Saturday, May 10, 2014

Best Romances You Didn't Know You Loved

The reality is you may already read alternate reality romance novels--but are unaware this is a sub genre of romance you thoroughly enjoy.  You may ask yourself how is this possible, but let me drop a few names and let's see if you are an alternate reality romance reader. Do you enjoy books by Nora Roberts, JD Robb, Jayne Castle, Susan Krinard, Kresley Cole, Heather Graham, Jude Deveraux, Kay Hooper, Sherrilyn Kenyon or Debbie Macomber? If you answered, "Yes."  than chances are you enjoy alternate reality romances.

Simply put, alternate reality romance novels include novels that have a touch of the supernatural, fantasy, paranormal, science fiction, time travel, magic, ghosts, angels, shape shifters, vampires and many others. This genre is a huge compilation of romance novels that don't really fit into one of the mainstream genres (like contemporary, historical or suspense fiction).

If you are looking for a good romance and enjoy fantasy novels try...

Fantasy Romance

The Lost Continent Series by Catherine Asaro
This engaging romantic fantasy series is set in the magical world of Aronsdale and the surrounding kingdoms. If you enjoy fantasy novels or romance this series will be one you enjoy.

The Forest Lord by Susan Krinard 
A historical fantasy series that is set during the 19th century. The story revolves around the Fane and his relationship with humans and his ancient race.

Tale of the Five Hundred Kingdoms  series by Mercedes Lackey
In a world where everyone has a prescribed role, the Tradition attempts to keep everyone on track. This is a funny light-hearted, magical series that incorporates a version of the fair folk.

Circle Trilogy by Nora Roberts
When the evil vampire queen turns Cian into a vampire and his brother is unable to save him. The 12th century sorcerer Hoyt Mac Cionaoith is charged by the goddess Morrigan to gather the circle of six from different times and places to defeat the evil queen's plot to rid the world of humans.

Futuristic Romance-
If you enjoy science fiction novels you may enjoy a futuristic romance novel.

After Dark (Ghost Hunter Series) by Jayne Castle
Harmony was settled by explorers from Earth who were cut off when the energy curtain suddenly closed. In this land of dangerous intrigue, locating hidden  ruins and intriguing alien plant life can bring the finder riches and power.  Para-archeologist Lydia Smith is one of the best at her job. Hired by Emmett London to find a missing family heirloom what she finds are dead bodies, ghosts, dangerous illusion traps and a few romantic sparks. 

HeartMate (Celta's HeartMate Series) by Robin D. Owens
Winner of the Rita award this novel tells the story of Rand T'Ash as he rebuilds his family's empire, restores his house to power and searches for his HeartMate. Once he finds her he must convince her that she is destined to be with him.

In Death Series by J.D. Robb
Although this series holds more mystery and suspense than romance, this series will keep you turning pages as you strive alongside Lt. Eve Dallas to solve murders that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Her team of detectives and her handsome love interest round out these stories with humor and passion.

Paranormal Romance-if you enjoy things supernatural or events that are unexplained by natural causes chances are you will like paranormal romances. The setting can be historical or contemporary.

A Hunger Like No Other (Immortals after Dark Series) by Kresley Cole
Lachlan the leader of a werewolf clan searches for his mate. He finds her in a surprising place. Emmaline is half vampire, half Valkyrie searching for answers she stumbles upon Lachlan and he takes her to his Scottish castle. Can they overcome their past and find the strength to fight an ancient foe.

Forever (Forever Trilogy) by Jude Deveraux
A psychic heroine and a man delving into the mysteries of his past find love, separation and sinister danger. This trilogy features the Montgomery clan.

Dark Prince Series by Christine Feehan
The Carpathians find new hope when their leader discovers that his life mate is a telepathic American woman visiting their remote mountain region. This sensual and absorbing story of an independent beauty who tames a terrifying but smitten beast, while his people face annihilation from vampire hunters, hidden enemies, and their own failure to procreate will keep you turning pages.

Haunted by Heather Graham
The highly skeptical owner of a pre-Revolutionary Era estate that is said to be haunted calls in an investigation firm noted for its work with the supernatural, and is both irritated and attracted to the lovely psychic investigator who discovers not all the threats are from the dead.

Stealing Shadows (Shadows Trilogy) by Kay Hooper
Psychic Cassie Neill finds she cannot escape her destiny. She can enter a madman's mind as he plans a crime. She can't change what he does but she can alert the police. When the police won't listen she asks Judge Ben Ryan to intervene. When her claims that a murder is about to take place prove true, the town sheriff grudgingly accepts her help to stop a serial killer.

Night Pleasures (Dark Hunter Series) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
The Dark-Hunters are ancient warriors who have sworn to protect mankind. The fate of the world is in their hands. Kyrian of Thrace is solitude and darkness. He is the ruler of the night. Yet Kyrian has just woken up handcuffed to his worst nightmare: an accountant. Worse, she's being hunted by one of the most lethal vampires out there. And if Amanda Devereaux goes down, then he does too.

A Season of Angels (Christmas Angel Series) by Debbie Macomber
These Christmas fantasies feature the loving, yet crazy antics of Shirley, Goodness and Mercy the prayer ambassadors. These angels set out to answer prayers but always add their own twist to the answers.  Beautiful, funny and warm hearted stories that are sure to please.

Kiss of Fate by Mary Jo Putney
Love and magic prove to be comfortable bedfellows in this enchanting mid-18th-century romance. Gwynne Owen thinks she is giftless until a kiss from Duncan Macrae proves her wrong.

Blue Dahlia (In the Garden Trilogy) by Nora Roberts
Stella Rothchild moves to southern Tennessee, hoping to put her husband's tragic death behind her and build a new life for her two little boys. When she gets a position as manager of Harper Gardens she is confronted not just by the landscape architect but also a ghost who is not happy to have her around. 

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