Six months later, he finally manages to track Nicole to a bar in Mexico. Recommended by: Renpuspita. Christine Feehan is best known for her monstrous Dark series, but my favorite is actually the Ghostwalkers. In the Ghostwalker world, there are four teams of uniquely trained, very powerful soldiers whose natural abilities were enhanced by evil Dr. Peter Whitney. But what few knew is that his experiments actually began years before — on orphaned infant girls.
The cast of characters on this one is enormous, and the lag time between books is getting longer all the time, but they remain one of my favorite series. This series of e-books and a couple of print edition collections from author Shiloh Walker falls a bit on the erotic side, from everything I have been able to gather. In these stories, the main characters are based on characters from common fairy tales and folklore and are written as guardian angels who fight demons. The series revolves around the Guardians — men and women who are gifted with angelic powers after sacrificing themselves to save the life of another.
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From what I have heard, the first book can be a bit of a hurdle and from what others have said, you can skip it completely and just dive into book two , but if you keep at it things really pick up from book two on. I had bought several of the books before I tried the first one, When Darkness Comes. I actually ended up reading the 6th book in the series, Beyond the Darkness, and that got me hooked on the Guardians books.
I went back and devoured the whole series in a matter of a couple of weeks, and have never looked back. Focusing on the DuCaine family, and set in a city divided. Fae and human mages on one side, vampire Blood Lords and shape-shifting Beast Kind on the other. Between these supernatural forces stands a peace treaty that threatens to shatter at the slightest provocation. In fact, the Fever and Highlander books are loosely related — both feature the Fae and the Sidhe seers who can hunt them.
The Highlander books are a bit on the spicy side, have very very alpha heroes, and were totally addicting. I always wanted just one more book, but it seems that Karen has moved on and never looked back. Many of the reviews I have seen say that all of the books in all three series are on the sweet, tender side with strong Alpha heroes. Depending on the particular sub-series, some books have more paranormal aspects than others. They are a fun, quick read that seem to be a pick-me-up in between the heavier, darker stories out there. I very much enjoyed the book, but I feel that it was a solid, complete story that was wrapped up perfectly at the end, and to add more books would be not only unnecessary but wrong.
There has been a long-standing rumor of two more titles to come, but I will always consider this one a great stand-alone title. In the story, our bodies have been taken over by parasitic alien entities creating a perfect world — one without illness or violence. But when the alien Wanderer is placed into a human rebel named Melanie, Melanie is not erased as she should be, and she fights to get back to the people she loves.
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This was a great story, and it was a big surprise to me how much I actually liked it. The immortals are broken down into Gifted Ones men and women with unusual powers and abilities such as healing, telepathy, shape shifting, telekinesis, teleportation, etc. The characters are well written, the romance and action balance out really well, and the stories keep you wanting more. They have a great balance of action, humor, and steam-factor. While the heroes tend to be very Alpha, the female leads are just as strong and as capable as the fellas.
It makes for a very fun read. Hidden at the crossroads of the world, an ancient race battles to protect humanity, even as it dies from within.
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Ava Matheson came to Istanbul looking for answers, but others came looking for her. While ancient forces gather around them, both Ava and Malachi search for answers. Whispering voices. Deadly touch. Their passion should be impossible… or it could be the only thing that will keep them alive. Recommended by: Monika, Doug Meeks. It series combines nanotech and pirates with a gritty, gaslit Victorian atmosphere to create swashbuckling steampunk romance…with an emphasis on the steam.
Set the Ichidian Universe, where people fall under the protection of The League. A special group of soldiers was needed and they became the League Assassins. Highly trained and highly valued, they are the backbone of the government. But not even the League is immune to corruption…but there are those in The League who will protect you. Men and women who come from the streets and from bloodied backgrounds of survival.
They are sarcastic, loyal, highly trained and lethal, these men and women are the next generation of heroes. They know how to laugh in the face of madness and danger, and to endure the worst The League and their enemies can hurl at them. The stories are dark, sometimes tortured, full of politics and space battles and warriors learning to love. The world is richly drawn, and the characters are strong and loyal. The League is a great series. On the verge of extinction, these gifted men and women are destined to find their mates…their perfect partners…over and over again, lifetime after lifetime.
While the heroes are strong, demanding personalities, their female counterparts are more than able to hold their own, even in the often violent world of the shifters. Set in the infamous Whitechapel of Jack the Ripper fame, this steam-fuelled world of Victorian London, vampires, werewolves and slasher gangs stalk the night and automatons are on the rise. The world is rich and well written, the characters are fiesty and fun, and the romance is completely addictive.
This series is one to watch. Now they carry that evil within themselves. Not only must they fight the evil within themselves, but they must also battle those who would see them destroyed — all while finding their mates. The series has expanded past the original Lords and now includes other supernatural species such as psychics, harpies and Gods, and there is a spin-off series featuring the Sent Ones called the Angels of the Dark. There are vampire cable channels, a celebrity magazine called Live with the Undead, and just like the living, vampires have dental emergencies.
They might be supernatural and immortal, but they have all-too-human problems to deal with, like careers, crazy family…and finding love. These books are pretty much guaranteed to put a smile on your face and leave you wanting more. The Nox Incendi dragons are dying. In a mysterious faux castle on the outskirts of Las Vegas, Rave Dorado has been struggling for centuries to find a cure for the creeping cold that is slowly turning his dragonkin to stone.
Until his fiery gaze falls on a curvy, plucky female whose purity of spirit lights a flame in his icy soul…. Piper will have to open her eyes to a strange new world and Rave will have to open his heart if they want to survive the dragon fever. Written by Elsa Jade. Recommended by: Lee Mullins. I can honestly say that Lara Adrian did something that I have not experienced before in any of the series that I follow.
After 10 solid books, just when it looked like the Midnight Breed should be coming to an end — she did a total reboot. And I mean total. Not only did she jump 20 years in the timeline to focus on the younger generation of characters, but she created an entire new dynamic by having the existence of vampires become public knowledge. It was a brilliant move, and it breathed new life into an already solid series. Recommended by: Tiffany Petty, pals20, Lea, Emma. Ellie is horrified to discover the pharmaceutical company she works for is doing illegal experiments. Company scientists have spliced human and animal DNA, creating exotic new species.
Fury has never known compassion or love. The one woman he allowed himself to trust betrayed him. And Ellie wants Fury—always has. She craves his big, powerful body and wants to heal his desolate heart. But loving Fury is one thing…taming him is another. Written by Laurann Dohner. Recommended by: Monika. Deep within the primeval forests of southern England, a race of beautiful, savage shape-shifters lives hidden from the everyday world.
Bound together by ancient bloodlines and a ruthless code of secrecy that punishes traitors with death, the Ikati send their leader Leander on a mission to capture one raised outside the tribe before she can expose their secret. When Leander tracks the unsuspecting outsider to Southern California, the hardened warrior is prepared for a fight—but not for the effect the sensual young beauty has on his heart. Jenna spent her childhood in hiding, on the run from someone—or something—her parents refused to discuss. But their connection is undeniable, and as powerful as the enemy hell-bent on destroying every one of their kind…Written by J.
Recommended by: Marcia Hubay, Monika. The Night Watch series is the one that brought Cynthia Eden to my attention, and made her one of my favorite authors. Her books have great characters, strong but not over-powering paranormal elements, and lots of action. I guess the best way I can say it is that she writes smart, sexy and fast paced books that leave you wishing for more. If you like these, her Midnight series is great, too.
But the next thing Regina knows, her friends have got her laced into a shiny black corset, tight leather pants, and a sexy pair of stilettos. After he feasts his dark eyes on fiery Regina at the bar, he knows that he must have her. But for the first time Dmitri meets a woman who is more than a match for his indomitable will.
Recommended by: Jan. When one of their brothers is murdered, these half-human, half-God and all alpha Soul Reapers will do everything in their considerable power to find and destroy those responsible. The stories have a strong element of Egyptian mythology, dark and gritty world building, intense action scenes, and lots of romance sprinkled with some unexpected humor.
They are a nice change of pace. But there are a lot of potential pitfalls to this plan—including the very real possibility that the wolf shifters, overwhelmed by their growing attraction to each other, will be unable to maintain the clear heads needed to pull off the deception. Written by Suzanne Wright. Followed by the spin-off Mercury Pack series. Recommended by: Kathleen. The other series of Shelly Laurentson G. Aiken plays much the same role in my collection as her Dragon Kin books. They are fast, fun, spicy and a great break between some of the more gritty, intense books I usually read.
These relationships never go easy — most of the time you have to try and figure out if the main couple love or hate each other — but they are still fun to read. Nalini Singh is my go-to author, and she has never let me down. Her books are well written, very detailed, and never get old. With nothing but rumors to lead her, Lynn Harmony has trekked across a nightmare landscape to find one man—a mysterious, damaged legend who protects the weak and leads the strong. As the one woman who could cure the disease, Lynn is the single most volatile—and vulnerable—creature in this new and ruthless world.
But face to face with Jax Mercury…. Recommended by: Marcia Hubay. When a powerful relic goes missing from a secret society that dabbles in the occult, Miss Ianthe Martin is charged with finding it at all costs. She needs help, but all clues point to someone on the inside being the thief. The devilish sorceress played a hand in his incarceration, and now she comes asking for help? Perhaps she should begin by begging for mercy…. She may bind him with her power—the only way to still the demons haunting him—but for every day spent under her command, the nights will be his… to wreak delicious revenge on her willing flesh.
Written by Bec McMaster. Jennifer Ashley has built a unique world in her Shifters Unbound series. Most of the PNR books I read have the supernaturals living among an oblivious mankind. In these books, the shifters in question have been rounded up, collared, and forced into Shiftertowns. I am not a huge fan of the novellas, but the full-length books in this series are always a thoughtful, solid read. From the moment Josie laid eyes on sexy, mysterious Shane Dean, she was in love.
Their desire ignited a passionate affair, and within weeks, Shane had slipped a ring on her finger. It seemed her every fantasy was coming true. Now, two years and one broken heart later, Josie is shocked by the hospital calls: Shane has been found. His hearing is razor sharp, his physical strength incredible, and the urge to protect Josie overwhelming. For powerful enemies are hunting him, and Josie is the key to discovering why. As Shane struggles to unravel his past, dangerous new truths come to light. And can Josie trust a man she thought she knew—one who carries such a deadly secret?
Written by Rebecca Zanetti. Recommended by: Library Addict. Eight brothers, born in four sets of twins, two years apart to the day-they fulfill the Curse of Eight Prophecy. To avoid tempting their destiny, the brothers are exiled to Nightfall Island, a land where women are strictly forbidden. But, when the youngest of the mage-brothers rescues a woman from another universe, their world is altered forever. As each brother finds the one destined for him, the danger to the family as a whole continues to grow, and outside forces threaten to tear their very world apart. These Skilled people are recruited—and sometimes hunted—by crime syndicates eager to exploit their abilities in the fight for money and power.
The Unbound books are dark and violent, and they explore issues including free will, sacrifice, friendship, and family. I have seen great reviews for this D. These uber-Alpha males are powerful, determined…and stop at nothing to get what they want. It is a good thing that the women who love them are more than capable of holding their own with these centuries-old master Vampires.
Recommended by: mlh, Cindy. To most humans, the lost city of Atlantis is nothing more than a myth. In this Alyssa Day series, Atlantis has been resting at the bottom of the ocean for over 11, years, and its dwellers fall under the rule of Poseidon. Among the Atlanteans, warriors were chosen to be the guardians of the unsuspecting humans in the new world.
For thousands of years, these soldiers have protected mankind from supernatural threats, all while trying to save their own world. The battles become personal as each warrior finds his destined soul-mate. The spotlight on a race neither vamp nor were is a nice change, and there is plenty of magical action to keep you well entertained. Recommended by: pals This is a sexy, fun series consisting of four novels and a novella. Sometimes compared to J. These books also lead into the connected Silver Dragons and Light Dragons series. As a Grave Witch, Alex has an ability that comes at a cost, and after her last few cases, that cost is compounding.
Add a little work freelancing for Death and a budding romance with Nekros City police Detective Falin Andrews, and Alex is in way over her head. If you love the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs , you are pretty much guaranteed to love the Alpha and Omega series, too. I actually read these books before the Mercy books, and fell in love with enforcer Charles Cornick and his rare Omega mate Anna Latham first. Charles and Anna are a great couple, but both of them have a lot of baggage. I have never read any of the Anita Blake books or any Laurell K.
Hamilton books, for that matter , but I have never come across any other series that seems to divide the fandom like this one does. From what I have seen online, and heard from those who have read them, the first 8 or so books of the series are among the best Urban Fantasy going…but then things get strange. Like, really strange. Multiple partners and more sex than storyline strange, but the early books are a great addition to your library. Most of the series written by Sherrilyn Kenyon are on this list, and the Belador books that she co-writes with Dianna Love are no exception.
They focus on a league of international warriors with extraordinary abilities who rise up to save mankind from supernatural terrorists in an alternate version of Atlanta, and one of the best is Evalle Kincaid. Evalle is part Belador, part unknown species, and as such she has to work twice as hard as everyone else. While her powers continue to grow, her loyalties become divided between three loves — one human, one not human, and her duties. As she battles everything from trolls to demons, Evalle will have to make choices that affect not only her own life, but the fate of her friends, the Beladors…and the world.
In this series from author Caitlin Kittredge , Pete Caldecott was just sixteen when she met Jack Winter, a gorgeous, larger-than-life mage who thrilled her with his witchcraft.
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Then she saw Jack die right before her eyes—or so she thought. Now a detective, Pete is shocked to find that Jack survived. Strung out on heroin, Jack is a shadow of his former self. But his reappearance leads Pete into the invisible supernatural shadow-world of the fey. The Black London books are a series filled with contemporary fantasy and thrilling mystery, not to mention romance and second chances. There are five books in the complete urban fantasy Blood Destiny series. Mack navigates her way through the complicated world of faeries, mages and vampires — not to mention shapeshifters and their scary, but oh-so-very sexy Lord Corrigan.
Written by Helen Harper. Recommended by: Kirsty. But that all comes crashing down when Olivia — and the world — find out that that life is a lie. Olivia was in fact adopted as a very young child, and her biological parents are actually notorious serial killers. Or are they? I was surprised by how into this world I got — it is different than my usual vamps and shifters fare, but the paranormal elements do become more pronounced in the second book.
Part detective story, part paranormal mystery, the Cainsville books are great reads. There are monsters among us. There always have been and there always will be. Welcome to the Big Apple.
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Of course, most humans are oblivious to the preternatural nightlife around them, but Cal Leandros is only half human. Written by Rob Thurman. Recommended by: Karen. From all of the reviews I have seen around, most people agree that the Cassie Palmer series from Karen Chance is fast paced and full of action with strong characters and good world-building. Cassandra Palmer is a clairvoyant who was raised by a Vampire after the death of her parents, only to find that her parents were murdered to gain control over Cassie and her abilities.
After years spent on the run, Cassie becomes almost an accidental heroine whose abilities and confidence grows throughout the series.
It is a great combination of mystery, adventure and romance. The Charley Davidson series from Darynda Jones is one of those. There is a lot of humor, sometimes slapstick and sometimes more subtle, and a somewhat zany feel that can lighten your mood no matter what. I always look forward to seeing what trouble Charley will get into, and Reyes? Well, he ranks right up there with my other favorite Alpha heroes. And now we know the truth.
Underground has expanded and is now home to a dense population from Elysia and Charbydon. Now Merit is one of the newest members of the old and illustrious Cadogan House, where she finds herself under the power of Master Ethan Sullivan. As Merit quickly learns to adjust to her new position — and her feelings for Ethan — she must also learn to navigate a world filled with shapeshifters, sorcerers, witches, and faeries, and she must use her new powers to protect her House, her friends, and Chicago itself…no matter what the cost.
Recommended by: Michele A, Redbutterfly, Jackie. The Chronicles of Elantra series from Michelle Sagara takes place in a fantastical universe, but it has a strong tone of urban fantasy and a single character perspective. They focus on the character of Kaylin Neya, who seven years ago fled the crime-riddled streets of Nightshade, knowing that something was after her. I have to admit, I had never heard of this series before.
Written by J. Kit Colbana is a struggling private investigator who happens to be half human, half Aneira something like an Amazon , and being a mixed-blood in a world of supernaturals is difficult at best. The wall between our world and that of vengeful spirits has protected humanity for more than years. Ellie Lancaster has lived her whole life by the site of the mysterious Lost Colony of Roanoke, the Virginia settlement that vanished without a trace around Only the descendants of the two men who banished the spirits of an enemy tribe from the material realm know what really happened to the colony.
Ellie is one of those descendants—a Curse Keeper. Her father took pains to teach her what he knew of the curse and the responsibilities of its guardians. He taught her that if the two Curse Keepers ever meet, the curse will be lifted, the gate will open, and the raging Native American spirits will be unleashed to seek their revenge.
Until she meets the darkly handsome, but downright infuriating, Collin Dailey and realizes everything she was told is true. The prophecy is real, and now Ellie and Collin must battle supernatural forces and their loathing—and passion—for each other to set things right. The Curse Keepers are all that stand between the world and its destruction. Written by Denise Grover Swank. This second series on the list from Keri Arthur is actually a spin-off of her Riley Jensen, Guardian series.
These books feature a grown up Risa, and concentrates more on the Aedh, reapers, and the vampire council rather than the Directorate itself like in the Riley books. Risa Jones is as extraordinary as her heritage. Born from a lab-enhanced clone mother and an Aedh father, she can not only talk to the souls of the dying and the dead, but she can see the reapers and walk the gray fields that divide this world from the next. In the Dark Days series, author Jocelynn Drake tells the story of the hot-tempered Mira, who for centuries has been a nightwalker—an unstoppable vampire enforcer for a mysterious organization called the Coven that manipulates earth-shaking events from the darkest shadows.
An elemental mastery over fire sets her apart from others of her night-prowling breed. But Mira and Danus might be the only two who can stop the evil Naturi — and save the world. It was the revelation of the millennium: witches, werewolves, vampires and other supernaturals are real. Fast-forward 13 years: TV reporter Delilah Street used to cover the small-town bogeyman beat back in Kansas, but now, in high-octane Las Vegas — which is run by a werewolf mob — she finds herself holding back the gates of Hell itself.
But at least she has a hot new guy and one big bad wolfhound to help her out…Written by Carole Nelson Douglas. Recommended by: Carol Vasseur Scanu. Unfortunately, hiding her power has left her untrained and unfocused. Liam Quinn knows from experience that magic makes monsters of the weak, and he has no time for a Sensitive with no control of her own strength. But when the Veil threatens to shatter completely, Claire and Liam must work together to stop it, or else New Orleans will burn…Written by Chloe Neill.
A born fighter, Dory channels her rage and aggression into battling the demons and vampires as a mercenary for the supernatural community. Her already complicated life is made more difficult by a strained relationship with her father, and a dangerous attraction to a master vampire named Louis-Cesare, who as a vampire should be her sworn enemy.
Too bad they both keep forgetting that fact. From what I understand, author Stacia Kane has created a totally unique world, and a totally unique heroine, in her Downside Ghosts series. Chess Putnam is a tattooed witch, a ghost hunter…and a deeply in debt drug addict. Well plotted and faced paced, with ghosts, human sacrifice, drugs, witchcraft and punk rock. Just the way I liked it. Because when the dead werewolves started showing up, it all unraveled … except for the cupcake part. Written by Meghan Ciana Doidge. Recommended by: Justme.
But everything changed when she died and came back to life with some extraordinary abilities. Now considered a rogue, Evy has the power to come back to life over and over again, but this gift is not without a price. She has become the hunted instead of the hunter, thought a traitor by those she once considered friends. All while just trying to survive. Each book in the series is a whole story with a beginning and an ending, however the plot of each book relies heavily on the prior books in the series, so reading out of order is not recommended.
In the world of The Dresden Files , magic is real, along with ghouls, vampires, demons, spirits, faeries, werewolves, zombies and other mythical monsters. Harry Dresden works to protect the general public, who are ignorant of magic and the dark forces conspiring against them. The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who runs a barbecue restaurant called the Pork Pit in her spare time. Gin is also an elemental or person who can control one of the four elements — Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone. Gin has the rare gift of being able to control two elements, Ice and Stone in her case.
Besides elementals like Gin, Ashland is also home to giants, dwarves, and vampires. History and the paranormal collide as five hundred year old rare book dealer Giovanni Vecchio and librarian Beatrice De Novo travel the world in search of the mystery that brought them together, the same mystery that could tear everything they love apart. I just had to make myself read it, and that took a while to get myself psyched up for.
I had heard so much about it, and it seems to generate so much emotion, that I was hesitant to start. The main character of Mac visibly grows and matures through the five books — she transforms from vapid and a bit ditzy into a strong, determined heroine. And Barrons? Just wow. Not for the faint of heart, but for me not one to miss, either.
Reality Bites. Well, sort of. Written by M. Welcome to the world of Georgina Kincaid, a reluctant succubus living in Seattle who always seems to find herself in the middle of supernatural intrigue. Anything by Nalini Singh is a must-read and must recommend for me, but for an author to have not just one but two amazing series is quite the feat. The alternate world they are set in is fascinating, and the switching from Raphael and Elena to members of the Seven keep things from getting stale.
Now, sealed in human form and banished to the DFZ—a vertical metropolis built on the ruins of Old Detroit—Julius has one month to prove that he can be a ruthless dragon or kiss his true shape goodbye forever. He only hopes humans are more trustworthy than dragons. Written by Rachel Aaron aka Rachel Bach. Granted, I am pretty much predisposed to love all things Ilona Andrews, but even beyond that this one just worked for me. Nevada Baylor is a struggling private investigator who basically supports her extended family in a magically-driven world.
Skating under the radar as much as possible, her life, her career, and her future are thrown for a loop when fate throws her in the path of one of the richest, most powerful men in the world. Once, Max dreamed of a career, a home, a loving family. Now all she wants is freedom…and revenge. A witch named Giselle transformed Max into a warrior with extraordinary strength, speed, and endurance. But her skills are about to be put to the test as they never have before…. The ancient Guardians of the earth are preparing to unleash widespread destruction on the mortal world, and they want the witches to help them.
If the witches refuse, their covens will be destroyed, including Horngate, the place Max has grudgingly come to think of as home. Max will have to choose between the old life she still dreams of and the warrior she has become, and take her place on the side of right—if she survives long enough to figure out which side that is. Written by Diana Pharaoh Francis.
Recommended by: Kathleen, Renpuspita, Doug Meeks. In it, the Covenant of St. Creatures of myth and legend. Unfortunately for them, not all the monsters agreed with this plan…and neither did all the human beings. From this arose a small group whose mission was to protect the cryptids of the world from those who would harm them without just cause. I am a late, albeit rabid addition to the In Death fan club. Written by Nora Roberts under the pen-name J. Robb , it was originally set to be only a trilogy. While Eve is the focus and Roarke steals the show, there is still room for the supporting cast to shine, as well.
Anything by Ilona Andrews makes the list, period. Or at least it seems that way. The Innkeeper Chronicles is no exception — but it is a bit different. Offered as a free serialized story on their website and available in both print and eformat, the Innkeeper Chronicles have a bit of everything.
Although the Gertrude Hunt seems to be little more than a small bed and breakfast in an even smaller Texas town, it is in fact a sentient magical galactic waystation that plays host to beings from worlds far removed from our own. Innkeeper Dina DeMille is not only responsible for the safety of her guests, but she must also keep the existence of worlds beyond our own secret from the rest of mankind — all while dealing with one very alpha werewolf. The series is set in a fictionalized version of the modern day world where supernatural creatures such as witches, vampires, werewolves, demons, and elementals, as well as many deities from various mythologies, exist.
Written by Kevin Hearne. With this knowledge, Jane soon finds herself mingling with supernatural creatures alternately terrifying, beautiful, and deadly—which pretty much sums up her new very hot vampire boyfriend, Ryu. Now, Jane just has to learn to navigate her new life — if she lives long enough. Smart and no-nonsense and a bit on the sarcastic side, Jane makes a living hunting rogue vampires, and solving mysteries of the supernatural variety. While often compared to the Mercy Thompson series both characters are of Native American descent and both are rare skinwalkers , but that is about where the similarities end.
Jane has little to no memory of her childhood, leaving her struggling to find out who — and what — she really is. After living under the radar for the last twenty-six years, Jessica is thrust unexpectedly into her first change, a full ten years late. But not everyone is on board. The werewolf Rights of Laws is missing text and the superstitious werewolves think that Jessica means an end to their race. She can change partway and hold her form, and speak directly to her wolf. In exchange, Jessica must now swear an oath she may end up repaying with her life.
Written by Amanda Carlson. Recommended by: Redbutterfly. She has been trained by the best…and she is in way, way over her head. When something from the darker side of the city, the nightside, begins to preys on humans, she moves in to save them … or avenge them. The question is, for how long? Using her occult abilities to catch the criminals no one else can, Kara finds herself caught between the mysterious Lord Rhyzkahl and and a handsome yet disapproving FBI agent, Kara may be in way over her head….
If I had to pick a favorite Urban Fantasy series, the running would be very tight. While the action and over-arching storyline are among the best I have read, what really draws me in is the relationship between Kate and Curran. I love Curran — snarky, demanding, questionable sanity and all he is a true Alpha hero. And the best thing is that Kate is his equal in every way. It will be a sad, sad day indeed when this series winds up a few books down the line. Managing to be both action packed and fun at the same time, the last think Kitty expects is to step into the middle of a world of secret agents, code-breakers, winged monsters on killing sprees…and supernaturally hot aliens.
Aliens who want her to come and work for them, no less. This is a fun series, a perfect escapist read, and it shows no signs of slowing down. Werewolf hunters, vampires and other shifters all have an interest in Kitty, and all she has to do now is try and survive. Special Agent Heather Wallace thought she had seen it all as she tracks the most violent and disturbed of criminals, but nothing could prepare her when a hunt for a serial killer leads her into the world of Dante Baptiste. Star of the rock band Inferno.
Rumored owner of the hot New Orleans nightspot Club Hell. Born of the Blood, then broken by an evil beyond imagination, this son of a fallen angel is hunting for the truth about his past, while trying to survive his future. With supernatural beings, shadowy government agencies, killers and betrayals, you never know what to expect next. For quite a while, I resisted reading anything Urban Fantasy. I figured that I would get bored, reading about the same people for book after book, and that they would lack romance.
I was wrong on both counts, and these books are a perfect example of that. With her Mercy Thompson books, Patricia Briggs created a very rich, very detailed world with a very unique heroine. Mercy is a half Native American coyote shifter mechanic who often finds herself in the middle of supernatural trouble. This series is a great addition to any collection. The Merry Gentry series by author Laurell K. Forced to flee the court of her aunt Andais, the Queen of Air and Darkness and of the Unseelie fae, Merry has spent several years outside of the court out of fear of death via court sanctioned duels.
Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth…. Recommended by: Lorraine. Troubled by secrets, torn by loyalties, a deadly shape-shifter and a dedicated cop fight impossible odds in steamy New Orleans where a criminal empire built on treacherous alliances and a clan of ferocious Shifters searching for their prophesied leader conspire to pull them apart.
Written by Nancy Gideon , the series is unique in that the first four books follow the same hero and heroine: shape-shifting mob enforcer Max Savoie and NOPD detective Charlotte Cassie. And what a pair they make: fierce, self-sufficient loners drawn together by dangerous circumstance and held by a passion both irresistible and frightening.
The following four stories feature other characters. Or so she thought. Demons and willing demon hosts are common in this alternative America, but unfortunately so are rogue demons who take unwilling hosts. While vampire UF series usually take the dark and gritty path, Molly Harper went the other direction with her Jane Jameson books and the spin-off Half-Moon Hollow books, too. Jane Jameson is a bit of an accidental loser.
She is single, almost 30, and a librarian working in Half-Moon Hollow, Ky. And then she wakes up as a vampire. And that is just for starters. Her worlds are filled with humor, quirky characters, and sweet romance. They are pretty much a staple in any reading list, and that also extends to the spin-off books that feature Vlad, Spade and Mencheres. In fact, I will not consider the series complete until that bad boy has his story told. I am of two minds about a Cat and Bones finale, though. While I hate to see a great series end, I am glad to see it go out on top.
Unfortunately for her, the Faerie world has other ideas. The Others world is multi-layered, complex and fascinating, and even when burdened with setting everything up Written in Red still managed to flow with a great pace. The world-builing here is terrific, and I can honestly say that it was one of my best discoveries in quite a while. Now to just keep that momentum heading into the rest of the series…. Recommended by: Kaleigha, Doug Meeks, Redbutterfly. They are sweeping historical time-travel romances, telling the story of 20th century British Army nurse Claire Randall, who time travels to 18th century Scotland and finds adventure and romance with the dashing James Fraser.
Each book is unique in structure, tone, approach, and theme, and while they are independent stories, it is best to go back to the beginning and start with Outlander. The world also includes the Lord John Grey novels, which are more part of the original series than a spin-off. Main character Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for sparks fly when Alexia crosses paths with the appalling Lord Maccon a loud, messy, gorgeous, werewolf. Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing?
And who is the real enemy? The Parasol Protectorate is a comedy of manners set in Victorian London: full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking. He comes from a line of Charmings — an illustrious family of dragon slayers, witch-finders and killers dating back to before the fall of Rome. Trained by a modern day version of the Knights Templar, monster hunters who have updated their methods from chainmail and crossbows to kevlar and shotguns, he was one of the best.
That is — until he became the abomination the Knights were sworn to hunt. That was a lifetime ago. Now, he tends bar under an assumed name in rural Virginia and leads a peaceful, quiet life. Written by Elliott James. Fifteen years ago, Victor studied at Heliotrope Station, one of the original residential psychic training programs in the U. The only thing he learned in that facility was how to be a better liar. Solving murders should be a snap when you can talk to the deceased. Written by Jordan Castillo Price. She turns thirty in the most unfortunate manner possible: she is laid off from work and then run down by an SUV.
These books are funny and irreverent, and a staple in the UF genre. Also commonly known as the Rachel Morgan series after the main character , the Hollows by Kim Harrison is set in an alternate-reality Cincinnati where magical and supernatural beings — primarily witches, vampires and werewolves — have become known to the human public.
The Raine Benares series from Lisa Shearin wrapped up a couple of years ago with the release of book number six. The heroine is a tough, scrappy heroine who uses her magical powers to find lost things and missing people, but who also comes from the most notorious criminal family in the seven kingdoms. This series falls more on the fantasy than the romance side, but it does have quite a lot of humor and action as well. Sniegoski does sound like it would be a great read. Boston P. Remy Chandler has many talents. He can will himself invisible, he can speak and understand any foreign language including the language of animals , and if he listens carefully, he can hear thoughts.
Unusual, to say the least, for an ordinary man. Now he spends his time investigating the often dangerous supernatural cases that come his way, while using his powers to make a difference in a world filled with things that go bump in the night. Normally her job is stimulating, challenging and only a little bit dangerous. But every once in a while…. Sometimes what a woman has to do to get the job done is enough to give even Wren nightmares.
Written by Laura Anne Gilman. She and her twin brother Rhoan were born to a werewolf mother and a vampire who mated during a full moon. After mating, their mother then killed the vampire. Both Riley and Rhoan are very rare dhampires half wolves, half vampires , and after growing up in the Jenson pack, they were kicked out when they were teenagers because the pack did not approve of their mixed blood.
Both Riley and Rhoan work for the Directorate of Other Races; Rhoan as a guardian and Riley as a personal assistant for their boss, Jack, who is an year-old vampire. Riley is a normal girl with an anything but normal life, whose job it is to police the supernatural population all while protecting humans from the things that go bump in the night. Sabina is raised by her cold and unfeeling Vampire Grandmother to believe that as an inferior half-breed she owes not only her loyalty, but her very life, to the rulers of the Vampire race.
She is used as a weapon to destroy their enemies without question, until they day she finds herself torn between her two worlds. This is another one that I have heard good things about but never gotten to yet. The revolution is coming, and Faythe will be leading the charge. It looks like Faythe is the new Alpha for a reason. To make matters worse, her college is forcing her into the Supernatural night school. The last place she wants to be is in a room filled with ferals, vampires, and other monsters from her nightmares.
The absolute worst thing she can imagine? Getting hit with her first fervor in the middle of said classroom. She may not even survive at all. Written by Xandrie Kovak. Recommended by: Shira. The Sirantha Jax books from author Ann Aguirre is, simply put, a great character-driven sci-fi series with strong romance and lots of action. There are six books to the series, but it has the feel of one long, epic story that very much should be read in proper release order. Sirantha Jax is the carrier of a very rare gene that gives her the ability to jump ships through grimspace—a talent which cuts into her life expectancy, but makes her a highly prized navigator for the Corp.
Her only shot at freedom comes with a hefty price — helping a small band of rogue fighters break the Corp monopoly on interstellar travel—and establish a new breed of jumper. Since she is dead either way, she might as well have some fun. Camille, a witch, Delilah, a werecat, and Menolly, an acrobat extraordinaire turned vampire, are sent Earthside to keep them out of trouble by their superiors, who consider the girls nothing but a bunch of bumbling half-breeds.
But the girls soon find themselves smack in the middle of Demon-Central when Shadow Wing, the leader of the Subterranean Realms, decides to attempt a coup on both Earth and Otherworld. Now, with their friends and lovers, they must use all of their collective talents to prevent the demons from taking over as the three sisters attempt to save two worlds, one monster at a time.
This trilogy from author Tanya Huff is actually a spin-off of her Victoria Nelson series, and it features former street kid Tony Foster, who is now a production assistant on a TV series about a vampire detective. And Tony will definitely need the help of vampire Henry Fitzroy if he, his friend-and the world-are going to stand any chance of surviving this invasion. Just a quick note — the story does focus on a homosexual main character. Recommended by: scentfragrance. Emberly has spent a good number of her many lives trying to save humans.
So when her prophetic dreams reveal the death of Sam, a man she once loved, she does everything in her power to prevent that from happening. But in saving his life, she gets more than she bargained for. Sam is working undercover for the Paranormal Investigations Team, and those who are trying to murder him are actually humans infected by a virus, the red plague —a by-product of a failed government experiment that attempted to identify the enzymes that make vampires immortal.
Now, all those infected must be eliminated. Based on the exploits of a Psychic Louisiana waitress with Fae blood and her oddball collection of family, friends and lovers, these books helped pave the way for other successful Urban Fantasy series. Recommended by: Judy V. The family magic seems to have skipped over Tammy Jo Trask. All she gets are a few untimely visits from long-dead, smart-mouthed family ghost Edie. After a few experiences with her dysfunctional magic, Tammy turns to the only person in small-town Duval, Texas, who can help: the very rich and highly magical Bryn Lyons.
She also inherited a warning: stay away from Lyons. Written by Kimberly Frost. Recommended by: Shira, Kaleigha. When I moved to New York to become a world famous journalist, I never imagined that snagging a job at a seedy tabloid would change my career path from trashy reporter to undercover agent. I can see through any disguise, shield, or spell that a paranormal pest can come up with. I track down creatures and my partner, Ian Byrne, takes them out—usually saving my skin in the process.
Written by Lisa Shearin. Half-Navajo Janet Begay possesses extraordinary power which is tied to the storms that waft across the desert. They are helped along the way by Coyote and Crow, but these shapeshifting gods have their own agendas. Written by Allyson James aka Jennifer Ashley. Recommended by: Monika, Shira. Good but not great: Doug Meeks. Used to be my greatest achievement was holding a job more than three days. Now suddenly I can shoot fireballs, chill your drink, or blow-dry your hair at fifty paces with a blink of my eye! It all started when this crazy scientist dropped something in my Grande Mocha Latte.
Of course I got wicked sick. He seems even less pleased by my apparently irreversible transformation than I am. Written by Gena Showalter. What if you could see the future? What if you foresaw that, three hundred years from your time, your entire galaxy would be destroyed in an overwhelming invasion? What would you do to stop it, when it would all happen long after you were dead and gone?
These are the questions that Ia must face, and the obstacles she must overcome. Spurred by her teenaged visions of an apocalyptic future, the young heavyworlder woman seeks to set up a series of events, a domino-chain of actions and repercussions that will hopefully stop the coming invaders long after her time has passed.
But in order to do so, she must enter the military and engage in a four-front war: an old, barely contained enemy whose twin goals of galactic conquest and lunch terrify all sane sentients; an ancient foe whose technology vastly outstrips anything the Alliance can fling at it; a fanatic, xenophobic religious movement on her homeworld which Ia dares not stop; and her ongoing battle against Time itself. If Ia fails, the stars and planets of the Milky Way will cease to exist, and so will the countless lives that depend on them.
But the odds of her winning the ultimate battle are very, very small, when even the slightest, most innocent-seeming misstep could domino down through time in the wrong way, and doom untold septillions of sentients to a dark and terrifying fall. Bound by the ice of her duty, burned by the fires of her conscience, driven by what she foresees, Ia must become the herald of death herself:. Author C. This one would appeal to fans of the Mercy Thompson and Jane Yellowrock series with its half-Native American, half Irish mechanic heroine who becomes a police detective with the Seattle Police Department.
Recommended by: snapdragon. Just recently wrapping up at book number 13, there are a ton of novellas and short stories that make this an even more complete story. The Otherworld gives you a little bit of every supernatural species, a mix of fantasy and romance, and lots of action. Recommended by: Barbara, Coley, Jean, Jackie. Also sometimes known as the Moon Children series, this Urban Fantasy romance from author Eileen Wilks features a strong heroine, an intense Alpha leading man, great writing with compelling characters and lots of action.
Lily Yu is a former homicide cop turned FBI agent who has the ability to feel magic, but that magic has no effect on her. Lily uses her abilities to fight the monsters — both human and supernatural — who prey on the innocent. Her mate is Rule Turner — a powerful werewolf who is heir to his clan.
The world-building is top notch, delving into both magical mythology and Lupine politics, while still focusing on a great romantic couple. Recommended by: kathybaug, shannon, Doug Meeks. When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it. Written by Sarah J. Recommended by: Bfmason She can find anyone, anywhere, at any time — except the one person who means the most to her. Rylee is often times their last hope in bringing home the lost ones, and it is her job to salvage what they cannot. But when a salvage spins out of control, an unexpected ally makes her rethink her loner ways.
There are supernatural prisons hidden across the globe. Contained within these fortresses are some of the deadliest criminals from the five supernatural races: vampire, shifter, fey, magic users and demi-fey. Jessa Lebron, twenty-two, has spent her entire life in Stratford, Connecticut, one of the gateway towns adjoining these prisons which protect the fortified borders. She learns that much of her life has been hidden from her, secrets which threaten to tear apart the very fabric of her world.
Especially the biggest secret of them all. Dragon mark hunters are lethal and her only hope to evade detection is to keep the energy contained. As more secrets unfold she finds herself locked up in Vanguard, the notorious American supernatural prison. Braxton, the dragon-shifter has her back. Together they must survive long enough to free themselves and the other dragon marked. Recommended by: Saski Chopra. Following her death in a plane crash, Celine discovers that neither heaven nor hell is an option for her. Between covering up her devil ancestry in an immortal school and trying to understand her feelings for a senior apprentice, can Celine circumvent her impending doomsday to create a favorable plot twist?
Written by Kassandra Lynn. Recommended by: Selwyn. Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos. But when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.
Beautiful, manipulative, and deadly, his new master, Prince Laurent, epitomizes the worst of the court at Vere. But in the lethal political web of the Veretian court, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen finds himself caught up in a play for the throne, he must work together with Laurent to survive and save his country. The baseboard is MDF laid on 2"x1" softwood framing. Manufacturer: Tomix In order to can travel on all JR East Japan tube, equipped for power generation engines to the top car black E, it can be running by the diesel locomotive traction even in the non-electrified section.
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