Need good ADULT paranormal romance books – overwhelmed!?

Ok, first I’m in my 30s – I honestly loved the Twilight Saga, but it’s not “adult” enough. I need more steamy sex scenes! So, no young adult genre books please. While I want the heavy romance, I want a book or series that has a good story and suspense. How is the Sookie Stackhouse series? I am reading Colleen Gleason’s Gardella family series – it’s alright so far (almost finished with 2nd book). I work full-time so I don’t have tons of time to read and don’t want to waste it on books that are just so-so. I am overwhelmed by all that is out there. Which are the BEST ones for what I’m looking for?
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26 thoughts on “Need good ADULT paranormal romance books – overwhelmed!?”

  1. So I’m thirteen and a boy so probably not the best person to give advice but I like these two books which are very similair to the Twilight Saga:
    -The House Of The Night Series by P.C and Kristen Cast
    -Vampire Academy by Rachel Mead

  2. paranormal – Dark hunter series by Sherrilyn kenyon. Best one’s i have. Love it! Got vampire’s, slayer’s, greek gods and demon’s in it.

  3. The Sookie Stackhouse seriesis wonderful, the sex scenes aren’t steamy untill the latter books,but they’re great books!
    If your looking for Erotic-Fantasy, i suggest reading the Anita Blake novels! The first 6 books aren’t to descriptive, but it gets a little bit to much later on. So i kind of stopped reading it.
    The Dark Hunter books are also Classified as Erotic-Fiction, but the story line is phenomenal! I loved it!

    Theres also-
    The Hollows Series
    The Dresden Files

    They’re wholesome, and the sex scenes aren’t hardcore, but they are wonderful reads!

  4. Rosemary Laurey is one of my favorite adult paranomal romance authors. Some titles are Love me forever, Kiss me forever, Keep me forever, …and others. Very steamy sex scenes!

    Nora Roberts has some great paranormal books as well.

    The Sookie Stackhouse series is good too.

  5. There’s the Weather Warden series by Rachel Caine. It’s about people who control the elements (fire, earth, air, water). In every book there are many steamy scenes. The first book is called Ill Wind.

  6. I’m in my early 30′s…. I enjoyed the Sookie Stackhouse series. I’ve read all the books, most of the books are only about 300 pages so they are pretty quick reads. They do have some sex scenes in them but not an overload of them, it also has a decent story and alot of suspense.

  7. Rosemary Laurey is great. I saw somebody suggest this author. I agree. Love her books and they do have steamy love scenes.

    Vicki Lewis Thompson has a series out called The Hex Series. Great series and very very steamy sex scenes in them. Highly recommend. There are currently 3 books in this series.

    Nora Roberts has some trilogies out that are paranomal romance. One I can think of on top of my head is The Circle trilogy. She writes amazing stories so you should definitely check her out.

    And yes the Sookie Stackhouse series is good too.

  8. i know what you mean, twilight was great but they all were too goody too shoes lol, I am a fiend when reading, i hunt books lol. And heres my list:

    1.Fever series, by Karen Marie Moning
    2.Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
    3.Mercy thompson series by patricia briggs
    4.Cry wolf by Patricia briggs (I love this story and it begins with a small story in the book “on the prowl”)
    5.The hollows series by Kim Harrison (The characters are really well written and relatable despite them being supernaturals, you will laugh, cry and get angry in this series :”)
    6.Anita blake was pretty good until about book 8
    7.Morgan kinsley series by jenna black
    8. High lander series by Karen Marie Moning
    9.Angel’s bloos by nalini singh

    This are the only i could think of at the top of my head, i hope you find some to your liking :”)

    1. I am trying the Hollows Books on your recommendation. I completely agree about your comment on the Anita Blake series.
      Have you tried the Georgina kincaid series. Not bad :-)

  9. The Gardella ones are good, though the ending could have been better. Anyhoo, I like J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series, Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series, Lora Leigh, Jenna Black, Kim Harrison, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lori Handeland, Cheyenne McCray, Keri Arthur and Laurell K. Hamilton. Oh, and Gena Showalter and Kresley Cole.

  10. Here are some that I’ve enjoyed:

    Georgina Kincaid series by Richelle Mead
    1. Succubus Blues
    2. Succubus On Top
    3. Succubus Dreams
    4. Succubus Heat

    Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris
    1. Dead Until Dark
    2. Living Dead in Dallas
    3. Club Dead
    4. Dead to the World
    5. Dead as a Doornail
    6. Definitely Dead
    7. All Together Dead
    8. From Dead to Worse
    9. Dead and Gone

    Drakon series by Shana Abe
    1. The Smoke Thief
    2. The Dream Thief
    3. Queen of Dragons
    4. Treasure Keeper

    I loved these trilogies by Nora Roberts:

    The Circle Trilogy
    Three Sisters’ Island Trilogy
    The Key Trilogy
    Sign of Seven Trilogy

  11. I love the Charlaine Harris books.

    Another good one is Sherilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter books. My favorite is Night Play.

    A friend of mine wrote a series. Jennifer Stevenson is her name. The series starts with the Brass Bed.
    “THE CURSE: Satisfy one hundred women or be trapped in a brass bed forever

    Lord Randall was a lousy lover in 1811, so his magician-mistress turned him into a sex demon. Lucky for him, his bed fell into Clay’s hands.

    THE CON: Sex therapy for women on an antique brass “treatment bed”

    Clay has the perfect scam going, until that pesky, foxy fraud investigator Jewel comes sniffing around. Lucky for him, she has a soft spot for hunky con men.

    THE CHOICE: Sex demon or sex fraudster?

    Jewel is Randy’s hundredth woman. Now he says he’s her personal sex slave, and her case against the con artist is dissolving in a hail of hormones. Lucky for her, she’s a tough cop with a lusty libido.”

  12. Alright, so when I can’t find a book I Iike, I usually end up reading paranormal romances.

    The Dark-Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon. She is my favorite author at the moment and it’s going to take some serious talent to top that. There are steamy, graphic scenes in every book. And on top of that, an amazing story line.

    The Vampire’s Seduction (first in the Savannah Vampire series) by Raven Hart. Now these have some really erotic scenes and if you take a look at the books online, you’ll see for yourself. I think these will be right up your alley.

    A Girl’s Guide to Vampires by Kati Mcalister. It’s note really a guide. It has an okay plot but plenty of sex.

    Books by Jenna Black look really good too. Paranormal romance and all that.I’ve only read one book by this author and it was great. Eroticism, S&M, dominatrix etc, etc.

    Hope I helped.

  13. I’m in the same boat as you. I do enjoy my YA, but when I want the steamy sex scenes, I turn to:

    J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series – excellent!! Addicting!

    Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed series – kind of along the same lines as Ward’s but still very good and addicting. :)

    Kerrelyn Sparks Love at Stake books are all good. They read quick, they’re funny, and the sex is satisfying. :)

    Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake or Merry Gentry series – some of my faves, hot, hot, sex scenes. In fact, she’s been accused of the later ones being too much sex… :)

    Anyway, you have a lot of good suggestions now to go check out. Good luck!! Hope you find something you love!

  14. Sherrilyn Kenyon – Dark Hunter series. The first book Fantasy Lover is a little silly but the rest are funny, romantic, and have all different paranormal beings. (like this series)

    Patricia Briggs- The Mercy Thompson series- First book is moon called. Great series, a ton of action, and a love triangle. (one of my favs)

    J.R. Ward- The Black Dagger Brotherhood series. First book is Dark Lover. Steamy scenes, lots of action, and totally for adults. (love this one)

    Laurell K. Hamilton- Anita Blake Series. The first nine are intriguing reads with the possibility of sex. The rest are close to erotica, but I still love Anita ( she is a vampire hunter that is a human servant to a vamp and also has a relationship with him).

    Keri Arthur- First book is Full Moon Rising. Half vamp and half were, this series is action packed and lots of steamy romance.

    Jeaniene Frost – First book is Halfway to the Grave. Half human and half vamp, this series is action packed with an awesome love story (one of my favs).

    Kelley Armstrong- The Women of the Other world series. Each book contains different creatures from the paranormal world.

    Kerrelyn Sparks- How to Marry a Millionaire vampire is the first book. Very funny, action, and a good love story. ( I have only read the first book in the series so I can not comment on the rest).

  15. I also am in need of a good (adult type) book. I loved the twilight series but was a little too teen for me. So thanks everyone for all the suggestions. BTW does anyone own a kindle?? I’m hoping my wonderful husband will get me one for Christmas and is wondering how other people like it compared to the good old paperback.


  16. You have to check out Laurell K Hamilton! If you’re looking for sex – she will deliver. She is actually listed on one of the websites as AS -alternative sex. Definately gets a little crazy with the sex scenes, but I loved it! Check out the Anita Blake series and the Merry Gentry series. I was always a historical fiction girl and my daughter kept telling me to check these two series out. I thought – no i’m not into the tween stuff – but boy was I wrong! Now i’m addicted to paranormal romance. I also loved Keri Arthur – Riley Jensen series – hot vampires and werewolves and sex! Best of luck

  17. I want to add another thought on this subject – I just finished reading J R Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series and it was awesome – loved them!! Hot , sexy guys that are vampire warriors

  18. Here are some good Series:
    Magnus Pack by Shelly Laurenston
    Pride by Shelly Laurenston
    Highlander by Karen Marie Moning
    Fever by Karen Marie Moning
    Immortals After Dark by Kresley Cole
    Breeds by Lora Leigh
    Shifters by Rachel Vincent
    The Makers Song by Adrian Phoenix
    Riley Jenson by Keri Arthur
    Myth and Magic by Keri Arthur
    Anita Blake by Laurell K Hamilton
    Merry Gentry by Laurell K Hamilton
    Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harris
    Midnight by Cynthia Eden
    Nightwatch By Cynthia Eden
    Accidental Friends by Dakota Cassidy
    Nightcreature by Lori Handeland
    Tales of an Urban Werewolf by Karen MacInereny
    Anna Strong Chronicles by Jeanne C Stein
    Demonica by Larissa Ione
    Cassie Palmer by Karen Chance
    Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neill
    Undead by Mary Janice Davidson
    Black Dagger Brotherhood By JR Ward
    Georgina Kincaid by Richelle Mead
    Kitty Norville by Carrie Vaughn
    Women of the Otherworld by Kelly Armstrong
    Night Huntress by Jeaniene Frost
    The Hollows by Kim Harrison

    Most of these have some steamy scenes. I think that Breeds is listed as erotica.
    Both Pride and Magnus pack series by Shelly Laurenston will make you laugh.

    Hope this helps!!

  19. Patricia Briggs is a favorite, but I prefer the Alpha and Omega series for the romance. I skimmed the other ones and would recommend all of those. I’d also add Nalini Singh – she has two series going right now: Psy/Changeling and Guild Hunter. There is Ilona Andrews and she has two series going right now: Kate Daniels and The Edge series, and then there is Shelly Laurenston who has a couple of series set in the same world look for Pride Stories and she also writes G.A. Aiken for her Dragon Kin series. Depending on the level of heat you want there is also Lora Leigh’s Breed series.

  20. The Demonica Series is my fav!!! I’m a just turned 30 stay at home mom with 4 little ones. I enjoy the pnr because I can ‘escape’ lol, :) My first pnr read was twilight and yes i liked them.
    So I’m sure you will enjoy this series as I did! It is an easy read and each book is 300 pgs or so. Has a really good plot, a web of interesting characters, twistest, and the best sex scenes!!! Very hot! Let me know what you think

  21. New series out by Dainne Duvall — Excellent!!
    Book #1 Darkness Dawns
    Book #2 Night Reigns (not out yet)
    Loved, loved, loved the first book.

  22. Ok so you want a good adult read you nead to read JR Ward the blackdagger brother hood omg good there are 9 so far and one coming out in march you wont be disapointed

  23. Immortals after dark by kresley cole. I’m in my 20s and absolutely fell in love with this series. Start with A hunger like no other. You won’t be worry.

  24. i think you soul try the lords of the underworld by gena showalter & also immortals after dark by kresley cole they have just enough steam to melt but not burn

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