Look, we think all love is magical, but sometimes you want something that takes your fantasies to the next level. Enter paranormal romance books, with fallen angels and badass witches that have powers that can bring readers and their enemies to their knees.
Even if the Twilight craze has left you weary, there's an entire underworld of paranormals worth exploring—and they all add bewitching spins to your favorite tropes. A psychic forced into a marriage of convenience? Check. A friends-to-lovers romance between a ghost and a human? It's out there! Falling-in-lust secret agents with supernatural abilities? There's a book like that, too. And who can resist a misunderstood "monster" with a heart of gold and a body of steel? But whether you're a newbie or a veteran of the subgenre, the 10 recommendations below will make you believe in all kinds of magic.
For most women, essential qualities for a lover might include honesty, kindness, and physical beauty. But Roderica, a telepathic heiress, has other considerations—namely, a man with an unreadable mind. Constantly disappointed by the thoughts of her suitors, she eventually finds someone whose mind is closed to her: the disreputable and impoverished Faelan Savigar. She's willing to pay the price of public scorn if it means getting some peace and quiet...But when their marriage of convenience ignites a full-blown passion, Roderica realizes her gift isn't such a terrible burden. After all, without access to Faelan's innermost thoughts, can she ever truly trust him?
Roxanne's last name may be Frost, but her dreams are straight Fire. Whenever she sleeps, a handsome man from the future infiltrates her mind, filling it with X-rated visions of their bedroom heavy petting. Unlucky in love since divorcing her ex, Roxanne feels the erotic visits open more than just her legs. Her dreamy lover has stolen her heart, and she fears the day her nighttime paramour will disappear. Still, there's no hope for a relationship that exists only in her fantasies...right?
Lily Jacobs is a teenage outcast, a voracious reader, and the friend of a genie named Fazrie. Unhappy at school and at home, she wishes for a romance worthy of her favorite novels—the rugged hero and rollercoaster drama included. Years later, in walks National McAllister, a rags-to-riches bad boy who's the living embodiment of Lily’s teenage dreams. Faster than you can rub a genie’s bottle, they’re rubbing each other up and down—though it isn’t long before their road to HEA gets more twisted than their bedsheets.
Long ago, Julian was cursed to spend eternity as a slave to female pleasure. In the present day, Grace Alexander suffers from her own curse: a sex drought that has lasted four years. On a lark, she summons her own love slave and is soon presented with the dashing Julian, whose obvious torment convinces her to set him free. But to transform Julian into a mortal human, the lovers must spend one month denying their most basic human desires...Needless to say, they have to be crafty...and the resulting sexual tension sizzles off the pages.
The Curse of Lord Stanstead
The members of the Order of the M.U.S.E. use their supernatural abilities to protect Regency-era England. Their latest recruit is fire mage Cassandra Darkin, though her inexperience—and flaming temper—make her a dangerous liability. Mind controller Garrett Sterling is responsible for her training, and their first order of business is to get down to business. But will the couple’s bedroom heat truly help Cassandra control her powers, or will long-kept secrets send everything up in flames?
A Hunger Like No Other
Bound by fate but divided by an ancient rivalry, the feelings between werewolf Lachlain and vampire Emmaline don’t exactly raise the dead. After reluctantly claiming her as his mate, Lachlain takes Emmaline to his Scottish home, where their age-old grudges surrender to a newfound tenderness. Despite their differences and varying sexual tastes, the two mates will experience a love that transcends species, history, and hate—but leaves them howling and thirsting for more.
How to Hang a Witch
Being related to an infamous witch hunter makes Sam an outcast at her Salem high school. A Plastics-esque clique—called the “Descendants—devote themselves to tormenting her in the name of their wronged witch ancestors. As if their vengeful hoaxes aren’t terrifying enough, people with ancestral ties to the Witch Trials start dropping like flies. Supported by her neighbor and the sexy ghost that haunts her, Sam must fight to stop the curse once and for all—or risk Salem’s history becoming its present. With crazy twists, a paranormal book boyfriend, and real life history, How to Hang a Witch is its own brand of magic.
Seduced by the Storm
Wyatt never expected Faith to be more than his one night stand—but now she’s fully clothed, out of his bed, and his greatest enemy. Both Wyatt and Faith are telekinetic secret agents, though their opposing alliances (not to mention their hidden agendas) make falling in love completely off-limits. But the desire for one another is growing and they can't control it. Will they use their skills to fulfill their respective missions, or will they take their abilities back to the bedroom—and reach another kind of fulfillment? They must learn to trust one another or prepare themselves for the storm that is approaching, ready to consume everything in its path.
Tayla Mancuso is a badass heroine straight out of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Longing to avenge her mother’s death, Tayla has descended into the underworld, where she's known as a ruthless demon hunter. When an accident lands her in the hospital, she learns that her caretakers are the very creatures she's vowed to destroy. But Dr. Eidolon isn’t just any ole demon—he’s also master of the female body—and that holds a certain appeal for a woman who’s never had an orgasm...Will she let Eidolon give her his heart and the Big O, or will her prejudice triumph over her pleasure?
The Vampire's Mail Order Bride
In a hypothetical game of “would you rather,” which would be worse: death by a mobster, or marriage to someone you don't know? The choice is a no brainer for waitress Delaney who, after witnessing a brutal murder, flees New York disguised as a stranger's mail order bride. Little does Delaney know, her new home is a haven for a host of paranormal beings—and her soon-to-be-husband has a taste for blood. Kristen Painter’s novel is fluffier than a werewolf’s coat, so if rom-coms are your catnip, then it’s just what the vampire ordered.