9 books and reviews that will make you consider Paranormal Romance

So… You don’t read paranormal Romance [PNR]!

If you have not heard of Paranormal Romance [PNR], here is the definition…

Paranormal romance is a subgenre of both romantic fiction and speculative fiction. Paranormal romance focuses on romantic love and includes elements beyond the range of scientific explanation, blending together themes from the speculative fiction genres of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Paranormal romance may range from traditional category romances, such as those published by Harlequin Mills & Boon, with a paranormal setting to stories where the main emphasis is on a science fiction or fantasy-based plot with a romantic subplot included. Common hallmarks are romantic relationships between humans and vampires, shapeshifters, ghosts, and other entities of a fantastic or otherworldly nature.
Beyond the more prevalent themes involving vampires, shapeshifters, ghosts, or time travel, paranormal romances can also include books featuring characters with psychic abilities, like telekinesis or telepathy. Paranormal romance has its roots in Gothic fiction. Its most recent revival has been spurred by turn of the 21st century technology, e.g. the internet and electronic publishing. Paranormal romances are one of the fastest growing trends in the romance genre [source].

If you read other genres these are NINE reasons, books and reviews that will change your mind!

ROMANCE

If you like romance evidently you will enjoy the romantic aspects of PNR and you may enjoy the tension and suspense the supernatural elements create.

Contemporary Romance

If you are ready to consider supernatural elements but want to stay firmly grounded in the real world then try the Seven series, which is as almost as earthy as any contemporary romance. The characters are shifters but at least for 95% of the story they are in their human forms and live in a very human world. The dual first-third person POV allows you to intimately connect with the heroine [first person POV] and see the world from the hero perspective [deep POV] while preserving the mystery of the love interest that is so important in romance. WHY IS HE DOING THAT??? 🙂

If you are not sure whether you like paranormal romance or not, this is the perfect book to try. The fantasy aspects are very mellow. It’s more like a contemporary romance with some paranormal elements. Not sure if the series will get more “fantastic” but so far it seems pretty “earthy” [read yours truly’s review here].

Seven Years (Seven #1), by Dannika Dark

It’s been seven years since Lexi Knight lost her brother in a tragic accident. On the anniversary of his death, her brother’s best friend shows up unexpectedly – a man she hasn’t seen since the funeral. He is no longer the boy Lexi once knew, but a dangerous-looking man with tattoos and dark secrets. He broke her trust and abandoned her family, yet what he reveals makes it impossible to stay angry.
Lexi has been secretly infatuated with Austin since childhood, so finding out he’s a Shifter just makes him sexier. Dammit. Austin Cole has returned to the city where he grew up, and just in time. He’s lived a hard life these past seven years, and the shadows of his past are threatening to destroy Lexi’s family. It’s time that she learned the truth about her brother, but there is a shocking twist that Austin never saw coming. Now he must protect her family when her mother and sister wind up in mortal danger. Will Lexi learn to accept the truth about who he is, and can Austin salvage a relationship from the ruins of their past?

 

 

 

 

Erotic Romance

If you like Erotic Romance, then say no more! You are very likely to love PNR! Many of these creatures have romantic “needs” and “appetites” that are as supernatural as they are! Like these Dark Protectors… 🙂

Fated (Dark Protectors #1) by Rebecca Zanetti

One word to define this series… STEAMY! And the world-building and plot are SO GOOD [filled with political conspiracies and tension between every paranormal species you could think of!] that you may even forget [and forgive!] the dominant, caveman-like male characters! [like I did!] 🙂

“Our mates are human. And Cara”— his voice dropped to a rumble—“you’re mine.” -Talen

“Cara,” he leaned forward in his chair, “before this night has ended you will have no doubt you’ve been mated.”-Talen

Talen God where do I start…. I fell so in love with Talen. So damn sexy, protective, strong, and pure 100% kick ass alpha male. He was domineering, arrogant with a sweetness under that hard soldier exterior. Everything a vampire mate should be. There was nothing about him I would change. Perfect! I loved the way he was with Janie and how he tried so hard to make Cara and Janie happy. Cara was great too. She did have a few moments in the start of the book where I was kinda rolling my eyes, but she really grew into her own. I could understand her reluctance to put her whole heart on the line with what she lived through with her evil father. I loved that even though she was scared shitless at times not understanding the world around her, she was willing to fight and protect those she cared for. – Jessica

 

Marry Me! Cara Paulsen does not give up easily. A scientist and a single mother, she’s used to fighting for what she wants, keeping a cool head, and doing whatever it takes to protect her daughter Janie. But “whatever it takes” has never before included a shotgun wedding to a dangerous-looking stranger with an attitude problem.
Or Else! Sure, the mysterious Talen says that he’s there to protect Cara and Janie. He also says that he’s a three-hundred-year-old vampire. Of course, the way he touches her, Cara might actually believe he’s had that long to practice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FANTASY

If you like fantasy and urban fantasy, then you will like MANY PNR books! Like the Lords of Underworld series. The world built around these immortals is fascinating waving all the best stories in Greek mythology like Titans vs Olympians war and  Pandora’s Box.

The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld #1) by Gena Showalter

This is what Chuckles @ Chuckles Book Cave [who I don’t think reads romance AT ALL!] had to say about book one of this series

I liked the brother warriors in this book, the way they interacted, and the different curses they had were interesting. This was the second ‘brotherhood of men’ type paranormal romance series that I tried and this book was way ahead of the Lara Adrian version in terms of character depth, strong plot and much better writing style. It was also superior to the ‘yo rap dude’ JR Ward series that I read later, which was very disappointing. Would I read the rest of the series? If I could get them from a library, yes. I wouldn’t buy them to look at though a few of the brothers sound interesting to read about.

Pretty steamy story, which doesn’t bother me though I admit I’m more of an urban fantasy gal than steamy paranormal romance, but if you like this kind of PNR, then I recommend you try this series.– Chuckles

His powers – Inhuman…
His passion – Beyond immortal…
All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she’ll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member — a man trapped in a hell of his own.
Neither can resist the instant hunger than calms their torments… and ignites an irresistible passion. But every heated touch and burning kiss will edge them closer to destruction — and a soul-shattering test of love…
Though they carry an eternal curse, the Lords of the Underworld are irresistibly seductive — and unimaginably powerful…
Don’t miss this incredible new paranormal series from Gena Showalter!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DARK FANTASY AND HORROR

If you like dark reads like dark urban fantasy, horror, and dystopian/apocalyptic you will also like MANY PNR books! Many characters and stories and downright scary, gory and set in worlds dominated by supernatural characters where humans struggle to survive because they are not at the top of the food chain anymore! Like Angelfall where the world was totally destroyed by angels who also created an army of nightmarish monsters and surgically modified humans!

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1), by Susan Ee

THE ABSOLUTE BEST DARK URBAN FANTASY IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE

Angelfall and World After are the action-packed stories of Penryn, a seventeen years old girl who has to rescue her handicapped little sister abducted in a desolated post-apocalyptic San Francisco, plagued with street gangs and other dangers, after the world has been destroyed by enraged angels. WOW!
A post-apocalyptic/dystopian setting, fast-paced action, exceptional imagery, a strong, independent, resourceful heroine (Penryn)… Seriously I couldn’t put these books down. [read yours turly’s review here]

It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.
Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.
Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.
Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

 

 

 

 

 

MYSTERY, THRILLERS AND CRIME

If you like mystery/thrillers and crime fiction, you will enjoy this series loaded with suspense and crime investigation that involves and grim reaper and… the Devil itself!

First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1) by Darynda Jones

Okay. Charley. She’s sassy. Sarcastic. Prone to walking into danger. Oh, and she can take a punch. Or a fall. Or, well, anything along those lines. She also has a mysterious presence shadowing her and a hunky guy invading her dreams. As one often does.

The whole “can see dead people” thing comes in handy when she works with the police. Of course, half the force thinks she’s a kook, but what can you do? When you talk to empty spaces and can pull important informational nuggets out of thin air, people give you the side eye.

Great set up to what looks to be a highly entertaining series. Reyes was…well, is there anything that can compare to Reyes? He’s just himself. Insanely hot and hell-bent on doing what he has to do. I have a slew of books waiting for me to get to know both him and Charley better. I have to say this kinda excites me. – Kelly

This whole grim reaper thing should have come with a manual.
Or a diagram of some kind.
A flow chart would have been nice.
Charley Davidson is a part-time private investigator and full-time grim reaper. Meaning, she sees dead people. Really. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (like murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an entity who has been following her all her life…and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely. But what does he want with Charley? And why can’t she seem to resist him? And what does she have to lose by giving in?
With scorching-hot tension and high-octane humor, First Grave on the Right is your signpost to paranormal suspense of the highest order.

 

 

 

 

 

Historical Fiction

So, you like Historical Fiction? Well, most supernatural creatures have lived for centuries at least and their stores are set in past time periods, like Louis in Interview with the Vampire. This book is typically shelved under fantasy and horror in Goodreads but because it has plenty of romance many readers also shelve it as PNR.

Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles #1) by Anne Rice

– I will always love this portrayal of vampires. I mean, I do like reading about sex + biting, but, for these vampires, feeding and killing IS sex, and I can appreciate that. (I still remember the first time I read a book in which the vampires had sex though, I hated it and was like, “No! That’s not how it’s supposed to be!” Lol.) The biting still has this sensual/erotic aspect to it at times. And I just like these beautiful yet deadly vampires. They’re human, yet they’re not human.

– The characterization was fantastic. None of the characters were particularly likeable, but they were so well-written, and that made me kind of like them anyway. Sometimes I feel like a lot of the characters I read about are bland or super similar to other characters, but both Louis and Lestat were so different from each other and also unique in their own rights. – Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

This is the story of Louis, as told in his own words, of his journey through mortal and immortal life. Louis recounts how he became a vampire at the hands of the radiant and sinister Lestat and how he became indoctrinated, unwillingly, into the vampire way of life. His story ebbs and flows through the streets of New Orleans, defining crucial moments such as his discovery of the exquisite lost young child Claudia, wanting not to hurt but to comfort her with the last breaths of humanity he has inside. Yet, he makes Claudia a vampire, trapping her womanly passion, will, and intelligence inside the body of a small child. Louis and Claudia form a seemingly unbreakable alliance and even “settle down” for a while in the opulent French Quarter. Louis remembers Claudia’s struggle to understand herself and the hatred they both have for Lestat that sends them halfway across the world to seek others of their kind. Louis and Claudia are desperate to find somewhere they belong, to find others who understand, and someone who knows what and why they are.
Louis and Claudia travel Europe, eventually coming to Paris and the ragingly successful Theatre des Vampires – a theatre of vampires pretending to be mortals pretending to be vampires. Here they meet the magnetic and ethereal Armand, who brings them into a whole society of vampires. But Louis and Claudia find that finding others like themselves provides no easy answers and in fact presents dangers they scarcely imagined.

 

 

 

Other popular Paranormal Romance books and series

One thing is for sure… Fangs are VERY popular in PNR! 🙂

Twilight (Twilight #1) by Stephenie Meyer

Probably the most famous PNR ever!

A young-adult vampire love story written by an observant Mormon mom who had never seen an R-rated movie would launch an entertainment juggernaut. A few years later, shortly after another one of its sequels rocketed to the top of the best-seller list—knocking a Harry Potter installment from the top spot—TIME’s Lev Grossman explained the craze to readers. He posited that readers loved Twilight, it turned out, for the same reason most vampire stories succeed: [read more here]

About three things I was absolutely positive.
First, Edward was a vampire.
Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.
And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.
In the first book of the Twilight Saga, internationally bestselling author Stephenie Meyer introduces Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, a pair of star-crossed lovers whose forbidden relationship ripens against the backdrop of small-town suspicion and a mysterious coven of vampires. This is a love story with bite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1),  by J.R. Ward

Not sure why I waited so long to read this! Maybe because I thought it was vampire erotica (its not)…Regardless, I’m glad I read it! There are lots of characters to introduce and a bit of world building in this book. I really liked the uniqueness of the world Ward has created. There is a bit of insta-love between Wrath and Beth and he does change his mind about her so many times it will give you whiplash. But, once he decides she is ‘it’ for him, things move CRAZY fast.
Overall, I loved the twists Ward has created in her vampire world and am curious to get to know the other brothers better.- Samantha

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood.
The only purebred vampire left on earth, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed-leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate-Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead-a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1)by Richelle Mead

I just had to check this series out! Wow and double wow, this book was a brilliant introduction to the “Vampire Academy” series and after I had read this book, I really wanted to read more about these awesome characters! Full of drama, mystery, action and hot romance, “Vampire Academy” is definitely one novel that will take the paranormal world by storm! – Ronyell

Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies . . .
Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.
After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger . . . and the Strigoi are always close by.
Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Do you PNR?
  • What is your favorite PNR book or series?
  • Would u date a shifter?
  • How would you deal with their Caveman, overprotective tendencies?
  • Could you marry one?
  • Could you live like humans that mate supernatural live? In very tight communities but at the fringes of society?

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