What's Hot in KU
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The Rose Kiss by Esme Rome
Trapped by a curse. Running from fate. Can their love bloom in the face of a sinister spell?
Provincial France, 1700. Lana Moreau, beautiful daughter of a bankrupt nobleman, is desperate for a suitor with a brain. But things don’t go as planned when her father takes her to the local prophet, looking for insight into her many failed courtships. When the seer names her as the Belmorta, a woman doomed to love a beast and bring famine and destruction, Lana flees in hopes of reversing her dark fortune.
Escaping the wrath of the frightened villagers, she finds salvation in a seemingly empty magical castle. Entranced by the estate’s mystical marvels, she discovers choosing to stay may mean giving her heart to the monstrous owner and fulfilling the evil curse…
Can Lana survive her wicked destiny and claim her happily-ever-after?
The Rose Kiss is the mesmerizing first novel in the Fairy Tale Love Stories YA fantasy series. If you like plucky heroines, enchanted romance, and riveting retellings, then you’ll adore Esme Rome’s captivating story.
The Moonfire Bride by Sylvia Mercedes
Perfect for fans of A Court of Thorns and Roses and The Cruel Prince, this tale of a human girl stolen to be the bride of a doomed fae lord is irresistibly romantic!
Hers is a life without magic or romance. Until the night he whispers her name.
For years, Valera has worked weary hours as a seamstress just to keep food on the table. She would give her all to protect her little sister from the cruelties of the world . . . and the tantalizing lure of the fae forest. One day, she fears, the fae will spirit her sister away, and how can Valera hope to stop them?
Then the fae come. Not for her sister . . . but for her.
Trapped in a magnificent palace far from her own world, Valera finds herself the unwilling bride of an enigmatic fae lord. He claims he won’t harm her and vows to return her home after a year and a day if she honors one rule: she must never see his face.
Determined to return to her sister at all costs, Valera struggles to unravel the mystery of her so-called husband. Why does he so desperately need a wife? And why her specifically? Torn between love, duty, and the unexpected freedom she finds in this strange new world, Valera must fight to find her place.
But will a burgeoning passion for the unseen figure in the shadows be her undoing?
The Moonfire Bride is book one of a two-part fae romance inspired by the myth of “Hades and Persephone” as well as “Eros and Psyche.” Read today if you’re craving a dark, swoon-worthy hero and a sweet, slow-burn romance with just a touch of steam!
The Girl of Dorcha Wood by Kristin Ward
Treacherous. Evil. Dark. Dorcha Wood is all of these things. And none of them.
The people of Felmore talk of Dorcha Wood in whispers, if they speak of it at all. They spin stories of the Cú-Síth in legends of murdering beasts who roam the wood. With hushed voices, tales of the Aos Sí, the elven race who once ruled the forest before they were slaughtered in the Great War, are passed with furtive glances.
But to seventeen-year-old Fiadh, Dorcha Wood is home. A haven. A forest whose secrets become known only when it chooses to reveal them. Sheltered by a protective mother, Fiadh spends her days roaming the infamous woods — free and unfettered. But that life comes to an end when she stumbles upon Gideon, a warrior whose memory is as lost as his strength. Unable to walk away, the healer in her takes him in, upending the fragile balance of her life until the outside world shatters it.
From the protection of her beloved forest to the brutality of the realms of men, Fiadh is set upon a path where she confronts the reality of old hatreds, the consequences of things hidden, and the truth of who she is.
Content Warning: As a dark historical fantasy, this series contains violent, medieval battle scenes in addition to passages containing blood and gore.
Curse of the Wolf King by Tessonja Odette
A beastly fae king with a deadly curse.
A devious bargain to break it…
All Gemma Bellefleur wants is to leave her past behind and forget the day scandal broke her heart. But when she’s captured by a trickster fae king who threatens to hold her for ransom, she’ll find herself at the top of the gossip column yet again.
Plagued by a curse that will soon claim his life, the human-hating King Elliot will do anything to save himself. And if Gemma can use that to her advantage, she might be able to bargain her way to freedom. All she has to do is help him break his curse.
There’s just one hitch—to do so, they’ll have to trick someone into falling in love with the beastly, brooding Elliot.
With a devious alliance made, their scheme begins, bringing Gemma and Elliot into very close quarters. Soon, an unexpected desire stirs where once there was only hate. But Gemma must fight it. For when the curse is broken, Elliot will return to his true form—a wolf—and be lost to her for good.
Can Gemma sacrifice her budding feelings to save the king’s life? Or will love force her to give up something even greater...her heart?
ACOTAR meets Bridgerton in this standalone fairytale retelling of Beauty and the Beast. If you like slow burn romance, wolf shifters, and brooding fae royals, then you’ll love this swoon-worthy story in the Entangled with Fae series.
The Scarred Prince by Erika Everest
A bitter and reclusive prince. A determined intruder. An unlikely friendship.
His face scarred from a witch’s curse, Prince Sebastian retreats inside his castle, resentful and angry. He shuns contact with everyone except the Red Hoods, the elite soldiers he trains and leads.
Four years ago, Sienna was kidnapped. Still traumatized by her ordeal, she needs to learn to protect herself to feel safe again, and she wants the Prince to train her.
Reluctantly, Sebastian agrees.
But long-held beliefs aren't so easy to cast aside. Can the bitter soldier and the haunted girl overcome their demons? Or will their pasts rip them apart?
Beauty and the Beast meets Little Red Riding Hood in the first book in the Tales from the Kingdoms of Fable series. If you enjoy strong heroines who refuse to wait to be rescued and the men who love and accept them wrapped in a fairy tale bow, you’ll love this new series of interconnected fairy tale retellings.
Gravebriar by Casey L. Bond
Sometimes witches hunt their own…
Someone knows my secret and they’re wielding it as the weapon of my execution. I stand accused of poisoning my Gravebriar coven mate. To my fatal regret, I can’t prove my innocence without revealing the truth I’ve long kept hidden: while every other Gravebriar witch are green witches and healers, my magic lies in poisons.
There is one witch who believes me – the same boy who was sent to kill me with instructions to pluck the briars that sprouted from my grave – the only cure for a Gravebriar witch. Forge Silverthorn will be my undoing… or my salvation.
He claims there is a malicious plot vining through the witch town of Cauldron that threatens to tighten around my throat in a deadly noose. Promising I can escape by seeking the help of a banished witch who hides our kind in plain sight, he leads me to a dark circus full of witches.
The ringmaster will only help us if we agree to join his circus of uncanny tricks and diabolical feats for two nights only, using our magic to thrill his patrons. In exchange for our participation under the big top, he’ll divulge the information I need to save my coven mate and clear my name.
But when dark secrets emerge from the shadows of this promised sanctuary, I’m forced to decide if I can truly trust anyone, especially Forge… my would-be executioner, my coven’s sworn enemy, and my could-be love.
Fly with the Arrow by Sarah K.L. Wilson
Perfect for fans of Spinning Silver but with the comfortable humor of Paladin’s Grace, this first-in-series romantic fantasy will grab you by the collar and pull you along into a world of magic and mystery.
A STOLEN BRIDE. A TERRIFYING BRIDEGROOM. THE GAME THAT WILL DETERMINE THEIR FATES.
I’m a practical girl. I can resign myself to an unwanted marriage – and I had. I just didn’t expect my first potential bridegroom to be murdered by the second and all because I broke the Law of Greeting.
No one warned me the law existed. No one told me breaking it would mean I’d be swept up into the arms of a powerful and beautiful immortal bent on taking me as his sixteenth bride and dragging me off to his strange world. That’s a bit much to ask of a person.
But I’m not the kind of girl to just give up. Not even if it means facing all the strange mystery and magic of this mad fae world with nothing but my common sense.
I will not mope in my room, or go crazy, or let myself be killed by one of his rivals.
And I absolutely WILL NOT fall in love with him.
Not even when he keeps surprising me with depths and kindness I didn’t expect. Not even if it turns out he actually might have a good reason for all of this.
After all, he’s had fifteen wives before me and it’s not a case of “the more the merrier.”
Especially not now, when it turns out he's playing a game for the fate of my nation. Failure in this world will mean the desolation of everyone I love.
The stakes couldn't be higher. But I have a crafty husband, a severed head best friend who gives surprisingly good advice, and the common sense my mother gave me, and if that isn’t enough to take on the whole of this fae world … well, they’ll just have to be. That's all there is to it. Because I'm not dying unless I have a very good reason.
Come along on a wild romantic fantasy adventure with USA Today bestselling author Sarah K. L. Wilson, guaranteed to enthrall, delight, and maybe even surprise you.
The Frog Princess by Alicia J. Chumney
Two years after his sisters went on their Quests, Prince Charlie of Wonderland is finally old enough for his.
The last place he expected to be sent was to the Kingdom of Frosch Erbsen and compete for Princess Penelope’s hand (and throne).
When Penelope is threatened, it becomes more than a competition against other princes and knights, it becomes a race to save Penelope’s life before it’s too late.
Can Charlie and Penelope save Penelope or will the Kingdom of Frosch Erbsen fall into greedy hands?
This story is a Princess and the Pea and The Frog Princess mash-up reimagined into something a bit more. It is fifth and the final book in the Enchanted Forest Series following the Wonderland family, but can be read alone. (Contains some spoilers for the rest of the series.)
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