October 24, 2018: Favorite Books Featuring [Paranormal Creature of Your Choice] — This is a repeat, but it’s a good one AND interchangeable so it can be different each year, it’s back again.
I decided to go with vampires for this one because they were my first foray into the paranormal romance world and the rest was history after that.
Veil of Midnight (Midnight Breed #5) by Lara Adrian
The Midnight Breed series is such a unique and interesting vampire series and Veil of Midnight is probably my favorite of the ones I’ve read. I love Nikolai who is surprisingly gentle and sweet while also being a warrior vampire. Renata, while not a vampire is everything I love in a tough, strong, and kickass woman.
Twilight Phantasies (Wings in the Night #1) by Maggie Shayne
My first ever “adult” vampire book was from Maggie Shayne’s Wings in the Night series so it will always hold a special place in my paranormal romance heart. As I explored more of the series I fell deeply in love with Twilight Phantasies which is a shorter novella that starts the series. Eric and Tamara have a beautiful love story that overcomes everything.
Dark Pleasures (Night-Hunter #1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Now technically the Night-Hunters aren’t vampires per se but they share all the same attributes, so I’m bending the rules with this one. While I eventually drifted away from the series as a whole I’ll always love Dark Pleasures which was the epitome of vampires, New Orleans, and forbidden love.
Enemy Mine by Katie Reus
A quick read, Enemy Mine, is the story of a vampire and a werewolf from warring families who end up falling in love. It’s fast, action packed, very sexy, and something you can read in one sitting. I’ve always enjoyed Reus’ suspense books but this paranormal romance really stands out for me.
Dark Awakening (Dark Dynasties #1) by Kendra Leigh Castle
I found the Dark Dynasties series after it was already completed and I couldn’t believe I’d missed it. I loved the new and unique take on vampire lore the series addresses and I devoured all the books in quick succession. The history behind the Dynasties was so interesting and I wish there were more than just 4 books in the series. In fact, Tynan is both a vampire and a shifter so I get two of my favorite PNR tropes in one!