18 Best Paranormal Romance Books To Read

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Vampires, shapeshifters and aliens, oh my! If you love all things supernatural, then these exciting paranormal romance books are right up your alley. I have curated a list of some of the best paranormal romance books that will rock your socks off. Still, I definitely did not get them all, so if you would like to comment your favorites down below, go for it! The more paranormal romance book recommendations the better!

Also, if you love fantasy, then you should check out these new thrilling releases of 2020 and for some of the best fantasy romance books, take a look at these 17 explosive reads. 

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

When Clary Fray heads up to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she never expects to witness a murder committed by three teenagers covered in strange tattoos who are invisible to everyone except her. This is Clary’s first, but not last meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to eradicating demons from the world. This is also Clary’s first encounter with Jace, a shadowhunter with a penchant for making people laugh… you’ll love him. 

When Clary’s mother disappears, her entire world is turned upside down when she is thrust into the world of the Shadowhunter’s and learns that there may be more to her than she ever thought possible. 

Read City of Bones if you like your paranormal romance books filled with fun and entertaining characters who take banter to a whole new level * Jace* and kick demonic ass. 

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Angelfall by Susan Ee

Angels, humans, and test tube creations, oh my!

Six weeks ago, angels of the apocalypse descended to eradicate humanity. When an angel flies away with a little girl, her older sister Penryn will do anything to get her back. Even if that means striking up a deal with an enemy angel. After eons of fighting his own battles, Raffe never expects to be rescued by a half-starved teenage girl, but when a fight goes awry and he loses his wings, they must rely on each other in order to survive the dangerous wasteland that has become Northern California. 

If you love dystopian worlds mixed with forbidden romance (yes, we are talking about interspecies relationships), then this a great paranormal romance book for you.

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Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Yelena is spared from the gallows when she is offered the chance to become the Commander’s new food taster. Yelena naturally accepts. Valek, the head of the Commander’s security, is not one to leave things to chance which pushes him to feed her Butterfly’s Dust. Taking the daily antidote is the only thing delaying an agonizing death from the poison.

Thrust into a dangerous world of politics, assassination attempts and deadly poisons, Yelena will need all her wits to survive this political warzone. 

If you’re in the mood for paranormal romance books with magic, adventure and romance, Poison Study is right up your alley. Also, if you like your romances slow-burn with a dash of espionage, you’ll have a blast with this exciting paranormal romance!

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Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa

Siren Callypso (Callie) Lillis is a present day bounty hunter. Back when she was a teenager, she called upon The Bargainer to clean up a mess and with no one to rely on but herself, she continued calling him back for more and more favors. But every visit came at a price. Then one day he ignored Callie’s call and she wouldn’t see him for years to come. best paranormal romance books

Seven years pass before he collects on those favors. Callie must help The Bargainer save the Otherworld from an invisible enemy that only Callie has the power to stop. The question is, will she discover it before it discovers her?

If you’re a sucker for paranormal romance books where the villain gets the girl, Rhapsodic is a great book to check out. And get ready for a slow-burn romance that will give you all the feels. 

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Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Moving to a new town your senior year is hard enough without your hot neighbor acting like a complete and utter jerk. When Katy is attacked one day, Daemon saves her by freezing time. Yes, you read that right. He froze time. Caught red-handed, Daemon reveals that he is, in fact, an alien and during his knight-moment, he accidentally marks Katy. Together they must figure out how to get rid of the mark before it’s too late. 

Aliens are always a fun concept and the added enemies to lovers romance makes Jennifer Armentrout’s Obsidian one of the best paranormal romance books to read if you love alien romances.

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The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Meghan Chase is a high school student whose life changes over night when she learns her younger brother, Ethan, has been spirited off to Nevernever and in Ethan’s place is a changeling. Everything Meghan knew was a lie, from her half-faerie nature to her status as King Oberon’s daughter to the identity of her best friend Robbie who is actually Puck, the mischievous faerie of legends. 

With Puck by her side, Meghan sets out to rescue Ethan. During her journey, Meghan finds herself at the center of a deadly war with the attention of a young prince who would rather see her dead than allow her into his ice-cold heart. 

If you love your paranormal romance books mixed with forbidden love, you’ll have a lot of fun with The Iron King.

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The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon

Shifters, tellers, healers and spinners, oh my! If you have any interest whatsoever in the fantasy genre, then this will be right up your alley. With a shape-shifting king and a girl who can command anything to her will, it’s impossible to become bored.   

Read The Bird and the Sword if you enjoy epic slow burn paranormal romance books that leave you speechless.

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Pestilence by Laura Thalassa

In the aftermath of the apocalypse, humanity will suffer a great loss with the arrival of the four horsemen. When Pestilence rides into Sarah Burn’s town, she refuses to sit idly by as he kills everyone she knows. Determined to end his reign of terror, Sarah attempts to kill him. It isn’t until he takes her prisoner that she realizes the horsemen cannot be killed. 

With vengeance on his mind, Pestilence is looking forward to making Sarah suffer. As they journey across the states, Sarah begins to see a different side of Pestilence, but the question is whether he has the power to change? 

For an apocalyptic world that is on the brink of extinction, you should check out Pestilence. It’s the type of paranormal romance book that you read in one sitting because you just have to know how it ends. 

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Radiance by Grace Draven

Radiance involves a human princess, IIdiko, and an alien prince, Brishen, who are tasked to marry one another in order to unite their kingdoms. The two races find each other physically repulsive, so you can say this was a match made in the fiery pits of Tartarus. While they may not be physically attracted to each other, they share a kinship that goes beyond physical appearances. 

If you enjoy couples who banter like an old married couple, Kai and IIdiko do that and more. 

Check out Radiance if you like your paranormal romance books slow-burn with a bickering couple to keep you entertained. Kai and IIdiko honestly have the funniest banter. I could not get enough go it!

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Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

What would you do if you could travel into the past? Gwen’s family is filled with time-traveler’s, but when she fails to show signs of carrying the time-traveling gene, everyone believes it skipped a generation. Then she begins taking unexpected trips back to the past. Suddenly Gwen is figuring out all the intricacies of time travel as she and her time-traveling partner Gideon must figure out who’s behind a nefarious plot.

Read Ruby Red if you fancy yourself an enemies to lovers romance (basically) filled with secret societies and an adventure of a lifetime.

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Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh

When an archangel enlists you to track another wayward archangel, you can’t say no. That’s how vampire hunter Elena Deveraux ends up as the Archangel Raphael’s bloodhound. Soon Elena finds herself thrust into the center of a murder spree all whilst trying to survive her burgeoning feelings for an archangel who has no plans of turning on his humanity (although there’s no humanity switch, this isn’t The Vampire Diaries).    best paranormal romance books

Check out Angels’ Blood if you like adult paranormal romance books that bring you forbidden love that is as slow burn as they get.

Side note: if you want a truly sloooooow-burn romance, then I suggest you read The Wall of Winnipeg by Mariana Zapata. It is amazing and takes slow burn to a new level.

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Shunned by Steffanie Holmes

Hazel’s entire life went up in flames when a fire took the lives of her parents and best friend. Barely getting by, she is given a second chance when she is offered a scholarship to an elite academy. Her plan is to coast by, get good grades, graduate and get the hell out of there. Hazel does not count on Ayaz, Trey, and Quinn: the three guys who practically run the school and who also want her gone. However, what they don’t realize is that it will take more than a few insults and pranks to run Hazel out of town.   best paranormal romance books

I cannot recommend Shunned enough! Steffanie Holmes created a world of mystery and intrigue that had me grasping at straws and thoroughly shocked when I realized what was really going on (the plot twist is crazy). Also, Hazel has a backbone of steel which means Trey, Ayaz, and Quinn better watch out because things will not be going their way.

Read Shunned if you like your paranormal romance books mixed with reverse harem. If you like the reverse harem bully romance trope, then this may be your book soulmate. Side note: they do redeem themselves.

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Winter by Audrey Grey

In a world taken over by the fae, humans live in fear. 

When half-starved Summer commits treason by attempting to steal from the Fae, she finds herself in a pickle when she’s caught and sentenced to attend the Evermore Academy for four years as a human shadow, the equivalent of a student who is also a servant. Summer’s plans of keeping a low profile are killed when she makes an enemy out of the most powerful student at the academy, the Winter Prince. Things only get worse when she realizes he’s her Fae Keeper. Things have never been more interesting.

If you prefer your paranormal romance books to take place in an academy school setting where you have your humans and your fae (plus royalty), then you should give Winter a try. The sequel is out, Spring, so you can jump right into that after finishing this gem. 

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Can’t Fix Cupid by Raven Kennedy

Trix is a quirky, malfunctioning Cupid desperate to remain in the Veil which means actually making love matches. Instead of releasing a fragrant lust breath, Trix expels an odorous funk that instantly kills the chances of any potential matches. So, what else is a Cupid with faulty powers to do except watch *obsess* over a single CEO bachelor who never makes it past the first date? 

Warren Knight is a cocky, stubborn, broody, and aloof bachelor with a penchant for self-sabotaging every one of his dates. Trix figures it’s up to her to find him love which results in multiple botched attempts.

When Trix’s superior Sev calls her back to the Veil, she learns of her impending exile if she fails to reach her love match quota. Sev’s attempt to help Trix ends with her semi-human form in a rather compromising situation in Warren’s office… naked. To say that their first encounter went poorly would be an understatement. However, it did end with Trix declaring she would be his matchmaker and find him love. 

If you love your paranormal romance books with a splash of humor and a dose of awkwardly hilarious moments, you’ll fall in love with Can’t Fix Cupid. No instant love here. Slow burn for the win! Plus, I would say this is sort of like an enemies to lovers / unrequited friendship kind of thing. 

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Playing with Monsters by Amelia Hutchins

Lena is finally returning to her coven. After experiencing an ugly breakup, running seemed like the only option for the young witch. Now that she’s back, she must participate in The Harvest, a magical witch mating tradition. 

Lucian Blackstone is a mysterious man who intrigues Lena, but when strange things begin happening, the intrigue turns into fear as she realizes there is much more to Lucian than what originally meets the eye. See, he’s on a mission and he will do anything to achieve his goal. Even if that means using Lena in the process.

Witches, demons and fae . . . oh my! If you love instant romances (because that’s basically what this is), then this is one of the best paranormal romance books to to a peek at.

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Flames of Chaos by Amelia Hutchins

When Aria and her sisters return to the Human Realm of Haven Falls, they hope to find their missing sister except she’s not there. They soon discover that the Human Realm has changed and nothing is what it seems, especially Knox, a stubborn and egotistical man who stepped up as the unofficial king in the wake of the sisters’ absence. 

Aria and Knox clash in a fiery explosion of sparks when they first meet and the sparks show no signs of dying. Still, no matter how much Knox is falling for Aria’s personality and friendly banter, nothing will stop him from setting the stage for the war he’s been planning for the past 500 years. Not even the descendants of Hecate.

Flames of Chaos is one of those adult paranormal romance books that you cannot get enough of while you’re reading it and then hate yourself after when you realize the sequel will not be released for a couple of months. Well, it could be worse. It could be years.

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Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins 

High school student Anna Whitt is anything but normal and she knows it, especially with her unique ability of seeing other people’s feelings through their auras. Anna feels like a misfit with everyone except her best friend Jason. For her sixteenth birthday, Jason brings her to a band’s gig and it is there that she meets drummer Kaidan Rowe. 

Anna is instantly drawn to him when she realizes she is unable to read his aura and comes to the conclusion that Kaidan is like her. With question upon question regarding her identity, Anna decides to go on a road trip with Kaidan which is filled with smoldering moments and funny dilemmas.

If you prefer young adult paranormal romance books with angels and demons, then Sweet Evil is the perfect choice. I read this when I was around 13 or so and I was obsessed with it at the time.

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

This fantastic fantasy novel takes place in a land filled with magic, deception and danger. Assassin Celaena Sardothien is summoned to the castle where she is to fight in a competition with twenty-three killers, thieves and warriors. The prize: to serve as the king’s champion and her freedom. However, the Crown Prince doesn’t make it easy on her and the Captain of the Guard tries to help her. In a world where lies are common and death can come right after your next meal, the stakes are high. 

If you like paranormal romance books that center around royal competitions (of course this time we’re not competing for the prince’s heart), then you might want to check out Throne of Glass

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