LAURA’S TOP 10 PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES

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DARKHUNTER
by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Sherrilyn Kenyon has a great ability of mixing romance, with strong characterisation and action scenes. This series is 27 books in and still going strong. I have to give a special mention to Acheron, the Darkhunter leader and whose book we had to wait ages for, but when it finally arrived was dark, bloody and with a romance that totally swept me away.

(2)

BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD
by J.R. Ward

This series is a newly discovered one for me over the last year, and for those of you who have been enjoying our Meet The Boys event this month, will probably have read my reviews and seen how much I’ve been loving them. Hot, dark, leather-clad, muscle-bound hunky vampires, and storylines more addictive than chocolate. You really can’t go wrong.

(3)

TWILIGHT SAGA
by Stephanie Meyer

This series maybe a little cliched now, but I cannot help but love both the books and the film adaptations. The mesmerising love story and heartbreaking love triangle meant that I read all four books back to back in as many days and have since gone on to read them all more than once.

(4)

HIGHLANDER
by Karen Marie Moning

I’m such a big fan of Karen Marie Moning’s writing, her romance and urban fantasy books are very different, but each have a place on my favourite shelves. Her highlander romances tell the story of Scottish warriors, each with a unique gift and often with a bit of time travel thrown in too, they are super sexy, majorly hunky and very entertaining.

(5)

THE THRALL
by C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp

This is in fact a trilogy, and tells the story of Kate, a psychic who betrayed by her lover ends up being bitten by vampiric parasites that call themselves ‘the thrall’. They want Kate to be their next Vampire Queen and won’t stop until they get her. This is on the grittier side of paranormal romance, and would appeal to urban fantasy fans, Kate is one gutsy and brave heroine. Her lover comes in the form of werewolf fireman Tom. A werewolf and a fireman… Need I say more? :-D

(6)

LORDS OF THE UNDERWORLD
by Gena Showalter

Ancient warriors who made a grave mistake centuries ago and dared to open Pandora’s box. As punishment each Lord must now carry one of the sins around in his body, prisoner to that sin’s demands. Each book tells the story of a different Lord and a different sin, and how they cope with their punishment and find love all at the same time.

(7)

DRAGONFIRE
by Deborah Cooke

A series about shapeshifting dragons called the Pyr, who can also command the elements and protect the earth. But now they are at war with evil dragons called Slayers who wish to end the human race. Each dragon has a destined mate, and when the ‘firestorm’ begins they cannot resist the lure of the woman they are destined to be with.

(8)

TAIREN SOUL
by C.L. Wilson

I have to confess to only having read the first two books in this series, I loved the first one and while the second one had a shaky start, the second part more than made up for it and I can’t wait until I can fit in the rest of the books. It has a fantasy setting and tells of adopted Carpenter’s daughter Ellie who discovers she is truemate to Rain, King of the Fey. The Fey are dying and believe Ellie may be their salvation, the books are full of political intrigue, but are mainly about Rain wooing an often very intimidated Ellie. But what woman does not dream of a rag to riches, Cinderella-esque fairytale, and being whisked off her feet by the love of a powerful and gorgeous King?

(9)

SOUTHERN ARCANA
by Moira Rogers

I’ve enjoyed every one of the books in this series and am now eagerly awaiting the release of the latest in the instalment later this year. On the smoking side of romance it stories focus on the supernatural underworld of shapeshifters and supernatural beings that most people don’t know even exist. Great characters and fabulous world building.

(10)

ARGENEAU
by Lynsay Sands

If I were to become a vampire, I would want to be a vampire in these books. These vampires can eat as much as they like and the vampire gene stops them from being fat. Think of all the chocolate! Lynsay Sands’ books, are light-hearted, witty and fun.

What are your favourite Paranormal Romance series?

Laura

A self-confessed bookworm who's favourite genres are urban fantasy, horror and a good love story with a sexy supernatural beastie. Also has a bit of a handbag fetish… actually, let's not mention the handbags; they seem to be breeding!

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Emma Meade March 15, 2013 at 10:24 pm

I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that the only series of the above I’ve read is Twilight. I adore Twilight and don’t care who judges me for it. :)
My favourite paranormal series right now with some romance, is The Ultimate Power series by L.H. Cosway. I just read the third novel, Tegan’s Magic and loved it.
The series is moody, sexy and fun.

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Laura March 17, 2013 at 7:55 am

Oh you should check out some, they’re are some good ones on there ;)
Not read The Ultimate Power, I’m going to check it out in a second!

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Renee (Lover of Romance) March 16, 2013 at 1:57 am

Oh I just love this list!!! I do love Deborah Cooke and Lynsay Sands. I wouldn’t mind eating chocolate every day for a very very long existence, and not gain a pound!! Would be heaven!!

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Laura March 17, 2013 at 7:56 am

Wouldn’t it just, I’d become a total glutton! ;-)

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Julia March 16, 2013 at 2:25 am

A great list. I was surprised at how many i had read or heard of (I am a massive Lords of the Underworld fan). However, I’m curious as to why the IAD (Immortals After Dark) series by Kresley Cole didn’t make the cut. It’s a great series I would really recommend.

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Laura March 17, 2013 at 7:57 am

I actually haven’t read any Kresley Cole *hangs head in shame* but I’ve bought The Warlord Wants forever on audiobook now, so I’ll be starting it soon :-D

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Bobby March 16, 2013 at 3:09 pm

The IAD series would have definitely made my list!

There are a couple of series on here that I need to try, and a couple that I have tried and would not make my list – which is good as variety is the spice of life.

Actually, looking at the list I’m not really sure that I read much paranormal romance now, I think I definitely lean more towards Urban Fantasy.

Great list, Laura!

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Laura March 17, 2013 at 7:59 am

I must try Kresley Cole’s series, don’t worry it’s on my immediate to-read pile! What books wouldn’t have made your list, I’m interested! :-)

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Bobby March 17, 2013 at 11:27 am

I can’t even stress how much you need to read the IAD series. I put off buying and reading A Hunger Like No Other for ages because of the cover and I was annoyed at myself when I eventually read it and loved it. On the other hand, if you like it then you’re lucky because you’ll have the entire series to read. I am quite jealous!

I read a couple of the Argeneau vampires series and I didn’t rate them that much. They weren’t badly written or anything, just not my cup of tea. And the Dragonfire series was a bit hit and miss for me, though I only read a few and haven’t been following the series. I have the Southern Arcana books and really need to read them.

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Laura March 18, 2013 at 10:42 am

I’ve fallen behind on the Dragon fire ones, but of those I’ve read I really enjoyed. I will try IAD very soon I promise!

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Alexa March 16, 2013 at 4:14 pm

I really need to dive into some of these series. I own several of them or started several but have yet to finish them. The only one I’m up to date on is BDB, which as you are finding out is mighty addicting.

Thanks for the great list I shall have to check out the few series on here that I’ve not heard of :)

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Laura March 17, 2013 at 8:01 am

Yes the BDB books are very addictive! If you try any let me know what you think :-)

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Followthep March 16, 2013 at 8:16 pm

1. Immortals after Dark by Kresley Cole
2. Psy Changeling by Nalini Singh
3. BDB by JR Ward
4. Midnight Breed by Lara Adrian
5. Demonica/Lords of Deliverence by Larissa Ione
6. Lords of the Underworld by Gena Showalter
7. Elder Races series by Thea Harrison
8. Mark of the Vampire by Laura Wright
9. Blood Curse by Tessa Dawn
10. Vampires of America by DB Reynolds

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Laura March 17, 2013 at 8:03 am

Now there are quite a few on your list I haven’t tried. I’m going to check a load of them out. Not tried any Lara Adrian or Larissa Ione or in fact numbers 7 to 10 on your list.

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Anonymous March 17, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Kresley was my first PNR book. She and Nalini are my favorite. I love BDB but I didn’t care for some of the books. The Midnight Breed series is similar to BDB in concept. Larissa’s books center around demons but she adds other supernatural characters. the most underrated author on the list is Tessa Dawn. Her books are deliciously dark and she has a fresh take on the vampire curse.

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Laura March 18, 2013 at 10:43 am

Thanks so much for all your recommendations. I’m definitely going to check them out, nothing better that great books :-)

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Becs March 16, 2013 at 11:28 pm

I’m with you on Twilight and I have many of the 1st books of the above series waiting for me to delve in based on your past reviews. Great list.

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Laura March 17, 2013 at 8:05 am

No matter how many times I read them, I still totally love the Twilight books :-)

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Marlene Howard March 17, 2013 at 1:45 am

I read some of these I love Lynsay Sands but I would also add to the list
1. Chloe Neill Chicagoland Vampires series
2. Stacia Kane Downside Ghosts series
3. Jeaniene Frost Night Huntress series
4. Ilona Andrews Kate Daniel series
5. Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson series
6. Karen Chance Cassie Palmer series
7. Karen Marie Moning Mackayla Lane series

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Laura March 17, 2013 at 8:08 am

I actually agree with a lot of your choices, but I would class most as Urban Fantasy and not paranormal romance, which I have written a separate list for:
http://www.bookchickcity.com/2.....eries.html

The only I haven’t tried are the Chloe Neill books, one to add to my holiday reading list I think :-)

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Lisa July 26, 2013 at 2:22 am

I really love Lora Leigh, her Sin series. And Michelle Bardsley, both her Heartbroken Series, and the Wizard Series. Christine Feehan is awesome, and so is Charlaine Harris. I just got burnt out when they hired ghost writers for some of their last books. Definitely not as good.

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Laura July 26, 2013 at 8:14 pm

Thanks for the recommendations. I have to admit I didn’t like the Lora Leigh book I tried. I’ve read a few Michelle Bardsley and they were rather funny. I too like Charlaine Harris, some of Feehan’s books are great, but as you infer some of the newer ones have lost the plot a bit! Do they really use ghost writers? I shall have to google that, because if they do that saddens me a bit :( Thanks for reading x

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Carolyn August 25, 2013 at 9:20 pm

I am a huge paranormal romance fan. I listed some of my favorites below. I am about to start the Night Prince series by Jeaniene Frost or the Angels of the Dark by Gena Showalter. I also still need to read the latest Immortals After Dark (MacGrieve). I started this genre after the Twilight craze and believe most of the series below are even better. I found most of the series from reading blogs and finding lists. Hopefully this one helps out too :)

Nalini Singh – (Psy Changling Series)
Gena Showalter – (Lords of the Underworld)
Kresley Cole – (Immortals After Dark)
Sherrilyn Kenyon – (Dark Hunter Series)
Karen Marie Moning – (Highlander and Fever Series)
Larissa Ione – (Demonica Series)
Christine Feehan – (Dark Series)
Lara Adrian – (Midnight Breed Series)
Thea Harrison – (Elder Races Series)
JR Ward – (Black Dagger Brotherhood Series)
Jeaniene Frost – (Night Huntress Series)

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