Reader Favorites – Jan’s Top Five Paranormal Series

by Maryse on July 23, 2016 · 8 comments

in Book Recommendations

Jan is gonna help us with our paranormal romance needs. Many of us started (or discovered) our love of reading via the paranormal path (Twilight  and Sookie for the most part), and have since been lead back into loving human males (mostly rock stars and bad-asses of sorts).

But Jan knows that sometimes… we need to get back to our roots.

Let Jan help!

Jan: I was thinking about Michelle S wanting book suggestions. We’ve all been there in that book funk. So I’m putting 5 of my fave PNR series out there to share. You’re probably familiar with them already, but there might be someone out there who’s not.

And one of the best things about this blog is the fab books I’ve discovered from you all. So here it is. I’d love to hear your top 5s too (or top 2 or whatever). Always lookin’ for that great new series.

Seven series by Dannika Dark. Series of 7 books about a pack of wolf shifters and their complicated relationships and adventures. Really well-written, imaginative and engaging.

Psy/Changeling series by Nalini Singh. Cross-over PNR/ sci-fi. Long series of books (up to 15 now, I think?) about shifters, humans and ‘psy’ (enhanced but emotionless humans). The early books are great adventure/romances, tho’ sadly as the series has gone on it’s started to get overcooked and pretty boring. But the early books are well worth a read.

Dragonflight series by Ann McCaffrey. An old school series I first fell in love with as a teen. The first two books, Dragonflight and Dragonquest are by far the best. The later books just don’t have the power and drive of the first two. ‘Clean’ stories (no explicit sex!) and you could argue they aren’t romance books as such (although there is some romance). But very exciting fantasy/adventure/sci-fi with wonderfully imagined telepathic dragons.

Alpha and Omega series by Patricia Briggs. Really well-written books about wolf shifters and other magical creatures. Charles and Anna are such a wonderful pairing. Sigh……

Captive Prince trilogy C. S. Pacat. FANTASTIC BOOKS. Fits more into the fantasy genre than PNR I suppose, although there is a strong romance element – tho’ it’s MM. It reads as if it’s set in an actual historical time period as there are no fantastic elements (i.e. no magic or dragons etc). But the setting is totally fictional – a pseudo-ancient Greek style world. A fantastic, involving read, really well-written. And Prince Laurent would have to be one of the best characters ever written – a complex, maddening, wonderful character you will be spellbound by.


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Michelle F July 24, 2016 at 1:08 AM

My top 5 PNR series:

1. Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward
2. Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost
3. Midnight Breed series by Lara Adrian
4. Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole
5. Demonica series and Lords of Deliverance series by Larissa Ione
6. Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris
7. Downside Ghosts series by Stacia Kane
8. Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon
9 Fever series by Karen Marie Moning

Oh who am I kidding?!?! I could go on and on! I can’t limit it to just five.

Theresa July 24, 2016 at 8:52 AM

Thank you Jan for these recs…I am a HUGE lover of PNR so these are perfect for me! I am looking forward to trying both the Seven Series and Alpha and Omega Series! Thank you again!

Theresa July 24, 2016 at 9:11 AM

Awesome recs Michelle…BDB and Fever series are an absolute in my book! They are amazing reads…okay here are some of my favs…
1. Immortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
2. The Three Series by KA
3. The Rylee Adamson Novels by Shannon Mayer
4. First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones ( Just read this 1st book and loved it!…can’t wait to read more!)
5. The King Trilogy by Mimi Jean Paffiloff
6. The Covenant Series, Lux Series, and Titan Series by Jennifer Armentrout (These may be more fantasy…I don’t know but they were great reads!

Fabi July 24, 2016 at 10:25 AM

You guys are listing so many favorites! And a few I haven’t read yet, especially from Jan’s list. Thanks!

Jan July 24, 2016 at 5:43 PM

Oooh, some new (to me) PNRs to check out. Yay! Keep ‘em coming!

Therese and anyone else who wants to try the alpha and omega series, you might like to read ‘Alpha and Omega’ the companion novella first, before starting book 1 (Cry Wolf). I think the novella’s available on its own on amazon, or it’s also in the anthology On The Prowl. It’s a great lead in to the series, in fact Cry Wolf starts right where the novella ends. You see how Anna and Charles first meet, and it just hooks you right in to the series. Patricia Briggs is an excellent writer. Of course she also writes the terrific Mercy Thompson series, and there is even a little bit of crossover between the two series.

Rebecca July 25, 2016 at 12:48 AM

Have literally just finished The Captive Prince trilogy, a favourite series this year! I’ve also read and loved Nalini Singh’s Slave To Sensation – which reminded me of Startreck Vulcans, meet Shifters. Very intelligent, yet very sexy too!
From other lists: Sherilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunters, KA’s The Three’s, Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series, Lara Adrian’s Night Breed’s….
Thanks for the new recomendations to add to my list <3!!

Theresa Parsons July 25, 2016 at 5:14 AM

Thanks Jan….I will absolutely do that!

Lisa July 25, 2016 at 8:33 PM

Thanks Jan….Im going to give the Seven series a go.

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