No matter if you were reared on Meg Cabot’s The Princess Diaries movies or books, or if you recently fell in love with the epic love tales of Bridgerton and haven’t been able to satisfy your thirst for royal romances since, we’ve got you covered. There’s something unique about a love tale that ends up altering the destiny of a whole nation (or planet?). When a person’s whole family is attempting to control who they marries, the stakes of a forbidden relationship naturally increase. Passionate protagonists give stories more depth, whether they are staunchly opposed to or ambivalent about their own nation (or planet). Royal love stories really are the bomb. You need not be a specialist in historical romance to enjoy reading about royal couples, though. Several different types of fantasy, science fiction, and even dark fiction are included on this list of royal romances. Get the perfect tea for you right here. If you want to read more about the royal family as well as the stories surrounding them, check out LordPing.co.uk.
Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean
It has never been easy for Izumi Tanaka to feel accepted as a Japanese American in her predominantly white northern California community. As a child raised by her mother alone, Izumi (who prefers to be called “Izzy”) has always felt like she and her mother are up against the world. But when Izumi finds out some information that may help her figure out who her biological father is… …the Crown Prince of Japan himself. So basically, bold, brash Izzy is royalty in every sense of the word. Izumi’s trip to Japan is flurry of seeing her long-lost father and exploring the land of her childhood dreams. But, there is more to princesshood than just fancy dresses and jewels. Thousands of years of tradition and rituals to learn virtually overnight, along with cousins out for blood, a ravenous press, a scowling but attractive bodyguard who could be her soulmate, and a scowling but handsome bodyguard. Soon enough, Izumi is torn between two identities: in the United States, she was never considered “American” enough, and in Japan, she must demonstrate that she is “Japanese” enough. Do you think Izumi will buckle under the pressure of being a princess, or will she finally have her happily ever after?
In Deeper Waters by F.T. Lukens
Prince Tal has been waiting a long time for his rite of passage trip. After he masters the art of keeping his family’s forbidden magic a secret, he will be allowed to see his family’s realm for the first time in his life. But two days into the trip, the team finds a mystery prisoner aboard a smoldering derelict spacecraft, giving him his first taste of adventure. Tal, the guard tasked with keeping an eye on the prisoner, discovers he has a strong emotional connection to the mischievous Athlen. As Tal knows Athlen could not have survived in the open sea, he feels both guilty and sad when Athlen jumps overboard and vanishes. That is, until a few days later when Tal encounters Athlen on dry ground and finds him to be just as attractive and mysterious as before. But before they can go any farther, pirates kidnap Tal and hold him for ransom, planning to expose his legendary talents and start a war. If he cares for his family and his kingdom, Tal has to get out of there. And Athlen could be his only chance of survival…
Crownchasers by Rebecca Coffindaffer
The destiny of the empire isn’t the only thing at stake in a lethal race across 1,001 worlds. Read this first novel in the duology if you like The Hunger Games, Aurora Rising, or Three Dark Crowns; you won’t be disappointed. Alyssa Farshot has spent her whole life attempting to escape the shadow of her illustrious ancestors, going so far as to abandon the Kingship and her uncle, the Emperor, in favor of a nomadic existence. Alyssa is about to embark on her largest and most perilous journey yet when her dying uncle announces a crownchase—a hunt for the royal seal buried throughout the empire that will choose the future monarch.
Rise of the Vicious Princess by C.J. Redwine
C.J. Redwine, author of the Defiance trilogy and the New York Times bestselling Ravenspire series, has written the first book in a young adult political fantasy duology about a feisty princess determined to restore enduring peace to her realm at whatever cost to her heart. And I Darken, Ash Princess, and These Terrible Delights lovers will adore this. Charis Willowthorn, Princess of Calera, is the loyal sword. Trained to be cruel and crafty, all she cares about is preserving the integrity of her war-torn country long enough to negotiate peace with their ancient enemy, Montevallo, even if it means giving up her own heart in the process. As fighting breaks out in the castle and nearly kills the queen, Charis must step in to lead the war effort and govern the country in her mother’s stead. Charis learns that a threat far larger than Montevallo is approaching for her people when an invisible attacker begins sinking Calera’s ships. Hence, she decides to make a move. She is the fearsome princess of Calera by day, and she is eager to make an alliance with Montevallo. She hunts for their new foes at night, posing as a smuggler with a band of trustworthy supporters. Yet all the while, her heart is stolen by the one boy she can’t have. Charis’s adversaries, though, are closer than she thinks, and she stands to lose more than just her heart if she isn’t careful.
A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttlesworth
Half-fae “ironborn” shunned by her royal fae kin. A furious Fury sent out of the Immortal Realm, intent on wreaking havoc on Earth. A respectful fairy prince who is working hard to deserve his position as ruler. The dark and foreboding protector of the prince, who is carrying a horrible secret. The Eight Courts of Folk have been hiding among us for ages, compelled by law and magic to do no damage to human beings. This agreement has kept the Courts peaceful for a long time, but recently a string of brutal and ritualistic killings in Toronto has shaken the city and threatened to reveal faeries to the human world. In order to find the culprit, four LGBTQIA+ youths must create an uneasy alliance, with each holding crucial information about the killings. If they are unsuccessful, both the human and fairy worlds will be destroyed. Even worse, one of these teenagers will be the decisive factor in a conflict between the Mortal and Immortal Worlds. The only open question is in what direction. Have faith in them. They’ll require it soon enough.
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown
Malik hopes to use the opportunity presented by the Solstasia celebration to leave his war-torn homeland and begin a new life with his sisters in the thriving desert metropolis of Ziran. When Malik’s little sister Nadia is kidnapped by a ghost demanding money to enter the city, he makes a deadly bargain: in exchange for Nadia’s release, he agrees to assassinate Karina, Crown Princess of Ziran. Karina, however, has her own murderous goals. Her mother, the Sultana, was murdered; her court is on the verge of insurrection; and Solstasia hangs over them both like a sword. Karina, overcome with sorrow, resolves to use ancient magic to bring her mother back to life, even if it means sacrificing a king’s beating heart. And she knows precisely the way to get one: by marrying the Solstasia competition’s champion. As Malik cheats his way into the competition, the two of them are placed on a thrilling collision course. But when feelings of affection develop between them and ancient evils reawaken, can they remain focused long enough to complete their missions?
The Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian
Theodosia’s mother, the Fire Queen, was killed in front of her eyes by invaders when she was six years old. That day, the Kaiser appropriated Theodosia’s name, property, and family. Theo received the humiliating moniker of “Ash Princess,” which she must now uphold in her new life behind bars. Theo has been held prisoner in her own palace for ten years. The Kaiser and his court have been nothing but cruel to her. She has little control over her new life and must repress the girl she once was if she wants to survive. Then, the Kaiser comes to her one night and makes her do the unspeakable. She knows that just living is no longer an option; she has blood on her hands and little chance of regaining her reign. Yet she isn’t defenseless; her wits are more deadly than any blade. In addition, military victory is not a prerequisite for achieving political success. The Ash Princess has suffered the looting and enslavement of her people for 10 long years. That process finishes now.