A Soul to Keep by Opal Reyne
The first in a trilogy of character-driven paranormal romances, A Soul to Keep is a seductive, slow-burn read that you won’t want to put down.
Protagonist Reia has been shunned by the people of her village, and she is now faced with an impossible choice — be thrown into prison, or sacrifice herself to the monstrous Duskwalker. She sacrifices herself to the monster, but soon learns that he isn’t what he seems — in fact, she finds herself enchanted by him and wants to get to know him more closely… even dangerously close.
You can buy A Soul to Keep here, and make sure to check out the rest of the Duskwalker Brides series for more exciting reading.
Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Jennifer L. Armentrout’s wildly popular alien romance series kicks off with Obsidian, a simmering young adult novel that’s as funny as it is flirtatious.
High school senior Katy is less than thrilled by her family’s spontaneous move to West Virginia until she spots her attractive next-door neighbor Daemon, and things start looking up. But then Daemon opens his mouth, and his arrogance makes her want to stay away — and that’s before she found out that he was an alien who had marked her with his otherworldly touch.
You can purchase Obsidian here, and prepare to fall head-over-heels for Daemon and Katy’s story.
Strange Love by Ann Aguirre
Strange Love is a heart-warming, dystopian sci-fi romance full of charisma, charm, and interspecies chemistry!
Awkward alien Zylar is looking for his lifetime mate, and he’s running out of time before he loses his chance forever. He tries out a matching service that severely malfunctions and pairs him with… a human? Beryl Bowman is the polar opposite of Zylar, and not just because they’re different species. They’re thrown into the annual Choosing together, and compete for approval to get mated — and hopefully, to find their happily ever after.
You can buy the book here, and make sure to check out the sequels Love Code and Renegade Love for more intergalactic thrills.
His To Claim by Taylor Vaughn
Taylor Vaughn’s sweet and sexy sci-fi adventure, His To Claim, is just as full of multicultural themes and moral conundrums as it is of non-stop, simmering romance.
His To Claim takes place on a planet ruled by the male Xalthurians, and human protagonist Kira makes the dangerous decision to defy their alien overlord directly. Instead of killing Kira, the overlord promises to return when she turns twenty-one and take her away to his planet. Kira plans her escape, but the more she gets to know the overlord, the less she feels like leaving after all.
You can purchase His To Claim here, and prepare to be pulled into a universe equally as varied and complex as Earth (just with a few more aliens).
Taken by Fate by Shannon Mayer
Supernatural spice and a side of heart-pounding adventure make Shannon Mayer’s Taken by Fate a must-read for fans of slow-burn romance and action-packed escapades.
Sienna’s week is off to a pretty terrible start: she was okay with being sold to werewolves to save her best friend, but now she’s been auctioned off to vampires and she’s not loving it one bit. But Sienna isn’t one to give up, and she’s determined to escape and find her way back to werewolf territory. But the General of the Vampire Army has his eyes on her, and things are about to get a lot harder than Sienna originally had in mind.
You can buy Taken by Fate here, and get ready to be dragged alongside Sienna through supernatural trials you won’t want to miss.
The Dragon’s Bride by Katee Roberts
New York Times bestselling author Katee Roberts returns with a riveting story that’s equal parts romantic and moving.
Briar Rose is trapped in a marriage to a dangerous man, and in order to escape, she makes a deal with a literal demon — who proceeds to auction her off to the highest bidder. The highest bidder is Sol, a literal dragon, and despite the kindness he shows her, Briar Rose is sure it’s too good to be true. She wants freedom, even if she loses her heart along the way.
You can buy the book here, and check out the next two companion novels for your steamy, paranormal reading pleasure.
Bound to the Battle God by Ruby Dixon
Ice Planet Barbarians is Ruby Dixon’s most popular series, but her writing spans not only from other planets to whole other worlds, and Bound to the Battle God is Ruby Dixon’s otherworld romance at its finest.
The novel begins with Chicago local Faith falling through a portal and landing smack dab in the middle of another world, where gods walk the earth alongside humans. Faith soon discovers that she is the one thing linking Aron, the Lord of Storms, to the moral realm, and they both work together to get home. If only they can ignore their growing attraction to one another: as everybody knows, mortals and gods do not mix.
You can purchase the book here, and prepare to be hooked by Ruby Dixon’s endlessly enticing writing and world-building.
Rejected by the Kagethi Lord by Starr Huntress and Ava York
Co-written by masters of the sci-fi romance genre, Rejected by the Kagethi Lord is a quick, fun read that’s perfect for a night in.
DNA technology matches earth-woman Nina and the cat-like alien lord, Reo as soulmates, and Nina is beamed to his planet to meet him. However, the fates seem to be conspiring against them when the teleportation device goes awry, and the two meet deep in the jungle under circumstances that might threaten their future relationship forever.
You can buy the book here, and take heart in knowing that there are five more books in the series to enjoy once you’ve finished the first!
Anna and the Alien by Honey Phillips
The first in a seventeen-book series, Anna and the Alien is steamy sci-fi fiction at its best, with characters you’ll love and pages that you won’t want to stop turning.
Enslaved on an alien spacecraft, Anna is forced to tend to the wounds of an injured prisoner, a Sardoran mercenary named Jakkar. Jakkar is forbidden to mate outside his species, but the more he gets to know Anna, the more he falls for her. Of course, none of this is going to matter if the two of them don’t survive the abduction, and they have even bigger problems on the horizon.
You can buy Anna and the Alien here, and you’ll want to check out the rest of the series for more of Honey Phillips’ tantalizing writing.
Ensnared by Tiffany Roberts
Futuristic romance with strong story-building, lovable characters, and a lot of spice are what makes Tiffany Roberts’ Ensnared a must-read for sci-fi fans.
Ketahn is a member of the vrix, a species of spider-people, and he has been claimed by Queen Zurvashi to sire her next brood. But Ketahn has his eyes on someone else — Ivy Foster, a human who crashed on Ketahn’s planet, and he’ll do anything to keep her safe and start a future with her. But trouble is on the horizon for the pair, as Queen Zurvashi has her own brooding plans for Ketahn.
You can purchase Ensnared here, and prepare to get tangled up in Tiffany Roberts’ expert storytelling in no time.
Taken to Voraxia by Elizabeth Stephens
Book one in a world-spanning ten-book series, Taken to Voraxia is a dark alien romance that you won’t want to miss.
Human-alien hybrid Miari is on the run from Xoran, an alien king who has his eye on her. But Miari and Xoran have more in common than just being fated lovers — and as they get to know each other and each other’s culture, romance isn’t the only thing that blossoms between them.
You can buy Taken to Voraxia here, and you’ll want to check out the next five books in the series for more interplanetary romance and adventure.
Her Alien Priest by Michele Mills
Her Alien Priest is the first in a series of short, sexy reads by beloved author Michele Mills, with supernatural creatures and spicy romance at the center.
Far away on the planet Salo, the Hyrokkin High Priest has taken a vow of silence and celibacy, and nothing has been able to shale him. That is until a feisty human female shows up on his doorstep, and keeping his vows gets a whole lot more difficult.
You can purchase Her Alien Priest here, and prepare for a swoon-worthy read that you won’t want to put down.
Gentle Giant by Sue Mercury and Sue Lyndon
Heart-warming romance in a paranormal fantasy setting is what you’ll find in Gentle Giant, the first in a monster-themed series by reputable authors Sue Mercury and Sue Lyndon.
Gentle Giant tells the story of newly single Hailey, who sets out on a vacation to reconnect with herself, only to be captured by a giant Sasquatch chief named Brutus. Brutus charms Hailey with his gentleness and warmth, but sasquatches mate for life, and she is faced with a binding choice of leaving him or staying in the mountains forever.
You can buy Gentle Giant here, and follow alongside Hailey to see what she does next.
Fate Awakened by Jocelyn Montana
Werewolves, monsters, and an ancient evil on the rise set the scene for Jocelyn Montana’s Fate Awakened, a romantic thrill ride sure to hook readers from the first page to the last.
Briony is a troubled human who doesn’t believe in love anymore, and Hans is a werewolf with a dark past haunting him every day. The two are thrown together by a formidable necromancer, and they team up with one another, growing closer every day — but even as they work to save the world, their personal demons might just tear the two apart.
You can purchase the book here, and prepare to be drawn into a thrilling romantic read unlike any other.
Red by S. J. Sanders
Red is a fairytale retelling with a dystopian setting and alien romance sure to delight lovers of steamy sci-fi romance.
Arie has worn a hood her whole life, with the intent of concealing her red hair from the Ragoru, an alien species that craves all things red. Soon it’s revealed that the Ragoru are not what they seem, and Arie finds herself willing to put her life in danger to find out more about them. But everything comes with a cost, and Arie has to decide what she’s willing to lose to get answers.
You can buy Red here, and get ready for a delicious read you’ll be tempted to finish all in one sitting.
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
This award-winning young-adult series has been making waves in the literary world since its release in 2007, with an exciting plot and romantic chemistry that’s off the charts.
St. Vladimir’s Academy is a hidden boarding school for vampires to learn magic, and students Rose and Lissa have a year of nighttime rituals, forbidden romance, and social drama ahead of them. However, the Strigoi are lurking in the shadows — dangerous vampires who want to recruit Lissa — and they will stop at nothing to get what they want.
You can purchase Vampire Academy here, and fans of the book will want to check out the rest of the series soon after.
Alien Tyrant by Ursa Dax
The first in a popular thirteen-book sci-fi series, Alien Tyrant is teeming with interspecies romance, alien adventures, and a government that’s up to no good.
Cece is an educated young woman with a bright future ahead of her — that is until she’s shipped off to an alien planet as part of a government experience, with only an alien warlord to keep her company. Buroudei knows that Cece is his fated mate, and all he wants is to protect her, but she wants nothing to do with him and fights him at every turn. Will this fated pair be able to find each other, or do the powers that be have a different, more devious plan set in place?
You can buy Alien Tyrant here, and you’re sure to be rooting for Cece and Buroudei’s ill-fated romance in no time.
The Unseelie Prince by Kathryn Ann Kingsley
Combine enemies-to-lovers romance, dark magic, and a little spice on the side, and you’ll get Kathryn Ann Kingsley’s The Unseelie Prince.
Valroy is the heir to the Unseelie throne, and he’s itching to take his rightful place as king, but tradition stands in his way: before he claims his throne, he first must find a bride. Finding a bride is difficult when all the members of the Unseelie court are so insufferable, so Valroy decides to steal a human.
You can purchase The Unseelie Prince here, and you’ll want to have the sequel on-hand to start right when you finish with the book’s massive cliffhanger.
Choosing Theo by Victoria Aveline
Victoria Aveline’s simmering alien romance, Choosing Theo, quickly became a cult favorite in the reading community with its snappy dialogue and fast-paced storytelling.
Jade is kidnapped by aliens who offer her mercy as long as she abides by their rules — one of which includes choosing a husband among their race. She chooses Theo, a scarred mercenary who has lived alone and unchosen for many years, and he is sure that she must be a spy… why else would anybody choose him? As the two get to know each other more, they find themselves dangerously attracted to one another. How can they choose each other without keeping each other from their homes?
You can purchase Choosing Theo here, and make sure to check out the next five books for more breathtaking intergalactic romance.
Homebound by Lydia Hope
Homebound is a well-written, slow-burn love story, with a unique set of characters and suspense at every turn of the page.
The novel follows Gemma McKinley, who works at a prison, and has recently been assigned to work in the alien ward. She begins taking care of lonely alien Simon, dismissing rumors about him and how dangerous he is, until he escapes, and she becomes an unintended target in the hunt to find him. Did Gemma make the wrong choice in trusting Simon? And will Simon protect her, even if it means putting himself at risk of being imprisoned again?
You can buy Homebound here, and get ready for an alluring read that you won’t want to put down once you pick it up.
How many books are in the Ice Planet Barbarian series?
There are currently twenty-one books in the series, starting with the titular Ice Planet Barbarians.
Is Ice Planet Barbarians inappropriate?
Ice Planet Barbarians is written for an adult audience, as the series features many mature themes that are best for older readers.
Why is Ice Planet Barbarians popular?
Ice Planet Barbarians went viral on the social media app Tik Tok in 2021 and has had a cult following ever since. The series is very popular due to its well-written characters, swoon-worthy romance, and interesting premise.
What should I read when I’m done with Ice Planet Barbarians?
Readers who loved Ice Planet Barbarians are sure to enjoy the above list of twenty supernatural romance books.
Is there a sequel to Ice Planet Barbarians?
Barbarian Alien is the second book in the Ice Planet Barbarians series.