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Jul 3 2016 2:00pm

Romances to Read if You Like Supernatural—An Impala Full of Recommendations

Supernatural starring Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, and Misha CollinsSupernatural is pure television crack streamed straight into your veins. With plenty of hot eye candy (I hope there’s a special breeding program to preserve the genes of Sam, Dean and Castiel), intentionally suggestive dialogue and paranormal whoop-ass, what’s not to love? But if you’re stuck between seasons or episodes without a fix, try the following fiction substitutes.

Are you drawn to Supernatural for its bromance-a-thon qualities? For example, the way the Winchester brothers sissify Dean’s black four-door 1967 Chevy Impala by having yet another long-winded debate about whether brotherly love makes them stronger or weaker hunters. If so, you may be a bromance addict. (By the way, no one really cares who the better hunter is, guys, we just like to look at you because you’re both so damn pretty.) If bromance is your cup of angst then you’ll love the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward. Sure, they’re not biological brothers but they have bro-angst down pat. If you prefer your bromance between siblings (but not in an incesty way) try Lorelei James’ Rough Riders series. One of the Wyoming McKay brothers—whether it’s Colby, Colt, Carter or Kade—is bound to please. Do they come complete with cowboyish bro-angst? Sure, butt-loads of it.

What should you read if you like Supernatural's

...Sky poultry.

Angels' Blood by Nalini Singh

Perhaps you love Supernatural for the hot angel action (who wouldn’t want a little Cass in their ass?) If so, there are plenty of romances out there where the hero (and/or heroine) has wings, and Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series has enough sky poultry to ruffle your feathers in the very best way. In addition, the scene in the book Angel’s Blood where Raphael tells Elena that he could make her crawl if he wanted to is very similar to the scene in Supernatural where Castiel warns Dean to show more respect because Castiel, as the one who raised him up from Hell, can also put him right back there.

...Demon-on-angel action.

What reader can resist a little hate-banging between hero and heroine? Especially, say, if one is a demon and the other an angel. Remember that moment in Supernatural when Castiel and Meg snogged and Castiel says he learnt how from the pizza man (after watching cable porn)? Well, this is a safe space where you can safely admit to wishing Meg and Castiel had done more than just lock lips, and in Demon Angel by Meljean Brook the angel hero and demon heroine progress far beyond the humble kiss.

...Apocalypse

Flesh by Kylie Scott

It’s the Apocalypse…again! Supernatural fans love it when the end is nigh because when the Apocalypse looms, everyone wants to get their freak on one last time. One of the classic scenes from Supernatural is set the night before Dean, Sam, Bobby, Ellen and Jo hunt down Lucifer. Ellen and Jo try to get Castiel drunk on shots while Dean crashes and burns when he tries to give Jo the ‘last night on earth’ speech. Likewise, in Flesh by Australian author Kylie Scott, there’s a fair bit of desperation-fuelled ‘last night on earth’ (or more like ‘zombies could eat us at any moment’) lovin’ going on between the heroine and her two gentlemen friends as they search for refuge.

...Prophets.

There’s no question about it, Kevin Tran the prophet in Supernatural was totes adorbs. And even Chuck, who’s a bit of a mess and turns out later to be God, is amusing in his own frail way. If you yearn for some hot prophet action (and I’m sure no one will judge you for that), try Thea Harrison’s Oracle’s Moon in which the heroine becomes the Oracle of Louisville when her sister dies, and then falls for the djinn prince guarding her and her sister’s children. That’s the thing about prophets and oracles, they always need guarding because someone wants to kidnap or use them, and they’re often pushed to their mental limits. And while the psychic heroine in danger in Nalini Singh’s Slave to Sensation isn’t really a prophet (she has visions but they’re not religious), go read the book anyway because the sexual tension generated by her, her Psy ways and the shifter hero is insane.

Dance of the Gods by Nora Roberts

...Hunters.

Those Winchester boys lurrrv to hunt, and so do the heroine and hero in Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series. The relationship between the half undead  demon huntress and her bounty-hunter beaux strengthens (just like Sam and Dean’s relationship) with each monster head they hack off. Another huntress of note is Blair Murphy in Nora RobertsDance of the Gods. This demon hunter literally rides the hero (a dragon and horse shifter) into battle against Lilith and her minions, as well as (ahem) elsewhere.

...Supernatural detectives.

If you like the way the road-tripping Winchesters comb the newspapers and internet for potential monsters and supernatural events all over America, you may also dig the way Harper Connelly and her step-brother Tolliver (in Charlaine Harris’s Harper Connelly series) live on the road, driving from town to town searching for the missing remains of dead loved ones. The main difference, however, is that unlike the Winchesters, Harper and Tolliver charge a fee to find the final resting place of people. And, unlike Sam and Dean, Harper and Tolliver also get around to getting it on. You may also like Charley Davidson, the supernatural sleuth and grim reaper in Darynda Jones’ hilarious Charley Davidson series. With the help of cops, the FBI and a few ghosts, Charley always catches the bad guys.

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Learn more about or order a copy of the books mentioned in this post

Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter Book 1) by Nalini Singh  
Demon Angel (Guardian Series) by Meljean Brook  
Flesh by Kylie Scott  
Oracle's Moon (Elder Races Series) by Thea Harrison  
Slave to Sensation (Psy/Changeling Series, Book 1) by Nalini Singh  
One Foot in the Grave: A Night Huntress Novel by Jeaniene Frost  
Dance of the Gods (Circle Trilogy) by Nora Roberts  
Grave Sight (Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book 1) by Charlaine Harris  
First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson Book 1) by Darynda Jones  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Rhyll Biest is an Australian author writing erotic romance hot enough to melt your e-reader. She's also one of the tarts on the Bookish Tarts podcast where she and fellow author Georgina Penney discuss romance novels in a high-brow yet potty-mouthed way.

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Carmen Pinzon
1. bungluna
Snort coffee all over the place! "Sky poultry" is my new favorite phrase.
RHYLL
2. RHYLL
Glad you like it, bungluna!
RHYLL
3. Holliambria
You might also like Sarah Rees Brennan's The Demon's Lexicon. It's got Hunters and demons and brotherly bonding. Although there's less sex and romance in that one... :-)
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