Best Vampire Romance Books

If you’re looking for vampire romance novels like Twilight, these novels will tickle your fancy. That being said, this sub genre has been “alive” and well for a long time before it was really brought to the mainstream. If you love hot vampire books, there’s way more to experience than just Twilight! The different books and series you’ll find in this list are filled with romance and adventure - the kind that’ll keep you turning page after page.

These vampire romance novels span the ages, although we must admit that there has been a massive increase in published books aimed at adults in recent years. Nonetheless, let’s dive in and get going on the best vampire romance novels around. Because let's be real, these are some of the hottest romance books on the market today! 

Vampire Novels That’ll Keep You Needing More

Dark Lover by J. R. Ward

This novel revolves around a deadly turf war that is going on between vampires and their slayers. The story follows six vampire brothers who are known to represent a secret unrivalled band of warriors. These vampire warriors, known as The Black Dagger Brotherhood, consistently strive to defend their race.

Their leader Wrath, who is the only living purebred vampire, has something to say to the slayers that murdered his parents. To make matters worse, when confronted, they kill his best warrior. Following that incident, his half-bred daughter is rendered unaware of what is yet to come in regard to her existence and his fate. Left alone, Wrath ushers her into a new world beyond her wildest dreams.

If you’re just hearing about J R. Ward for the first time, chances are you’re fairly new to the paranormal romance scene. If that’s the case, you’re in luck because J. R. Ward is one of the most celebrated authors in this genre. If you love vampires & the romantic paranormal, this book is an excellent choice.

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Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

This story revolves around Sookie Stackhouse, who is a simple part-time cocktail waitress in a small town in Louisiana. Her life starts to take on a completely different path when the vampire of her dreams appears for real. She comes to find out that dating it may not have been the best idea.

This book is the first in Charlaine’s Sookie Stackhouse series and has a reputation of being compared to Twilight. Don’t let that scare you off one way or the other; word has it they’re their own stories. This is a romantic vampire fantasy novel through and through, with some mystery to keep it interesting.

Dead And Gone by Charlaine Harris

Being the ninth book in the Sookie Stackhouse series, you could say a lot has developed since book one. Vampires. Weres. Shifters. Undead. All coming out to the human world. This isn’t anything new to Sookie - especially given that she knows her boss & brother are both shifters. Not to mention the were pack she has befriended.

At first, all goes well - until a tortured body of a were-panther is found at her work. Diving in head first with her telepathic abilities, she’s now part of the hunt to find the killer. Unknown to her and everyone else, a race of far more secretive un-human beings are getting ready for war. And our beloved characters are playing right into their war games.

This book stays in-line with the rest of the series and is a light read that doesn’t take itself too seriously. While fantasy is the predominant theme, there are mystery undertones throughout this vampire romance novel. 

The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice

The Vampire Lestat is book two in the series and narrates the adventure of Lestat, as he rushes through time to find others inflicted with his terrifying way of life. Did I mention he is also a rockstar in the 1980s, and plays in a band? This book is a piece of paranormal history, first published in 1985. There is a TV series that accompanies Anne’s work as well.

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

The very first book of the famous Twilight Saga series introduces the readers to Edward Cullen and Bella Swan. Bound in a forbidden relationship, both lovers must navigtate their developing romance in a sleepy small town. It's also known for having some pretty ​steamy werewolf shifters as well!

This series is very well known - and so are the books that were adapted from them. Some people hate Twilight, others can’t get enough. It’s a young adult read and if you love romance and vampires, you’ll have a hard time putting it down. Say what you will, Twilight has earned its place in not just the vampire literay ranks, but the paranormal world as well. 

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy is a mean mix of young adult fantasy & vampire romance. The book follows Rose, a half human half vampire, and Lissa, a vampire with a rare gift. Lissa must be protected at all times from the Strigoi that want to turn her into one of them.

Escaping from their school two years ago, both women are caught and brought back. This isn’t a normal school, it is a school for privileged vampires and their guardians. To make matters more tense, life on the inside of the iron gates is filled with danger - and the Strigoi never seem to be too far away.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Once you get past the kind of bad character name of the heroine, this story has substance to it. The story begins when Clary Fray, a fifteen-year-old girl, unexpectedly witnesses a murder committed by three strangely tattooed teenagers. The scene ends with the dead body disappearing into thin air. Not even a trace of blood on the ground left over.

This is her first run in with what are known as Shadowhunters. These are earth-hunting warriors that take pride in cleaning the world of their presence. Soon after their first meeting, Clary is pulled into their world; romance and adventure ensues. 

Lover Eternal by J. R. Ward

This is another novel that narrates the adventures of The Black Dagger Brotherhood. This time it has the story chronicling Rhage who is the most dangerous of the Brotherhood, being possessed by a deadly beast. Rhage is known to be the strongest and fastest in the Brotherhood, and a voracious lover to boot. Rhage experiences fears of having his inner beast released to the external world, putting everyone in danger.

Under Rhage’s protection is Mary Luce who has lost faith in miracles and lost her intentions of finding love. With Rhage’s animal attraction radiating so strongly, Mary relents. While originally not interested in a lover, this novel takes a hard turn into the romance world and is a steamy read. 

Kiss of Crimson by Lara Adrian

The veterinarian Tess Culver encounters a stranger riddled with bullets, rapidly losing his blood and appearing very close to death. She tries her best to save the man that calls himself Dante - unaware that he is no man at all. He’s a vampire warrior and fighting a battle that’s bigger than him.

One reckless kiss places Tess head first into the underworld, as her hidden gifts are revealed. Fighting alongside Dante, the couple must fight not only their enemies, but also their rapidly growing passion. 

Dark Needs at Night’s Edge by Kresley Cole

Dark Needs at Night’s Edge is the fifth book is Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series. Labeling this a seductive read would be an understatement - Cole has a way of writing about passion that keeps fans flipping page after page. The heroine is a phantom after being murdered in a previous century. Haunting her home was her main concern, until she meets Conrad, a ruthless vampire. This is a passionate read and is beloved by fans. If you like romance, this book is heavy in it.

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