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New Steamy & Dark Fantasy Romance Books To Read In 2022
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If you’re looking for some of the most epic romance fantasy books for young adults and adult readers then you’re at the right place. We collected some of the most anticipated best romance fantasy books for adults who love epic adventures, dark tales, myths, gods, witches, vampires, and grand adventures about wars for kingdoms.
Some of these romance fantasy novels will take you around the world and some will introduce you to magical and otherworldly places. Thanks to these sweeping romance books you’ll get to go through heaven, hell, and beyond this year.
We also included some romance fantasy books with a modern and urban fantasy flare as well as brilliant new LGBTQ+ fantasy romance book series and novels you won’t be able to put down.
If you’re into adventure romance books then get ready because these new books will take your breath away and make your heart pound faster while also making you think and learn about important social issues as well as myths and legends from around the world.
10| Kingdom of the Feared (Kingdom of the Wicked #3) by Kerri Maniscalco – Dark Fantasy Romance Book Series, September 2022
This steamy dark romance novel is the last one in Kerri Maniscalco’s #1 New York Timesbestselling fantasy romance series Kingdom of The Wicked trilogy. This spooky and thrilling story has everything including curses, a mysterious prophecy, a riveting ending, and of course a love story that’s more powerful than fate itself.
If you’re new to the series you should skip reading the blurb because big twists are revealed and could ruin your experience. This trilogy is definitely binge-worthy thanks to its unique story, great characters, and surprising twists and turns.
The story follows Emilia’s story as she tries to find a way to avenge her sisters even if she has to go through hell to do so.
If you love dark fantasy books with romance then Kingdom of The Feared should be on your TBR.
9| This Woven Kingdom by Tahereh Mafi – Romance, Mythology, Fantasy Book, February 2022
Tahereh Mafi is back after her best-selling Shatter Me series with an exciting and sweeping fantasy romance book series. This Woven Kingdom is the first of the This Woven Kingdom trilogy and is one of the most anticipated romance books of 2022.
This stunning series is inspired by Persian mythology and introduces its readers to an exciting world. The story is about Alizeh, a servant girl, and Kamran, the crown prince, whose lives are affected by the same prophecy. If you’re looking for one of the best new fantasy books of 2022 then you should put this epic fantasy romance book on your list.
This Woven Kingdom is a thought-provoking and adventurous romance fantasy book with bewitching characters.
8| Only a Monster by Vanessa Len -YA Dark Fantasy Book, February 2022
Only a Monster is the first book of an enchanting and dark YA fantasy romance trilogy. Its protagonist is Joan who spends her summer in London with her late mother’s family. While she finds the family a bit odd, nothing really strange happens at first.
She even gets a great job at the Holland House and gets invited to a date by her new and very handsome colleague, Nick. All in all, Joan enjoys her life. However, she can only do that for a short time since soon it turns out that her new kind of weird family is actually a whole lot weird and that they are actually a pack of monsters, and Nick – her new boo- has to slay them. It’s a thrilling and fun book and is a fantastic choice for those who enjoy reading dark fantasy books for adults.
Only a Monster is a fun and dark YA romance fantasy book set in London.
7| Violet Made of Thorns by Gina Chen -YA Fantasy Book July 2022
Fantasy romance book lovers already raving about this enchanting new novel by Gina Chen. This beautiful debut novel is promising to be one of 2022’s most beloved romance novels.
Violet is a prophet who doesn’t necessarily mind giving false predictions to keep her position safe in the royal court. She’s witty and determined who easily outsmarts even her superiors. However, when Cyrus, the soon-to-be crowned prince wants to remove her from her position she has to step up her game.
When you think things can’t get any worse Violet unleashes a terrible curse that can destroy their whole world.
If you’re craving an epic fantasy romance novel with interesting characters, a mind-blowing magical world, and unlikely romance then pick up Violet Made of Thornes.
6| Heavenly Bodies (Heavenly Bodies #1) by Imani Erriu – Sci-Fi Fantasy Romance Novel, January 2022
Are you into sci-fi as much as fantasy? Then Heavenly Bodies might be the right choice for you. It’s a sweeping romance story in a world where merciless gods watch over the world. The protagonist is Elara who has been cursed by fate. The prophecy says that one day she’ll fall for a Star and their love will kill them both.
One day Elara is forced to flee her own Kingdom and can find no other safe place than her enemy in the neighboring country. There she finally is able to learn more about her own magic, the stars that seem to forge their lives, the country she is taking refuge in, and of course, about the enemy prince forced to train her into a weapon.
Heavenly Bodies is one of the most anticipated new fantasy romance books of 2022 that’s a great choice for adults and YA readers.
5| City of Ruin (The Witch Walker Trilogy #2) by Charissa Weaks – Fantasy Romance Novel, August 2022
The much anticipated second book of The Witch Walker trilogy is finally arriving in 2022. City of Ruin promises to be one of the most exciting fantasy romance books of the year.
This epic fantasy story is filled with exciting twists and adventures, powerful witches, and of course a gripping love story.
Raina Bloodgood’s life has changed when her village was razed and was forced into a war. She soon learns that her powers are far more mighty than she thought and has to find a way to use them for good.
City of Ruin is one of the best fantasy romance books for adults with witches and an epic war story.
4| Soul Taken (Mercy Thompson #13) by Patricia Briggs – New Vampire Fantasy Romance Book Series, June 2022
Mercy Thompson series has delighted fans for many years now and her newest adventure promises to be just as deadly and fun as the previous ones. In Soul Taken Mercy has to clear the name of the Tri-Cities werewolves pack after Wulfe (a vampire) goes missing.
If she fails the peaceful alliance between vampires and werewolves ends. Mercy soon realizes that this is about more than just one vampire missing when her investigation uncovers a mysterious criminal who has been taking people and supernaturals from all over town.
Soul Taken is an entertaining urban-fantasy romance novel series for the fans of vampire and werewolves stories.
3| A Far Wilder Magic by Allison Saft – Witchy YA Romance Fantasy Book March 2022
Are you into fairy tales and myths? Then this atmospheric love story with witches, mythical creatures, alchemy, and an epic love story is the right choice for you.
Along with Margaret and Wes, you’ll go on a mythical hunt for the last living mythical creature. The story’s fierce protagonist is Margaret who must win the Halfmoon Hunt to finally be able to bring her mother home.
The problem is she doesn’t have an alchemist yet which she desperately needs if she wants to win the mythical hunt. She knows she has to work together with Wes, a traveling alchemist-to-be, who just arrived at the Welty Manor she’s working at. The two agree to team up to hunt down the mythical beast together. If you’ve been looking for new books about witches then pick up this magical read.
A Far Wilder Magic is an enchanting magical-realism romance novel for young adults and adults who love myths, legends, and slow-burn love stories.
2| Hell Followed With Us by Andrew Joseph White – YA Dark Fantasy Romance Book, June 2022
This brilliant YA fantasy story is about Benji a sixteen-year-old trans boy who is on the run from the cult that raised him. The ruthless fundamentalist cult has unleashed Armageddon and decimated the population all around the world. Now Benji has to find a safe place where the cult can’t use the bioweapons they infected him with.
Soon Benji is saved by a group from the local Acheson LGBTQ+ Center. Only Nick, the group’s super handsome leader knows Benji’s secret and how it could wipe out humanity if it gets in the wrong hands. Despite everything, Nick offers a safe shelter for Benji among the other queer teens as long as Benji works on controlling the monster inside him and uses it to defend their group. Benji agrees but soon discovers secrets that might just change his decision.
Hell Followed With Us is a brilliantly entertaining LGBTQ+ fantasy story about finding your path and using your powers for good with a pinch of romance.
1| Castles in Their Bones (Castles in their Bones #1) by Laura Sebastian – New Fantasy Romance Book, 2022
Looking for a sweeping classic-feel fantasy romance book to read? Then pick up Castles in Their Bones and get lost in its spellbinding story of three princesses, seduction, and conquest.
Princess Sophronia, Daphne, and Beatriz are now, age sixteen, and they each must leave their homeland and marry the princes their father Empress Margaraux has chosen for them when they were born.
The triplets are everything a prince would be looking for in a bride, beautiful, smart, and demure. Margaraux is counting on that the new husbands will underestimate the girls since her daughters are far from innocent. The girls have trained since their birth and learned the arts of deception, seduction, and violence. They also have only one goal, to bring down monarchies and their marriages are the first step on the road to victory.
Castles in Their Bones is an enchanting and empowering fantasy romance book series that’s a great choice for anyone who loves epic tales with a classic style.
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