Not so long ago, vampires were taking the world by storm. Between the Twilight craze, the infamous love triangle between Damon, Stefan and Elena, and the steamy series True Blood, vampires were sinking their teeth into humans everywhere. And with that rise in popularity came an influx of popular vampire romance books, ripe for the picking. With that in mind, I have put together a curated list of some of the best vampire romance books on the market to satisfy your cravings.
Halfway To The Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Catherine “Cat” Crawfield is a half-vampire with a vendetta. Raised to believe all vampires are clones of her evil father, Cat is determined to rid the world of the bloodthirsty parasites to avenge her mother’s memory. Everything is going according to plan until she targets the wrong vampire.
Crispin “Bones” Russel is a 200-year-old British bounty hunter with an agenda. When Cat tries putting the master vampire in an early grave, she quickly realizes that she’s far over her head. Blackmailed into working with him, Cat slowly learns that not every vamp deserves a stake to the heart, especially not the one stealing hers.
Steamy, action-packed and witty, Halfway To The Grave is a gripping paranormal romance that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Featuring a badass vampire hunting duo with waves of sexual tension and heart-stopping action sequences, Jeaniene Frost’s best-selling novel is one of the best vampire romance books.
Midnight Labyrinth by Elizabeth Hunter
Returning home to New York opens up a wealth of opportunities for the alluring Benjamin Vecchio and his vampire partner Tenzin. When Ben learns of the intriguing history behind the mysterious painting known as the Midnight Labyrinth, the duo embark on a journey to unearth the long-lost masterpiece. Add in Ben’s old flame Chloe, the charming Scotsman Gavin and a host of hilarious shenanigans and you have yourself one hell of a ride.
Mysterious, witty and sexy, Midnight Labyrinth is an unputdownable vampire romance overflowing with adventure, romance and intrigue. And if you’re in the mood for an epic heist with a slow-burn romance, you won’t be able to put this page-turner down.
Shades of Wicked by Jeaniene Frost
As a Law Guardian, nothing is more important than upholding the law. Well, besides exacting revenge on the sadistic demon from her past. After thousands of years, Veritas has an axe to grind and she’s set her sights on the devilishly charismatic master vampire Ian to be her bait. The only problem? Ian’s not at all what she imagined and he refuses to be a pawn in her quest for vengeance. Let the games begin.
Action-packed, thrilling and sexy, Shades of Wicked is one of the best vampire romance books to sink your teeth into when you’re craving a steamy vamp romance.
From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout
As a maiden, Poppy’s life has never been her own. At a young age, Poppy was taught that her duty was to the kingdom. That one day, the gods would lay judgment on the future ruler and decide whether she’s worthy of ascending.
But when a dashing guard enters her life, Poppy begins to question everything. And when a fallen kingdom forsaken by the gods emerges from the shadows, Poppy quickly finds herself on the brink of losing it all.
From Blood and Ash is an unputdownable tale centered around a nineteen-year-old girl at risk of losing her heart to the villain of her story. For an exciting slow-burn, enemies-to-lovers romance between two star-crossed souls, this is one of the best vampire romance books to add to your TBR list.
Captive by Jex Lane
When fledgling vampire Matthew finds himself captured and forced into servitude by the enigmatic High Lord General Tarrick, he learns two things: (1) incubi and vampires have been battling for centuries in a seemingly endless war and (2) he may be the one person who could change the tide of the war.
Dark, emotional, and seductive, Captive is a spellbinding m/m vampire romance filled with action, adventure, and romance. Carve out a nice chunk of time because once you start this page-turner, you will not be able to put it down.
Bite Me by Linsey Hall
It’s just another night at the bar for Macbeth O’Connell when the most powerful vampire in existence walks through the doors, triggering all her warning bells.
Mac’s night quickly takes a turn for the worse when she learns of his plans to exact vengeance on the woman who left him to rot in a stone tomb for five years. The woman in question being Mac.
The only problem? Mac has no recollection of that night.
For a vampire romance with a dash of suspense and a pinch of mystery, I recommend sinking your teeth into Bite Me.
Drain Me by Lana Sky
Eleanor Gray is resigned to her fate when she learns of her fatal diagnosis. With nothing left to do besides getting her affairs in order, Ellie is thrown through a loop when she unknowingly brokers a deal for a second chance at life.
Thrust into a dark world where blood reigns king, Ellie has no choice but to shed her life of normalcy and trust the enigmatic vampire that demands her total submission. But in a world where everything has a price, Ellie is at risk of losing more than her heart.
Dark, thrilling, and sexy, Drain Me is an alluring vampire romance perfect for anyone looking to be sucked into an enticing tale of money, lust and danger for the next couple hours. You won’t be able to put this sucker down once Dublin enters the picture.
The Secrets in Shadow and Blood by Lana Pecherczyk
When nuclear physicist Violet wakes up centuries in the future to a world dominated by ruthless fae creatures, she finds herself in way over her head. Especially when she is viciously attacked only minutes after waking up by winged vampiric beasts who claim that her blood is brimming with power.
After narrowly escaping with her life, she decides to turn the tables by becoming the hunter, a role she falls into naturally until she is discovered by Fae Guardian Indigo. Charismatic and witty, Indigo is the exact opposite of his brethren. And when he saves her not once but twice, her entire belief system is put into question. But even so, old habits die hard and Violet has had years to coax that ember of hate into a blazing inferno.
Craving an action-packed paranormal romance with loads of sexual tension and adventure? The Secrets in Shadows and Blood may be the answer to your prayers. As one of the best vampire romance books from 2021, you can expect to be up well past your bedtime.
Seduce the Darkness by Gena Showalter
Besides learning about her vampire heritage, all Bride McKells wants is to find Aleaha Love, her one and only friend. When Bride catches Aleaha’s familiar scent, she tracks it back to Devyn, a charming alien womanizing warrior who seems to possess all the answers.
What starts as a rocky lust-filled relationship morphs into something far more powerful. But when it comes time to choose between her people and Devyn, will she embrace the family she’s always dreamt of or the dirty-talking warrior she’s grown to love?
Steamy, intriguing and binge-worthy, Gena Showalter brings her a-game with Seduce the Darkness, an otherworldly paranormal vampire-alien romance filled with danger, action, kickass heroines, seductive heroes, and hilarious banter.
V Games by Caroline Peckham
When 18-year-old Selena Grey is sentenced to 25 years behind bars, the last thing she expects is to be selected to play in a dangerous game of survival known as the V Games. Swept away to an island crawling with ravenous vampires and shrouded in darkness, Selena must fight for her life if she wants to escape her new prison alive.
For a thrilling paranormal romance that will keep you on the edge of your seat, I recommend adding Caroline Peckham’s enticing series to your shelf. V Games is undoubtedly one of the best vampire romance books on the market.
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).
Check out Angels’ Blood if you like adult paranormal romance books that bring you forbidden love that is as slow burn as they get.
Dark Lover by J.R. Ward
Journey into the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood with Wrath and Beth’s story. As the leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Wrath has a lot on his plate, but his all-consuming need for vengeance calls for the heads of the slayers responsible for his parents’ deaths. That is until fate sends his comrade’s half-breed daughter Beth Randall his way. And nothing could ever prepare him for what’s to come.
Submerge yourself into J.R. Ward’s dark world of action, passion and adventure, starting with Dark Lover.
Little Lies by Elena M. Reyes
At 21-years-old, Gabriella Moore is on the verge of making a name for herself as an artist after accepting a generous offer from the elusive gallery owner Theodore Astor to showcase her macabre paintings in his latest exhibit. Everything would be perfect if not for her growing sense of paranoia and alarmingly lifelike night terrors plaguing her mind.
Whether you’re in the mood for a dark romance with macabre themes or a romantic suspense with paranormal aspects, Little Lies has it all. For the full experience, I recommend going into it blind.
A Fate of Wrath and Flame by K.A. Tucker
After a botched mission, gifted thief Romeria’s night takes a turn for the worse when a mysterious woman tricks her into providing her services. Tasked with a dangerous quest to save Sofie’s husband, Romy is spirited away to an unsettling realm of warring kingdoms, unstable monarchies, and fantastical creatures.
The mission would be simple if not for the identity she has assumed as the treacherous Ybarisan Princess. Imprisoned for murdering the king and queen on her wedding day, Romy must figure a way out of her precarious predicament. All while looking for the sought-after stone hidden within Islet’s sacred garden.
Exciting, beautiful and unpredictable, A Fate of Wrath and Flame is an enchanting tale overflowing with political intrigue, magical twists, unforeseen betrayals and a blossoming romance. And as one of the best vampire romances released in 2021, you won’t be able to put this page-turner down. Prepare to be spellbound.
A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole
King of the Lykae Lachlain MacRieve gets the shock of a lifetime when he learns that his predestined mate is Emmaline Troy, the timid vampire/valkyrie hybrid. Despite Lachlain’s evident distaste towards her vampire origins, he refuses to allow Emma to slip through his fingers. Even if that means whisking her away to his secluded Scottish castle in spite of her fear of him and his brethren. But after a disastrous first impression, proving to Emma that he’s worthy of her forgiveness will be one of the hardest trials of his immortal life.
If you’re on the hunt for a unique take on vampires, add A Hunger Like No Other to your TBR shelf.
Broken Compass by Jaymin Eve
Losing his true mate should have shattered vampire Maximus Compass’s mind, but with each passing day the agony becomes easier and easier to bear. When a threat brings Max back home, the last thing he expects is to find the wolf-shifter he had a short, yet momentous fling with to be pregnant. And when Mischa Lebron drops the bomb that the baby is his, Max realizes he has everything to lose.
Resubmerge yourself in the Supernatural Prison World with Max and Mischa’s story.
Gypsy Blood by Kristy Cunning
Violet hails from an ancient line of gypsies, allowing her to see ghosts and interact with all the supernatural creatures haunting the world. When she learns of her mother’s murder, Violet follows the murderous breadcrumbs to a small town where her mom conducted business.
Soon Violet discovers that she is clearly out of her depth when she learns werewolves are real, Van Helsing monster killers get off on bloody battles, incubi aren’t just the things of legends and vampires exist outside the story of Twilight. What’s a girl to do besides set their world on fire with help from her thirsty ghosty sidekick Anna?
Longing for a slow-burn fantasy romance centered around a harem of four powerful alphas and a talented, albeit ignorant, gypsy with many hidden tricks up her
bra sleeve? Look no further than Gypsy Blood, one of the best slow-burn reverse harem books to date.