Best Vampire Romance Books Ever for Adults
There has been much debate over the psychology behind the love of vampires, whether it be they are "forbidden," the danger or the bite. Regardless, I can't get enough of them and love reading about them among other paranormal romance books. If you love reading urban fantasy, vampire romance and other paranormal romance books, then these books are a must-read, in my opinion. This is a completely opinion-derived article, based on my personal preference of vampire books for adults that I have come across and read. This is my review of the best vampire romance books ever.You can also check out my new hub, Best Vampire Romance Books Ever for Young Adults to find other paranormal romances that are targeted at the young adult reader population.
Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Series by Charlaine Harris
This is my all-time favorite series of vampire romance books EVER. The hit series True Blood on HBO is based on these books. Small-town waitress, is a telepath who has had a hard time being accepted by those around her. Everyone thinks she is "crazy" or worse, psychic. The vampires have just "come out of the coffin," and Sookie StackhouseSookie gets tangled into the lives and politics of things that go bump in the night. There is also a famous vampire floating around, which explains many after-death sightings.
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Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neill
I was very pleasantly surprised by the Chicagoland Vampires. I was trying to decide what to read next, and after seeing a review stating Charlaine Harris fans would love this series of adult vampire books (My favorite series and show), I decided to give it a try. While the synopsis looked decent, nothing had stood out enough to really knock it to the top of my 300+ to-read list. I was very pleasantly surprised by the lack of constant vampire sex, and the historical romance references (Think Pride and Prejudice). Very well written with some witty humor. Many books have the best friend of the heroine to be annoying, but Mallory was really cool. Now I am off to divulge in the second in the series.
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Night Huntress Series by Jeaniene Frost
I came across these books as recommended to fill my vampire romance withdrawal while waiting for the next Sookie book to come out. I absolutely loved this series. This series is about Cat, who is a half-vampire and has a vendetta against vampires as she tries to find the one who impregnated her mother p-[ce on supernatural crimes in between raising dead and hunting down vampires who break the law. This is an amazing series that keeps building over time. Jeaniene Frost has also released a Night Huntress World spin-off series that is worth checking out while waiting for your next Cat and Bones fix!
Cassandra Palmer series by Karen Chance
Cassandra Palmer is a clairvoyant who was raised by a vampire that killed her
parents, but she finally got away. Now Cassise is on the run and must seek the
help of the vampire Senate for her safety. The war mage Pritkin doesn’t make
her life any easier either. There is a hot and steamy love triangle in the mix as well. There are a lot of famous historical names in this
series, which I found interesting and fun. This series definitely deserves a
read.The latest installment "Hunt the Moon" is due to be out in June, 2011!
Sabina Kane series by Jaye Wells
Sabina Kane is a half mage, half vampire who was raised as an assassin, but learns to embrace her mage side and even discover the truth of her past. There is a great backstory revolving around Lilith and Cain in Adam and Eve's place. It is definitely an interesting twist. She meets hunky mage Adam Lazarus and finds a hilarious side kick in a mischief demon named Gighul. I got addicted to this series from the start.
Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton
Anita Blake is a licensed necromancer and vampire executioner. She is so good at her job, that she is known and feared among many vampires. Anita also contracts with the police on supernatural crimes in between raising dead and hunting down vampires who break the law. This is an amazing series that keeps building over time, with multiple love interests. I have yet to finish the series but love what I have read so far and look forward to reading Laurell K. Hamilton’s other paranormal romance books.
Argeneau Vampire Series by Lynsay Sands
Lynsay Sands has become popular for her hot and steamy vampire romance series, the Argeneau Vampires. There is a new series spin-off, called the Rogue Hunter. Each book in this series is about a different Argeneau, so you do not necessarily have to read them in order. Some characters are mentioned in other books, but their roles are minor. These books weigh more heavily on the romance and less on any "horror" aspect of vampires. They are definitely fun and light reads to sate your vampire romance hunger!
Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward
Like the Argeneau Vampires series, the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward is another staple in the vampire romance books genre. The series takes place in Caldwell, New York. The Black Dagger Brotherhood is a band of vampire warriors that dedicate their lives to fighting slayers. Each novel is about one of the Brothers so, again, this does not necessarily have to be read in order.
Midnight Breed by Lara Adrian
The Midnight Breed series by Lara Adrian was added by popular demand (see comments). I have to admit that after reading some of the series, I can see why (it reminds me a bit of the Black Dagger Brotherhood). The Breed is a group of elite warriors tasked with protecting humans and vampires alike, keeping the vampire race a secret. In each book there is a breedmade, which is a human woman who is genetically compatible with the breed, allowing offspring (hence the name, breedmate). Each breedmate generally has some skill that is beneficial to the race. So each book covers the romance of a warrior and a breedmate.
Love at Stake by Kerrelyn Sparks
The Love at Stake series is on my to-read list, but added by popular demand. From what I understand, the series involves sexy Scottish, kilt-wearing vampires and the books have a fun "pop" trend to them.
Dark by Christine Feehan
The Dark series focuses on a species called Carpathians. The Carpathians are a dying breed, and tend to lack color and emotion after living for hundreds are years. They have a Lifemate out there, who is the other half of their souls. Without their Lifemates, they are "doomed" to be alone.
Dark Days by Jocelynn Drake
Dark Days focuses on a nightwalker named Mira who battles her foe and then ally, a human vampire hunter (or is he?) named Danaus. She enforces the edicts of the Triad, the nightwalker rulers and terrifies many due to her unnatural ability to wield fire. I stumbled upon this series and LOVED it. It's not just sappy vampire romance, but there is a major plotline along with it. I highly recommend this series!
Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice
Anne Rice's books are not only vampire romance novels, but also very deep and full of intrigue, seduction and betrayal. Her most popular novel is probably Interview with a Vampire, but I loved the Vampire Lestat. The Queen of the Damned is also popular and was also adapted into a movie, just as Interview with a Vampire.
Mark of the Vampire by Laura Wright
The Mark of the Vampire series has a healthy amount of vampire romance and yet a good story line that doesn't really make it just a cheesy romance. I will warn, however, that the scenes can use graphic terms, which could be insulting to some of those who are lighter at heart. The books center around the Roman brothers, who have sort of cast themselves out of vampire society.
Crimson Trilogy by Trisha Baker
The Crimson Trilogy is a series recommended by another fan of vampire romance. I have yet to read this series, but it is now on my to read list (thanks!). It centers around Meghann "Maggie" O'Neil and her sire, Lord Simon Baldevar.
Undead series by MaryJanice Davidson
If you are looking for a light and fun vampire romance, check out MaryJanice Davidson's Undead series. I have not read the entire series, but I will admit I loved the first few in the series. Then it kind of died off for me. They are more like chick-lit or "romantic comedy" vampire romances, rather than dark sinister plots.
The series focuses on Betsy Taylor, a shopaholic and fun-loving girl who unwillingly gets turned into a vampire. The vampire race thinks she is a prophesied vampire queen. Her romantic interests is Sinclair a dark and sinister vampire.