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Alien romances to fall in love with

Welcome to Romanceopoly, the yearly reading challenge. You’ve landed on Star Harbour where your challenge is to read a sci-fi book where one of the main characters is an alien. Alternatively, if you want to take it easy, read any sci-fi book of your choosing.



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If there’s one thing I love, it’s a sci-fi alien romance, so I am passing the love on! In this challenge we want you to read a sci-fi romance where one of the main characters is an alien. It doesn’t matter how alien is, they could look human, or they could like tentacled sea monster….go as extreme as you like. As long as one of the main characters is a different species, it counts.

Genre only challenge

If you’re doing the genre only version of the challenge, pick any sci-fi romance book of your choosing! For more sci-fi romance book recommendations take a look at our sci-fi romance page on Under the Covers book blog.

The recommendations


Strange Love
by Ann Aguirre

Publisher’s synopsis

He’s awkward. He’s adorable He’s alien as hell.
Zylar of Kith B’alak is a four-time loser in the annual Choosing. If he fails to find a nest guardian this time, he’ll lose his chance to have a mate for all time. Desperation drives him to try a matching service but due to a freak solar flare and a severely malfunctioning ship AI, things go way off course. This ‘human being’ is not the Tiralan match he was looking for.

She’s frazzled. She’s fierce She’s from St. Louis.
Beryl Bowman’s mother always said she’d never get married. She should have added a rider about the husband being human. Who would have ever thought that working at the Sunshine Angel daycare center would offer such interstellar prestige? She doesn’t know what the hell’s going on, but a new life awaits on Barath Colony, where she can have any alien bachelor she wants.

They agree to join the Choosing together, but love is about to get seriously strange.


Ice Planet Barbarians
by Ruby Dixon

Available on Kindle Unlimited

Publisher’s synopsis

You’d think being abducted by aliens would be the worst thing that could happen to me. And you’d be wrong. Because now, the aliens are having ship trouble, and they’ve left their cargo of human women – including me – on an ice planet.

And the only native inhabitant I’ve met? He’s big, horned, blue, and really, really has a thing for me…


by Honey Phillips

Available on Kindle Unlimited

Publisher’s synopsis

Can a marriage of convenience between an alien rancher and the town spinster become something more?

Worn down by war and conflict, Commander Artek and his brothers – the soldiers under his command – have chosen to start a new life on a backwater planet. As hard work and peaceful surroundings start to heal old wounds, he realizes that something – or rather someone – is missing from his new life.

None of the human females in the small town on the other side of the mountains appeal to him except for the shopkeeper’s daughter. She’s smart, sensible – and disturbingly attractive despite her shapeless clothes and brusque manner.

Although Nelly is rapidly turning into the town spinster, she’d rather be alone than married to one of the local bumpkins. But when one of the mysterious aliens who have taken up residence in the mountains behind the town proposes a union, she sees the chance for a new future. He’s big and gruff – but he treats her as if she’s precious.

But a whirlwind courtship and a hasty marriage are only the beginning. Can two people who know nothing about each other possibly find happiness together?


Awaken Me Darkly
by Gena Showalter

Publisher’s synopsis

Ridding the world of evil, one alien at a time: that’s Mia Snow’s mission.

In a time and place not too far away, Mia Snow is an alien huntress for the New Chicago Police Department. Heading up her expert team of Alien Investigation and Removal agents, Mia’s unmatched at battling the elusive enemy among us, and she’s the perfect girl for the job. She’s seen her brother die at the hands of aliens. She’s earned each of her scars. And she’ll die before she cries. Now, a series of killings have Mia and her partner Dallas tracking alien suspects—but a sudden blast of violence leaves Dallas fighting for his life.

The chance to save Dallas appears in the form of a tall, erotic stranger. An alien. A murder suspect. Kyrin en Arr, of the deadly Arcadian species, holds the power to heal the injured agent but not without a price. For Mia Snow, that price is surrendering to Kyrin’s forbidden seduction…and embracing their electric attraction. She’s walking a knife’s edge, risking her badge and even her life. The closer she gets to Kyrin, the more Mia learns about her own heart, her human needs—and the shocking secret that will shatter everything she’s ever believed.

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Alien Tyrant
by Ursa Dax

Available on Kindle Unlimited

Publisher’s synopsis

“If you should flee, no matter where you run, I will always follow.”


I thought getting a linguistics degree would land me a decent job, not get me shipped off to an alien planet ruled by barbarian warlords with tails. But that’s exactly what happens when my own government kidnaps me, along with a bunch of other women, and drops us on a brutal desert planet in the name of research. But the mission goes wrong. Because of course it does. Soon enough I’m separated from the other humans and stuck with a seven-foot-tall alien warlord who will not leave my side. He doesn’t speak English, but his dark eyes and massive body speak volumes.

I need him to survive and find my friends. But am I willing to give him what he wants when what he wants… is me?


When I saw the face of my future fated mate in the sacred Lavrika pools, she was unlike anything I’d ever seen. I thought that fate was wrong, or that maybe I’d gone mad. But then when she falls from the sky, crashing into my desert, my fate becomes my reality. She is small, and pale, and fights me every chance she gets. But everything in me calls to everything in her, and she represents the salvation of my tribe.

She is mine. I will destroy anyone who tries to take her from me.

But what if the one who tries to take her from me… is her?


by Tiffany Roberts

Available on Kindle Unlimited

Publisher’s synopsis

He’s spent years as a hunter, but now he’s the one ensnared in a creature’s trap.

Ketahn did not want a mate. Fate has a different plan for him. When the queen he despises declares her intention to claim him, he retreats into the jungle.

What he finds there changes his world.

Small, delicate, and pale skinned, Ivy Foster is nothing like the females Ketahn has known. She’s not of his kind at all. Yet the moment he sees her, he knows the truth in his soul—she is his heartsthread.

And now that he has her, he won’t let anything take her away. Not the jungle, not the gods, not the queen.

Whether Ivy agrees or not, their webs are entangled. No one will ever sever those threads.