Near Future Romances

In part due to a post at The Galaxy Express (Could Science Fiction Romance Become a Fearless Leader) and the discussion in the comments, I’ve been giving some thoughts to the Near Future Romance. Because I think that if we look, there are several successful series out there that fall into the Science Fiction Romance niche that aren’t necessarily listed or shelved that way.

Specifically, looking at near future, lab enhanced humans, there are several successful series that I’d consider SF but are marketed YA, paranormal or UF right now, but folks ARE reading and buying Sci-Fi Rom, even if they don’t know it.

Current near future series with romance arc:
* Maximum Ride by James Patterson (hesitated to add, simply because this series is not finished and the Romance arc hasn’t been resolved to know if it actually works as Romance).
* Ghostwalker series by Christine Feehan

Erotic Science Fiction Romance:
* New Species series by Laurann Dohner (marketed as Paranormal Romance)
* Lora Leigh’s The Breeds

But wait! While I was thinking of this, one of our very own Carina authors had a book release with a similar lab based setup. This seems to blend paranormal and scifi, but the lab scenario makes me wonder where it falls on the genre line.

Hunting the Shadows by Alexia Reed.

Amy has spent her life in isolation. Locked away in the Centre, a secret government facility where children with extraordinary abilities are raised as highly skilled fighters, she longs for a normal life. A life where being around people doesn’t overload her sensitive telepathic mind. A life where she can’t see through the eyes of a murderer as he hunts down his next victim…

J.C. Nikolaiev was a top researcher, but when his conscience got the better of him, he tried to destroy his work and free his subjects–and was imprisoned as a traitor. To save himself and prevent more people from dying, J.C. must catch the serial killer stalking the halls of the facility. But his only leads come from a woman whose thoughts have invaded his mind…

Finally out of the psych ward, Amy joins forces with J.C. to find the killer before he closes in on them. Can their growing attraction withstand the truths they uncover?

What else is out there? I know I’m missing some, and since I love this set up, I’m really hungry for some recommendations. And on that note, I’m off to read Ms Reed’s debut.


Ella Drake is a dark paranormal and science fiction romance author. You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, & Goodreads.

Her Science Fiction Romance, Desert Blade is a near-future post-apocalyptic romance from Carina Press. Currently available SFR: Silver Bound, Jaq’s Harp, Braided Silk & Firestorm on E’Terra. MetalMark, coming soon from Lyrical Press.


  1. Liz Semkiu · · Reply

    Lisa Renee Jones wrote The Legend of Michael with genetically enhanced soldiers.

    1. Thanks! I’ll be checking those out!

  2. Meagan · · Reply

    Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey is near-future, I think. When She Woke by Hillary Jordan is fairly near-future, but not really a romance (based on The Scarlet Letter).

    1. Ooo. I’m checking these out, too. Thank you!

  3. If Lora Leigh’s Breeds are in the ballpark, then so are Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changelings. Near-future humanity is split three ways. In fact, the breakaway point would have already happened, it was 1969. People with psy powers, have developed into one group through controlled breeding, shapeshifters are a second group and original recipe humans are a third.
    Mind control, interwebbed computers, genetic engineering are all in the mix. SFR marketed as PNR.
    Marlene @ Reading Reality

    1. I’d thought about adding Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changelings, but couldn’t quite decide where they fell on the genre line. Still, they fit pretty well, don’t they?

  4. LisaC · · Reply

    Eve Kenin has two that seem to fit the bill: Hidden and Driven. Joss Ware’s Envy Chronicles is near future post-apocalyptic with various characters that have somehow come through with unusual abilities.

    1. I love Hidden. And you know, there is an element of lab experimentation to it.
      I also enjoyed the Envy Chronicles. It’s another one that straddles the paranomal/SF fence, so I wasn’t sure where to put it. Still, those are great reads.

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