Nov 6 2011 2:00pm

If You Like Urban Fantasy, Try These Paranormal Titles: Ward, Kenyon, Moning

Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn KenyonHuge pecs, flowing hair, anger issues, and odd endowments...What do all these things have in common? They frequently appear in Paranormal Romance, not the Urban Fantasy that I normally read. In fact, I have only been delving into PNR for a few months now. Directed by fellow H&H bloggers Chelsea Mueller, Jessica Turner, and Tori Benson, one realization I have had is that PNR is SO MUCH MORE than HOT GUYS AND SEX!!

In addition to the requisite hot guys and sex, PNR offers fantastic storytelling and many examples of exceptional writing. Some of it is, in fact, so exceptional I thought I’d offer a PNR primer for people who might be on the UF side of the supernatural fence.

Like your Urban Fantasy with a bit of snark? Do you enjoy laughing between fights and death scenes? If you like Jaye Wells’s heroine Sabina Kane or Allison Pang’s A Brush of Darkness, then try Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series. Kenyon’s Dark-Hunters are full of snark, not to mention chock full of action, monsters, and the bitchiest goddess ever. These guys are Hot with a capital H! Even in when in the pit of despair, these guys can snark. One of my favorite quotes from the series is, “If wishes were horses, I would have been run over in childhood” (Acheron Parthenopaeus).

Dark Lover by J.R. WardDark Fantasy your thing? Do you enjoy gritty heroes with serious issues? Characters that believe kill first, ask questions later, or at the very least punch hard. In other words, do you love Stacia Kane’s Downside series?

Time to pick up J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood books. These books are dark, twisted, and extremely emotional. Ward’s characters are likeable and full of Rhage...(ha ha, pun intended). I was so sucked in (ha!) by these books that I read the first three in three days.

Want action? Fighting, killing and complete unpredictability? Like Vicki Pettersson’s Zodiac series? Time to pick up Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series. These books are crazy dark, action packed, and seriously unpredictable. Oh yeah, and um....soooo sexy. Two words: Jericho Barrons! You’re not likely to read about a more charming and evil bastard. But lord save us, he’s fantastic.

A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley ColeNot sure you want to delve too deeply into the PNR pool? Then try Nicole Peeler’s Jane True series, which straddles the fence. Set in real time Rockabill Maine, this series is full of Paranormal creatures (selkies, vamps, gnomes and a barghest) and magic. Peeler doesn’t skimp on the sexy time either; it’s not the crux of the story but there is enough to carry the romance through.

Other Paranormal Romance Series:

Kresley Cole’s Immortals after Dark Series
Marjorie Liu’s Dirk and Steele Series
Larissa Ione’s Underworld Series

What PNR books would you recommend for the newbie reader?

Synde Korman talks music and books on her website Tombstone Tails, along with creating a line of literary jewelry on her etsy site Cemetery Cat Designs.

When she’s not herding cats or creating art, she works as a part-time bookseller. You can find her on twitter as @psynde.

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1. Aestas
Having read most of the above series, I'd say that you've done a great job of introducing them. I personally highly recommend the Dark Hunter series, Black Dagger Brotherhood, and Fever series. Tortured heroes just don't get hotter than these guys!!

There is one series I'd add to this list: Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series. One word: Bones.... guaranteed drool. Bring drool buckets lol.
This series, unlike most PNRs is a multi-book series that centers around the same main couple. There are currently 6 out (9 in total) and the author has guaranteed a HEA ending to the series although each book ends with a very satisfying HFN ending without nasty cliffhangers. I highly recommend this to anyone who is either trying to transition from UF to PNR, or if you like not having to let go of characters that you have come to love after just 1 book :)
2. DebraLC
I would recommend anything by Christine Feehan and Lynn Viehl. Kresley Cole is definitely a MUST! Lynsay Sands is good if you like the lighter comic side (vampires).
3. SandyH
You didn't mention Nalini Singh - either her Psy series or Archangel series are great. I second Lynn Viehl - two series Darkyn and Kyndred.
Elizabeth Halliday
4. Ibbitts
I can definately second the reccomendations of the J. R. Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kresley Cole and Jeaniene Frost series mentioned by others as I have read and am a big fan of them all. I am really looking forward to Frost's new Night Prince series (starring Vlad); book #1, "Once Burned" is due out in April. And Kenyon has another good series: The League (4 books so far, the 5th due out early next year). For Historical/Highlander Romance fans who would like an introduction to Paranormal Romance (and vice versa), I reccomend Karen Marie Moning's Magic Highlander series. I am down to the last book in that series and have found each one compelling. I have the 5 Moning books in the Fever series, and will get into them soon. I also like KatieMacAlister's Dark Ones series. It's a bit lighter than Ward's BDB and Kenyon's DH series, as is Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series and Darynda Jones' Charley Davidson series. I have read the first book in Lara Adrian's Midnight Breed series and absolutely loved it. The rest of that series is definately on my list!
5. ChelseaMueller
*snickers* I knew we'd draw you in with BDB!!

Two others I'd suggest for PNR fans:

Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series. Plenty of fighting, plenty of mystery, but with a heavy dose of love (more so after the first book).

Another great option is Karina Cooper's Dark Mission series (first book is BLOOD OF THE WICKED). Very sexy, but heavy on the UF side with fantastic world-building.
Jessica Turner
6. TheSpinecracker
Kresley Cole's "No Rest for the Wicked" is still one of my favorite reads I remember from my early days with PNR. I'm feeling a re-read coming on after reading this!
Synde Korman
7. SyndeKorman
Aestas- thanks for the kind words and the suggestions...
Debra LC- thanks for the suggestions.. I haven't read any Feehan yet.
SandyH- I haven't had time to get to Nalini Singh yet..
Chelsea and Jessica... it's all your guys fault... BDB rules.. oh and I blame Tori too..LOL
8. cindyg
Don' t get me started...I'm a huge fan of PNR and UF...It's all I read. I love all the series mentioned plus I have a few to add...
R.G. Alexander...Children of the Goddess series
Amy Blankenship...Bound by Blood series
Kendra Leigh Castle...Dark Dynasties series
Angela Cameron...Blood & Sex series
Amelia Elias...Leaque of Guardian series
Joey W. Hill...The Vampire Queen series
Joey W. Hill...Daughters of Adrianne series
Lynda Hilburn...Kismet Knight series
Alexandra Ivy...Guardians of Eternity series
Elle Jasper...The Dark Ink Chronicles
Lora Leigh...The Breeds series
Amy Lane...Little Goddess series
Jourdan Lane...Soul Mates series
Erin McCarthy...Vegas Vampires
Chloe Neill...Chicagoland Vampires series
Jill Myles...The Succubus Diaries series
Kalayna Price...A Novel of Haven series
Kristen Painter...House of Comarre series
D.B Reynolds...Vampires in America series
Moira Rogers...Red Rock Pass series and Southern Arcana series
Gena Showalters...LOTU series
Sunny...A Novel of Monere series
Jennifer Turner...A Darkness Within series
J.A. Saare...Rhiannon's Law series and Crimson Moon series
Okay I think I'm done...sorry but when I'm asked for recommendations I can't help myself. I love to share.
So much to read so little time!
9. Bookworm-at-Starbucks
I will definitely say the Dark Hunter series, The Argeneau series and The Love At Stake series. These are the best of best in my opinion becasue they all have memorable characters and an awesome sense of humour. I would say if you don't like science then don't read the Argeneaus but you don't know until you try. Hope this helps.
10. JamieB
Have read and loved most of the above series. I would also recommend Thea Harrison's Elder Races series. The first one is "Dragon Bound." Grabs you from the first page. Very hot fantastic series.
Synde Korman
11. SyndeKorman
Jamie B- yes both Tori Benson and Pamela Webb-Elliot( H&H bloggers)
love Thea.. she's on my queue
thanks for the comment
Elisha Turner
12. BookLover1128
I love all the books that are being introduced above. I absolutly LOVE the Dark- hunter series and Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series. I would recommend these books to anybody. They are all great.
14. bunny callahan
Don't miss Patricia Briggs and (my fave) Ilona Andrews Edge series, which really straddles the line. Eve Silvers Sin series is also really terrific, with an HEA in each book, but an undelying (pun alert - it's gods of the underworld) tragic mystery.
15. LynneW
One series I didn't see mentioned above is Jacquelyn Frank's Nightwalker Series and her Shadowdweller Series. Great reads!!! When I need a good laugh, I read Kerrelyn Sparks' Love at Stake Series. Also love Lara Adrian, Jeaniene Frost, and Sherrilyn Kenyon. But my all time fav is JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood. Love me some Vishous! Thanks've just added to my list of books to buy. (Not sure my husband would be so thankful.)
17. DanaR
Some other authors I love in the genre, with varying degrees of romance: Richelle Mead, Alexis Morgan, Carole Nelson Douglas' Delilah Street series, Meljean Brook, Rachel Caine, Carrie Vaughn, Jeri Smith-Ready, Ava Gray, C. E. Murphy, Kat Richardson, Shannon K. Butcher, Caitlin Kittredge, Chris Marie Green, Anya Bast, Devon Monk, Lori Handeland, Karen Chance, S. J. Day, Jennifer Estep, Lilith Saintcrow, Kim Harrison, Seanan McGuire, Nancy Holzner, Sharie Kohler, Ann Aguirre, Rachel Vincent, Jocelyn Drake, Linda Robertson, Jeanne C. Stein, Adrian Phoenix, Jennifer Ashley, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Kelly Gay, Kelly Meding, Faith Hunter, Carolyn Crane, Jessica S. Andersen, Jess Haines, Kalayna Price, Allyson James, Jeannie Holmes, Keri Arthur, Alyssa Day.
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