Saturday, June 13, 2015

10 Paranormal Romance Series You Should Read

Do you love reading romance? Need a break from all the billionaires, bikers, regular Joe's and doms? Are you looking to spice up your life with a hot vampire, werewolf, demon or maybe a dragon? Are you new to paranormal romance and need help in picking out which books to read? Don't fret, we're here to help you out. Here are ten paranormal romance series we think you should pick up if you're looking for something with a bite. Don't worry....these hot, alpha supernaturals are great lovers once you get past the fangs, fur, scales or horns ;)

Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by J.R. Ward
Current Number of Books in Series: 13

Synopsis:  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. Read Dark Lover, book one in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series...

Why You Should Read It: J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood is the be-all and end-all of paranormal romance. Well, at least in our (Debbie's) opinion. Her fierce vampire warriors will capture you with their vulnerability, desperation, and raw yearnings. And when these Brothers fall in love, they probe the boundaries of compassion, protectiveness, and unconditional love. Each book focuses on a Brother and his mate, and delves into their trials and tribulations before they reach that HEA. From her take on the vampire lore to the dark and gritty world of Caldwell, NY, J.R. will put you through the wringer with each book; but each one will leave you with a content smile (at least most of the time) and wanting more from this fierce and loveable band of brothers. 

Night Huntress Series by Jeaniene Frost
Current Number of Books in Series: 7 (complete)

Synopsis: Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father - the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unholy partnership.

In exchange for finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner - are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn't have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her newfound status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side . . . and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat. Read Half Way to the Grave, book one in the Night Huntress series...

Why You Should Read It: While this series straddles between paranormal romance and urban fantasy, Night Huntress is another "Must Read" series for paranormal romance lovers. The series packs in a lot of exciting action, laugh-out-loud moments and a colorful cast of vampires, ghouls, ghosts, and shifters. Cat is one kick ass half-vampire/half-human heroine who is always ready to catch the bad guys, while our hero Bones always makes sure he keeps Cat safe and sound. I should also mention that Bones has a sexy British accent, was a former prostitute, and that his bites cause such a state euphoria that one time cops had to be called because of Cat's load moans. Yeah, you really need to introduce yourself to Bones if you haven't yet.

Immortals After Dark Series by Kresley Cole
Current Number of Books in Series: 14

Synopsis: After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he's waited millennia for is a vampire. Or partly one. This Emmaline is a small, ethereal half Valkyrie/half vampire, who somehow begins to soothe the fury burning within him.

Sheltered Emmaline Troy finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents—until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. There, her fear of the Lykae—and their notorious dark desires—ebbs as he begins a slow, wicked seduction to sate her own dark cravings. Read A Hunger Like No Other, book one in the Immortals After Dark series...

Why You Should Read It: Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark is the kind of series that will hook you after page one and won't let go until you've plowed through the whole series. This is undoubtedly one of our top favorite paranormal series and one we definitely recommend for all PNR lovers to read. Cole's world building is top notch and I love her take on all the different supernatural lores. With her various creatures (vampires, werewolves, valkyrie, demons and ghosts) in this alternate world, Cole has created a series that you will want to keep going on forever. And did I mention the hot and steamy sex?! Kresley Cole definitely does not disappoint with all the smexy bedroom activities!

Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris
Current Number of Books in Series: 13 (complete)

Synopsis: Sookie Stackhouse is a cocktail waitress in small-town Bon Temps, Louisiana. She's quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn't go out much because of her "disability" to read minds. When she meets her neighbor Bill, Sookie can't hear a word he's thinking. Bill exactly the type of guy she's been waiting for all her life, but Bill has his own disability too, he's a vampire! The kind of vampire that has a pretty bad reputation and hangs with a creepy crowd. When one of Sookie's coworkers turns up dead, Sookie fears she'll be next. Read Dead Until Dark, book one in the Sookie Stackhouse series...

Why You Should Read It: The book series that inspired HBO's True Blood series, Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse is another series that has to be staple in any paranormal romance lovers reading list. The series features all kinds of fearsome creatures from vampires, weres, shifters, witches and fae that turns our heroines world upside down and has you laughing-out-oud with every book. And then there's Eric Northman, the glorious Viking vampire that'll have you panting like a dog. Seriously, the shower scene in book for is life. Although, we must warn you that the last few books in the series wasn't as stellar as the first few, but it's definitely still a must read. 

Charley Davidson Series by Darynda Jones
Current Number of Books in Series: 8

Synopsis: Charley sees dead people. That's right, she sees dead people. 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 (i.e., 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. Read First Grave on the Right, book one in the Charley Davidson series...

Why You Should Read It: GAH! There are so many reasons why you should read this series but here are my top five reasons 1) Charley, our heroine is a private investigator who also happens to the the Grim Reaper. 2) Charley is a kick-ass, smart-mouthed, hilariously sarcastic heroine. 3) Charley has a sexy as fuck guardian demon "angel" named Reyes. 4) Reyes is the son of Satan! 5) Reyes is sexy as fuck! Each installment of this series just gets better and better and Darynda Jones does not disappoint with all of Charley's LOL moment. I do recommend you listed to the audiobooks of this series because they are so darn entertaining and worth every penny. 

Undead Betsy Taylor Series by MaryJanice Davidson
Current Number of Books in Series: 13

Synopsis: First Betsy Taylor loses her job, then she's killed in a car accident. But what really bites is that she can't seem to stay dead. And now her new friends have the ridiculous idea that Betsy is the prophesied vampire queen, and they want her help in overthrowing the most obnoxious power-hungry vampire in five centuries. Read Undead and Unwed, book one in the Undead Betsy Taylor series...

Why You Should Read It: If you're looking for a paranormal romance read sans the dark and broody kind of story lines and characters, MaryJanice Davidson's Undead Betsy Taylor is one you should add to your TBR. From her shoe obsession to her silly antics, Betsy Taylor is one hell of an entertaining heroine. Imagine Elle Woods from Legally Blonde turning into a vampire. That would be Betsy Taylor. This series is brimming with laugh-out-loud funny romance for the undead vampire queen and her friend filled mansion. This series is more of a PNR/Chick-Lit hybrid and the perfect read if your looking for something fast, zippy and entertaining. 

Dragon Kin Series by G.A. Aiken
Current Number of Books in Series: 7

Synopsis: It’s not always easy being a female warrior with a nickname like Annwyl the Bloody. Men tend to either cower in fear-a lot-or else salute. It’s true that Annwyl has a knack for decapitating legions of her ruthless brother’s soldiers without pausing for breath. But just once it would be nice to be able to really talk to a man, the way she can talk to Fearghus the Destroyer.

Too bad that Fearghus is a dragon, of the large, scaly, and deadly type. With him, Annwyl feels safe-a far cry from the feelings aroused by the hard-bodied, arrogant knight Fearghus has arranged to help train her for battle. With her days spent fighting a man who fills her with fierce, heady desire, and her nights spent in the company of a magical creature who could smite a village just by exhaling, Annwyl is sure life couldn’t get any stranger. 

She’s wrong…

And just wait until you meet the rest of the family…

Read Dragon Actually, book one in the Dragon Kin series...

Why You Should Read It: We only discovered G.A. Aiken's Dragon Kin series last year but it quickly turned into a series that we automatically loved. From the kickass heroines, strong but gentle dragons, villains that you love to hate, and meddling but amusing family members, G.A. Aiken will keep you totally engrossed in this magical world. The characters, witty humor, story lines, and all the action makes for one hell of a great series. Who knew dragons could be so sexy?

Demonica/Lords of Deliverance Series by Larissa Ione
Current Number of Books in Series: 11/6

Synopsis: She's a demon-slayer who hungers for sensual pleasure-but fears it will always be denied her. Until Tayla Mancuso lands in a hospital run by demons in disguise, and the head doctor, Eidolon, makes her body burn with unslakable desire. But to prove her ultimate loyalty to her peers, she must betray the surgeon who saved her life.

Eidolon cannot resist this fiery, dangerous woman who fills him with both rage and passion. Not only is she his avowed enemy, but she could very well be the hunter who has been preying upon his people. Torn between his need for the truth and his quest to find his perfect mate before a horrific transformation claims him forever, Eidolon will dare the unthinkable-and let Tayla possess him, body and soul. Read Pleasure Unbound, book one in the Demonica series...

Why You Should Read It: Sexy, dark, and thrilling, Larissa Ione's Demonica series will leave you absolutely breathless. Each book is entertaining, full of action, romance, STEAMY sex, and an intriguing mystery that'll leave you gripped to the pages. I love the complex world Ione has built for her demons, Aegis (demon hunters), and humans. Her characters have a great mix of broodiness, angst, and eroticism that will keep you wanting more from this series. And did I mention STEAMY SEX?! You'll also need to check out Ione's Lords of Deliverance series too, a spin-off of the Demonica series.

Lords of the Underworld Series by Gena Showalter
Current Number of Books in Series: 11

Synopsis: Long ago, twelve immortal warriors – each more dangerously seductive than the last -- stole and opened Pandora’s box, unleashing the evil from within. Now they carry that evil within themselves. Violence, Pain, Death, Disease, Disaster, Misery, Doubt, Promiscuity, Defeat, Lies, Secrets, and Wrath. When a powerful enemy returns, they will travel the world in search of a sacred relic of the gods – one that threatens to destroy them all. Read The Darkest Night, book one in the Lords of the Underworld series...

Why You Should Read It: Another great series with sexy as hell tortured heroes who have to battle their own personal demons. The depths of these characters are really quite outstanding, and they leave you gripped to the pages as they struggle with good and evil while falling in love. Gena Showalter has created a world and cast of characters with complicated histories that unravels page by page. Gena's heroes will hook you but the storyline and romance is what makes you stay and keep coming back for more.

Eternal Guardians Series by Elisabeth Naughton
Current Number of Books in Series: 7

Synopsis: Theron - Dark haired, duty bound and deceptively deadly. He's the leader of the Argonauts, an elite group of guardians that defends the immortal realm from threats of the Underworld.

From the moment he walked into the club, Casey knew this guy was different. Men like that just didn't exist in real life--silky shoulder-length hair, chest impossibly broad, and a predatory manner that just screamed dark and dangerous. He was looking for something. Her.

She was the one. She had the mark. Casey had to die so his kind could live, and it was Theron's duty to bring her in. But even as a 200-year-old descendant of Hercules, he wasn't strong enough to resist the pull in her fathomless eyes, to tear himself away from the heat of her body.

As war with the Underworld nears, someone will have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Read Marked, book one in the Eternal Guardians series...

Why You Should Read It: If mythological Gods fascinate you more than vampires and werewolves, then Eternal Guardians should be a series you need to add to your bookshelves. This series is a fresh take on paranormal romance where Naughton magically crafts a world where ancient Greek mythology comes to life during modern times. You'll meet a stellar cast that includes tortured heroes made of legends (like Hercules), heroines that kick ass, and villains that you'll love and hate. 

Have you read any of these series? What did you think of them? 
What are some of your favorite paranormal romance series?
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