The most upbeat paranormal romances

Alexa Sullivan Author Of I Dream of Demigods
By Alexa Sullivan

Who am I?

I’m a lifelong reader who cut my teeth on Narnia and Nancy Drew. Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a later-in-life revelation, combining the fantasy and mystery elements I’d loved in childhood with a butt-kicking heroine and plenty of romance. I’m always seeking that same blend of humor and action in the paranormal romances I read, as well as the ones I write. It can be tough to find paranormal romances that aren’t deeply intense and moody, so I hope this list will help you enjoy the lighter side of paranormal.


I wrote...

I Dream of Demigods

By Alexa Sullivan,

Book cover of I Dream of Demigods

What is my book about?

Ro Baird can't cast a spell without setting her own pants on fire—until she kisses her hot new boss, Alex. Suddenly, she's able to access her magic…sort of…and she now has a familiar, who may be more trouble than she is helpful.

Alex Kouris happens to be a soul-stealing demigod of the Underworld. He claims he's trying to leave the life, but can she really trust a man whose magical talents are manipulation and charm? When Alex enlists a shady ex to help him, Ro must risk her heart and her life to save him and humanity from Hades's evil scheme.

The books I picked & why

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Nice Werewolves Don't Bite Vampires

By Molly Harper,

Book cover of Nice Werewolves Don't Bite Vampires

Why this book?

A fun, breezy read that freshens up one of the most common tropes in paranormal—opposites attract. The main character is struggling with independence from a very territorial pack of werewolves, and the themes of family and belonging tugged at my heartstrings. Nice Werewolves stands alone but is part of a series, so there’s plenty more snappy dialogue to be found in Half-Moon Hollow. Pairs well with a cup of your favorite tea and a cozy blanket.

Nice Werewolves Don't Bite Vampires

By Molly Harper,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Nice Werewolves Don't Bite Vampires as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The “enchanting” (Publishers Weekly) Jane Jameson series is back with a new paranormal romantic comedy about a werewolf yearning to find her own place world, and the group of admittedly unique vampires who help her find love.

Tylene McClaine, black sheep of the McClaine Half-Moon Hollow werewolf pack, has spent a lifetime blocking out the criticisms of her boisterous pack. They say she’s too bookish, too obstinate, and worst of all, too picky when it comes to finding a nice werewolf boy and settling down.

But when she meets vampire and Half-Moon Hollow music teacher, Alex Bonfils, Tylene starts to…


Wolf Gone Wild

By Juliette Cross,

Book cover of Wolf Gone Wild

Why this book?

Wolf Gone Wild is hands-down my favorite book in the author’s Stay a Spell Series. Set in New Orleans, this witch-werewolf love story delivers plenty of atmosphere and a feel-good ending. Evie is independent and powerful, and Mateo is your new Book Boyfriend. I love how this story flips the damsel-in-distress trope. Plus, Juliette Cross writes some of the hottest love scenes I’ve ever read. You’ll need a bourbon on ice to cool yourself off when reading this one.

Wolf Gone Wild

By Juliette Cross,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Wolf Gone Wild as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

What's the worst thing that can happen to a werewolf?

Unable to shift for three months, Mateo Cruz knows all too well. His wolf has taken up residence in his head, taunting him night and day with vividly violent and carnal thoughts. Convinced he's cursed, he needs the help of a powerful witch before he literally goes insane.

Evie Savoie has always obeyed the house rules of her coven--no werewolves. They're known for being moody and volatile. So, when a distempered, dangerous werewolf strolls in the bar and almost strangles one of her late-night customers, she's ready to bounce him…


Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom

By Julie Kenner,

Book cover of Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom

Why this book?

The jokey title and tagline, “adventures of a demon-hunting soccer mom,” pulled me in. I stayed for the heroine and her hilariously chaotic efforts to separate her demon-hunting life and her family life. This one is lighter on the romance, but the author adeptly explores the complexity of being in a happy second marriage while missing a loved one. The paranormal mystery was fun, but my favorite part involved Kate trying to hide a body. Enjoy this tale poolside with a glass of iced tea.

Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom

By Julie Kenner,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Carpe Demon as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Nobody slays demons like Kate Connor. At least that used to be true...

She gave up her supernatural past to settle into the role of devoted wife and stay-at-home mom, and never regretted it for a single second.

But now her past has come calling.

Out of practice and pushing forty, Kate knows she can’t go this alone. But who can she trust when she’s been out of the game for over a decade?

At the end of the day, this mom will do whatever it takes to keep her family safe … including skipping PTA meetings to go head-to-head…


Payback's a Witch

By Lana Harper,

Book cover of Payback's a Witch

Why this book?

I picked this one up on the recommendation of a friend, and was she ever spot-on. I loved the empathetic narrator and her distinctive voice, as well as the heartfelt relationship between the two witches. But there was also something eminently cozy about the reading experience. Maybe it was the small-town setting, maybe it was the Happily Ever After. It read like a spicy chai—and that’s the perfect beverage to sip on while spending a few rainy afternoons with Emmy and Talia. 

Payback's a Witch

By Lana Harper,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Payback's a Witch as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina meets The L Word in this fresh, sizzling New York Times bestselling rom-com by Lana Harper.

Emmy Harlow is a witch but not a very powerful one—in part because she hasn't been home to the magical town of Thistle Grove in years. Her self-imposed exile has a lot to do with a complicated family history and a desire to forge her own way in the world, and only the very tiniest bit to do with Gareth Blackmoore, heir to the most powerful magical family in town and casual breaker of hearts and destroyer of dreams.

But…


Succubus Blues

By Richelle Mead,

Book cover of Succubus Blues

Why this book?

Succubus Blues was my gateway into paranormal romance. A modern-day succubus who works in a bookstore and is crushing on an author? Sign me up. I adored the independent heroine, and having lived in Seattle, I couldn’t resist the setting. Most importantly, the collision of the supernatural and mundane worlds, and the emotional-but-not-brooding romance, inspired my own journey as a writer. In my opinion, this is Richelle Mead at her best. Blaze through this one over a cup of artisan coffee.

Succubus Blues

By Richelle Mead,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Succubus Blues as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

In this fun urban fantasy, a lovelorn succubus keeps the peace in Seattle’s demon underground when she’s not working at a local bookstore.

When it comes to jobs in hell, being a succubus seems pretty glamorous. A girl can be anything she wants, the wardrobe is killer, and mortal men will do anything just for a touch. Granted, they often pay with their souls, but why get technical?

But Seattle succubus Georgina Kincaid's life is far less exotic. At least there’s her day job at a local bookstore—free books; all the white chocolate mochas she can drink; and easy access…


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