I have to confess, I am addicted to paranormal romance novels. The books about sexy tough girl kicking vampire butts are selling as mochas at Starbucks. Why? Because these books put together action, romance and chills in a modern way, and modern readers can enjoy them without the shame we could feel reading a Harlequin or Barbara Cartland novel. The heroines of these books are strong, independent and smart, with a vulnerable side ready for love, sex and romance. Hey, is that not the reflection we would like to see in the bathroom’s mirror? Literary and writing quality aside, paranormal romance books are fun to read and a blooming business for their writers.
My favorite paranormal romance books writer is, with no doubt, Charlaine Harris, and my favorite books, her Southern Vampire series. The heroin, Sookie Stackhouse, is a waitress with telepathic superpower, and she gets involved in a crazy world of vampires, werewolves, murders and mysteries. The novels are full of humor, and the romance side is surprisingly sexy and hot, without the conservative typical point of view of the traditional romance novels. Sookie believes her skills are more a disability than a gift, and her vulnerability makes her very charming. Her personality and confidence will evolve through the series, and the plots will get more complicated and fun.
My second paranormal romance novels writer is Kelley Armstrong, and her Women of the Otherworld series. Each one of the books develop a character from the general plot, starting from the first, “Bitten”, the story of Elena Michaels, a Werewolf fighting to find her way on a path she didn’t choose. Elena was bitten by her gorgeous boyfriend, and she feels betrayed and lost, unable to live a “normal” life but uncomfortable inside the pack. She will meet other paranormal beings, and they will be the characters of the rest of the series: a witch, a necromancer, and more I hope I’ll meet soon. Good romance and very sexy.
Patricia Briggs writes a very entertaining series, with the heroin Mercy Thompson, a tough but cute mechanic who can shift to a coyote. Mercy lives in a world where the weres, vampires, witches and other paranormal creatures that are coming “out of the closet”. She gets involved in the trouble between magical races and their interaction with the human beings. The romance in this series is only a note, but the action is very fun. My favorite Briggs’ book is the second, “Blood Bound”, with a nice portrait of the vampire world.
Another series of paranormal romance touching the subject of the changes in a world that is shocked by the existence of supernatural beings is the Kim Harrison’s Rachel Morgan, a witch body hunter caught in the middle of the world between organizations made to deal with the supernatural and natural beings. The best part of the series is the charming characters, Jenx, a cute pixy (like a fairy), Ivy, a sexy and volatile vampire and Nick, Rachel’s boyfriend. The romance is not deep, but the characters are very good.
These are only some authors of the huge world of paranormal romance books, my very favorite ones. There are many more, and I’m sure more will come.