The Reading List

The Reading List

Paranormal romance and urban fantasy recommendations from CV readers are posted below for your enjoyment and list-making. The line between urban fantasy and paranormal romance is pretty fuzzy, so I’ve done my best to categorize between the sub-genres.

Authors are listed alphabetically by first name. Links are generally to the first book in the series. Some authors may be in both categories. 

This list is continually updated, so feel free to leave suggestions in the comments.  Asterisks indicate recently-added books. My books are in bold, because I want you to read them. :)

Urban Fantasy

This list includes historical, steampunk, vampires, ghosts, goblins, and other assorted paranormal things. Each book typically includes the same hero/heroine.

Paranormal Romance

Books in this list typically include a new heroine/hero/romance in each volume.
The Reading List

Romance/Urban Fantasy set in New Orleans / Louisiana

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 (Post-apocalyptic vampire)
  • Margaret Atwood, MaddAddam (Post-apocalyptic)*

Leave your suggestions in the comments.  Comments are moderated, so it may take 24 hours for your comment to appear. Also, so that I can keep track, I delete comments once I’ve added the suggestions to the list.



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1 Brigette April 3, 2015 at 8:11 am

There is a new author in paranormal that I think is deserving of your list. Her name is Marianne Maguire from the Legacy series.


2 Invested Ivana April 3, 2015 at 9:49 am

This is a great list! I love it. Here are some you might look at adding, though I realize this is YOUR favorites list. :)

A. A. Aguire’s Aparatus Infernum series
Adrian Phoenix’s Hoodoo series (short-lived but good)
Charlaine Harris’ Harper Connelly series
Cherie Priests’s Maplecroft (just one book so far)
Devon Monk’s House Immortal series and Broken Magic series (an extension of Allie)
Gail Carriger’s new Custard Protocol series (Prudence as a new adult)
Jennifer Ashley’s Stormwalker series
Jocelynn Drake’s Asylum Tales series
Kelley Armstrong’s Cainsville series
Mark del Franco’s Laura Blackstone series (same world as Connor Grey, but just two books)
Rachel Vincent’s new Wildcats series (spin-off of the Shifters series)

Thanks for the list!


3 Chloe Neill April 22, 2015 at 7:51 pm

Great recommendations! So many that I missed. Thanks! 😀

4 Peter Z April 3, 2015 at 8:24 pm

paranormal romance suggestions:
Jordan Castillo Price, Psycop series
Ally Blue, Bay City Investigators series
Rick Gualtieri, Bill the Vampire series


5 Cassandra April 4, 2015 at 11:47 pm

Under Paranormal Romance I recommend Marie Dry’s Alien series. Book one is Alien mine. Book two is out now – Alien Undercover.


6 Marie Dry April 5, 2015 at 6:00 am

I suggested Grave Robber for Hire by Cassandra L. Shaw earlier but forgot to mention that it is urban fantasy.


7 Mattie April 6, 2015 at 3:04 pm

Great recs. Definitely look into adding the Woman King series by Evette Davis. Steamy paranormal rom with a lot of complexity that deserves to be on this list!

Always loved Kim Harrison and Chloe Neill but didn’t realize they’re considered Urban Fantasy until now :)


8 JoAnn April 22, 2015 at 8:52 pm

Anne Bishop’s The Others series. Wonderful!
Also Sharon Lee’s Carousel series, now sadly finished


9 Chloe Neill April 22, 2015 at 9:03 pm

Anne Bishop’s on there. Top list. :)

10 Liz S June 16, 2015 at 12:26 am

Christine Feehan-Carpathian series/Drake Sisters series/Ghost Walker series
Kresley Cole-Immortals After Dark
Robin Owens-Celta series/ Ghost Seer series
Shelly Laurenston- Dragon Kin series
Mary Janice Davidson-Betsy the Vampire Queen series
Benedict Jacka-Alex Versus series
Susan Sizemore-Prime series
Lori Handeland-Night Creatures series
CT Adams-Sazi series/Siren series
Erin McCarthy- Vegas Vampire series


11 Chloe Neill June 16, 2015 at 7:02 pm

A bunch of those are already on the lists, but thanks for the new suggestions!

12 Donald McLean July 3, 2015 at 10:50 pm

Some great stuff, but I would also add Ben Aaronovitch. His Rivers of London series is just outstanding.


13 Maggie LS September 15, 2015 at 12:23 pm

I recommend Elliott James series – Charming (Pax Arcana)


14 Chris McG September 15, 2015 at 10:10 pm

I recommend Kate Baxter – The Last True Vampire. it’s the first book in a new paranormal romance series.


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