For a while there, for some reason (*cough*Twilight*cough*) you couldn’t swing a dead cat without hitting a vampire or a werewolf in Romance Land. (Not that we kill and/or swing cats, because, ew...it’s just an expression) So, it’s not surprising that when you say the words “paranormal romance”, some readers automatically assume you’re talking about vampires that may or may not sparkle in the sunlight and brooding werewolves suffering from unrequited love. But we’re here to tell you that you CAN read paranormal romance that’s not about vampires and werewolves, and we have the recommendations to prove it! Here are our top picks for paranormal romances that DON’T feature a vampire or werewolf protagonist:
(Note: a few of these might be officially classified as urban fantasy, but we’ve included them in this list because there’s a strong romantic element in each, and if the romance was to be removed, the story would be negatively impacted. Plus, it’s our list and we do what we want. No one is the boss of us. So, let’s not debate the differences between paranormal romance and urban fantasy, m’kay? This is just for fun.)
Can two adversaries share one happily-ever-after?
As Calliope turns hell inside out, the all-powerful Sian finds himself defenseless against his feelings for her. In turn, Lila reluctantly responds to the beast's cleverness and gruff vulnerability. But when truths from a far distant past are revealed, can their tenuous bond withstand ages of deceit, a curse, and a looming supernatural war?
My list is long. Traveling to Earth to promote my bestselling romance novel at an alarming book convention where I must protect my privates from the rabid lady readers is enough to frighten even the Devil. Not to mention, I have to avoid my insane mother like the plague and catch the smart-mouthed, gorgeous soul seller on Earth—who may or may not be someone I’d like to keep.
So today is a day like any other. Punishments must be doled out and chaos must be encouraged. A vacation would be lovely, but there is no rest for the weary… or the evil. Luckily I know how to have an outstanding time doing outrageously bad things. Thank Hades, I’m a handsome bastard.
There is no fated happily ever after for the Prince of Darkness, no matter what ridiculous ending my niece slaps onto my autobiography.
Or is there?
Fate is a bitch, but she usually gets it right.
Add to that her new occupation of keeping a startup PI venture—the indomitable mystery-solving team of Amber Kowalski and Quentin Rutherford—out of trouble and dealing with the Vatican’s inquiries into her beloved daughter, and Charley is on the brink of throwing in the towel and becoming a professional shopper. Or possibly a live mannequin. But when someone starts attacking humans who are sensitive to the supernatural world, Charley knows it’s time to let loose her razor sharp claws. Then again, her number one suspect is the dark entity she’s loved for centuries. So the question becomes: Can she tame the unruly beast before it destroys everything she’s worked so hard to protect?
It doesn’t matter that he’s broken and only semi-sane without her. But when he’s assigned to act as Violet’s bodyguard, Nikolai knows he can’t stay away. Protecting her? That’ll be easy for a dhampyre like him. Keeping his hands off her and controlling the attraction that sizzles between them with every touch? That just might be more than he can manage.
When bullets—and sparks—start flying, Nikolai will put everything on the line to save Violet—his freedom, his heart, his life. Because sometimes, the line between crazy and happily ever after is razor thin, and the reward just might be worth crossing it.
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