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August 2016 BOOKLIST
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When we think of paranormal romance, monsters come to mind, from vampires to werewolves, ghosts, witches, and demons. But sometimes we forget that monsters don’t have to be scary. They can be alluring, sexy, and wildly romantic instead of creatures who only know how to attack, haunt, or devour. Alongside the smoldering, sensuous, and dangerous denizens of the dark are the sexy, if not exactly human, lovers who are delivered to their adoring readers with robust humor. Like most romances these days, comedic paranormal novels tend to run in packs or covens or, well, series. As long as people are reading paranormal romances, there will be readers who demand laughter along with fulfilling relationships. All of the following series should elicit giggles, chuckles, guffaws, or out-and-out roll-on-the-floor laughter.
Aisling Grey series, by Katie MacAlister
Aisling Grey, who appears in Light My Fire (2006), is a demon lord, among other things. Her pet demon, Jim, who looks like a Newfoundland dog, adds comic relief as Aisling and Drake Vireo, a shape shifter and the Wyvern of the Green Dragons, try to make love, not war. MacAlister’s Grey series consists of four novels and a novella, and Aisling also appears in her Light and Silver Dragons series.
Argeneau series, by Lynsay Sands
While not the first in the series about the Argeneau family, Single White Vampire (2003) introduces Lucern Argeneau, a vampire who happens to be a reclusive paranormal-romance writer. He is yanked from his comfortable life when his young editor convinces him to go to a romance conference, where they end up trying to rob a bank—a blood bank, that is. The eighteenth book is Immortal Ever After (2013).
Broken Heart series, by Michele Bardsley
Broken Heart, Oklahoma, becomes the epicenter of paranormal life when a possessed vampire infects many of the single parents attending a PTA meeting. But it turns out that vampires and vampire hunters aren’t the only ones drawn to Broken Heart—lycanthropes, aka werewolves, are also present. Hilarious titles (Don’t Talk Back to Your Vampire, 2007; Only Lycans Need Apply, 2013), soccer moms, paranormal investigators, psychotherapists, amnesia, archaeologists, ancient curses, mummies, and more hot sex are just some of the fun found in this series.
Half Moon Hollow series, by Molly Harper
The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires (2012) is the first in a series featuring different characters living in the town of Half Moon Hollow, Kentucky, the same place Harper’s hilarious Jane Jameson series is set in. Iris Scanlon, a daytime concierge who takes care of daylight tasks vampires can’t do for themselves, stumbles into a case involving drugs, attempted murder, a vampire secret agent, and, of course, romance.
Strange Neighbors series, by Ashlyn Chase
A small Boston apartment building owned by Jason Falco, a major league pitcher, is home to a variety of paranormal beings in Chase’s pleasantly erotic series (Vampire Next Door, 2011). They include witches who make their living via phone sex, a vigilante vampire, a werewolf thief, a human district attorney, a merman handyman who can’t fix anything, a call girl who uses sex to curb her sneezing, and a ghost.
Undead series, by MaryJanice Davidson
When the series started, Betsy Taylor was an out-of-work secretary with a passion for sexy shoes who wakes up undead after being flattened by an SUV. As her story progresses through a dozen books (Undead and Unwed, 2004; Undead and Unsure, 2013), she becomes the queen of the vampires, gets a job selling shoes, finds out she is the sister of the spawn of Satan, slays the devil, becomes a bridezilla, adopts her brother, travels to a parallel dimension, and has lots and lots of hot sex with drop-dead gorgeous vampire Eric Sinclair.
Wild about You series, by Vicki Lewis Thompson
An appealing attribute of this series is the fact that one can start anywhere because each novel is set in a different place and features a different couple. Thompson does maintain a connecting thread involving organizations dealing with the relationships between humans and werewolves, such as Werewolves against Random Mating (WARM), Honoring Our Werewolf Legacy (HOWL), and Werewolves Optimizing Our Future (WOOF). Each novel in the series is sexy and laugh-out-loud fun to read (A Werewolf in Manhattan, 2011; Werewolf in the North Woods, 2012; Werewolf in Alaska, 2013).
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