What are the best adult fantasy and paranormal romance books?

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    #1Taunting Destiny (The Fae Chronicles)

    Taunting Destiny (The Fae Chronicles)

    Taunting Destiny is the second book in the series The Fae Chronicles written by Amelia Hutchins that tells the story of Synthia and her journey to find out what or who killed the Faes.  

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    Anna Hughes
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Love this and the first book, can't wait for the third. It's steamy, fun to read and great on the paranormal front. Will be looking for more from this author "
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    #2A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses)

    A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses)

    A Court of Mist and Fury is the second book in the series A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah Maas that tells the story of Feyre. She saved the Fae kingdom from the evil queen and she is now facing the new chapter of her life. 

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    Cheryl Douglas
    Written on March 6, 2018
    "A evil queen thought she had everything until she have to go through so many new challenges. She is hard to handle but wonders if she can handle what curve ball is thrown at her life."
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    #3A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic)

    A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic)

    A Darker Shade of Magic is the first book in the young adult fantasy series Shades of Magic written by V.E. Schwab which centers on the life of Kell who is one of the last Antari. 

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    Eugene Rios
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This book has been said to be a great fantasy book. It is a series so you can continue on after reading this book. Has really good reviews. "
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    #4Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass)

    Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass)

    Crown of Midnight is the second book in the series Throne of Glass written by Saraj Maas that tells the story of an eighteen-year-old assassin named Celaena. Her loyalty to the crown is not real and it will be teste

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    Chen Cui
    Written on March 12, 2018
    "Crown of Midnight is part of the great Throne of Glass series. I have always loved a good fantasy setting in my stories, and this is one of the best. If you love fantasy novels like I do, you owe it to yourself to give Crown of Midnight a try."
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    #5Escaping Destiny (The Fae Chronicles)

    Escaping Destiny (The Fae Chronicles)

    Escaping Destiny is the third book in The Fe Chronicles written by Amelia Hutchins that tells the story Synthia and Ryder. Synthia's strength is showcased and how she defeated the enemies. 

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    Justin Wagner
    Written on March 6, 2018
    "I am really into fantasy and the paranormal, so this book was perfect for me. I spend hours reading it every night until I was finished. A very quick read. I will pick up more books by the author if I come by any."
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    #6Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass)

    Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass)

    After serving at the salt mines of Endovier, Celaena Sardothien has found a way of recovering her freedom: she will have to act has the champion of Prince Dorian in the competition to find a new royal assassin. 

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    Aadhya Vyas
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This was recommended by people in my book club and boy am I glad they did that! The book is told from multiple points of view and is alluring and not confusing. This kind of storytelling is really interesting as you learn and grow with the book's characters. My favorite is from Celaena, the main character, because she is a fierce, strong character. The premise of the story is compelling and the author does a great job of captivating readers from the beginning."
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    #7Poison Study (Study)

    Poison Study (Study)
    Poison Study is the first book in the fantasy romance series Poison Study written by Maria V. Snyder which centers on self-confessed murderer Yelena who avoided a conviction when she became the new food taster of her nation. 
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    Ryan Hopkins
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "I was unsure about this book at first but was intrigued by the unique premise. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was a lot more light-hearted than I expected. While the story does drag in a couple of places it always manages to keep your interest. One of the best aspects of the book is it does not all back on many of the common contrivances that are so prevalent in this type of story. "
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    #8Origin (Lux)

    Origin (Lux)
    Origin is a book by Jennifer Armentrout that tells the story of Daemon. He will go on a journey in finding her girlfriend and he is about to discover an extraterrestrial race that will make him want to see Katie as soon as possible.
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    Vincent Cox
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "Origin, and the Lux books in general, are a slight upgrade over the typical female romance novels. The paranormal aspect adds creativity and minor philosophical depth to the work."
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    #9Onyx (Lux)

    Onyx (Lux)

    Onyx is the second book in the Lux series written by Jennifer Armentrout that tells the story of a girl who fell in love with a handsome alien that looks like a human and lives like a human, but unexpected visitors will arrive.

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    Keith Wood
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I read this as part of deal that I have with a sister where we recommend a book that we may not normally read to each other. I normally have no use for romance novels, but am rating this within the genre. The plot itself is better than average, the main character is interest and the inter-species romeo and juliet concept adds a sci fi genre that makes is palatable. I may have rated this between a three and four, but it is poorly written. A little proofreading goes a long way."
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    #10A Court of Thorns and Roses

    A Court of Thorns and Roses

    A Court of Thorns and Roses is the first book in a trilogy by Sarah J. Maas. The story revolves around Feyre as she is captured by the powerful Tamlin and brought to the magical land of Prythian. As time passes, her feelings for Tamlin grow into something more. 

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    Larry Sims
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "A court of Thorns and Roses is a fantastic book for anyone who is looking for a fantasy but at the same time has a little bit of romance in it. Taking the reader to the magical land of Prythian it is a great read."
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    #11Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass)

    Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass)

    As everyone who she loves has been taken away from her, Celaena Sardothien is back at the empire looking for vengeance. Being Qeen of Terrasen, she has a throne to reclaim, but first she will have to rescue her cousin, friend and everyone enslaved by the brutal king. 

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    Tyler Rose
    Written on March 11, 2018
    "I really enjoyed reading this fantasy novel. It has strong romantic elements, which is a bit different for this type of book. The lead is also female which I just loved because so many fantasy novels are male-dominated. It's well written and has a very nice conclusion to the story."
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    #12Dark Needs at Night's Edge (Immortals After Dark)

    Dark Needs at Night's Edge (Immortals After Dark)

    Dark Needs at Night's Edge is a paranormal romance fiction and the fifth book in Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole. It is published in 2008 by Pocket Books. 

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    Pamela Nguyen
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "How do people read this crap? It's like a romance novel for the Dungeons and Dragons market. Total junk."
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    #13Demon from the Dark (Immortals After Dark)

    Demon from the Dark (Immortals After Dark)

    Demon from the Dark is a paranormal romance fiction and the tenth book in Immortals After Dark series written by Kresley Cole. It is published in 2010 by Pocket Books. 

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    Christopher Campbell
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Pretty nice story, it's the tenth book in the series so be sure to start with the first in the series. "
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    #14Kiss of a Demon King (Immortals After Dark)

    Kiss of a Demon King (Immortals After Dark)

    Kiss of a Demon King is a paranormal romance fiction and the seventh book in Immortals After Dark series written by Kresley Cole. It is first published in 2009 by Pocket Books. 

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    Elvira Barragán
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "Romance and love all in one make this book worth it. This book is great read it and you won't regret it."
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    #15Pleasure of a Dark Prince (Immortals After Dark)

    Pleasure of a Dark Prince (Immortals After Dark)

    Pleasure of a Dark Prince is a paranormal romance and the ninth book in Immortals After Drak series written by Kresley Cole. It is published in 2010 by Pocket Books. 

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    Andrew Hamilton
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I wanted to read a good adult fantasy and paranormal romance book and came across Pleasure of a Dark Prince (Immortals After Dark). This looks like a good romance book, and the title implies it has paranormal themes. The title is very attractive to readers looking for romance. I recommend this book. "
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    #16Just Ella (The Palace Chronicles)

    Just Ella (The Palace Chronicles)

    Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix is a romance and speculative fiction novel originally published in 1999. This is the first book in Haddix's The Palace Chronicles series. It is followed by Palace of Mirrors.

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    Nathan Fox
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "This book is so good. When I'm reading it I never want to stop. The continuation of the Cinderella fairytale is wonderful. I loved this story because it isn't just the traditional Cinderella story. It's more practical, more true to life and addresses the issues I've always had with the story and my love of the character Cinderella and her timeless story. It is always fun to catch up with this fantastic story."
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    #17Fantastical (Fantasyland)

    Fantastical (Fantasyland)

    Fantastical by Kristen Ashley is a paranormal fantasy romance novel that was originally published in 2013. This book tells the story of Cora Goode who found herself trapped in a parallel fairytale world.

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    Thomas Tran
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "I love this series and especially Fantastical . The chemistry between Tor and Cora was funny and steamy. There was never a dull moment. I got excited, laughed a lot and I couldn’t put it down. This book has love, passion, war, mystery, and magic... all rolled into a beautifully written book. Such an entertaining blend of fantasy and romance - I loved it."
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    #18White Hot (Hidden Legacy)

    White Hot (Hidden Legacy)

    White Hot by Ilona Andrews is a paranormal romance and fantasy fiction novel originally published in May 2017. This book was nominated for the Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Romance. 

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    Matthew Anderson
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Excellent story. This is geared more to a feminine reader, but anyone could read it. The book has a five star rating. It's definitely a good one to read for this category."
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    #19Playing with Fire (Silver Dragons)

    Playing with Fire (Silver Dragons)
    Playing with Fire. the first book in Katie Macalister's young adult fantasy romance series entitled Silver Dragons, is about the complex but budding love between Gabriel, leader of the Silver Dragons, and May.

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    Yolanda Zúñiga
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "Katie MacAlister writes very funny romances. They'll have you giggling and blushing. This series is a lot of fun, be sure to read them all from the beginning to get all the inside jokes."
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    #20The Dragon Who Loved Me (Dragon Kin)

    The Dragon Who Loved Me (Dragon Kin)

    The Dragon Who Loved Me, the fifth book in G. A. Aiken's romance fantasy series Dragon Kin, is about Rhona the Fearless, a woman dragon warrior out to prove that women are not to be underestimated.

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    Nicholas Myers
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "This has such an interesting premise. It is so unique and the characters are great. "
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    #21Princess Ben

    Princess Ben
    Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock is a fantasy fiction fairy tale novel originally published in 2008. This book tells the story of Princess Benevolence or Prince Ben and her private adventures.
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    #22Fire Bound (Sea Haven)

    Fire Bound (Sea Haven)

    Fire Bound by Christine Feehan is a paranormal romance and fantasy fiction novel originally published in April 2016. This is the fifth book in Feehan's Sea Haven series. It was followed by Bound Together in March 2017.

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    Helen Carlson
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Christine Feehan has changed. Her books have always been spicy, but this book has more sex scenes that it does scenes that advance the plot. There's no plot, no character development--what's the point? Such a disappointment!"
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    #23Fimbulwinter (Daniel Black)

    Fimbulwinter (Daniel Black)

    Fimbulwinter is a fantasy romance fiction and the first book in Daniel Black series written by E. William Brown. This adult fiction nove is first published in 2014. 

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    Han Lin
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "This book has a slow start but picks up after that. It's a pretty good book overall."
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    #24Captive (Beautiful Monsters)

    Captive (Beautiful Monsters)

    Captive is a dark fantasy novel by Jex Lane. It is the first book in the Beautiful Monsters series. It tells the story of Matthew Callahan, a vampire who lives in self-exile to avoid harming others, as he gets seduced by an incubus.


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    Scott Alvarado
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "If you are looking to get your teen reading more you should check out Captive (Beautiful Monsters). The series is quite popular with mine and she is always ready for another."
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    #25Until the Sun Falls from the Sky (The Three Series)

    Until the Sun Falls from the Sky (The Three Series)

    Until the Sun Falls from the Sky by Kristen Ashley is a contemporary paranormal romance novel that was first published in 2012. This is the first book in Ashley's The Three Series. It is followed by With Everything I Am. 

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    Kelly Nichols
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "Good book that is mainly for adults and does involve romance. It's not overdone and personally this is a good book that can work out "
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    #26The Submission of Giuliana (Anam Céile Chronicles)

    The Submission of Giuliana (Anam Céile Chronicles)

    The Submission of Giuliana is a paranormal romance book by Rosalind Scarlett that tells the story of Guillana who gives pleasurable service to vampires. She feel good and bad at the same time but things might change.

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    Kathy Day
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I don't have specific experience reading the adult fantasy and paranormal romance genre. I will say, this book appears to fit the qualifications. It also has good reviews for the small number of people who've read it. It's also currently free on Amazon, so there's not much you can lose if you choose this to be your next book."
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    #27The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All

    The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All

    The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All by Laird Barron is a crime fiction and dark fantasy novel originally published in 2013. This book won the Bram Stoker Award for Best Fiction Collection and was nominated for the World Fantasy Award.

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    Beverly Wong
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "This is the only book by Laird Barron I've read so far. Although his work broadly fits in a Lovecraftian category of "cosmic horror," he has a unique and original voice. Most of these stories occur, at least in part, in the Pacific Northwest. He seems to be primarily a stylist; focusing on use of language and approaching his cosmic horror obliquely, giving the reader only suggestions and the tiniest glimpses of the terrors that exist just behind the thin membrane of reality in these stories. His prose can be a bit dense at times so the stories need a careful reading. They can be truly unsettling. Definitely worth the read for fans of the genre."
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    #28The Killing Dance (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter)

    The Killing Dance (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter)

    The Killing Dance is an urban fantasy fiction and the sixth book in Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series written by Laurell K. Hamilton. It is first published in 1997. 

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    Brenda Ramos
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Laurell Hamilton knows how to write a vampire book. In The Killing Dance, the 6th book in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series, Hamilton does not disappoint when the tables are turned and ANita becomes the hunted and not the hunter."
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    #29The Scarlet Thread (Fated Destruction)

    The Scarlet Thread (Fated Destruction)
    The Scarlet Thread by D.S Murphy is the first book in the Fated Destruction series published in 2016. This book is a dark fantasy novel that follows the story of forgotten gods and angels.
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    Gregory Henderson
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "This was such a cool book and I highly recommend it. It wasn't what I was expecting and I like that since it had a great story and might even read it again."
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    #30The Dirt on Ninth Grave (Charley Davidson)

    The Dirt on Ninth Grave (Charley Davidson)

    The Dirt on Ninth Grave is the ninth book in the urban fantasy series Charley Davidson written by Darynda Jones which follows the story of Jane Doe living in a village in New York but she has no memory of who she is or where she came from. 

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    George Ramirez
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "The Dirt on Ninth Grave (Charley Davidson) is the ninth book in a very long series. Things have been set up and the story is coming together brilliantly."
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    #31Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson)

    Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson)

    Third Grave Dead Ahead is an urban fantasy romance fiction and the third book in Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones. It is first published in 2012 by St. Martin's Press.

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    Kathy Kim
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This book was a great read and was a great continuation from the other books in the series. Interesting storyline and the author developed the characters really well. "
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    #32Born of Betrayal (The League)

    Born of Betrayal (The League)

    Born of Betrayal is a science fiction fantasy paranormal romance and the eighth book in The League series by Sherrilyn Kenyon. It is published in 2015 by St. Martin's Press. 

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    Alexander Spencer
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I think this is an ok solution. It is a highly rated book but it is also the eighth book in a series. Expecting someone to have read the first seven might be unrealistic. "
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    #33The Twilight Before Christmas (Drake Sisters)

    The Twilight Before Christmas (Drake Sisters)

    The Twilight Before Christmas is a Christmas paranormal romance fiction and the second book in Drake Sisters series written by Christine Feehan. It is published in 2003. 

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    Russell Ortiz
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Straight craziness in literary form. Reading this was a hoot and whether that was intentional or not, I really could not tell you. I had not read any previous entry in the Drake Sisters series, so this was all fresh to me. Nevertheless, I was very entertained. The situations and characters are wild in the strictest sense. "
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    #34Rock Chick Renegade (Rock Chick)

    Rock Chick Renegade (Rock Chick)

    Rock Chick Renegade by Kristen Ashley is a contemporary romance and adventure fiction novel first published in 2011. This is the 4th book in Ashley's Rock Chick series. It is preceded by Rock Chick Redemption followed by Rock Chick Revenge.

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    Howard Gilbert
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I read the first three Rock Chick novels so I was excited to read Rock Chick Renegade. I thought it was great, the author managed to leave the more predictable plot from the second and third sequel, and introduces some new plot elements that make this probably the best book of the series."
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    #35Dance Upon The Air (Three Sisters Island)

    Dance Upon The Air (Three Sisters Island)
    Dance Upon the Air is the story of Nell Channing as she moves to the Three Sisters Island in search of a new life. There, she and two other women work together to break the curse on the island.
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    #36Eleventh Grave in Moonlight

    Eleventh Grave in Moonlight

    Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones is a mystery fiction and urban fantasy novel originally published in January 2017. This book was nominated for the Audie Award for Best Paranormal and RITA Award for Best Paranormal Romance.

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    Rubén Arriaga
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Horror has to have humor for me to enjoy it. This book has it! I like the humor in this creepy tale as much as the creep factor."
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    #37Up in Smoke (Silver Dragons)

    Up in Smoke (Silver Dragons)
    Up In Smoke is a paranormal romance novel by Katie MacAlister that tells the story of May Northcott, who is being forced to become the demon lord Magoth's consort despite being mated to the wyvern of Silver Dragons, Gabriel.
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    Nicole Hamilton
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "Not the most amazing story but it's good to accomplish the main goal. I wouldn't straight up recommend it but it's worth a look if you just wanna immerse yourself into it. "
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    #38Warrior (The Time Hunters Book 1)

    Warrior (The Time Hunters Book 1)

    Warrior (Time Hunters Book 1) is a paranormal romance and science-fiction book written by Angela Knight. First published in 2008 by Penguin Group, it is the first book in the Time Hunter series.

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    Virginia Hernandez
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I bought Warrior honestly because the cover of the book caught my attention. I was pleasantly surprised after reading this romance book. I really liked how the author wrote about the characters. "
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    #39Dark Heart Forever

    Dark Heart Forever
    Dark Heart Forever is a fantasy, paranormal, romance books authored by Lee Monreo published on October 1, 2010 by Hachette Children's Group. It follows the girl named Jane Jonas as she becomes troubled by her dreams.
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    Eric Ford
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "GOOD ONE"
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    #40Rogue Rider (Lords of Deliverance)

    Rogue Rider (Lords of Deliverance)

    Rogue Rider is a paranormal fantasy romance fiction and the fourth book in Lords of Deliverance series written by Larissa Ione. It is first published in 2012 by Piatkus. 

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    Sean Elliott
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "this should be a delight"
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    #41Soulless

    Soulless

    Soulless is a historical paranormal romance novel written by T. Baggins. This vampire fiction book is published in 2013 by Lynesse Books. 

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    Henry Reid
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Soulless is a paranormal romance involving vampires. A seatgripper and a good read overall."
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    #42The Hollow

    The Hollow

    The Hollow is a young adult paranormal romance fantasy fiction and the first book in the series written by Jessica Verday. It is published in 2009 by Simon Pulse. 

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    Heather Delgado
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I love fantasy books. I picked this one up in hardcover. It was really enriching to learn of this story and the characters are easily relatable. Would recommend!"
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    #43Renegade (The Lost Books)

    Renegade (The Lost Books)

    Renegade by Ted Dekker is a fantasy fiction novel originally published in 2010. This is the third book in Dekker's The Lost Books series. It tells the story of one of the chosen who went rogue.

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    Amy Franklin
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "I would like a website that provides more background on who is choosing the "best"; I like to know more about their experience in reading these books and how they came to their conclusion. I like that Amazon provides other options and the ability to read customer reviews but ultimately I prefer more of a blog like result with a list of the best books they chose."
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    #44Shadowed Blade (Colbana Files)

    Shadowed Blade (Colbana Files)

    Shadowed Blade by J.C. Daniels is a paranormal romance and urban fantasy novel originally published in April 2016. This is the fifth book in Daniels' Colbana Files series. It was preceded by the Edged Blade.

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Best What are the best adult fantasy and paranormal romance books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Taunting Destiny (The Fae Chronicles)Books 25 Paid
2A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses)Books 24 Paid
3A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic)Books 21 Paid
4Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass)Books 19 Paid
5Escaping Destiny (The Fae Chronicles)Books 18 Paid
6Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass) Books 16 Paid
7Poison Study (Study)Books 11 Paid
8Origin (Lux)Books 11 Paid
9Onyx (Lux)Books 8 Paid
10A Court of Thorns and RosesBooks 7 Paid
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