I admit it, I’m addicted to urban fantasy. Whether it’s vampires, angels, demons, or other mythological creatures, I just can’t get enough. But I find that I tend to gravitate toward the stories that contain strong romantic elements. Nothing moves me as deeply as characters falling in love.
Jeaniene Frost is my all-time favorite urban fantasy author. Her Night Huntress series, featuring vampires and (to a lesser degree) ghouls, straddles genres. The romance is so integral to the storyline that I don’t think the story could survive if you took it out. Alas, her next book isn’t out until the end of February.
Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series is another favorite. Ms. Singh masterfully created an alternate world where angels rule the Earth, and there is a strong romantic element.
Michelle Rowen’s Living in Eden features a woman who’s falling for the demon stuck inside her body. (Don’t worry, it’s only part of the time.) I’m about to read the second book in the series.
I also enjoy Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassins series. It’s a different world, and tons of fun, though from what I’ve seen so far the romance isn’t as strong as the other series.
That said, I’m on a mission to find a good urban fantasy with strong romantic elements. I would love to find something by a newer author I haven’t heard of. There are many seasoned authors I haven’t heard of too, so I’m open to any and all suggestions. Please do share if you’ve read an urban fantasy that has just stuck with you (you know, in a good way).