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Oh, right, Valentine’s Day

From Book Bub, a helpfully relevant post so that I don’t have to write my own at the last minute:

9 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books That Double as Touching Love Stories

Yep, that’s a top-notch choice. I’m never going to read it because I am not remotely into lovers-to-tragedy as a story arc.

Actually, I’ve never read a single book on this list, though some are on my radar.

All right, fine. Surely I can do a very rapid list of SFF (or other) romances that I’ve read lately. 2020 is barely underway, but I have read a scattering of books that certainly qualify for a Valentine’s Day list.

Okay:

a) I’m re-reading the Touchstone trilogy right now, so: Cassandra and Kaoren. Particularly good slow-burn romance, as you all know.

b) I’ve read several more Heyer romances this year already, so Black Sheep by Georgette Heyer.

c) A great new find to start of 2020: A J Demas and her Classical-ish novels. I especially like this long novella / short novel, with startlingly well-developed romance considering the whole thing takes place during a long day and night.

If you’ve read a story with a good romance already this year, toss it in the comments!

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6 Comments Oh, right, Valentine’s Day

  1. Mike S.

    Beren and Luthien isn’t really a tragedy, except insofar as mortality always is. When you can sweet talk (sweet sing?) the penultimate judge (stipulating that Eru Illuvatar is the ultimate) into suspending the rules for you, that’s pretty much as good as it gets.

  2. Kathryn McConaughy

    Agreed – Beren and Luthien doesn’t really read as a tragedy.
    I’ve been reading Sylvia Mercedes’ Venatrix Chronicles this year. There is a very very slow romance that I am enjoying. You’re pretty sure it’s going to happen but also pretty sure that it will legitimately take six books…

  3. SarahZ

    Speaking of touchstone, did you see the new story in that world? It’s short but I’ll take what I can get.

  4. Rachel

    SarahZ, yes, I did, and I enjoyed it — but way too short! Now I would really like to know what happens with those new characters. I like how AKH handled Julian in that story, too.

  5. SarahZ

    I saw in the comments where she posted the story that we should “expect to see more of those characters”, but that’s pretty vague. It did seem more like the kindle sample of a new book than a standalone story.

  6. Rachel

    Yes, that’s definitely true. I didn’t notice the comment, but I’m glad to look forward to another Touchstone novel.

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