Paranormal Romances


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What is a paranormal romance? As with all romances, paranormal romances are character driven, with sexy heroes and spirited heroines, and love is the overriding theme. Beyond that, they contain dimensions that are alluring, exotic and mysterious, encompassing such things as angels, fairies, ghosts, vampires, werewolves, wizards, or reincarnation. Paranormal romances encourage us to step outside the box; to look beyond our safe, ordinary world; to stretch our boundaries and our imaginations. If you are willing to suspend belief, to question reality and open your mind to endless possibilities, you may be entertained by these paranormal romances selected by Reader Advisor Susan Higgins.

Blue Dahlia by Nora Roberts.
Widow Stella Rothchild returns to Tennessee with her two sons to run a nursery business on Roz Harper's ancestral estate. Stella falls in love with landscape designer Logan Kitridge, but the ghost haunting the manor disapproves. In the Garden series, book 1. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. RC 59460.

The Bride Finder by Susan Carroll.
Reclusive nobleman Anatole St. Leger, who is cursed with the inherited tendency to have visions, employs the family bride finder. Anatole asks for a heavyset, plain woman, but the old man delivers a petite redhead very much like the one his visions warned against. St. Leger family series, book 1. Explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. Rita Award, 1999.RC 49219.

Captivated by Nora Roberts.
Monterey, 1990s. Researching his latest film about contemporary witchcraft, Los Angeles screenwriter Nash Kirkland interviews new age shop owner and rumored sorceress Morgana Donovan. Morgana's powers enchant Nash, a skeptic of both magic and love, who learns to believe in both. Donovan Legacy series, book 1. Some explicit descriptions of sex. RC 57700.

The China Garden by Liz Berry.
Claire knows that she and her mother, Frances, share some psychic ability, but it isn't until they travel to her mother's childhood home, Ravensmere, that Claire realizes what this means for her future. Claire falls in love with Mark and would leave to be with him, but the ancient estate claims her as its guardian. RC 45811.

Dead until Dark by Charlaine Harris.
Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic waitress, is right to think that things will change when Bill the Vampire arrives in town. Unfortunately, as a number of bodies (drained of their blood, of course) start showing up, she begins to suspect that she may have made a mistake falling in love with Bill. Southern Vampire series, book 1. Descriptions of sex and strong language. WOD 892.

Dream Island by Josie Litton.
1811. Joanna Hawkforte stows away on a frigate bound for the mythical island of Akora where she hopes to use her special psychic ability to find her missing brother, Royce. With the reluctant help of Alex Darcourt, an Akoran prince, Joanna uncovers mysteries surrounding Royce's disappearance. Regency series, book 1. RC 58061.

Forever: A Novel of Good and Evil, Love and Hope by Jude Deveraux.
Darci Monroe considers herself lucky when she is hired as Adam Montgomery's well-paid personal assistant. She is unaware that she has special powers that Adam plans to use to help him discover what happened to his parents. Darci ends up offering more than Adam expects. Forever Saga, book 1. Strong language. RC 55065.

Forever and the Night by Linda Lael Miller.
Aidan Tremayne often wishes he had never met Lisette, for it was she who turned him into a vampire and doomed him to immortality and a life of seclusion. Now, two centuries later, he has met Neely Wallace, and he can’t seem to get her off his mind. He keeps recalling a childhood visit to a gypsy and her prediction that he would meet a woman who might be his salvation. Vampire Romance series, book 1. Some explicit descriptions of sex. RC 39855.

Hotel Transylvania: A Novel of Forbidden Love by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro.
Introduces the series on nobleman le Comte de Saint-Germain, a vampire, as he catches the eye of lovely Madelaine de Montalia. In the dazzling society of mid-eighteenth-century Paris, the couple struggle with their desires while battling a coven of devil worshipers who seek to destroy Madelaine's soul. Saint-Germain series. RC 55204.

Hour of the Rose by Christina Skye.
Nicholas Draycott has asked his long-time friend Michael Burke to help locate an urn full of microfilm buried on Nicholas’s English estate. Also searching for the urn is American archaeologist, Kelly Hamilton, who has second sight. But others also want the urn, and Nicholas and Kelly soon find themselves involved with the Draycott Abbey ghosts and entangled in a web of deceit and betrayal. Draycott Abbey series, book 1. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. RC 41752.

Key of Light by Nora Roberts.
At a mysterious cocktail party, art gallery manager Malory Price with Dana Steele and Zoe McCourt attempts to unravel an ancient legend. Dana's brother, Flynn, helps Malory find the first key. Key series, book 1. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. RC 57639.

A Kiss of Shadows by Laurell K. Hamilton.
Following several assassination attempts, faerie princess Meredith NicEssus hides in Los Angeles posing as an investigator specializing in supernatural crime. Suddenly outed and summoned back to the royal court, Meredith returns to discover the true intentions of her aunt, the Queen, who orders her to find a husband if she wishes to survive. Meredith Gentry series, book 1. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and some strong language. RC 59461.

Mesmerized by Candace Camp.
England, 1876. Since claiming his deceased brother's title and estate, Stephen St. Leger has watched an unscrupulous psychic manipulate his mother. To expose the fraud, Stephen hires clairvoyant Olivia Moreland. Murder, lost treasure, and ghosts bring Stephen and Olivia closer. Moreland family series, book 1. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. RC 59415.

Narcissus in Chains by Laurell K. Hamilton.
Vampire executioner Anita Blake is trying to choose between two lovers, a vampire and a werewolf, when she receives an urgent message. The shapeshifters have kidnapped Nathaniel, her wereleopard friend, from a seedy club called Narcissus in Chains. Anita Blake series, book 10. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. RC 59933.

Nell by Jeanette Baker.
Two women, Nell Fitzgerald from the sixteenth century and Jillian Fitzgerald from the twentieth century, are united across time in their search for love. But for both, the conflicts between England and Ireland, Catholics and Protestants, lead to tragedies that tear each from her beloved. Some descriptions of sex. Rita Award 2000. RC 52069.

Old Lover’s Ghost by Joan Smith.
Charity Wainwright’s father has the unusual power of being able to communicate with ghosts. Thus Charity and her father spend a lot of time traveling, and she has little time for herself, or romance. But their visit to Keefer Hall does hold some promise. BR 10976.

Presence in an Empty Room by Velda Johnston.
When Susan Hapgood marries widower Martin Summerslee after a whirlwind courtship, it looks as if she will live happily ever after. He takes her to live in the lovely old family mansion in Maine, but Susan finds an oppressive "presence" there that she soon realizes is both dangerous and threatening. BR 4637.

Ruby by V.C. Andrews.
Ruby Landry, fifteen, has been raised in the Cajun bayou by her Grandmere Catherine, a spiritual healer. Life with Grandmere has meant pleasant days of work and helping others. But now that she has developed a fondness for Paul Tate, her Grandmere must reveal long-hidden secrets that will change her life forever. Ruby and Gisselle series, book 1. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. RC 37928.

Spirit of Love by Emma Goldrick.
At twenty-seven, nurse Emily Sturtevant has been a widow for four years. She deeply misses Rob, her husband, and converses regularly with his spirit. When injured Brad Colson moves in next door, Rob's ghost tells Emily to help her new neighbor and to try to find happiness. But the gruff, wealthy Colson is not an easy man to deal with. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex.RC 41727.

True Believer by Nicholas Sparks.
New York journalist Jeremy Marsh travels to North Carolina to investigate the appearance of ghostly lights in an old cemetery. Meanwhile Boone Creek town librarian Lexie Darnell believes her happiness lies there with those she loves. When Jeremy and Lexie meet, they begin to question their future plans. Jeremy Marsh series, book 1. RC 60188.

Wild Orchids by Jude Deveraux.
Ford Newcombe, suffering from writer's block and searching for inspiration, meets Jackie Maxwell, who tells him about a town possessed by the devil. Ford buys an old house in the town of Cole Creek, North Carolina and hires Jackie as his assistant. Soon both come face to face with evil. Some descriptions of sex. RC 56040.

Wilderness by Dennis Danvers.
Alice White’s secret has prevented her from getting close to people, because either they would think she is insane or they would believe her and be horrified. When Alice falls in love with biology professor Erik Summers, she decides to risk everything and tell him the truth. Ever since puberty, Alice has changed into a wolf during each full moon. Strong language, explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. BR 9478.