Recommended Reads: Vampires and Romance, Oh My!

If you’re a fan of the paranormal romance genre,  then I think you’ll love the five books I’ve selected for this Recommended Read post!

So without further ado, let’s get started! 🙂

Hidden (Marchwood Vampire, #1)Hidden by Shalini Boland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book description

Hidden is a paranormal romance that spans the centuries from modern England to 19th century Paris and ancient Cappadocia.

Sixteen-year-old Madison Greene is in foster care until one day she inherits a fortune, she inherits a house, she inherits a cellar full of danger.

Eighteen-year-old Alexandre Chevalier lives in 19th century Paris. On an archaeological expedition, he discovers a lost underground city where his life changes forever.

For each of them, life is finally beginning. Little do they know it is closer to ending. Something lies buried that should have been forgotten. A Pandora’s Box that was meant to stay shut. But Madison and Alexandre have never been any good at following the rules. They are about to find everything they’ve ever desired and everything that could destroy them.

Falling in love has never been so dangerous.

My thoughts

What a great read! I don’t want to give too much away, but I loved how the dual storylines of 1881 and the present intersected.

Shalini writes with great skill, with each character having a distinct voice. I look forward to reading more. If the option existed, I would have raised this rating to 4.5 stars.

Since reading and rating the first two books of this Marchwood Vampire series, Shalini’s republished the books with some truly stunning covers: Vampire Series, Book 2

Thicker Than Blood (Marchwood Vampire Series #2)Thicker Than Blood by Shalini Boland
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book description

Chilling and fast-paced, Thicker Than Blood is the supernatural sequel to Hidden. It combines passion and drama with a historical twist.

Aelia lives in 6th century Byzantium. She is sixteen years old and her life is about to change forever. She doesn’t yet know it, but she holds the fate of thousands in her hands and her actions will echo across the centuries.

Fourteen hundred years later the lives of Madison and Alexandre are once again plunged into danger. To save Madison, Alexandre is forced back to a world he thought was dead and buried. But time is running out.

The chase is on…

My thoughts

THICKER THAN BLOOD was a fabulous read. Shalini Boland is a highly accomplished writer, bringing her characters and locations vividly to life with a wonderful skill. I loved the imagery as much as the storytelling.

Alexandre is a beautiful hero, and young Maddy is a courageous and likeable heroine. We are introduced to new characters, Aelia and Zoe, both of whom are crucial to the unfolding story. The ending was an unexpected twist, and paves the way for Book 3, “Hunted” . . . I can’t wait!

Another page-turner, and a worthy successor to HIDDEN. This series is a keeper.

No Such Thing as ImmortalityNo Such Thing as Immortality by Sarah Tranter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book description

I will protect you until the day I die … forever!

A vampire does not have to feel any emotion not of his choosing. And Nathaniel Gray has spent two hundred years choosing not to feel. But when he accidentally runs Rowan Locke off the road, he is inexplicably flooded with everything she’s feeling, and that’s rage, and lots of it.

He is consumed with the need to protect Rowan at all costs, including from himself. To Nate what is happening is unthinkable, and is pretty much as unbelievable as the existence of faeries.

But you see, there is no such thing as … immortality.

This is Nate’s story …

My thoughts

Right from the start, Nate and Rowan are a scintillating combination – one so cool and intense, the other so fiery. It’s a wonder one doesn’t melt the other!

The additional contrast between the immortal earl (yummy!) and the sassy, modern woman is hilarious at times, making the book a fun read as well as a compelling one.

Nate’s family is a story in itself. They form a great cast of support characters, each with their own hopes and dreams and fears; I’d love to meet them again.

Loads of drama, tons of humour, and a highly engaging storyline means I rate this as a solid 4 stars – and hoping there *will* be a sequel as some reviewers have indicated.

This is the first book I’ve read by Ms Tranter, and I’m pretty sure it won’t be the last!

Vampire State of MindVampire State of Mind by Jane Lovering
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book description

Jessica Grant knows vampires only too well. She runs the York Council tracker programme making sure that Otherworlders are all where they should be, keeps the filing in order and drinks far too much coffee. To Jess, vampires are annoying and arrogant and far too sexy for their own good, particularly her ex-colleague Sil, who’s now in charge of Otherworld York.

But when a demon turns up and threatens not just Jess but the whole world order, she and Sil are forced to work together, and when Jess turns out to be the key to saving the world it puts a very different slant on their relationship. The stakes are high. They are also very, very pointy and Jess isn’t afraid to use them, even on the vampire that she’s rather afraid she’s falling in love with …

My thoughts

​This hugely enjoyable book is a lively blend of vampiric charisma, snappy dialogue, Otherworld strangeness and magic, and love in its many forms … all delivered with a deft sprinkle of humour.

Wonderful characters and an entertaining story … one I didn’t want to end.​ More, please?!

A solid 4 stars.

Falling ApartFalling Apart by Jane Lovering
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book description

Jessica Grant liaises with Otherworlders for York Council so she knows that falling in love with a vampire takes a leap of faith. But her lover Sil, the City Vampire in charge of Otherworld York, he wouldn t run out on her, would he? He wouldn t let his demon get the better of him. Or would he?

Sil knows there s a reason for his bad haircut, worse clothes and the trail of bleeding humans in his wake. If only he could remember exactly what he did before someone finds him and shoots him on sight.

With her loyalties already questioned for defending zombies, the Otherworlders no one cares about, Jess must choose which side she s on, either help her lover or turn him in. Human or Other? Whatever she decides, there s a high price to pay and someone to lose.

My thoughts

Another cracking book from Jane Lovering! The vampires are brilliantly characterised, while quirky Jess, lover of Hobnobs and a certain Otherworlder, is easy to like and a lot of fun to read.

Well-written, with great dialogue and a fun and engaging narrative, this novel was hugely enjoyable from start to finish.

With plenty of unresolved questions and newly-revealed secrets, I really hope book three will be written soon!

See all my reviews on Goodreads.

We really hope you enjoyed this Recommended Reads selection ~ if you did, please let us know by Liking, leaving a Comment, and/or Sharing the post. Thanks so much! 🙂

~ Joanna




8 responses to “Recommended Reads: Vampires and Romance, Oh My!

  1. Thank you so much for including my Marchwood vamps in your recommendations! I’m honoured. You always recommend great books. the last of yours I read was the A Discovery of Witches, which I loved. Now, I’m going to have to try and decide which of these 3 to read first…

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  2. Agree with all of them Jo! Host of gorgeous books in one place 🙂 x


  3. Thank you so much Joanna – I feel very privileged to be on your list! Sarah x

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