Best Shifter Romance Books

Steamy shifter books are hot - even if people in the eye of the public call them taboo.

The fact is, most romance lovers will pick up a good shapeshifter book and enjoy it thoroughly. 

There's something about the collision of the fantasy and paranormal worlds that make these novels irresistible. 

This sub genre is packed with all kinds of animals, however the werewolf romance is the most written about across the numerous shifter-centric novels out there.  

Unless you classify vampires as shifters

Alright, here's our list of the top shapeshifter novels for adults!

Feral Sins by Suzanne Wright

As the first book release from author Suzanne Wright’s Phoenix Pack series, Feral Sins stirs up a lot of drama and controversy. Feral Sins follows the story of Taryn Warner, a female wolf shifter, who was set up into an arranged mating by her own father. When she encounters an alpha male wolf shifter, Trey Coleman, she was intrigued by his reputation and irresistible charm. While fully aware of the danger that comes with aligning with him, the two wolf shifters enter into a pact that will enable Taryn to escape her arranged mating, and for Trey to gain political allies.

Will they succeed with deception? Or will they succumb to the growing attraction that they have for each other? Suzanne Wright takes you through a whirlwind romance in Feral Sins that is unlike anything you’ve read before.

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Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

This is yet another twisted tale delivered by author Nalini Singh – Slave to Sensation. Nalini has many paranormal shapeshifter romance books under her belt. This one in particular delves into the dark and mysterious world of two clashing races with opposing beliefs. The two main characters in the book are Sasha Duncan and Lucas Hunter, who are drawn to each other’s arms, intrigued by their opposing views. But how will they be able to resist the order of their races? Will they rise above it and pursue their longing for dark passion?

Caught between the need to stay true to their identities and their undeniable desire for each other, Sasha and Lucas’ story is one that will make you not want to put down this book until the very end.

Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken

If you're looking for some of the best shifter romance books ever written, this might be your stop. Dragon Actually is another masterpiece from fantasy book writer G.A. Aiken. It is the first of a book series that promises to be as intriguing as any other book that Aiken has published before. Annwyl the Bloody is a female warrior with a hard exterior – shaped by her years of fighting his evil brother’s soldiers. When she encounters an antisocial dragon, she was intrigued and the two form an undeniable bond. She seems to be bound by the dragon’s spell – and she couldn’t wait to fill that desire that rages a passion inside her. Will they be able to pursue a strange romance? Or will the knight that trains her could also be the one to tame her?

If you like this strange and mysterious romance stories, you’ll also want to keep an eye on the other books from G.A. Aiken’s Dragon Kin series. 

A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole

Kresley Cole is a New York Times best-selling author that is known for penning bewitching and sizzling book series. To say she is a celebrated paranormal romance author would be an understatement! For A Hunger Like No Other, you will get to relive that same fantasy world as she takes you through a story that dissolves the boundaries of life and death. Follow the adventure of sheltered Emmaline, who is half vampire and half werewolf. She is the only one of her kind yet pursues to discover her strength and character. But her world is going to change when she encounters Lachlain MacRieve – the leader of the Lykae Clan. In this fascinating world where demons, vampires, and werewolves exist, it is a whirlwind tale that does not let up from start to finish.

As the first book in Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark book series, you can expect big things from the other books. It is a promising tale that will transform the genre on its head.

Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison

Dragon Bound is the first in the Elder Races shifter romance series, which is another masterpiece of Thea Harrison. It features an interesting plot involving the lead character, Pia Giovanni, who is a half-wyr and half-human. When she was lured into committing theft, she became the target of the most powerful figure in the Elders races. As punishment, she was turned into a slave but she refuses to succumb to his orders. Immerse yourself in the fantasy world as Emmaline tries to overcome the desires of her body and soul towards Dragos. Will she succeed or will she finally succumb to him?

Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh

Kiss of Snow is one of the most anticipated releases from the Psy/Changeling book series by Nalini Singh. It follows the twisted tale of Hawke, the leader of the SnowDancer wolf pack, and Sienna, who was defected from PsyNet. Eventually, Sienna joins the pack and finds herself drawn to Hawke. This book is not solely focused on romance, especially given that the characters know they cannot be together (despite their strong emotion and attraction towards each other). This internal turmoil creates a web of suspense and intrigue throughout the book.

It becomes more than just a battle between two people to be together, but also a battle of two different worlds. In order to understand the level of depth of this book, it is recommended that you also read the other books from this series. That way, you can grasp the full extent of the turmoil that is plaguing the main characters.

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

In Moon Called, Patricia Briggs stirred up a lot of attention that shot her to fame in the world of fantasy/romance books. This book is a #1 selling phenomenon that follows the story of Mercy Thompson who, despite being raised by a werewolf pack, was abandoned by the pack following an illicit love affair. From this point on is where the story truly rises up to expectation as Briggs cleverly develops the characterization, making every character or persona come to life. You can appreciate the amount of work done by the writer to study and analyze wolf pack behavior and incorporate that into the story-telling.

As a result, she has created one of the most notable and well-received supernatural heroines in Mercy, which is saying a lot given this saturated shapeshifter/fantasy genre. If you want to read a book about great characterization and intense storytelling, this one’s for you!

​Play of Passion by Nalini Singh

Passion and reason collide in one explosive encounter in this book by Nalini Singh, Play of Passion. Drew Kincaid is the SnowDancer tracker who is tasked with reining in the changelings that have lost their way, or kill those who’ve gone too far. His isn’t an easy job and he’s known to having a firm hand. But that’s about to change when he finds himself craving for Lieutenant Indigo Riviere. As the most wicked man in the den, Indigo tries her best to resist Drew’s sensual charm. Persistent as he is, Indigo must decide if she partake in this dangerous game that Drew is reeling him into.

As part of the Psy/Changeling series, this book has all of the same elements that made the other books a resounding success.

​Tiger by Laurann Dohner

Taken from the New Species book series by Laurann Dohner, Tiger is a thrill of a romance book that will not disappoint. Zandy plays the damsel in distress role to start of this story, which got her saved by Tiger, who she thought was her fallen angel. As he held her in his arms, she was smitten by his charm and was quickly engulfed in passion that is waiting to ignite. But here’s the catch: as a member of the New Species Organization, Tiger has sworn to never take a mate. But even Tiger himself could not deny the inevitable: that he is slowly succumbing to Zandy’s seductive spell. Will he give in? Or will his sworn duty for the organization he’s serving prevail?

​When He Was Bad by Shelly Laurenston & Cynthia Eden

USA Today best-selling author Cynthia Eden, along with Shelly Laurenston, brings this scorching hot after-dark anthology that you simply cannot put down – When He Was Bad. There are two novellas that are featured in one book: Miss Congeniality by Shelly Laurenston and Wicked Ways by Cynthia Eden.

Miss Congeniality is an intriguing story of a college professor (Irene) with boundary issues who encountered a womanizing, rich wolf (Vanz). The reveal of a secret identity and the web of complexity that came after that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It will be interesting to see how two extreme personalities can get together as one, united by a common desire to be in each other’s arms.

On the other hand, Wicked Ways by Cynthia Eden feels more like a full-length book than a novella due to the complexity of the story development and characterization. This is a well-played out story between two shapeshifters’ quest for one woman. One hunts the woman, the other protects her. Who will succeed in winning her over in the end? This story will leave you holding your breath as the suspense plays out scene after scene.

Alright, that's it! 

That's our list of the best shape shifter romance books on the market.

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