But I didn't see my favorites in that post or most of the Twitter comments that followed, and I didn't recognize most of the authors listed, so I thought I'd put together my own listing. Originally I was going to do it via Twitter but when I saw the number I'd accumulated... well, a blog post seemed more readable.
Some words about the books on this list:
- Most of these are m/m, with a few f/f and a few f/m (and one m/m/m).
- I'm always on the lookout for more writers of color and also for writers not from the US/Britain/Canada - I've marked these (WOC) and welcome recommendations!
- There are some short stories/novellas on this list and I've noted those as well.
- There's some overlap with my list of ghost stories but not a lot. Most of those weren't romances.
Finally, and this is so hugely subjective (as if this whole list weren't), but when it comes to shifter stories (persons who can shift from one form to another, ie. werewolves), I just don't seem to be able go much beyond coyote/wolf or dragon shifting. I don't know why. I know there's a universe of shifter stories out there beyond that but I haven't read many and don't feel compelled to. But with so much out there to read I'm not going to worry about this. (There's one exception on this list and I have noted that too!)
On to the books! Alpha by author. And, as usual with my lists, I'm not trying to review the books here. If it's on the list, I thought it was at least good enough to share. If you want more of my take on individual ones, I review almost everything I read on Goodreads (I'm not 100% caught up though.)
Charmed and Dangerous: Ten Tales of Gay Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy
A couple of my favorite authors (KJ Charles, Jordan L. Hawk, Jordan Castillo Price) and then an introduction to some new faves (Ginn Hale, Astrid Amara, Nicole Kimberling).
Irregulars: Stories by Nicole Kimberling, Josh Lanyon, Astrid Amara, Ginn Hale
Recognize those new faves I mentioned?
Hell Cop 1 & 2
More stories by Astrid Amara, Nicole Kimberling, and Ginn Hale. These don't seem to be available any more, I don't know why.
The Druid Stone by Heidi Belleau & Violetta Vane
Light by 'Nathan Burgoine
He also has a paranormal trilogy that I've started and like a great deal so far, but I hesitate to call it a romance. As far as I've read, anyway.
Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series, particularly the novellas at the end. The whole series is romantic in nature but the novellas are straight out romances.
Caroline's Heart by Austin Chant (novella)
K.J. Charles. Well. Obviously the Charm of Magpies series, but I think I like the Green Men series even more so far (counting The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal as a precursor to that series). Probably mostly because of the time period it's set in, but also the nature of the magic being explored and also the hints at conspiracy.
Elliot Cooper (stories)
Junk Mage (this is a mix of magic and sci-fi)
Sweet by Alysia Constantine
R. Cooper's Being(s) In Love series (mix of novellas, stories, and novels) and Familiar Spirits series (novellas). Have I already raved enough about her books in other posts? I'm not sure I can. I think you can read the first three of the Being(s) In Love books in any order and then they start building on each other - you don't have to read them in order after that but I'd suggest it. The Familiar Spirits novellas don't have to be read in order. Yet. I'm hoping for more in this line.
Beary Christmas, Baby by Sasha Devlin (WOC) (novella)
Polar bear shifter! And such a cutie. I definitely want more in this world.
Blind Man's Wolf by Amelia Faulkner. First in a series.
Kim Fielding's Bureau of Trans-Species Affairs series (novellas)
The Long Past and Other Stories by Ginn Hale. Magic and steampunk and dinosaurs. And you can hear her talk about the research that went into this book at The Hopeless Romantic (this is also a hilarious episode).
Alexis Hall's Kate Kane, Paranormal Investigator series. Not available at the moment, but hopefully sometime again in the future. I originally checked the first one out from the library, so that's a possibility.
Jordan L. Hawk's Whybourne & Griffin series and Hexworld series. And they have more too (in particular a ghost series I very much want to read), but I haven't gotten to those yet.
Something to Remember by Elliott Junkyard (story). And there's a prequel to this, available free via his webpage, I believe.
The Lightning-Struck Heart by TJ Klune
Okay, this is straight-out fantasy. I include it here though because he has a number of paranormal books I just haven't gotten to yet, including a werewolf one that I know is going to rip up my heart. (Which is why I haven't read it yet... but I will.) I also include this one because it is flat out one of the funniest books I've read in a long time - crying, I was laughing so hard.
Half by Eli Lang
Shelly Laurentson's Call of Crows series. She has several other series as well, and I've looked at them, but... not for me. But I loved this one.
Out Of Her Depth by Pike Martell (story)
Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters by Angel Martinez (WOC) First in a series.
Snare by Erin McRae & Racheline Maltese (novella)
The Better to Kiss You With by Michelle Osgood. First in a series.
E.E. Ottoman (novellas)
Business Makes Strange Bedfellows
Jordan Castillo Price's PsyCop series. She has more paranormal books and series as well, and I intend to read those too, but I'm still on this one so far.
Seducing Chaos by Luna Quinn (WOC)
This is the first in a planned series and I'm hoping the authors continue! I read the world as a future magical apocalyptical Earth, rather than a fantasy one, but I could be wrong about that.
Darkling by Brooklyn Ray
Water & Air by Janelle Reston (story)
Shatterproof by Xen Sanders (WOC) (also writes as Cole McCade)
Not currently available but it will be again. Worth getting on his newsletter to find out when. And to read his many other amazing books. UPDATE: He's rewriting this, so it may be a while before it's available again. I'd been wanting to buy it in print anyway, so when the new edition comes out that's what I'll do.
Moon-Bright Tides (novella)
Prince In Leather by Holley Trent (WOC). First in a series.
She has several different series as well. I've dipped into one other and didn't like it so much but this one is speaking to me so far.
Better Off Red by Rebekah Weatherspoon (WOC). First in a series.
Close Quarter & Slow Waltz (this is a follow-up story to Close Quarter) by Anna Zabo
And then there are a few books that aren't romances as such but have such strong romantic elements (oh, the pining!) that I had to include them.
The Glamour Thieves by Don Allmon
Slouch Witch by Helen Harper
Amir Lane's Morrighan House Witches series
And, just because, Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya (INT). You know, if you like your slow-burn paranormal romance stretched out over 12 volumes.
And that is quite enough of that. Though I'll probably have another list equally long by this time next year.