The other day someone on Facebook told me that she’s never read Paranormal Romance (PNR). She wondered what it is about the genre that I love so much. Weirdly enough, I can’t put my finger on just one thing I like about this genre.
For some reason I’ve ended up attracting more Erotic Romance authors and readers on my blog than any other genre. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, far from it. But it does mean that I don’t read nearly as much PNR as I’d love. So to appease the side of me that LOVES this genre, I decided to talk a bit about it.
I don’t particularly remember growing up loving paranormal shows or reading paranormal stories. Then one day I’m about to leave my university campus, it was a 20 minute tram ride to my apartment so I decided to pass by the library. There was one table where anyone could put magazines or fiction books for others to read and I found myself looking at a copy of Twilight. I know I know, Twilight. Surprisingly, I had not even heard of Twilight. I was studying in a different country and I don’t think it was big in Europe yet. Most of my classmates were Americans so I suppose one of them dropped the book there. Anyway, so I took the copy and got on the tram.
20 minutes later, I’m hooked and I forego my assignments to read. I loved it so much I watched the movie (which I hated), then bought the next books in the series. Turns out I didn’t like book two and I couldn’t move past the first few pages of the massive book 3 so I ended up leaving all of them at the same table I collected the first.
That’s my first memory of reading PNR. About a year later, I moved back to Holland and met my friend V. She was (and still is) addicted to True Blood. So that got me back to fantasizing about vampires and shifters BIG TIME! Sigh, the hottest vampire and shifter 🙂
I then discovered JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood, the best PNR series ever! 🙂 I read book 1 to 6 as if I was on fire! I couldn’t imagine reading anything else! Think sexy sexy vampires who fall in love with (mostly) unsuspecting humans… I was on cloud 9!
So what is it that I like so much about PNR… I still don’t have a direct answer to that. Maybe it’s because I wonder how exciting it would be if all these Vampires and lycanthropes existed… maybe it’s because it’s all so scary exciting… Maybe it’s because these preternaturals seem to believe more in soulmates… they seem to love harder… in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series for example, once they’ve ‘bonded’ they mark their mates with their scent to make sure everyone knows…. and they have to tattoo the name of their partner on their backs… that gets me everytime 😉
Also in another favorite, the Alpha Omega Series by Aline Hunter, this is how the Omega (a shifter who is not only a were-shifter but bears the mark of all the other shifter races – meaning he can shift into almost anything) knows he’s met THE ONE…
He knew he was fucked the minute he lifted her in his arms and all the beasts beneath his skin growled in contentment, each one brushing against the inside of his skin. They came at the same time, fighting for a place to break free and make their own unique mark of claim. The animal forms he possessed had chosen random females they’d appreciated over the years, but never had they voiced approval at the same time.
I love that whole claiming, marking business… and yes my boyfriend is rolling his eyes as he reads this 🙂
Now because PNR excites me so much, I decided to give Urban Fantasy a try. Unfortunately not my cup of tea. That world includes too many preternaturals, I found that my mind couldn’t keep up! That being said I bow down to UF authors. Coming up with such a complicated world requires a mind like no other!
Now I’ll end with my recommendations. As I said, I don’t read the genre as much as I’d like and I’ve received various recommendations that I’m yet to get to. But I definitely recommend the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, and these others that I loved;