Well written fantasy (mostly) that can satisfy my fix for some romance

A Listmania! list by A. Robbins "fantasticajr" (canada)
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The list author says: "I love a well written, well plotted fantasy -- but sometimes I want some romance - and in these books below I've found have a bit of both, without the predictable romance novel story lines, I want to really care about the heroes and heroines and follow interesting characters through some interesting fantastic adventures. Here are some of my suggestions."
The Silver Metal Lover
1.  The Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee
The list author says:
  "An old favorite. A great coming of age story - Jane escapes her overbearing mother and begins her own life and falls in love with a robot who is more that he seems - Lee writes evocative prose"
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Ship of Magic (The Liveship Traders, Book 1)
2.  Ship of Magic (The Liveship Traders, Book 1) by Robin Hobb
The list author says:
  "The first of a trilogy. A great author who really gets inside he head of her characters. I read all three of these books non-stop. Romance here seemed to really evolve and a great sense of life at sea!"
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (334 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Resenting the Hero
3.  Resenting the Hero by Moira J. Moore
The list author says:
  "Light and enjoyable read - not that well written but I couldn't resist the characters -hate at first sight. Very witty, three books in the series but more on he way. The romance develops slowly but lots of good tension."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

Luck in the Shadows (Nightrunner, Vol. 1)
4.  Luck in the Shadows (Nightrunner, Vol. 1) by Lynn Flewelling
The list author says:
  "This book is a romping good time - Seregil is a delightful character. There are 4 in the nightrunner series so far. 1 and 2 are highly recommended ( however be aware the romance element isn't big, nd it's m/m)"
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody)
5.  Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody) by Elizabeth Peters
The list author says:
  "Not a fantasy, but an enjoyable romp in Egypt in the early 1900s with mummies and mystery. Laughed out loud and was hooked by the first sentence of this book. Love/ Hate romance."
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Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate)
6.  Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate) by Gail Carriger
The list author says:
  "A fun little mystery set in Victorian London with Vampires and Werewolves who follow protocol. Reminds me of the book above, but with a supernatural twist!"
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (629 customer reviews) | 6 customer discussions

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The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure
7.  The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure by William Goldman
The list author says:
  "As wonderful as the film."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,597 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Daughter of the Forest (The Sevenwaters Trilogy, Book 1)
8.  Daughter of the Forest (The Sevenwaters Trilogy, Book 1) by Juliet Marillier
The list author says:
  "A romantic Celtic tale. The whole series is worth a read but this is the best of them."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (491 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

The Black Jewels: Trilogy: Daughter of the Blood / Heir to the Shadows / Queen of the Darkness
9.  The Black Jewels: Trilogy: Daughter of the Blood / Heir to the Shadows / Queen of the Darkness by Anne Bishop
The list author says:
  "Not for the faint of heart, she deals with a lot of heavy issues, but sexual tension leaps off the pages. OK."
$15.47   Used & New from: $1.90
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (232 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Sunshine
10.  Sunshine by Robin McKinley
The list author says:
  "An odd book, but engrossing."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (559 customer reviews) | 5 customer discussions

Jaran (The Jaran, Book 1)
11.  Jaran (The Jaran, Book 1) by Kate Elliott
The list author says:
  "Don't always like the author, but loved this sweeping story and the people of the plains. The main hero is a real alpha male. Didn't enjoy book 2 this can be a standalone."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

The Mirror of Her Dreams (Mordant's Need, Book 1)
12.  The Mirror of Her Dreams (Mordant's Need, Book 1) by Stephen R. Donaldson
The list author says:
  "Great Duology - modern day girl transported across a mirror to a different realm. A very sweet romance after many trials - a great epic."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Dead Until Dark  (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 1)
13.  Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 1) by Charlaine Harris
The list author says:
  "Paranormal Romance. Sookie is a sassy and interesting character living in the southern U.S. A little more engaging than a lot of the paranormal romance out there"
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,451 customer reviews) | 17 customer discussions

The Fairy Godmother (Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, Book 1)
14.  The Fairy Godmother (Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, Book 1) by Mercedes Lackey
The list author says:
  "Interesting and well developed world - the newly appointed fairy godmother teaches an arrogant lord a lesson and as he changes find a little romance, but ...
Other books in this series aren't as well done."
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The Barbed Coil
15.  The Barbed Coil by J. V. Jones
The list author says:
  "Really great stand alone fantasy -(not a series)  loved the plot and he dark and mysterious hero. Action packed and exciting."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

The Fire's Stone (Daw science fiction)
16.  The Fire's Stone (Daw science fiction) by Tanya Huff
The list author says:
  "Loved this hard to find book - warning m.m relationship but very p.g."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Illusion
17.  Illusion by Paula Volsky
The list author says:
  "A fantasy retelling of the French Revolution. A bratty aristocrat grows up and learns to survive"
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Stardust
18.  Stardust by Neil Gaiman
The list author says:
  "sweet, funny. Gainman is great in every genre."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,145 customer reviews) | 5 customer discussions

Archangel (Samaria, Book 1)
19.  Archangel (Samaria, Book 1) by Sharon Shinn
The list author says:
  "Loved he love/hate relationship between the arrogant hero, and he heroine with a chip on her shoulder."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)

Restoree
20.  Restoree by Anne McCaffrey
The list author says:
  "Starts off a bit confusing, but a really interesting heroine is awakens in a new world and comes to the aid of her hero. Really well done and still seems pretty modern for a book written in the 1960s."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Enchantments of Flesh and Spirit (Wraeththu Chronicles)
21.  The Enchantments of Flesh and Spirit (Wraeththu Chronicles) by Storm Constantine
The list author says:
  "Main character becomes part of a warrior hermaphrodite race. Beautifully written and very engaging."
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

Enchanted, Inc. (Katie Chandler, Book 1)
22.  Enchanted, Inc. (Katie Chandler, Book 1) by Shanna Swendson
The list author says:
  "Total chic lit but I liked the side characters and read all four i he series over a raining weekend An OK book, more fluffy than I usually like but fun fr a relaxing day."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (265 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Poison Study (A Soulfinders Novel)
23.  Poison Study (A Soulfinders Novel) by Maria V. Snyder
The list author says:
  "This is Snyder's first book, I expect good things from her. Great court intrigue and suspense. Main character is a "criminal" who becomes a royal food taster.  Romance a bit predictable but still liked it. Was disappointed with the other books in this trilogy however."
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Darkfever (Fever Series, Book 1)
24.  Darkfever (Fever Series, Book 1) by Karen Marie Moning
The list author says:
  "Moning comes from a romance background, and although some of the cliches were there, this reads very much like charlaine harris' sookie novels. Like the banter between he lead characters. OK quick read. Third book gets really kinky."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,026 customer reviews) | 35 customer discussions

Howl's Moving Castle
25.  Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
The list author says:
  "Get swept away with a very traditional fairy tale feel. Cute book god for all ages."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (916 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

The Hob's Bargain
26.  The Hob's Bargain by Patricia Briggs
The list author says:
  "I really like Brigg's earlier fantasies; a sympathetic heroine and a mythical Hob who is all mischief."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)

The Immortal Prince (Tide Lords)
27.  The Immortal Prince (Tide Lords) by Jennifer Fallon
The list author says:
  "Very well written with adult and complicated emotional characters - really love Fallon's books, this series I haven't finished yet but loved the first book."
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Games of Command
28.  Games of Command by Linnea Sinclair
The list author says:
  "Don't usually love her books, but this one is a bit special and has its moments. Very much a romance novel."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Grimspace (Sirantha Jax, Book 1)
29.  Grimspace (Sirantha Jax, Book 1) by Ann Aguirre
The list author says:
  "What a tough and funny heroine! I loved  Jax and her crew, read the three books in this trilogy in abut 48 hours. Science fiction but full f emotion, angst, plots and sci-fi space opera goodness. Fun books."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

On the Edge (The Edge, Book 1)
30.  On the Edge (The Edge, Book 1) by Ilona Andrews
The list author says:
  "It's like magical hillbillies - and a bit of fantasy knights in shining Armour. Interesting premise and likable characters. This should be a fun and romantic series."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (310 customer reviews) | 5 customer discussions

Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter, Book 1)
31.  Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter, Book 1) by Nalini Singh
The list author says:
  "I don't like her other romances so much, but this is a cool urban fantasy/thriller with angels - and they angels are downright frightening at times. This book was a real surprise. The heroine is tough, but sensible and the banter is really good."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (360 customer reviews) | 6 customer discussions

Magic Lost, Trouble Found (Raine Benares, Book 1)
32.  Magic Lost, Trouble Found (Raine Benares, Book 1) by Lisa Shearin
The list author says:
  "This series is almost like playing Dungeons and Dragons with a group of really witty people - fluffy, light and a bit predictable at times, but this doesn't take away from it's charm. Pure escapism. Not a lot of romantic development so far ( in book 3) but plenty of great one-liners"
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