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The Rec League - heart shaped chocolate resting on the edge of a very old bookThis Rec League request comes from Sasha:

I’m a recent (since the pandemic started) but voracious HR reader, but have also really enjoyed what I think is probably labeled as sci-fi-lite/space opera romance. I LOVED Everina Maxwell’s Winter’s Orbit and also really liked Edge of Nowhere (Felicia Davin) and Dark Space (Lisa Henry). I still need to read the rest of those series but would love other similar books. When I search sci-fi romance I seem to find a lot of series that include a lot of violence or battles or assassins, not necessarily my thing. I don’t mind some world building but I really like character driven romance. Also, despite the fact that all my examples are, doesn’t have to be MM romance, I’m up for anyone falling in love.

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On a Sunbeam
A | BN | K
Sarah: All of [Redacted HarperCollins title due to strike] for sure

EllenM: On A Sunbeam by Tillie Walden is a graphic novel that I think fits – it’s a cozy sort of melancholy found family sci-fi with a romance

Amanda: I feel like Rory Thorne is a little on the cozy fun, rompy side.

Sarah:  I think that Murderbot can be somewhat cozy, though there is some violence and fighting, the characters are what drive the story

Do you think Linnea Sinclair’s books would fit?

Amanda: It’s been so long since I’ve read them, so I can’t remember how cozy-ish they are.

Tara: I think Fletcher DeLancey’s Chronicles of Alsea series might fit. It starts with The Caphenon. ( A | BN | K | G | AB )

What about This Is How You Lose the Time War?

This Is How You Lose the Time War
A | BN | K | AB
Shana: It’s definitely got the sci fi romance part down

Lara: I’ve only read one space opera – Only Bad Options by Jennifer Estep and I loved it. Some violence but nothing that stuck with me. Lovely suspense and slow burn romance.

But I am going to be reading all your recs!

Susan: On a Sunbeam was my first thought too!

Space Battle Lunchtime by Natalie Reiss ( A | BN ) is about a baker who has to has to short-notice fill in on a bake-off show IN SPACE, that might work. The second volume has a lot more peril, but the first one is pretty cozy.

Iona Datt Sharma, THAT’S the author I was trying to remember! They primarily write short fiction, but their stuff sounds very like what’s being asked for – I feel like I recommend “Archana and Chandni” at every opportunity, but it’s my favourite story about weddings and family.

Which books would you recommend? Let us know below!

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