5 of My Favorite Paranormal Romance Novel Series

Heya,

Lately, I’ve been thinking about my favorites. If you follow my blog you’ll find that I read an array of genres. From Mystery to Thriller, from Romance to Yes…Erotica (and there is, indeed, a difference), from Science Fiction to Fantasy to Paranormal to NonFiction to Literary Fiction to sub genres and on and on. And so I thought about writing a collection of blogs chronicling my favorites from each genre.

Now, these aren’t my favorites FROM ALL TIME – as I’ve read too many books and enjoyed far too many of said books and I couldn’t rank these as the best honestly. These will be the ones most present in my mind. And currently sit on my shelves.

I hope you enjoy these lists! Don’t forget. Let me know if you’ve read any of these or have any others that you want to suggest!

Note: I’ve decided to keep this list at 5 for now as there are tons of books in each series. I also realize that I could talk all day and all night about which paranormal/fantasy romance books get me excited the most. I’ll just say…stay tuned for more lists of favorites from this genre!

There’s a link to each series!

1. Lynsay Sands : Argeneau Series 

Short Premise: This series is based on a gigantic family of Vampires. Yes, they can be born and don’t always have to be bitten to be a vampire. The series encompasses not only the immediate Argeneau family but extended family – and even goes into friends or coworkers. There is one common factor: Marguerite Argeneau. She seems to be a secret matchmaker and may be the cause of most, if not all, of the life mates discovered in the books. You’ll have to read to find out if she’s always correct. She does eventually have a book of her own, though it’s very  far into the series.

I began reading this series when I was in high school. With the first novel in the series, A Quick Bite, I was able to make my first friend. While sitting in class, I noticed she was reading the same book as me and, as young nerdy shy teens might do, I wrote her a letter. I remember mentioning how I thought we had the same tastes in books, due to the rest of the novels I’d seen her read those first months, and how I would like for us to be friends. Over the years, I’ve read the rest of the books in the series. Once I was able to make (and save) money on my own, I began to buy them and have continued to do so as an adult.

If you are looking for a series that is all about vampires, violence (in the form of killing bad guys and rogue vampires), life mates, sex-sex-sex and more sex, and a continuous collection of characters that can elongate the series on and on and on — this is the one for you. Admittedly, there are a few books that are lacking in plot, character, and identity, in comparison to the other novels in this series, but I love them anyway.

I must add, the author did begin a spin off series called “Rogue Hunters” but she seems to be taking a break from this vampire universe to write more historical romance (some of which I am also very fond of, but that’s for another list).

I will also say, I strongly, STRONGLY, suggest reading these books in order. Of course, they attempt to standalone but you will ruin a lot of the books for yourself if you do not. They are VERY intertwined, with characters meeting others, marrying others, potentially dying with others, going rogue, not going rogue, and even going on vacation with each other. So…Start with A Quick Bite.

I own 17 of the books in this series. Here are a few titles:

 

2. Gena Showalter : The Lords of the Underworld

Short Premise: Imagine warriors open Pandora’s box and from it come dangerous demons that inhabit their bodies. Each demon is a different deadly sin (or pulls from the bad in all of us): Promiscuity, Greed, Dishonesty, Death, Pain, Doubt, Secrets, and the list goes on. Each warrior must find his mate or risk losing himself to his demon forever.

I came up with that on my own and it sounds incredibly cheesy but it’s more intriguing than I play at here. I’ve been thinking of re-reading this series because the author has come out with new installments that I haven’t read and I’d like to start over. I really love how each demon the author writes is very well thought out. For example, the keeper of lies must only tell the truth. It is physically painful for him to lie. He can also sense the truth in others. And on and on with the rest. I also enjoy the fact that the heroines in these novels aren’t all damsels waiting to be saved. They aren’t all weak and innocent and sad and looking for their hero.

I picked up the first of these books on a whim and suddenly fell in love. This was years ago (many, many years ago)  and the further I venture into the genre the deeper my memory of all the different plots hide. It’s funny because I forget tons of things (like my own birthday and if I did laundry) but rarely do I forget what a book was about – if I really liked it. I would suggest this series because it actually has an interesting concept and the writing felt fresh.

I own at least 6 of the books in this series! Here are some covers:

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3. Cheryl Brooks : The Cat Star Chronicles

Short Premise: The men from the Zetithian species are handsome with especially keen cat-like features (and reflexes), protective instincts, and incredibly intense sex drives (and orgasmic abilities) that are spread across the universe. Their home planet was destroyed by vengeful men who were intimidated by their sexual prowess and they, sadly, have either become enslaved or were left to believe their species was eradicated. On their quest to find other Zetithians, and new homes, they find women whose smell makes them (and their sexual nature) come alive again.

I actually began re-reading the novels in this series earlier in the year. They are hot. AND I MEAN HOOOOT. The sex is steamy and erotic and turns you on. This is a warning because the sex is very graphic, I don’t want to hide that from you at all. If you are looking for something to make your ears red – and to hide from the girls at Bookclub – this is it.

The good thing about these books, though, is that they actually have plot, setting, and some sort of meaning to them. Although it may seem like it, they are not all about sex. I also love the fact that these books don’t take place on Earth. I’m so sick of the idea that every other species is ‘lesser’ than humans and they ‘need’ Earth. There are so many different planets – and life forms – that the author introduces you to that are way more interesting. The heroines in these novels are not always full human. –I think that a rare Zetithian female is the heroine for one of the newer novels but I haven’t read it yet.

If you are also looking for a series that takes you into the sky, has elements of science fiction, these are for you.

I own 5 books in this series. Here are some covers:

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4. Vicki Lewis Thompson :Wild About You

Short Premise: There seems to be a consistent theme across these books. The person you fall in love with may be the person you least expect. Most of the stories follow characters of different species, races, backgrounds, or simply different campgrounds (as in the last one) that fall in love. It’s light, honest, sweet but sensual, and has a fresh air quality to it.

Alright, so…YES, this series is more TAME than any of the others on this list. It’s not because I want to give you a reprieve. I don’t. It’s because I was shopping for a new story, something to end my Reader’s Block (ugh) and I was reading the synopsis for the first book (A Werewolf in Manhattan) and I just had to get it. Luckily, I was at a sale and they had the first four books.

I really enjoyed the premise for these books, the catchy-ness of their titles, and how they are mostly lighthearted. There is still sex, kissing, a burning need for someone who understands YOU and loves YOU despite the species you are but there is less of that and more of ‘falling in love’. Also, it still follows the guidelines of a paranormal romance novel but it isn’t as murderous as the rest of the books on this list are.

NOTE: If you are looking up the novels on the author’s website I’m going to apologize right now. In my research for this blog post, I’ve realized the covers have changed. They are no longer the adorable, colorful, cute covers you see below – the ones I have in my own library. They have moved into Paranormal Romancelandia – a place I’ve started to hate – where all the covers look the same and all the men on said covers look the same and everything is dark, sexy, and broody without any distinction between them. The VERY reason why I picked up the first book in this series is because it DIDN’T fit into that category. And yes, I judged a book by it’s cover. That is the first line of defense, after all. So, I’m sorry. Hopefully you will be as lucky as me with the colorful covers – should you decide to buy the physical books. I still recommend you read them. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised, as I was.

—In doing more research, I’ve discovered that the newer books on Amazon are ONLY available with the new covers. Although, I will read them, I doubt I’ll be buying the inconsistent covers for my collection.

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5. Jacquelyn Frank : The Night Walkers, The Shadowdwellers and The World of the Night Walkers

Short Premise: Outside of the ‘normal’ world there is the shadow world where demons, and other creatures, live. In the shadows is the demons are also known as protectors. They cannot partake in the sins of humans (sex, gambling, desire, etc). There are dire consequences to being with a human and most of these dwellers have sworn against it. lest they give into the Madness humanity brings. Though they all break this oath eventually.

I started this series when I was a young preteen. I was 14 when this book came out and I got it from the library, snuck it in the bushes by my house (so that my religious mother couldn’t see), and brought it in later when everyone was preoccupied. It was one of many romance books that I’d read by moonlight, devouring it in hopes I’d one day be a paranormal romance writer myself.

I just learned that there is a spin-off series from the Nightwalkers called The World of the Nightwalkers, in writing this blog, and it has 5 more books (t). I’m pretty sure I’ve read a book or two from these but I can’t remember right now so I can’t speak to the quality of them but I’m tempted, like with the others, to re-read this series so I can read those!

About The Subseries:
Each of the Night Walker books are titled with a name: Noah, Jacob, Gideon, etc.

Each of the Shadow Dweller books are titled with a word: Rapture, Ecstacy, Pleasure, etc.

Each of The World of the Nightwalkers books have titles with F words: Forbidden, Forever, Forged

NOTE: You WILL need to read NW first, then SD, THEN TWNW as characters, names, deaths are mentioned as the books go on. 

I own 7 books in these series’: Here are covers from each sub-series:

 

 

Good Readdance,
Jade

P.S. I have so many more that I love and want to share with you. I have a few that I read on a whim, forgot to write down (I JUST started using Goodreads to track my Read list) and when I rediscover them I will make a new list! I’m excited about that as well. I hope you enjoyed!

Book Review: Born in Fire by K.F. Breene

Supernatural Bounty Hunter isn’t the sort of thing you see on LinkedIn. But with a rare type of magic like mine, I don’t have many options.  So dangerous or not, the job is mine. And it was going fine, until an old as sin vampire stole my mark, and with it, my pay day.

Knowing I’m poor and desperate, he has offered me a job. I’ll have to work by his side to help solve a top secret case.

Everyone knows not to trust vampires. Especially a hot elder vampire. But without any other jobs coming up, I’m stuck. As I uncover a web of lies and treachery, revealing an enemy I didn’t know existed, the truth of my identity is threatened. I might make it out alive, only to end up in a gilded cage.

 

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First thing I’m going to say is that I honestly feel like the synopsis (on google and such) for this book is completely different than the actual book. I have no idea why they are different. I found this one on Amazon. At least it encompasses the personality of the main character!

Alright! So, administrative stuff over.

I really enjoyed this book. I love that the main character is so outspoken and confident. She is quick to point out when things are awkward, when she isn’t ok with something and has the strength to back it up. There’s just something about strong female characters that I love. Gone are the days of weak, docile, damsels in distress! Women are fierce, angry and wear kickass boots. I also love that the mcm is a hot vampire who needs help. He needs our assistance, despite being an elder with all this power and arrogance. Knock him down a few pegs.

The storyline for this one is also right up my alley: Vampire men, women who can hold their own in a magical fight, squirrelly snitches, emasculated cops and cross realm travel.

If you’re looking for a book with romance, fighting,  blood and guts and weird investigational tactics, this is the one for you! The pacing of the story is good. The sample of the next book in the series sounds really good too. I finished reading the book at 4am and read that as well. I plan to pick it up as soon as I can.

If you’ve read this book, liked it, disliked it, hated it or haven’t read it (or listened to it) yet but plan to…let me know in the comments! I’d seriously love to hear your thoughts. How did you like the book? Did you know what was going to happen? Could you predict the way it would go? Are you upset with the ending? Happy?

If you have any book suggestions or any reviews you’d like to see here, let me know!

Good Readdance,
Jade

 

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Book Review: About A Vampire by Lynsay Sands

Hey,

You might be one to think that I am biased when it comes to this author…and I usually am. I have been reading novels by Lynsay Sands since I was in high school when I first fell in love with A Quick Bite. I took to her writing style almost immediately and couldn’t let go. Her descriptions, character analysis and plot twists really had me transfixed. Every time a new story came out I was immediately taken away. I’d say the hardest thing about being in love with a book series is waiting for the next one to come out. There was a period there when she wrote historical fiction instead of The Argeneau series and I was angry at her. Of course, with her being my favorite author, I read the historicals anyway (and loved them) but that was besides the point. So when the new story came out I was very happy.

I was waiting in line at Wal-Mart and it hit me, I hadn’t even glanced at the book section in a very long time, which if you know me is very unheard of, and I immediately ran over. I didn’t see anything and was thoroughly upset. I went to work that day and who but a coworker with the same novel interests held a new book by Lynsay Sands? I asked her where she got it and she said Wal-Mart! Ugh! I went back at 1am that night and searched every shelf. I just so happened to come across the last one, tucked behind a few other novels (someone was probably hiding it but I grabbed it…gotcha!).  I read it in it’s entirety the next day. That is how dedicated I am to this author.

Now that you know how biased I am…on to the review. I must admit, I was very disappointed with this story. I’m not sure if it’s because this is like the…25th book in the series and she just ran out of things to come up with but…it wasn’t very good. I gobbled up the first few pages as the introduction of characters had me hooked, per us. I loved the opening scene. Closer to the middle of the book I had became irritated with the main female’s disposition. She just didn’t sit well with me. The main male definitely was on my good side. It wasn’t an issue of not being able to relate to the story, or that her usual prose was decommissioned. It was just that it seemed a little unrealistic; which is funny regarding a series about ‘good’ vampires searching for their life mates but nevertheless it was true.

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By the end of the story I was so fed up with the book that it felt more like I was reading it just to finish. I have a (bad) habit of throwing books that I dislike and had I been at home or in a private place it definitely wouldn’t have been throw worthy. I was dissatisfied, intrigued and confused at the same time.

I saw that the author has another book in the series coming out soon and for the first time I’m a little apprehensive. Lynsay! Please come back to me! Come towards the light! If my writings aren’t good enough to be read you at least have to give me something to hope for the future!

Please…no more like About A Vampire. There, I think I got it out of my system. 🙂

Happy Readdance!

Jade

 

A Few New Novels!

Hey all!

So, I just discovered this bookstore called Books A Million (Link below) via a few of my coworkers. I had been in dire need of  a great bookstore and it seems that Florida isn’t too friendly with Barnes and Nobles. Back home, every mall had a BnN, shopping strips had them and there were even stand alone locations. Here, there aren’t that many! (Unless I’m just looking in all the wrong places). Anyway, so I went and checked it out and surprisingly it was pretty awesome! There were some pretty good selections. I must admit I was a little skeptical at first but then I decided to give it a chance.

I hadn’t really planned to spend any money there and luckily they were having a sale! A Buy Two Get A Third Free type sale. I was beyond excited. The first book that I immediately was drawn to is by Paige Tyler. This is an author I’ve never heard of before! (Inserted author link below!) We shall see!

http://paigetylertheauthor.com/

http://booksamillion.com/

Sincerely,

Jade

Sherrilyn Kenyon, A New To ME Author

Hey!

So yesterday I was given a book on loan by Sherrilyn Kenyon. It’s called Burn of Fury. If anyone has read it please feel free to give me your thoughts on it! I am definitely going to read the novel and write a book review after it. I can’t wait to start it! I would love to hear what you guys think!

Sherrilyn Kenyon

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Jade

Book Review: The Immortal Who Loved Me by Lynsay Sands

Hi!

This book was pretty great. I actually think it was a breath of fresh air from the recent novels. So far we’ve mostly been dealing with humans or vampires that obviously already knew about the fall of Atlantis and everything that it had to do with the nanos. This time we got a really different spin on how it was told. I believe Lynsay Sands is one of the only authors with a paranormal series that tells back story so vividly. Facts have been checked, questions have been answered and it fits so well into the current story.

Yes, I would say that if you were binge reading (which I’ve done a few times) the series then you might sigh when you realize it most be told all over again. Fortunately, Sands doesn’t tell it the exact same way twice! I didn’t feel compelled to skip over that part! (Which is a plus!)

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Sherry, the main character, had a sort of historically feel about her. The way she and Basil interacted kind of made me feel like I was reading a historical romance thrown into modern day. Decidedly, I’m sure that was done on purpose. There was sort of a slow cadence to this book that the others didn’t have. I liked it alot. It didn’t make you want to put the book down, at all. The slower crawl of the book also kept you from feeling like you just binge watched an entire season on Netflix and your eyes are drying out. It made me smile, it made me laugh and definitely there was a little frustration in there also!

I hope you enjoy the book! I definitely recommend reading it!

Jade

P.S. The Immortal Who Loved Me is the newest installment in a long series about the Argeneau family. I would suggest starting from the beginning with A Quick Bite, the series is definitely superb!

The Immortal Who Loved Me on Amazon