New paranormal romance books: The best urban fantasy reads from the last few months

Written by Silke, updated 08 Jun 2021

Getting away from reality, at least for a bit of time, seems to be a reasonable choice at the moment. So I have compiled the best of new paranormal romantic fiction for your pleasure. Shifters, vampires, a bit of magic and all sorts of fantastic shenanigans are included in the following list.

  • #1 Lethal Game - Christine Feehan

    Lethal Game - Christine Feehan

    shapeshifters military paranormal contemporary fantasy

    Suspenseful military shifter novel

    When Malichai Fortunes attacks a problem, he does it full force--a habit that earns the GhostWalker a painful injury and a forced vacation in San Diego, California. With nothing but physical therapy on the horizon, Malichai is starting to get restless...until a striking blue-eyed blonde makes all his senses come alive.

    Amaryllis is kind and warm and sees beyond Malichai's rough exterior, but he can tell there's something she's hiding. Her innate healing abilities indicate she might be a GhostWalker--albeit an untrained one... more

  • #2 Cloudy with a Chance of Witchcraft - Mandy M. Roth

    Cloudy with a Chance of Witchcraft - Mandy M. Roth

    military urban fantasy suspense fantasy shapeshifters

    Mature couple alert! A witch and a shifter small town romance with a mystery to solve to boot

    On the eve of my fortieth birthday, Fate has given me a second chance at the happiness I once knew in the odd Southern town of Grimm Cove. But only if I can come to terms with some rather eye-opening revelations. Supernaturals are a real thing. I'm a witch. My high school sweetheart, who happens to be the Chief of Police in Grimm Cove, is my fated mate and a wolf-shifter. Ghosts exist and can be very nosy and meddlesome. Someone is murdering witches left and right. And last but not least, my ex-husband's barely legal arm candy is taking fatal attraction to new levels of Hell.. more

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  • #3 Smoke Bitten - Patricia Briggs

    Smoke Bitten - Patricia Briggs

    fantasy urban fantasy shapeshifters paranormal magic

    The latest entry in the every so popular 'Mercy Thompson' series

    I am Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman. My only "superpowers" are that I turn into a thirty-five pound coyote and fix Volkswagens. But I have friends in odd places and a pack of werewolves at my back. It looks like I'm going to need them.

    Centuries ago, the fae dwelt in Underhill--until she locked her doors against them. They left behind their great castles and troves of magical artifacts. They abandoned their prisoners and their pets. Without the fae to mind them, those creatures who remained behind roamed freely through Underhill wreaking havoc. Only the deadliest survived... more

  • #4 Death Game - Kelly St. Clare

    Death Game - Kelly St. Clare

    new adult young adult fantasy urban fantasy vampires

    Enemies to lovers urban fantasy with a bite

    I’ve screwed up big time. Now, I’m facing the damning consequences.

    The walls are closing in as I balance duty to grandmother’s memory with my impossible feelings for Kyros. Then there’s the freakin’ human-vampire hybrid thing to deal with.

    The problem is, I’m no longer willing to lose the person I’ve gambled against from the start.

    Our fates hinge on a single roll of the dice, and one wrong move could collapse the tower of cards I’ve painstakingly built.

    If that happens, I’ll lose more than I ever bargained for... more

  • #5 Unlove Me - T.S. Joyce

    Unlove Me - T.S. Joyce

    shapeshifters fantasy paranormal forced proximity

    For a change, the lady is a shifter and the dude is human

    One wild night with friends, and Brock Evans comes up with a plan to rake in the room reservations at his lodge. Instead of celebrating Valentine’s Day, he is going to throw an UnValentine’s Day party for the singles who want to escape the hearts, and romance, and frills of February. But when a curvy beauty comes crashing into his lodge with eyes much too bright to be human, he is instantly intrigued. She has to be one of those shifters, but she fibbed about it on her room application, so she must be hiding something big... more

  • #6 Wicked Bite - Jeaniene Frost

    Wicked Bite - Jeaniene Frost

    urban fantasy fantasy vampires paranormal magic

    A lot of readers love the hero, Ian, who is very charming, very cocky... This book is the second part of a trilogy and ends with a cliffhanger

    Veritas spent most of her life as a vampire Law Guardian. Now, she’s about to break every rule by secretly hunting down the dark souls that were freed in order to save Ian. But the risks are high. For if she gets caught, she could lose her job. And catching the sinister creatures might cost Veritas her own life.

    Ian’s memories might be fragmented, but this master vampire isn’t about to be left behind by the woman who entranced him, bound herself to him, and then disappeared... more

  • #7 Surviving Plagues - Erin R Flynn

    Surviving Plagues - Erin R Flynn

    witches shapeshifters new adult paranormal fantasy

    New adult reverse harem romance featuring a fairy heroine

    My name is Tamsin Vale. I’m the last known fairy and I haven’t gotten busted on that yet. I passed my midterms, which seemed like an impossibility a few months ago given I didn’t finish high school and I’m working on that at the same time. But with a lot of hard work and the support of people I’ve helped and new friends, I’m building a life I didn’t think I could ever have.

    It’s still an adjustment. I mean, a few months ago I thought I was human with powers and now I’m hooking up with a dragon prince. Oh, and there’s my powerful warlock professor that I’m also involved with... more

  • #8 The Sinner - J.R. Ward

    The Sinner - J.R. Ward

    fantasy paranormal magic dark romance fighters

    The Sinner is a return to form for J.R. Ward, reminding me of the first few Black Dagger Brotherhood books. A slow burn with unexpected sweetness.

    Syn has kept his side hustle as a mercenary a secret from the Black Dagger Brotherhood. When he takes another hit job, he not only crosses the path of the vampire race’s new enemy, but also that of a half-breed in danger of dying during her transition. Jo Early has no idea what her true nature is, and when a mysterious man appears out of the darkness, she is torn between their erotic connection and the sense that something is very wrong... more

  • #9 When the Dead Come Home - B.L. Brunnemer

    When the Dead Come Home - B.L. Brunnemer

    young adult new adult paranormal fantasy magic

    Cover is not great, but the book is - for fans of the reverse harem trope

    I’m Lexie Delaney, and I’m a necromancer. Which means, I can see the dead, talk to them, affect them. Not as fun as it sounds. Especially since the Veil closed and the dead have been stuck here.

    Things in town are getting tense. School is starting, and I’m already tired of our plan to keep our relationships quiet. Bodies keep showing up and no one has a clue as to why. Ghosts are still missing and we’re still searching the hiking trails for clues.

    Secrets are coming to light, answers are found. And the guys are snapping at each other. But I can keep everything together... more

  • #10 Sweep with Me - Ilona Andrews

    Sweep with Me - Ilona Andrews

    fantasy urban fantasy shapeshifters vampires paranormal

    A charming, short novella in the Innkeeper Chronicles series from Ilona Andrews

    Thank you for joining us at Gertrude Hunt, the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, during the Treaty Stay. As you know, we are honor-bound to accept all guests during this oldest of innkeeper holidays and we are expecting a dangerous guest. Or several. But have no fear. Your safety and comfort is our first priority. The inn and your hosts, Dina Demille and Sean Evans, will defend you at all costs. [But we hope we don’t have to... more

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