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Best Vampire Romance Books Ever for Adults

Updated on April 15, 2015
Cover photo of Deadlocked, by Charlaine Harris
Cover photo of Deadlocked, by Charlaine Harris | Source


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, Sookie Stackhouse 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 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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Cover photo of Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill
Cover photo of Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill | Source

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.

Cover photo of Halfway to the Grave, by Jeaniene Frost
Cover photo of Halfway to the Grave, by Jeaniene Frost | Source

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.

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    • Calum Labrador profile image

      Calum Labrador 

      4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      You have a really good hub :]

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      5 years ago

      Hey! I was just wondering if you have read the AWESOME "Circle Trilogy" by Nora Roberts. It is wondrous to say the least...

      A battle is brewing between the forces of good and evil, as Lilith, the most powerful vampire in the world, gathers her dark minions around her. The goddess Morrigan rises up to stop her--and with her, a circle of six.

      The first has the following book blurb:

      Number-one New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts delivers an extraordinary new trilogy—an epic tale that breaks down the boundaries between reality and the otherworldly, while forging together the passions of the men and women caught in a battle for the fate of humanity ...

      In the last days of high summer, with lightning striking blue in a black sky, the sorcerer stood on a high cliff overlooking the raging sea...

      Belting out his grief into the storm, Hoyt Mac Cionaoith rails against the evil that has torn his twin brother from their family's embrace. Her name is Lilith. Existing for over a thousand years, she has lured countless men to an immortal doom with her soul-stealing kiss. But now, this woman known as vampire will stop at nothing until she rules this world—and those beyond it...

      Hoyt is no match for the dark siren. But his powers come from the goddess Morrigan, and it is through her that he will get his chance at vengeance. At Morrigan's charge, he must gather five others to form a ring of power strong enough to overcome Lilith. A circle of six: himself, the witch, the warrior, the scholar, the one of many forms and the one he's lost. And it is in this circle, hundreds of years in the future, where Hoyt will learn how strong his spirit—and his heart—have become...

      Read more about it here :

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      5 years ago

      Victoria Dannan's Order of the Black Swan Series

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      5 years ago

      Vampire diaries series are amazing, too.

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      6 years ago

      If you like Midnight Breed - and, Night Huntress - you should definitely try the Guardian of Eternity series by Alexandra Ivy.. I just started reading Paranormal a few years ago.. and, my biggest fear? Is running out of books! *Smiles* Love the list - and, the comments. thanks!

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      6 years ago from South Carolina

      I have read many of these titles. Great hub and excellent suggestions. I think my favorite would have to be Cat and Bones in the Night Huntress Series. Thanks for sharing.

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      6 years ago from singapore

      I've read stories by J.R. Ward and Lara Adrian, in fact, i have just recently borrowed 2 of her books from the library :D i love christine feehan's books as well, not just the dark series but also the leopard series, the ghostwalker series, and the drake sisters series as well hehehe i've even wrote about all the books i've read and enjoyed on a blog. :)

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      7 years ago

      J.R. Ward black dagger brotherhood series is the BEST!! Lara adrien comes in second

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      Katelyn Schoenrock 

      7 years ago

      Lara Adrian is my favorite author! I am addicted to most of these series that are posted here! Amazing authors! I also happen to be an author, first timer and its a quick book. I was writing it in high school. I published it before i was 18. it is called Drawn By Love! I want to make it a series but it is so much money to publish my 2nd book! I am still writing it though!

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      7 years ago

      I love Jeaniene Frost and JR Ward both as well as their spin off series. Laura Adrian and Laura Wright are some of my fave's as well.

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      7 years ago

      Crimson Kiss, Crimson Night, & Crimson Shadows by Trisha Baker best vampire books ever! Deliciously perfect in every way!

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      7 years ago

      also a good series to read is Kerrylin Sparks Love at Stake series, loved them!

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      7 years ago

      Great List. Read most of them and some never heard from. Checking them out but. But I must say my all time favorite vampire series is Lyndsay Sands read them all.

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      7 years ago

      Authors, Christine Feehan and Christine Warren, read and enjoy, enough said.

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      7 years ago

      Black Dagger Brotherhood is number one on my list. The brothers are amazing

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      7 years ago

      The black daffier brotherhood is by far my favourite vampire series but I also enjoyed Lynsay Sands series. Since I am waiting for the BDB book to come out I started reading Kerrelyn Sparks vampire series and I really liked it as well. Mostly because there are Scottish vamps and I married Scottsman. I hope I have some new readers a few new choices :) Enjoy

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      7 years ago

      jr ward brotherhood

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      T Haver 

      7 years ago

      black dagger brotherhood series

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      7 years ago

      I like Midnight Breed series by Lara Adrian

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      7 years ago from USA

      Nice list! I'm a fan of the Southern Vampire series too, but was wondering if you'd consider adding J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series, and Sherilynn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series to your list too!

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      Team Zsadist...Yum! 

      7 years ago

      J. R. Ward's "The Black Dagger Brotherhood" series is amazing!

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      7 years ago

      what about the black dagger brotherhood books by J r Ward? and the Dark Hunter series by Sherilyn Kenyon? both of these series blow the ones you listed out of the water!!

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      7 years ago

      Kresely Cole, rocks! Immortals after Dark series is the best out of all of them!

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      Kitty Fields 

      8 years ago from Summerland

      Great list, though I didn't find a real connection with the Sookie Stackhouse series. I love the show, but found the novels to be somewhat too simple...if that makes sense? The Black Dagger Brotherhood I heard was very very good. I'll have to check out the others you've mentioned. I voted up and awesome.

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      8 years ago

      I almost disregarded this list completely when I read that the Twilight series made it. The series is so poorly written and is actually an insult to writers.

      And, I can't believe Anne Rice's vampire books were left off your list.

      I will give you credit for the Anita Blake series, though. This list gets 1 out of 5 stars.

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      8 years ago from US

      I agree and I will add that to the list. Thank you for your input!

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      Jussie pc  

      8 years ago

      I love all you picks but have to say Lynsay Sands Argeneau/Rogue huntre series has to be the best I read so far keep up the list as it give us all something new to read :):)

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      Info Bucket 

      9 years ago from Kerala, India

      Nice list. Keep up the work.


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