. He is God's hand of judgment on the world. Amber Bierce is headed back to earth on a "Sleeper" ship. She wakes mid-journey to wreckage on an unknown planet. Their meeting tests each of them and strikes up an unlikely love story.
Word of warning: This is edging toward erotica. If that's not your thing, I don't recommend this read. The cultures are complex. The plot is engaging with plenty of action. The strange-to-use creatures are impressively described.
11. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
Becky Chambers - 2014
Rosemary Harper joins a crew on an old ship called Wayfarer. She's quickly thrown into the haywire ways of the captain and crew. The Wayfarer takes on a job that will put the crew's life on the line and depend on each other.
It's a fun story about misfits who come together to face down injustice and wrongdoings in their sphere of influence. The characterizations are diverse both in species and in the humans who populate the pages.
12. Mrs. Caliban
Rachel Ingalls - 1982
Dorothy lives in a quiet suburb with a decidedly cooled marriage. It's announced a monster has escaped the Institute of Oceanographic Research. The monster shows up at Dorothy's door. What will come of the amphibian and the housewife?
Mrs. Caliban is a novella, not a full length novel (only 125 pages). But don't let that warn you off. These pages are packed with startling twists and quaint charm.
13. Naked in Death (In Death #1)
J.D. Robb - 1995
In the not-so distant future, NYC detective Eve Dallas must track down the killer of a senator's daughter. But what Eve isn't prepared for is her attraction to one of the richest men on the planet, Roarke. And he just so happens to be the leading suspect in the murder mystery.
If you're a fan of strong heroines and mysteries, then this is for you! J.D. Robb weaves a romance into a murder mystery keeping you at the edge of your seat.
14. Ral’s Woman (Zorn Warriors #1)
Laurann Dohner - 2009
Ariel is taken from Earth by a reptilian people that consider human life a flippant thing. Now she's the prize for the winner in a fight to the death between muscular aliens. Ral, a Zorn is forced into slavery. His only aim is to keep his people alive. That is until a human woman catches his eye and he finds himself drawn to fight to win her as a prize.
Word of warning: This is edging toward erotica. The story is cheesy in some places, but certainly well done and moves along. If you're an erotica or romance fan, this tale might fit the bill.
15. Saving Askara
J.M. Link - 2019
Victoria lives a mundane life with a mundane job. But overall she's OK with it. That is until the day the ship she's on encounters an alien race. As a doctor, she has a code to uphold and she's determined to help them. Aderus, the Askara ambassador is skeptical of the help at first. But slowly he comes to appreciate the humans' help. Especially the doctor.
J.M. Link is well-loved in the sci-fi romance community and she does it again with Saving Askara. The story is a slow-burn romance with an amazing heroine.
16. Shards of Honor (Vorkosigan Saga #1)
Lois McMaster Bujold - 1991
Cordelia Naismith's ship and crew is attacked. She's taken prisoner by Commander Aral Vorkosigan. But mutiny strikes the Barrayar ship and Aral is removed from duty. Aral and Cordelia find themselves working together to survive. Mutual survival leads to a new alliance which leads to a spark neither saw coming.
Lois McMaster Bujold brings a fast-paced, exciting, and captivating romance with her novel Shards of Honor. The setting is realistic and wild. It's a romance between two memorable characters amidst battle, mutiny, and threats.
17. Taken to Voraxia
Elizabeth Stephens - 2020
Miari's home world is a desolate moon world that an alien race raids once every 3 years. You can mark your calendar by it. The aliens come in and sweep off with the most beautiful women. The king of the alien race attended this time and has his eyes fixed on Miari. But she won't go so easily.
Told from the first person, Take to Voraxia brings you into the world of Miari and Raku as they deal with trials and raw emotions. One of our newer entries to the list, you'll enjoy this take from Elizabeth Stephens.
18. These Broken Stars (Starbound #1)
Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner - 2013
Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen are the only two survivors after their luxury cruiser is ripped from outer space and onto a hostile new world. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing and has good reason to not trust the likes for Lilac. But they must rely on each other to stay alive.
Firmly in the young adult genre, Kaufman and Spooner will delight you with fantastic characters and creepy settings. If you're a fan of the young adult genre, pick These Broken Stars up for your next read.
19. The Time Traveler’s Wife
Audrey Niffenegger - 2013
Henry was 36 and Clare was 6 when they first met. They got married when Clare was 23 and Henry 31. How? Henry is diagnosed with a disorder that periodically resets his genetic clock. He finds himself slipping into a new time period facing charming, hilarious, and harrowing events.
Audrey Niffengger's book, The Time Traveler's Wife is wildly popular and can now be seen on the silver screen. The book is funny and heartwarming. You'll fly through it as you laugh, cry, and long for more from these characters.
So there you have it! Those are the best sci-fi romance books that we've come across. These aren't your George Orwell or Isaac Asimov sci-fi books. But you'll find the sci-fi thrilling and the romance captivating!
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