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Best Sci-Fi Romance Books

Travel to the stars and explore love beyond worlds with the most celebrated sci-fi romance novels, consistently highlighted by well-known book enthusiasts and romance sites.

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Finders Keepers
A Novel
Linnea Sinclair - 2005-04-26 (first published in 2002)
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In "Finders Keepers," independent trader Trilby Elliot finds an unexpected visitor who has crashed onto an uninhabited planet. Rhis Vanur, a Zafharin military officer, offers to help Trilby find her missing friend, but she's hesitant to trust him. They soon discover that the 'Sko are hunting them both, and they must band together to survive. Will they make it out alive?
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Naked in Death
J. D. Robb - 1995-07-01
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Technology controls the world in the year 2058, yet the human heart still reigns. Follow New York homicide detective Lieutenant Eve Dallas and Roarke as they investigate the secret life of a senator's daughter, which leads them into the elite circles of Washington politics and society. The first book in J.D. Robb's bestselling In Death series is filled with passion, suspense, and a devilishly handsome suspect.
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Edge of Eon
Anna Hackett - 2023-07-27 (first published in 2018)
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A wrongly-imprisoned space captain must abduct a fierce alien commander to clear her name. With Earth threatened by deadly insectoids, they must join forces to survive on a dangerous warrior planet. But as they navigate the dangers of Hunter7, their attraction ignites amidst the chaos. Will they make it out alive?
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Shards of Honor
Lois McMaster Bujold - 2003-12-01 (first published in 1986)
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A survey crew led by Cordelia Naismith is attacked by a renegade group from Barrayar. Cordelia is taken prisoner by Aral Vorkosigan, who is the commander of a Barrayan ship taken over by an ambitious and ruthless crew member. Despite numerous challenges, Cordelia and Aral form a deep bond.
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Time After Time
Constance O'Day-Flannery - 2001-03-01
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Travel back in time with a young widow as she embarks on a new life in post-Civil War New Orleans. Despite her initial confusion, Kelly Brennan soon meets the man who is meant to be hers. But can widower Daniel Gilmore come to terms with his past in order to open his heart to love once more? Follow their journey in this spellbinding tale by award-winning author Constance O'Day-Flannery - the true Queen of Time Travel Romance.
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Ann Aguirre - 2008-02-26
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This thrilling sci-fi novel follows Sirantha Jax, a highly skilled navigator with a rare gene that allows her to jump ships through grimspace. After a crash landing and memory loss, Jax finds herself imprisoned until she's rescued by rogue fighters who need her help in overthrowing the established order. Full of adventure and intrigue, this book is a must-read for fans of science fiction.
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The Dancer from Atlantis
Poul Anderson - 1993-01-01 (first published in 1971)
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Travel through time with an American architect who finds himself stranded in the past alongside three unlikely companions: a medieval Russian, a fourth-century Hun, and a sacred priestess who worships him as a god. As they navigate their way through ancient history and work together to ensure their own futures and the future of the world, they form an unbreakable bond. Join them on their epic journey in this captivating sci-fi novel.
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This Is How You Lose the Time War
Amal el-Mohtar - 2019-07-16
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This thrilling book follows two time-traveling agents from warring futures who begin exchanging letters and fall in love. But the discovery of their bond could mean death for both of them. Co-written by two beloved sci-fi authors, This Is How You Lose the Time War is an epic love story that spans time and space.
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A Desolation Called Peace
Arkady Martine - 2021-03-02
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A looming alien threat in Teixcalaanli space has left Fleet Captain Nine Hibiscus with no options. Diplomacy is their only hope, and Mahit Dzmare and Three Seagrass are tasked with communicating with the hostile entity. The fate of Teixcalaan hangs in the balance in this thrilling, high-stakes sci-fi novel.
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The Witch's Heart
Genevieve Gornichec - 2021-02-09
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A banished witch in Norse mythology risks the wrath of the gods when she falls in love with trickster Loki. Their union produces three children with secret destinies, and as the witch recovers her prophetic powers, she must choose between accepting their foreseen fate or remaking their future with the help of a fierce huntress. This moving and subversive debut novel forges a story of love, loss, and hope for the modern age from the most ancient of tales.
The Last Hour of Gann by R. Lee Smith
Ocean's Echo by Everina Maxwell
Warrior's Woman by Johanna Lindsey
Of Love and Gravity by Samantha Sotto
Games of Command by Linnea Sinclair
The Last Watch by J. S. Dewes
Fortune's Pawn by Rachel Bach
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
Bolt by Angel Payne
Jaran by Kate Elliott
Black Water Sister by Zen Cho
Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon
Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor
Escape From Zulaire by Veronica Scott
Ral's Woman by Laurann Dohner
The Midnight Bargain by C. L. Polk
Mrs. Caliban by Rachel Ingalls
The Shadow of the Gods by John Gwynne
Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Gabriel's Ghost by Linnea Sinclair
The Darkness Outside Us by Eliot Schrefer