Aug 11 2011 10:00am

Bite Me, Baby: Top 5 (+1!) Vampire Lovers

Powerful men are sexy.

Men fighting for control are sexy.

Dark and mysterious, yep, sexy again.

Now add fangs, super speed and centuries of practice, and you know why vampires consistently dominate paranormal romance shelves.

I’ve got a thing for the alpha male and for nipping at the neck, which means I’ve culled through hundreds of vampire books. And I have narrowed down my top six literary vampires any woman would be happy to take as a lover.

(Note: Spoilers lie ahead—as in, who hooks up with whom.)

1. Bones from Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series.

Why does he top the list? Two words: strategic bites.

Sex scenes featuring Bones and Cat are always steamy, but Chapter 32 of One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress #2) is forever seared in my mind. Cat gives Bones the go-ahead to put his centuries of practice—and knowledge from his former profession as a prostitute—in action, no holds barred. And the man goes all out. His bite causes euphoria, and throughout the night he keeps nipping at Cat in naughty places, leaving her body on fire. (Her moans actually cause the police to show up at the house. Not kidding.)

Lover Eternal by J. R. Ward2. Rhage from J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series.

Rhage isn’t my favorite of Ward’s Brothers; that title belongs to Zsadist. But when it comes to which warrior comes out on top in the bedroom, I’m giving it up to Hollywood with good reason.

With Rhage you get the best of both worlds. While in Hollywood mode, you get caring and sweet lovemaking. When The Beast takes over, he has to be chained to the bed to keep from injuring you too badly. And, really, taming the beast is half the fun.

3. Ethan Sullivan from Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires series.

As the leader of a house of vampires, Ethan is used to getting his way. Merit was never willing to just jump into his bed. She made him work for it.

So, when he and Merit finally admit their true feelings and he gets his chance at naked time with the Sentinel of Cadogan House, he’s willing to fight daylight to go another round. Add in the gorgeous factor—Chloe used David Beckham as her template for Ethan—and you wouldn’t be turning away the green-eyed vampire, either.

Afterlight by Elle Jasper4. Eli Dupree from Elle Jasper’s Dark Ink Chronicles

We get plenty of chances to read about sex with Eli on the beach, in a tent and everywhere else in Everdark, the second Dark Ink book, but it’s the first novel, Afterlight, that puts him on this list.

Eli can read your mind, ladies. He’s guarding Riley, and while he’s in the corner of the room and she’s lying in bed, the two are able to share some very vivid dreams. The dream is so realistic both Eli and Riley feel like it’s real. He can get her off from the other side the room, people.

Also, for those who keep track of such things, there is nice sex in the rain, against a building, and on the stairs action in Afterlight.

5. Eric Northman from Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse series

I’ve long been on Team Eric, even before I had the visual of Swedish deliciousness Alexander Skarsgard portraying the Viking vampire on True Blood.

I always remember scenes with Eric as more graphic than they were, because he equals uninhibited action. With 1,000 years of practice, he knows to take his time with Sookie and teach her the perks of him tapping veins in locales other than her neck. The first time he takes her femoral artery, you know things are going to heat up quickly. Eric offers the slow burn, and you’ll accept without need of glamour.

The Killing Dance by Laurell K. Hamilton6. Jean Claude from Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series

There could be a lot of debate on this one. I could talk about the triumvirate and the sexuality therein. We could compare him with other vampires, shifters, etc. But instead I’ll just remind you of Anita and Jean Claude’s first time. Think back to the way he revered her body when she finally accepted him. Then, consider his appreciation for bath time fun. Now, would you say no to that?

I had to cut from my big list of vampire book boyfriends to give you the crème de la crème, but you don’t have to. Share the sexy and let me know which vampire lovers you would add to the list.

While Chelsea Mueller runs Vampire Book Club, she won’t turn down a sexy werewolf, demon or faerie. (Her husband often reminds her that she’s taken.)

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Megan Frampton
1. MFrampton
Chelsea, the only book I'm not familiar with here is Afterlight, so I promptly asked for it from the library. I think my fave vamp (of the ones listed here) is Ethan: Smart, arrogant, smart, handsome, and smart. Nom.
2. ChelseaMueller
It's hard not to love Ethan. Smart + handsome with a dash of arrogance is often my undoing.

As for Eli from Afterlight: he's delicious and powerful, and a bit scared of what that power might lead to if he unleashed it around Riley. Also, in the second book, there's a lot of beach sex. And, other than sand, how can that be a bad thing?
Chloe Neill
3. Chloe Neill
Since I was a Jean-Claude and Eric fan before Ethan was even a twinkle in my eye, this is SOOO awesome! :) Also - David from Rachel Caine's Weather Warden series, and definitely another vote for Zsadist. YUM!
4. ChelseaMueller
@Chloe Neill - See, I knew you'd have good taste in vampire men. Ethan doesn't make anything easy -- nor does Merit, for that matter -- but when we get those moments when his guard is down, it's so worth it. Thanks for delivering the yummy. :)
Chloe Neill
5. Cynde
While I have not read the Dark Ink Chronicles yet I do agree with all the other men listed. Hard to choose just one man, but if I did I would choose Alex. I mean Eric Norman. :-D
Chloe Neill
6. Zinnia
I love each and every one of these hotties =) Vishous is also one of my all time faves and is too hot to handle, especially the bathroom scene when he firsts gets to rock doc jane's world!
TJ Erquhart
7. SoxChic
I gotta say I love the Men of BDB! And we can't forget the Dark Hunters too!!
8. ChelseaMueller
@Zinnia and @SoxChic - All the guys of the BDB are noteworthy...
Chloe Neill
9. DarkBloodyVamp
YES BONES!!! OMG he is the ultimate, perfect alpha male! I mean this vampire can make any woman melt just by his voice alone. Just hearing him say "Hello Kitten" is orgasmic! :D
Chloe Neill
10. SLion
Bones is one of the hottest ones around and I am also a team Eric. I definetly think a Vampire lover is the way to go- my thought was- why stop at 6?
Chloe Neill
11. Brandy Swain
Gena Showalter's Lord of the Underworl series is really good, Amun, Reyes and Gideon are so hot, it's to hard to choose! Have to agree about the BDB, love that series. ooh and Karen Marie Moning Fever series Barrons!
Chloe Neill
12. Stormy
I Love Acheron Parthenopeous from Sherrilyn Kenyon and all of the Dark-Hunters....Also Lucan Thorne from the Midnight Breed series from Lara Adrian...pretty much all things vampire, Eric Northman is one of the best.
Chloe Neill
13. Megan@Riverina Romantics
I'm a major zsadist fan myself but Bones will always be my number one pick.
Chloe Neill
14. True?
All of the VVampire Hunks mentioned above are great picks!!! @Brandy, I just finished Karen Marie Monings first book in the Fever series and Barrons is quickly growing on me. He is such an arrogant jackass...and I love him because of it. The BDB are among my all time favorite! You guys should also check out D.B Reynolds - Vampires in America series. An alpha male vampire that shows up through out the series is Raphael and he just oozes power and sex appeal!
Tara B
15. box5angel
I agree with Bones and Jean Claude.

I never got into Eric. In the books or on the show. Bill was my guy until the whole thing with Lorena. bleh lol
Chloe Neill
16. Susan Stokes
Lets Not Forget"Vampire Empire "The GreyFriar"....The RiftWalker is already released...Susan and Clay Griffith..
TJ Erquhart
17. SoxChic
@ Stormy... Loving Acheron for sure & his Dark Hunters! Hot Sexy series that was! I just blew thru Retribution and can't wait for the next book to come out. I'm getting ready to read Lara Adrian's Midnight Breed series too
Chloe Neill
18. sacharissa
Yeeeeeessss...i agree with you..from those six man, i only not read elle jasper n chloe books yet, but i'm going to find it now..
Joanne McConachie
19. jolymac
While I agree Bones is probably the hottest vamp out there, I don't necessarily agree with the assessment of Rhage. He is definitely hot but he was only chained to the bed once and that was because he thought the Beast would hurt Mary. Now they know the Beast loves her and wouldn't ever hurt her. Mary calms the Beast and keeps Rhage at a even keel - he actually has some control over it now. Don't get me wrong, chaining the hot guy to the bed isn't a bad thing but they don't do it anymore.
Chloe Neill
20. ubitzzica
my nr 1 lover is BONES :D God i love his accent and well his way to love his Kitten ... nr 2 is Dimitri from Guild Hunter book 4 :D and there is one vamp too named Venom that too is hot :D.... nr 3 is Spade from N H world :D Mencharis and Ian are very hot 4 is Nicholas from Mark of the vampire book 2 and his brothers Alex and Luca :D.... but good lovers can be the boys from Psy Changeling series by Nalini Singh ooo and by the way if you are looking for more hot vamps read the Meednight Breed series :)) and Imortal Guardins:D
mandy troxel
im so into twilight the edward cullan type vampire. love the sex scene in that book. big turn on for me to be sexually ravaged by a vampire. im a vamp fan.
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