Crowdsourcing The Essentials: Paranormal Romance

Last week: Urban Fantasy.

This week: Paranormal Romance.

Your job: go to the comments. Pop in and list your top three favorite (read: “essential”) paranormal romance novels. Go go go! Do it now! I’ll wait here behind this two-way mirror, taking weird sciencey-flavored notes. *scribble scribble*

(And I’ll tally the urban fantasy ones later in the week when I have time.)

(HA HA HA HA have time.)

(That’s a good one, me.)



  • Richelle Mead’s Succubus Blues series
    Nicole Peeler’s Tempest series
    Mark Henry’s Amanda Feral series
    Not sure if the last one counts, as it doesn’t really get to a Happy Ever After standard-romance ending, but it’s snarky and funny and I think you would like it a lot.

  • July 17, 2013 at 12:48 AM // Reply

    OH… I don’t have a favorite read… I write paranormal (well not romance) because I am a Psychic/Medium (yes a real one, not a kitchen-table-psychic) I make a living doing this, helping real cops crack murder cases… I am just now finishing my manuscript (true story) about me… living in Lincoln County New Mexico… and Billy the Kid… (you can’t make this crap up;)… the truth is weirder than fiction.
    Personally I could have cared less about Billy the Kid… but remember I am a medium too… so… now I have a book: “Billy the Kid: Little Black Book of Secrets” coming out at the end of this year… I also have 752 pages of the last 43 years of true stories of the strangest and scariest things I have encountered being a psychic-medium, being able to talk to people that have crossed over to the other side.
    I hope one of these days my book’s’ will be on your list.
    Have a great day,
    Judi L. Christopher New Mexico

  • Lupi series by Eileen Wilks
    both guild hunter and psy-changeling series by Nalini Singh
    Elder races series by Thea Harrison
    Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs

    Lora Leigh and Christine Feehan tend to be a bit much on the helpless heroine for me but I know a number of people who like them.

  • I don’t tend to dip into paranormal romance but my mother reads just about anything Nora Roberts writes. She passed me a trilogy called In the Garden (Blue Dahlia, Black Rose and Red Lily) that I enjoyed enough to read all of.

  • Not sure if it qualifies as an exact paranormal romance, but I wrote When Two Women Die, about legends and ghosts of Marblehead, MA in the tradition of paranormal romances I have loved, like Straus’ Ghost Story, anything by Poe, and Jane Eyre/Wide Sargossa Sea. I often consider the paranormal to be normal.

  • These are all YA, though in some, the romance side is not always central.

    PARANORMALCY by Kiersten White — the whole trilogy, really.

    VALIANT by Holly Black (I liked the first book, Tithe, but the romance wasn’t as important as it is in Valiant — human girl falls for a troll — and also I think Valiant is just a better book. Also, THANK YOU Holly Black for making a paranormal romance with an “ugly” creature. I’m a bit sick of all this “he stared into my soul with his magical sparkling eyes” business.)

    ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD … creepy, creepy book with a weird but cool love story 🙂 A ghost hunter falls for the malevolent, rather insane ghost of this girl, and her love for him awakens the last bit of her humanity. She ends up letting herself go to Hell in order to save him/repent for everything she did. I haven’t read the sequel. Sometimes I am weirded out by paranormal romances that stray uncomfortably close to necrophilia. However, Anna Dressed in Blood didn’t ring that alarm bell for me.

  • 1. Vampire Academy, Richelle Mead (terribly addicting YA/NA series with a kickass heroine)
    2. Dead Until Dark, Charlaine Harris (wouldn’t call this series “good,” but I think it’s pretty much a cornerstone of the genre…)
    3. Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte (Cathy’s a ghost, Heathcliff loves her anyway, thus it counts as paranormal romance, right?)

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