By 1845, there had been a lot of stories that featured scientific writing, which led some people to call this new genre “scientific romance.” There’s no need to say anything more about it today. We call it science fiction.
The Last Hour of Gann by R. Lee Smith – 2018
Amber Bierce had nothing left but her sister and two tickets on Earth’s first colony ship, so she had to leave everything behind. She went into her Sleeper with a five-year contract and the promise of a better life. When she woke up, she was in ruins on a world she didn’t know about. Until Meoraq, a holy warrior who is more dangerous than any animal on this new world, finds the survivors, there is no rescue, no way home, and no hope for them. When he looks at her, his eyes show a different kind of hunger.
An instrument of God’s judgment called the Sword of Sheul is Uyane Meoraq. He has been through many battles and is a victor over all men. He was until his father died. Now, unless God intervenes, he will have to take charge of House Uyane and give up the life he has always known. To find the help he needs, Meoraq goes to the legendary temple of Xi’Matezh. But the humans he meets on his way there might be too much for him, especially the one called Amber, who has a heart like no other he’s ever seen.
Edge of Eon by Anna Hackett – 2018
During a suicide mission, Eve Traynor can tell when one is going to happen because she has been there before. Eon Warriors are the only thing that can save the planet from deadly insectoid aliens. The only way to get their attention is to get the attention of the Eon Warriors. But the Eon don’t want to be on Earth, and Eve doesn’t want to take Davion Thann-Eon from his warship. Even if she doesn’t make it back, Eve will do anything to protect her sisters from Earth’s Space Corps.
It’s been a long time since Davion Thann-Eon has taken a break from work. He wants to keep the Eon Empire safe. He was born and raised to protect. However, after being attacked and taken off his own warship, he is shocked to find himself in the middle of a bold, tough little Terran warrior. One who both angers and fascinates him.
Insect-like Kantos attack their spaceship. Eve and Davion crash land on a terrifying planet called Hunter7, which is meant to push a warrior to the limit. Now, the two must work together to stay alive. They’re caught between the planet and its dangers, the Kantos who want to kill them, and their own incendiary attraction. All of the things you want in a book: action, bad guys, passion and romance hot enough to melt metal, a one-sitting read, unique characters, and great world-building are all in this one. A winner from start to finish.
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Grimspace by Ann Aguirre – 2008
A rare gene makes Sirantha Jax able to jump ships through grimspace, which makes her a valuable navigator for the Corp. Jax is in jail because he doesn’t remember anything about the crash. But she’s still having fun. In exchange for her help, a group of rogue fighters let her go.
Ral’s Woman by Laurann Dohner – 2009
The Anzon kidnapped Ariel from Earth and deemed her useless. She has become the prize in a brutal fight between two aliens who look like they’re going to kill each other. As for the winner, it is the largest, scariest, and most appealing alien of them all. In Ral’s arms, Ariel will learn how truly sexy it is to be held captive. Ral, who was also kidnapped and forced into slavery, is focused on freeing his fellow Zorn until Ariel comes along. She eats him up, urging Ral to take his prize in any way he can. Then, he can love and protect her, even from people he didn’t know.
Bolt by Angel Payne – 2018
No one has prepared Emmalina Crist for Reece Richards, the sexy bad boy of the Richards Resorts family. She works the night shift at one of downtown LA’s hottest hotels. Emma and Reece have an experience they could not have dreamed of, leaving Reece enthralled and Emma weighing the consequences of having sex with her boss.
Because Reece saved Emma’s life, he is forced to reveal that he is Bolt, the city’s superhero savior, and that he is Bolt. In the movie, she falls in love with the man behind the mask. She’s always wanted more than a simple relationship. Making sense of their relationship is hard when they have to deal with the media, their families, and fringe scientists who want to get Reece back to work on their lab table. Emma can’t stand Reece’s passion and power. He has broken her heart and soul for good. But can she go above and beyond the normal rules of reality, and even herself, to fight for the one thing that is truly powerful: true love?
The Dancer from Atlantis by Poul Anderson – 1971
Duncan Reid, an American architect, is looking out over the Pacific Ocean from the deck of a luxury cruise liner when he is suddenly caught up in an unknown event. When he wakes up, he is somewhere… different.
Duncan, along with three other people who were also shocked to find themselves in a time machine from the future that didn’t work, is now on the rocky Mediterranean coast of Egypt in the year 4000 BCE. With the help of a time machine that is dying, the four people who were displaced can communicate and share their stories. The most shocking is the story that the one woman, the bewitching Erissa, tells. She claims to be a priestess from Atlantis who thinks Duncan is a god, and she may be their only chance of going back to their own time.
Then they’ll have to get caught up in the savage turmoil of an old world and put themselves in danger on the eve of the worst disaster in human history. When Anderson makes the wonder and majesty of the past come alive, it’s a real treat. Breathtaking romance and adventure stories.
Love and Gravity by Samantha Sotto – 2017
He is seven years old when Andrea Louviere first shows up on the show. When she’s alone in her room, playing her cello, the light shakes and a crack forms in the wall. She sees a candle, a window, a desk, and a boy through the crack. In the eerie silence, the boy can clearly see Andrea as well. After it opened, the crack quickly closed and he was gone. Andrea has a hard time letting go of her desire to bring the boy back. On her 17th birthday, she gets a love letter from Isaac Newton that was written three hundred years ago. In the letter, Andrea is told by Isaac that she will change him.
As Isaac’s letters become more passionate and intimate, Andrea becomes more and more determined to follow his clues to their shared future, even though they are starting to fall in love in the present. It’s only when Andrea finds a way into Isaac’s time, though, that she realizes that she has to choose between what was and what might be. When you read “Sotto’s remarkable story, you never know what will happen until the end.” The book is filled with romance, history, and the supernatural, and it’s a great read. It hits all the romantic high points, and it gives a new explanation for how calculus came to be. A starred review in the Library Journal says that