The Reading List

The Reading List

I polled readers and authors on Facebook and Twitter for paranormal romance and urban fantasy recommendations, and I’ve posted the lists below.

The line between urban fantasy and paranormal romance is pretty fuzzy, so I’ve done my best to categorize between the sub-genres. Please let me know if you think a series should be categorized differently!

Authors are listed alphabetically by first name. Links are generally to the first book in the series.

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Chloe’s other favorite series

  • Diana Gabaldon, Outlander (Historical/time travel romance)
  • J.D. Robb, In Death (Police procedural/romantic suspense)
  • Justin Cronin, The Passage (Apocalyptic vampire)

I’ll update this page as time permits, so feel free to leave more suggestions in the comments!



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1 Amanda April 23, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Rebecca Zanetti – Dark Protector series


2 Emily May 5, 2013 at 12:52 am

Almost every single one of them. YAY! I’m a nerd. Other ones that I haven’t have already been dismissed for one reason or another. YAY! I’m a snobby nerd.


3 Lona Hoxworth May 13, 2013 at 11:45 pm

Shelly Laurentson aka G.A. Aiken. Writes Dragon shifters as GA and contemporary wolf, bear, lion shifters as Shelly. LOVE HER! Everyone must read.


4 Stephanie Robertson May 17, 2013 at 10:57 am

I noticed Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling has been listed in the PNR section (which is awesome), but her Guild Hunter series is not listed (and that makes me sad).
I think it needs to be there, because it’s one of the coolest most original worlds created in the genre with vamps and angels (and if peeps are fans of Ethan, then I think they’d love them some Archangel Raphael too… And Elena is a tough but awesome woman like Merit). I’d consider it more UF than PNR but it’s like a 60/40 split.


5 Cindy Rittenhouse May 31, 2013 at 6:37 pm

I’ve read most and now have more to explore…thanks!
In return, I’d like to suggest
. Kristin Painter
. Delilah S. Dawson
. Mark Del Franco
. Kelly Gay
. Eileen Wilks
Since I grew up in Chicago, I thoroughly enjoy traveling those streets again with you. Here in dystopian Atlanta we have Ilona Andrews. Not the same as our Chicago–still, riveting.


6 Gillian July 27, 2013 at 9:50 pm

Jennifer L. Armentrout- The Covenant Series
This book series is awesome too!!!


7 christina July 28, 2013 at 2:45 am

You have to check out Suzanne Wright’s Phoenix Pack series (werewolves) and her vampire series Here Be Sexist Vampires. Both are freaking hilarious and are pnr. Kristen Ashley!! She has 3 different paranormal romance series and I promise you won’t stop reading till you devoured ALL her books!! She mainly writes contemporary romance novels and i strongly recomend her Rock Chick series but every genre she has wrote is freaking wonderful!! D.B. Reynolds Vampires in America series is AMAZING!! Shannon K. Butcher (The Sentinel Wars) and Melaine Nowak (Almot Human) are also series that should be checked out. And last but not least Tina Folson’s vampire series was outstanding! !


8 Lizzie Dee July 28, 2013 at 12:53 pm

I would classify Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series as UF before PNR. The series doesn’t seem to be about romance though there is some hot sex eventually. It’s more about saving the world.


9 Jackie Evans July 28, 2013 at 1:16 pm

The Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels series the Laurell K Hamilton Anita Blake series and Lora Leigh’s Breeds series along with CLV are my favourite series, I would have added Adrian Phoenix’s Makers Song but it has been so long since the last book I know the next is due in October but I will believe it when I see it.


10 Cindy July 28, 2013 at 6:15 pm

I agree that D.B. Reynolds is a great series and so is Amy Blankenship’s Blood Bond series.


11 Dotti Elrick August 21, 2013 at 7:45 pm

One of my all time favorites.
Vampires in America by D.B. Reynolds
The first book in the series is Raphael.


12 Meow August 21, 2013 at 8:20 pm

I see Nalini Singh is on the list but not her Guild Hunter series? This must be amended.
Kelley Armstrong Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising
Laurell K. Hamilton – Merry Gentry
Molly Harper – Naked Werewolf
Jocelynn Drake – Dark Days


13 Lisa August 21, 2013 at 8:48 pm

I would also add The Kismet Knight Series by Lynda Hilburn which starts with The Vampire Shrink. Very funny and fresh!


14 Brenda August 22, 2013 at 8:13 am

Elizabeth Hunter-Elemental Mysteries/World- it’s a great series
Thea Harrison- Elder Races (especially Dragon Bound and Lords Fall)


15 Caitlin August 22, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Also by Seanan McGuire, the Incryptid Series starting with Midnight Blue-Light Special. I find it more enjoyable that the October Daye Series.


16 Mary October 27, 2013 at 7:55 am

I’ m a fanatic for this kind of books and I am always trying different authors. This list is fantastic.


17 Dona November 15, 2013 at 2:49 pm



18 Dona November 15, 2013 at 2:51 pm

You MUST read Rob Thurman’s books! Excellent writing in all of her series, but the Leandros Brothers are the best. She really understands the relationship/link between siblings … or those who think they are!


19 Nickawanna Shaw December 11, 2013 at 8:30 am

Gini Koch- Kitty Martini


20 Courtney February 2, 2014 at 1:48 pm

I like the Darkest London series by Kristen Callihan. It is historical setting urban fantasy with a romance twist. Check it out, you’ll like it :)


21 Starsgirl February 11, 2014 at 11:21 pm

Jenn Bennett: Arcadia Bell series, and Roaring Twenties


22 Crystal August 8, 2014 at 6:46 pm

Nina Bangs is another good author if your looking for romance mixed with humor.


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