That’s where paranormal romance can help spice things up by throwing some vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, or fairies into the mix for an even more epic love story.

If you want a romance novel that goes beyond mere mortal love, try one of these 12 paranormal romance novels.

These 12 books pack the perfect mix of magic, mystery, and romance.

1. A Spell Takes Root by Keith Hendricks

When barbarian Khyte of Hwarn is tricked into rescuing a dryad princess, he assumes it’s to play his usual role of dumb muscle. But when he sees Princess Inglefras, he immediately falls under her seductive spell.

Will he be able to rescue his new love while managing to stay alive himself, or will he become a pawn in a game bigger than both of them?

2. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Ethan Wate finds himself haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he does not know. When Lena Duchannes moves into his small town, he’s immediately drawn to her and determined to understand the connection between them.

But Lena struggles to conceal her power and deal with a curse that has haunted her family for generations. This secret could change both of their lives—and their town—forever. Read this paranormal series before watching the 2013 film adaptation.

3. The Channeler by Jenna Warren

Caleb Swift is doing his best to ignore the terrifying visions that haunt him continuously, but as much as he tries, he still can’t shake the image of a girl in mortal danger—a girl only he can save.

Should he ignore his gift and live the life of normalcy he desperately seeks, or take action and save the girl who may just turn his life upside-down? Fans of Harry Potter and The Hunger Games are sure to love this paranormal romance.

4. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

When Mara Dyer wakes up in a hospital with no recollection of how she got there, she knows something’s not right. She can’t remember the terrible accident that killed her friends but left her unharmed, and she believes there must be more to the story.

She also believes she won’t be able to fall in love after everything she’s been through—but she’s wrong. Read this one with the lights on.

5. Dark Witch by Nora Roberts

Iona Sheehan heads to Ireland in search of the devotion and acceptance she never received from her parents. In County Mayo, her family’s blood and magic have flowed through generations, and Iona immediately feels at home.

Then she meets Boyle, an irresistible cowboy and tribal horsemen. Iona starts to fall head over heels, but soon finds that an ancient evil has made its way through her family tree and must be defeated.

6. White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Layla has a massive crush on Zayne, who treats her like a sister. Worse than that, Layla is half-demon, half-gargoyle, and Zayne is a Warden, part of the race of gargoyles that hunts demons. Layla’s kiss can kill anything with a soul, including Zayne.

When Layla meets Roth, the sexy demon who claims to know all of her secrets, it’s hard to stay away, especially since kissing him isn’t an issue. But trusting Roth could destroy her chances with Zayne and make her a traitor to the family that raised her. All of this seems trivial, however, when Layla learns she’s the reason behind a violent demon uprising.

7. A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest

Described as “Twilight meets Avatar,” A Shade of Vampire finds Sofia Claremont kidnapped to The Shade, an island where the sun literally never shines, ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet.

She is selected out of hundreds of girls to move in with Derek Novak, the dark royal prince. Although he thirsts for her blood, Sofia quickly finds that his chamber is the safest place on the island. Will she succeed in winning him over, or suffer the fate of dozens of other girls who fell prey to the Novaks?

8. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Clara Gardner has just learned that she’s part angel, making her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans. Her visions of an alluring stranger lead her to a new town, where she meets the boy of her dreams (literally).

With Christian, it seems that everything is as it was meant to be. The only problem is that another boy, Tucker, appeals to Clara’s less angelic side. Clara will have to make life-changing decisions between honesty and deceit, love and duty, and good and evil.

9. Second Sight by Amanda Quick

Venetia Milton’s shared a romantic night with Gabriel Jones shortly before learning of his death. Posing as his widow, Venetia starts a new career as a photographer in London, where her talent for “seeing” beyond her subjects makes her photos quite popular.

Little does Venetia know that Gabriel is about to reenter her life. But someone he is tracking is willing to kill in order to unlock an ancient secret, a secret to which they believe Venetia holds the key.

10. Firelight by Kristen Callihan

Miranda Ellis has spent her entire life trying to control her extraordinary abilities, but when one mistake destroys her family’s fortune, she is forced to marry Lord Benjamin Archer, a nobleman doomed to hide his disfigured face behind a mask.

He knows it was selfish to marry Miranda, but he’s drawn by the passion she sparks in him. To save his soul, Miranda must enter a world of dark magic and intrigue.

11. Shadow Rider by Christine Feehan

Stefano Ferraro, leader of the Ferraro family business (both legitimate and illegitimate), always gets what he wants. The Ferraros are a family of shadow riders who are capable of manipulating light and dark. Stefano thought this ability ran in his family alone—until now.

Francesca Capello came to Chicago to start a new life, but instead attracted the attention of a man driven to claim her as his. But if he discovers her secret, it could ruin her.

12. Awakened by Brenda K. Davies

Since a chance encounter with Liam changed her life, Sera finds herself opening up to him more every day. Liam knows that he and his dark secret should stay away from Sera, but he can’t shake the irresistible draw he feels to her.

In order to save Sera, Liam will be forced to share his secret. But will his brutal world tear them apart forever?

Romance and Speculative Fiction

Romance isn’t just for humans. Explore a whole new world of love, lust, and magic by trying out a paranormal romance novel.