December 4, 2012 2:28 PM Subscribe
I am on a quest for awesome, intelligent, erotic fantasy romance novels. What do I want to read next?
posted by anonymous to media & arts (15 answers total) 80 users marked this as a favorite
Kushiel's Legacy by Jacqueline Carey
The Sharing Knife by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Fever series by Karen Marie Moning
The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
I am super, super picky. My favorite reading experiences are series mainly about the lovin', but the world building and other plots are nonetheless tight and interesting and definitely not an afterthought. The series I love most take themselves seriously; these stories are intelligent and sexy, and even though they have funny moments and graphic sex scenes, they don't lose themselves in heaving bosoms or witty one-liners. I'm not interested in historical or contemporary romance.
Paranormal romance, I've found, is generally too contrived/gimmicky/poorly written/poorly plotted for my purposes. Well-done urban fantasy tends to check the box for world building and plot but leave me wanting for more romance. I'm also not interested in fantasies with romantic subplots, no matter how spectacularly written the story is; I want a romance that is central and big and definitely not sub- anything. I like these genres a lot, but there's a time and a place, and this ain't it.
So, has Jacqueline Carey ruined me forever or is there hope? Thanks.