Are you in the mood for a romance book that whisks you away to a fantastical realm, a world distinctly different from our own? One filled with high fantasy elements like swords and sorcery, where medieval princes and princesses embark on enchanting adventures, and magical creatures roam the land?
A place where monsters roam… but aren’t the enemy? Maybe you’d even want to switch those princes and princesses for the furry creatures of the night or a band of barbaric orcs and romance them instead?
Maybe this is starting to sound awfully specific, but if that’s the kind of book you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered! Below are ten sweet and steamy fantasy monster romance books with orcs, demons, dragons, trolls, fae, and other fantastical beings that are the furthest thing from your average human!
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1. The Lady and the Orc by Finley Fenn
He’s the most feared monster in the realm. And she’s what he needs to win his war…
In a world of warring orcs and men, Lady Norr is condemned to a childless marriage, a cruel lord husband, and a life of genteel poverty — until the day her home is ransacked by a horde. And leading the charge is their hulking, deadly orc captain: the infamous Grimarr.
And Grimarr has a wicked plan for Lady Norr, and for ending this war once and for all. She’s going to become his captive — and the perfect snare for Lord Norr.
There’s no possible escape, and soon Lady Norr is dragged off toward Orc Mountain in the powerful arms of her greatest enemy. A ruthless, commanding warlord, with a velvet voice and mouthwatering scent, who awakens every forbidden hunger she never knew she had…
But Grimarr refuses to accept half measures — in war, or in pleasure. And before he’ll conquer Lady Norr’s deepest, darkest desires, she needs to surrender everything.
And with her husband’s forces giving chase, Lady Norr can’t afford to play such a dangerous game — or can she? Even if this deadly orc’s plans might be the only way to save them all?
A dark, steamy, full-length standalone fantasy romance for adults. Happily ever after guaranteed.
2. The Dragon’s Bride by Katee Robert
Briar Rose might have a name out of a storybook, but she learned at a very young age that no prince was coming to save her. She’ll have to save herself. Unfortunately, even that is an impossible task in her current situation—trapped in a terrifying marriage to a dangerous man.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, which is how she finds herself making a deal with a demon. Freedom from her husband…in return for seven years of service.
She expects the service to be backbreaking and harsh. She doesn’t expect to be put on an auction block in a room full of literal monsters and sold to the highest bidder.
He might seem kinder than his fearsome looks imply, but she knows better than to trust the way he wants to take care of her, or how invested he is in her pleasure. In her experience, if something seems too good to be true, it certainly is.
Falling for Sol is out of the question. She’s suffered enough, and she has no intention of staying in this realm…even if she leaves her heart behind when she returns to her normal life.
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3. A Soul to Keep by Opal Reyne
All Reia ever wanted was freedom.
Known as a harbinger of bad omens and blamed for Demons eating her family, Reia is shunned by her entire village. When the next offering is due and the monstrous Duskwalker is seen heading their way, her village offers her an impossible choice – be thrown into the prison cells or allow herself to be sacrificed to a faceless monster.
However, he is not what he seems. His skull face and glow eyes are ethereal, and she finds herself unwittingly enchanted by him.
All Orpheus ever wanted was a companion.
Each decade, in exchange for a protection ward from the Demons that terrorise the world, Orpheus takes a human offering to the Veil – the place he lives and the home of Demons. The brief companionship does little to ease his loneliness, and their lives were always, unfortunately, cut short.
He’d thought it was a hopeless endeavour, until he met her. She’s not afraid of him, and his insatiable desire deepens
within every moment of her presence.
But will Orpheus be able to convince Reia to stay before she’s lost to him forever?
4. The Demon Court by Emma Hamm
He is temptation, but she will not be tempted.
As a child, Selene was left at the foot of the White Tower—given to the sorceresses who train those with magic. Her life has been spent honing her powers. But she can’t fully join their ranks until she fulfills a single, impossible task. Bring the Demon King, Lust, to his knees.
Lust has ruled his kingdom for centuries. He is the reason his people live without remorse and indulge in their senses. Life is mundane and boring…until he runs into a dark haired enchantress with eyes the color of the night sky.
With one whispered sentence, she changes everything.
“I’m the beginning of something new.”
Suddenly, the weight of centuries consumes him. He tries to use his powers of lust to sway her. He can bend the emotion, manipulate it, use that lust to control anyone he wants. But she’s a blank slate. He can’t feel anything inside her mind but ice and defiance.
All it took was one sentence to get into his castle, even less to capture his attention. And suddenly, the weakest of the sorceresses finds herself in a game of wits she has to control.
A game of deceiving a demon king while desperately trying not to fall in love with a creature who cannot feel anything but lust.
5. Captured by the Fae Beast by Mallory Dunlin
I never intended to become a princess. Or make a deal with a monster.
Lost in the wilderness, I thought the handsome stranger was my salvation—until I looked into the eyes of a beast. They say not to bargain with the fae, but there was no other choice.
The deadly prince of Stag Court claims I belong to him. I only have a year and a day to convince him to let me go before I’m his forever.
He’s without mercy, known as a ruthless killer. Yet he protects me. Defends me. Tells me his secrets. In front of the Court, he’s the Beast, but behind closed doors he gives me the chance to choose him, or not.
The fae Court is a dangerous place, and the prince isn’t the only terror lurking in the shadows. But I’m stronger than his enemies give me credit for. Together, he and I might be each other’s salvation… or ruin.
Captured by the Fae Beast is a complete story loosely inspired by the story of Hades and Persephone, with a guaranteed happily-ever-after. This enemies-to-lovers slow burn romance features a possessive male lead and the sunshine mortal who can tame him.
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6. Radiance by Grace Draven
~THE PRINCE OF NO VALUE~
Brishen Khaskem, prince of the Kai, has lived content as the nonessential spare heir to a throne secured many times over. A trade and political alliance between the human kingdom of Gaur and the Kai kingdom of Bast-Haradis requires that he marry a Gauri woman to seal the treaty. Always a dutiful son, Brishen agrees to the marriage and discovers his bride is as ugly as he expected and more beautiful than he could have imagined.
~THE NOBLEWOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE~
Ildiko, niece of the Gauri king, has always known her only worth to the royal family lay in a strategic marriage. Resigned to her fate, she is horrified to learn that her intended groom isn’t just a foreign aristocrat but the younger prince of a people neither familiar nor human. Bound to her new husband, Ildiko will leave behind all she’s known to embrace a man shrouded in darkness but with a soul forged by light.
Two people brought together by the trappings of duty and politics will discover they are destined for each other, even as the powers of a hostile kingdom scheme to tear them apart.
7. Stealing the Troll’s Heart by Lyonne Riley
Telise has survived on her own by being the quickest, the smartest, and the deadliest. But even to her friends, she’s always been a little… Strange. She’s spent her life seeking something that other humans simply can’t offer her, and it’s not until she tries to rob two trollkin that she realizes what it is she’s after.
Raz’jin the troll has only ever wanted money—oh, and the occasional casual lay. But when he finds himself with a dagger at his throat, at the mercy of a red-headed human woman… He discovers a new and very unexpected desire in himself.
Telise and Raz’jin are both haunted by the memory of their meeting, even if such a relationship would be the ultimate taboo. Their peoples are at war, and they can’t even speak the same language. But when they meet in a bar in neutral territory, perhaps their bodies can do the talking for them.
8. Slaying the Shadow Prince by Helen Scheuerer
In a realm on the brink of destruction, evil forces snatch innocents to suffer fates worse than death. Only a monster hunter and her monstrous enemy can stop them.
Drue Emmerson, noblewoman-turned-ranger, wants one thing: vengeance. With her family slain by the vicious shadow wraiths, she’s determined to defend her fallen kingdom. And that means carving out the hearts of every dark creature she can find.
Talemir Starling, celebrated warrior of the realms, has a dangerous secret: he’s a half-wraith, kin to the creatures wreaking devastation on the world. He’ll do anything to keep his true nature under control… especially around the woman who’s vowed to destroy him.
When someone Drue cares about disappears, all signs point to Talemir’s kind. But he’s determined to prove he’s no monster, and to seek answers of his own. Begrudgingly, the pair must join forces to uncover the deadly truth.
But in a world of chaos and carnage, where danger lurks at every turn, deadlier still is their attraction to one another – the one thing that might just spell the end of them both.
Will Talemir win Drue’s heart? Or will she carve his out before the end?
Slaying the Shadow Prince is a standalone instalment of the heart-pounding fantasy romance series, Mortal Enemies to Monster Lovers. If you like fiery heroines and tortured heroes, as well as forced proximity, found family and touch-her-and-you-die vibes, you will devour this sexy, addictive fantasy romance.
9. Courting Her Monsters by Erin Bedford
Unable to hear, I live my life in silence.
Unable to argue with my father, I live my life in service, married off to the highest bidder.
Now, to save myself and my kingdom, I will have to play the part of their prisoner.
But I’m not playing anymore, and my new betrothed is more than happy to push the limits of my body and mind. He’s a monster with a handsome face…
But truer monsters wait for me, and they’re ready to give me so much more than I was prepared for.
What makes a monster and what makes a man? Only I can find that out…
And my life isn’t so silent anymore.
10. Accidentally Orc-Ward by Lucee Joie
Hi, my name’s Mabel and I’m the universe’s worst monster hunter.
I mean, it doesn’t help that I keep falling in love with them…
They said a meek human woman could never kill monsters– and they were right. The only problem was my father accidentally killed a nobleman and the king needed a new monster slayer.
I am a debt that has to be paid.
Now, my family is long dead, I am no longer meek, and I am still charged with killing every non-human entity that the latest king bears a grudge against.
If I could just stop loving them…
I’m Brugo and, really, I shouldn’t have eaten that human.
It’s been a hard winter, though.
I thought that by keeping myself far away from humans I would be fine. But then the drought happened, followed closely by a bitter winter that lasted for far too long.
That human had been a mistake but it had been the only thing that kept me alive.
Now I smell another human and I yearn for this one too…
Accidentally Orc-Ward is the first book in the Monster Hunter/Lover series. If you desire a happily ever after with unbelievably hot monsters and a human who doesn’t have to choose as well as plenty of steamy scenes then grab your copy today.