The best books with power couples in urban fantasy/PNR and why they’re good for your romantic soul

The Books I Picked & Why

Angels' Blood

By Nalini Singh

Book cover of Angels' Blood

Why this book?

Elena and Raphael have, and always will be one of my favourite power couples. While Nalini Singh writes both Urban Fantasy and PNR, the genre is blended beautifully with this kick-ass series featuring a strong heroine and an overpowered Archangel. It touches lightly on the balance of authority between the two main protagonists, and Nalini writes their sexual tension beautifully while Elena navigates their complicated relationship with a stubbornness I can truly appreciate. Heat level: 4/5

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Lover Awakened

By J.R.Ward

Book cover of Lover Awakened

Why this book?

The Black Dagger Brotherhood series is my go-to re-read because of the graphic action and intense romance. Book three features Zsadist and Bella, who is my ultimate favourite couple within the long series. A high society beautiful woman finds herself captivated by the clearly damaged self-destructive barbarian. Firstly, what’s not to love about that much-loved trope? In Lover Awakened J.R.Ward’s character development really tugs on your heartstrings, which forces you to root for the barbarian who needs to accept his traumatic past before he can allow himself to love. Heat level: 4/5

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Keystone (Crossbreed Series Book 1)

By Dannika Dark

Book cover of Keystone (Crossbreed Series Book 1)

Why this book?

Dannika Dark’s Crossbreed is just one of her many spin-off series but has quickly become my favourite. The relationship between Raven and Christian is slow-burn, with the books mainly focusing on Keystone, an organisation they are both apart of. In the first book Keystone, there is very little romance other than hints and teases, but when they do get together further in the series it’s intense and full of passion while still remaining true to the storyline. I find with many series that once a couple gets together their individuality disappears, but with the Crossbreed series you find Raven is still the main protagonist, and Christian only adds to her character arc. Heat level: 3/5

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On the Prowl

By Patricia Briggs, Eileen Wilks, Karen Chance

Book cover of On the Prowl

Why this book?

Patricia Briggs is a huge name within urban fantasy, and I’m sure many people who recognize her will wonder why I’ve chosen Alpha and Omega and not her Mercy Thompson series. The reason is Alpha and Omega are seriously overlooked! Charles and Anna are a powerful couple within their own right. Essentially forced into a mating by their wolves, Charles and Anna have to quickly figure out their relationship dynamic at the same time as Anna deals with the trauma of her old pack. This book is the short story prequel that introduces the characters, but the series, in general, is full of calming patience that slowly builds their deep love for one another. Heat level: 1/5

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Halfway to the Grave

By Jeaniene Frost

Book cover of Halfway to the Grave

Why this book?

Cat and Bones will always be important to me as the first series I read in the UF/PNR genre that made me fall back in love with reading. Out of all the recommendations I find Cat and Bones to be the most relatable as a couple, except that one is half-vampire and the other a master vampire (because I doubt many of us can relate to that). Despite the fact they’re fictional characters, Jeaniene Frost touches on real-life problems such as jealousy and how to overcome it without resorting to violence (unless that’s your kink). The series is not a typical happily ever after, and the characters really have to work through common issues and learn from their mistakes just like every other real relationship. Heat level: 3/5

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