Top 10 Paranormal Romance Books on Goodreads

Posted by Hayley on February 6, 2017

Romance Week is brought to you by the latest book in Helen Hardt's Steel Brothers Saga, Burn.

Want love stories with…bite? We rounded up the top paranormal romances on Goodreads just for you! Whether it's falling for the werewolf next door or hunting sexy vampires by moonlight, these books will transport you to worlds of danger, intrigue, and passion. How many have you read?


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Dark Lover
by J.R. Ward

The last purebred vampire on earth falls for an innocent half-breed woman in this irresistible introduction to the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.



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Moon Called
by Patricia Briggs

Welcome to Mercy Thompson's world. The full-time mechanic and part-time werewolf has her hands full with work, romance, and literal monsters.



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Darkfever
by Karen Marie Moning

Attempting to solve her sister's murder, Mac travels to Ireland for answers—and finds unexpected allies and diabolical foes.



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Halfway to the Grave
by Jeaniene Frost

Can vampires be good? Catherine doesn't think so until a vampire bounty hunter named Bones captures her. (It's a long story.)



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The Darkest Night
by Gena Showalter

Ashlyn comes to Budapest for peace. What she gets instead is Maddox, a dangerous warrior and the first of the irresistible Lords of the Underworld.



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Fantasy Lover
by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Julian is cursed to be a love slave for all eternity. Two thousand years in, he meets Grace, the only woman who wants to set him free.



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Angels' Blood
by Nalini Singh

Hired by an archangel, vampire hunter Elena mixes business with pleasure on a precarious quest to stop an ancient evil.



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Pleasure Unbound
by Larissa Ione

He's a demon, and she's a demon slayer. Sworn enemies, they give in to temptation, risking both their lives.



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Kiss of Midnight
by Lara Adrian

When a night out turns deadly, vampire Lucan reluctantly saves a mortal woman by binding himself to her. Now their fates are tied…forever.



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The Warlord Wants Forever
by Kresley Cole

With war breaking out around them, a vampire general and a Valkyrie engage in a cat-and-mouse game fueled by revenge and lust.





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message 1: by Laurie (new)

Laurie Beaulieu Read all but Nalini Singh's but its on my TBR pile.


message 2: by Karen (new)

Karen Can not believe that Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series wouldn't make this list. It's one of my top three paranormal romance series, and always on my must-buy list.


message 3: by Jasmin (new)

Jasmin Jace I wonder why Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews is not included in this list? I think it's one of the best paranormal romance I've read and it deserves to be included in this list. Just my opinion though.


message 4: by Vavita (new)

Vavita Only two books missing!


message 5: by Dee (new)

Dee Christine Feehan needs to be on this list.


message 6: by Shreshtha (new)

Shreshtha I love J.R.Ward to Fade. All the books by her are my favorite.


message 7: by Shreshtha (new)

Shreshtha this list needs more books!


message 8: by Mickie (new)

Mickie Kravitz frazier All Karen Marie Moning's Books, All BDB Series by JR Ward, anyhing by Donna Grant and Lara Adrian.


message 9: by Adean (new)

Adean Read all of JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series and a few of Lara Adrian's


message 10: by Jillian (last edited Feb 06, 2017 11:46AM) (new)

Jillian I highly recommend the Phoenix Pack series by Suzanne Wright. Feral Sins (The Phoenix Pack, #1) by Suzanne Wright Wicked Cravings (The Phoenix Pack, #2) by Suzanne Wright Carnal Secrets (The Phoenix Pack, #3) by Suzanne Wright Dark Instincts (The Phoenix Pack, #4) by Suzanne Wright Savage Urges (The Phoenix Pack, #5) by Suzanne Wright


message 11: by Amanda (new)

Amanda I've read 7 of these(they were all delightful!) so I kinda feel like I need to read the other 3...


message 12: by Marlene (new)

Marlene What about Dannika Dark's "Seven" series and her "Mageri" series? They are as good as Black Dagger Brotherhood.


message 13: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Unpopular opinion?: JR Ward is a terrible writer and I couldn't get through that series.
Also not a fan of the Mercy Briggs series, mostly because of the awful sexual assault and ensuing idiocy that occurs at the end of book 3... or is it 2?
Agree with Nalina Singh, Larissa Ione, Kresley Cole, Sherrilyn Kenyon
Missing from this list: everything Ilona Andrews. Fun and interesting books every single time. Just finished the new Clean Sweep/Innkeeper chronicles trilogy and looooved it!


message 14: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Jasmin wrote: "I wonder why Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews is not included in this list? I think it's one of the best paranormal romance I've read and it deserves to be included in this list. Just my opinion though."
same!


message 15: by Katie (new)

Katie Ive read all of these. Haha.


message 16: by Katie (new)

Katie Lisa wrote: "Jasmin wrote: "I wonder why Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews is not included in this list? I think it's one of the best paranormal romance I've read and it deserves to be included in this list. Just m..."

I agree! Ive reading Magic breaks right now. Its amazing.


message 17: by Katie (new)

Katie Jillian wrote: "I highly recommend the Phoenix Pack series by Suzanne Wright. Feral Sins (The Phoenix Pack, #1) by Suzanne Wright Wicked Cravings (The Phoenix Pack, #2) by Suzanne Wright Carnal Secrets (The Phoenix Pack, #3) by Suzanne Wright [bookcover:Da..."

I agree!


message 18: by Jeanny (new)

Jeanny Jasmin wrote: "I wonder why Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews is not included in this list? I think it's one of the best paranormal romance I've read and it deserves to be included in this list. Just my opinion though."

I think Kate Daniels series is UF


message 19: by JennyWren (last edited Feb 06, 2017 01:19PM) (new)

JennyWren I've read all of these except Lords of the Underworld. Might give that series a try this year. I think Kate Daniels isn't on this list because it's often found o urban fantasy lists/subgenres and isn't straight up paranormal romance. Which is maybe true but I personally think Curran and Kate's story is so very romantic and I love it.

@Jeanny sorry I was writing didn't see your answer about the Kate Daniels series


message 20: by Katie (new)

Katie JennyWren wrote: "I've read all of these except Lords of the Underworld. Might give that series a try this year. I think Kate Daniels isn't on this list because it's often found o urban fantasy lists/subgenres and i..."

I am half way through Lords of Underworld. I got bored after book 9 but it wasn't a bad series. And Kate Daniels is amazing! I'm reading Magic Breaks right now. I've laughed out out so many times!


message 21: by Jeanny (last edited Feb 06, 2017 01:26PM) (new)

Jeanny Lisa wrote: "Unpopular opinion?: JR Ward is a terrible writer and I couldn't get through that series.
Also not a fan of the Mercy Briggs series, mostly because of the awful sexual assault and ensuing idiocy tha..."


I concur Lisa, J.R Ward was a horrendous writer. I found BDB dull. I attempted the series twice before I decided it was useless unless I suffered from insomnia. LOL Book put me to sleep (--)zzzz every time.


message 22: by JennyWren (new)

JennyWren BDB series is a funny one for me. I enjoyed the books a lot when I first read them and now they make me cringe lol. I have the same thing with Kristen Ashley's books now.


message 23: by Katie (new)

Katie JennyWren wrote: "BDB series is a funny one for me. I enjoyed the books a lot when I first read them and now they make me cringe lol. I have the same thing with Kristen Ashley's books now."

I read all of BDB. I agree with Lisa they can be boring sometimes. I can not get into Kristen Ashley's books. All of her male characters are the exactly the same. First book I read i loved then I went to the next one and it was exactly the same character.


message 24: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Jeanny wrote: "Lisa wrote: "Unpopular opinion?: JR Ward is a terrible writer and I couldn't get through that series.
Also not a fan of the Mercy Briggs series, mostly because of the awful sexual assault and ensui..."

haha i'm glad I'm not the only one! especially since i do like most of these other writers.

Katie wrote: "JennyWren wrote: "BDB series is a funny one for me. I enjoyed the books a lot when I first read them and now they make me cringe lol. I have the same thing with Kristen Ashley's books now."

I read..."

Does Kristen Ashley write supernatural or fantasy romance? I haven't heard of her before.


message 25: by Katie (new)

Katie Lisa wrote: "Jeanny wrote: "Lisa wrote: "Unpopular opinion?: JR Ward is a terrible writer and I couldn't get through that series.
Also not a fan of the Mercy Briggs series, mostly because of the awful sexual as..."


@Jeanny She writes both but her male characters are the same. I couldn't do it felt like i was reading the same story over again.


Pint-Sized Vehemence Karen wrote: "Can not believe that Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series wouldn't make this list. It's one of my top three paranormal romance series, and always on my must-buy list."


AGREEEEEEE!


message 27: by Pint-Sized Vehemence (last edited Feb 06, 2017 02:51PM) (new)

Pint-Sized Vehemence Kiss of Midnight and Moon Called are the only two I haven't read. I ordered Kiss of Midnight, but Moon Called looks meh. I've had it recommended to me a bunch of times.


message 28: by Jeana (new)

Jeana Budnick Mercy Thompson is definitely my favorite!


message 29: by Ulla (new)


message 30: by Kitty_ranma (new)

Kitty_ranma Anything by Christine Feehan should be on this list.


message 31: by Lizabeth (new)

Lizabeth Agree with all those who feel Ilona Andrews should have been included!


message 32: by Ren Puspita (new)

Ren Puspita Ilona Andrews's Kate Daniels is Urban Fantasy, tho.


message 33: by Jessamine (new)

Jessamine TOTALLY agree with everything Ilona Andrews missing from this list!!


message 34: by Rebecca (last edited Feb 06, 2017 08:11PM) (new)

Rebecca I am a HUGE fan of Ilona Andrews, love the fact that it's actually a husband and wife team, but I understand why the Kate Daniels series isn't on this list and I don't think it should be. It's more urban fantasy than paranormal romance. While the romance is a large and important part of the series, ultimately the series is about much more than just the romance and it doesn't take center stage.

On the other hand, anyone who's been commenting about loving Ilona Andrews should check out their actual PNR books. The Edge series is amazing, but personally in terms of romance nothing has topped how much I loved Burn for Me, the first book of the Hidden Legacy trilogy.

(You can see by the covers that the marketing team really tried to sell it as a romance...the alternate version of the cover with the same two models looked 100% more badass, but they decided to go with this one. My sole complaint about the book is that it deserves way better covers than the uber cheesy ones right now, the cover of the second book (White Hot) is something I can't imagine even holding in my hands without dying of embarrassment :(. And don't even get me started on the title font...

I plan on eventually buying the Hidden Legacy trilogy but I'll have to wait until they're republished with better covers!


message 35: by Kathy (new)

Kathy Marlene wrote: "What about Dannika Dark's "Seven" series and her "Mageri" series? They are as good as Black Dagger Brotherhood."

Good certainly, I enjoyed them but not as good as The Black Dagger Brotherhood


message 36: by Jenny (new)

Jenny Clark If you haven't read Karen Marie Monings Fever series, you have not lived.


message 37: by Biblio (new)

Biblio Curious The Monk by Matthew Lewis should be on here. It's a gothic love story but not for the lighthearted. Creepy, sinister and poetic.

Lewis was thrown into the garbage for writing it as a teenager. So he never wrote anything ever again.


message 38: by Vavita (new)

Vavita Jenny wrote: "If you haven't read Karen Marie Monings Fever series, you have not lived."

:-) VERY TRUE


message 39: by Laura (new)

Laura The Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews should absolutely be on this list!


message 40: by Jasmin (new)

Jasmin Jace Lisa wrote: "Unpopular opinion?: JR Ward is a terrible writer and I couldn't get through that series.
Also not a fan of the Mercy Briggs series, mostly because of the awful sexual assault and ensuing idiocy tha..."


Glad to know I'm not alone on that thought about BDB. Everybody seem to like it so I was thinking that maybe there's something wrong with me. :D


message 41: by Jasmin (new)

Jasmin Jace Jeanny wrote: "Jasmin wrote: "I wonder why Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews is not included in this list? I think it's one of the best paranormal romance I've read and it deserves to be included in this list. Just m..."

Jeanny wrote: "Jasmin wrote: "I wonder why Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews is not included in this list? I think it's one of the best paranormal romance I've read and it deserves to be included in this list. Just m..."

Oh, I see. I'm finding it hard to differentiate UF from PNR sometimes. :D


message 42: by Evelyn Swift (new)

Evelyn Swift (Featherbrained Books) I've read 6/10 and the rest are on my to-read pile!! I absolutely love the Blackdagger Brotherhood series, Mercy Thompson series, and Immortals After Dark series! The only novel I wasn't a fan of was Pleasure Unbound :/


message 43: by Katie (new)

Katie Evelyn Swift wrote: "I've read 6/10 and the rest are on my to-read pile!! I absolutely love the Blackdagger Brotherhood series, Mercy Thompson series, and Immortals After Dark series! The only novel I wasn't a fan of w..."

I loved Pleasure Unbound! One of my favorite series. Was the series that got me into paranormal.


message 44: by Katie (new)

Katie Jenny wrote: "If you haven't read Karen Marie Monings Fever series, you have not lived."

I haven't finished the series. I stopped at Iced and haven't been back to it since. Is Iced good?


message 45: by Pat (new)

Pat Shreshtha wrote: "I love J.R.Ward to Fade. All the books by her are my favorite."

Mine too!


message 46: by JennyWren (new)

JennyWren Katie wrote: "Jenny wrote: "If you haven't read Karen Marie Monings Fever series, you have not lived."

I haven't finished the series. I stopped at Iced and haven't been back to it since. Is Iced good?"


Iced was ok but I wish I had stopped after 1-5. They were absolute perfection. I don't like where KMM took the series after. I will always re-read books 1-5 though.


message 47: by Claudia (new)

Claudia Ayala 10/10 read. Yeahh!
Missing Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling #1) by Nalini Singh .
Just one book that I didn´t like in this list.


message 48: by Katie (new)

Katie JennyWren wrote: "Katie wrote: "Jenny wrote: "If you haven't read Karen Marie Monings Fever series, you have not lived."

I haven't finished the series. I stopped at Iced and haven't been back to it since. Is Iced g..."


I agree i loved the first 5 but Iced didn't really sound that good.


message 49: by JennyWren (new)

JennyWren Claudia wrote: "10/10 read. Yeahh!
Missing Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling #1) by Nalini Singh.
Just one book that I didn´t like in this list."


Yes! Now that's a classic PRN romance. Soooo good!


message 50: by Diane (new)

Diane Barber Jasmin wrote: "I wonder why Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews is not included in this list? I think it's one of the best paranormal romance I've read and it deserves to be included in this list. Just my opinion though."

Completely agree!!


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