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Initial post: Dec 13, 2012 10:40:52 PM PST
Any (more) recommendations of lighter paranormal romances or urban fantasy series? So many of the series I have read I love until a tragic element in the story--as main characters or love interest dying, etc.--ruins the series for me when I am several books into it. It is obvious that many readers like this but I abhor it--so I'd so appreciate it if anyone can suggest books or series that won't leave me sad. Thanks so much!

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 2:18:45 AM PST
Cluny says:
Not my usual cup of tea, but I really have liked
Katie Macalister
Zen and the Art of Vampires: A Dark Ones Novel and it's continuation
Crouching Vampire, Hidden Fang: A Dark Ones Novel .I listened to on audiobiok and laughed through both. I then listened to one with a character from above books ((but could standalone)
Much Ado About Vampires: A Dark Ones Novel

I also liked Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate) Book one of a steampunk series with vampires, werewolves and a Victorian virgin.

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 2:55:09 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 14, 2012 5:18:31 AM PST
HJ Leonard says:
Molly Harper has 2 lighter PNR series:

How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf
Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs

Also, Shelley Laurenston writes a lighter PNR shifter series. They are not my cuppa, but they are very popular.

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 5:40:07 AM PST
LJA says:
A Quick Bite (The Argeneau Family) Great series

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 8:53:25 AM PST
Love at Stake - How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire
Immortality Bites - Bitten & Smitten
Garnet Lacey - Tall, Dark & Dead
Deadwood Mystery - Nearly Departed in Deadwood

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 3:27:16 PM PST
Vanessa C says:
I would add the Biting Love Stories, Bite My Fire (Biting Love), is the first book.
Demon Hunting In Dixie is a funny series with currently just two books out.

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 10:41:33 PM PST
Thank you, all of you! I will look for these. Much appreciated.

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 6:33:44 AM PST
Driving Mr. Dead
The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires
Those are also by Molly Harper.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2012 3:35:41 PM PST
Regina M. says:
I love this series by Lynsay Sands. I recommend it as well.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2012 3:36:25 PM PST
Regina M. says:
The Love at Stake series is fabulous. It's by Kerrelyn Sparks. I highly recommend all of her books.

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 3:42:11 PM PST
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Posted on Dec 15, 2012 6:01:28 PM PST
Vanessa C says: can't post on any discussion but the meet the authors forum. Unless you want to recommend a series, then you are invited to post.

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 11:58:14 PM PST
Lulu says:
Christine Warren's Others series. A bit uneven, some are good and some aren't. Also, G.A. Aiken's Dragon Kin series. I think I would also include Alexandra Ivy's Guardians of Eternity series. No huge tragedies in any of these series. All are light hearted. Oh, and for really light and frothy historical PNR, try Lydia Dare's Gentlemen Vampire/Werewolves series.

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 4:55:06 AM PST
Candy Lyons says:
Mindy Klasky is a good lighter paranormal/fantasy writer. Loved her Girlfriend's Guide to Sourcery (I think that's the title, or close to it). There are a few that follow it and she has another series.

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 6:41:21 AM PST
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Shannon C. says:
You've received a lot of good recommendations so far. I second Lulu's comments about the Other's series, the Dragonkin series, and Guardians of Eternity. And another vote for FoundQuilting's suggestion of the Love at Stake books and LJA's recommendation of the Argeneau books. Those are good light PNR.

Here are some other lighter, humourous PNRs and UFs that I enjoyed:

Kate Daniels series & Edge series by Ilona Andrews....My favorite author when it comes to snarky, humorous dialogue. I love both of these series. They are different in style. Kate is a high action/mystery UF and there's a little romance that takes several books to develop. Edge is more PNR in feel, with a different H/h for each book. The first Kate book was the weakest but they get better as they go on. By book 3, it had become one of my top fav series. Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, Book 1) and On the Edge (The Edge, Book 1)

Cassandra Palmer series and spin off Dorina Basarab Dhampir books by Karen Chance...the first book is the weakest during world building, but they get better as they go on. I loved the Dory books especially--they are 4.5+ star reads for me. The Dory books remind me a bit in style to the Kate Daniels books with their mix of high action/humor/mystery. Touch the Dark (Cassandra Palmer, Book 1) (Don't miss the anthology in On the Prowl, which should be read between Midnight's Daughter and Death's Mistress)

Pride Stories by Shelly Laurenston....light, funny PNR that makes me laugh out loud. Love the characters. These get even better as they go on. The Mane Event

Jane True by Nicole Peeler...a good light UF. I liked the range of character types, beyond your typical werewolf and vampires. Tempest Rising (Jane True)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2012 7:34:42 AM PST
Regina M. says:
Sorry about that. I didn't realize I had crossed over the discussion thread here.

Another book I really enjoyed, and it's not about vampires or werewolves, is Jacquelyn Frank's book "Hunting Julian" Book One of her Gatherers series. I bought this one because the description on the back just seemed so different than anything else out there, and I was not disappointed. I haven't read the other books in the series though.

Her book "Rapture: The Shadowdwellers" (which is book 2 of a 3 book series) was very good. I also liked book 1 and 3, but this one was simply amazing.

Jacquelyn Frank does a fantastic job of creating a completely different world for her readers to enjoy. Her real gift is that she doesn't just explain why the world is different; she dives into the culture of that world and how people live. She has a lot of books out there but I've only read the 4 I've mentioned above.


Posted on Dec 16, 2012 7:43:00 PM PST
KS TBRQueen says:
Another vote to...
The Argeneau
Love at stake
The edge and Kate Daniels
My two cents vote...
Charley Davidson, (first book) First Grave On the Right
Lords of the Underworld, The Darkest Night

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 8:09:21 PM PST
You are all so helpful. I hope anyone else looking for lighter urban fantasy or PNR will read this topic.

I have really liked--even loved--some urban fantasy series until a "big bad thing" happened. I wish someone would write in a darker tone without the heart twisting tragedy. I do like Jeanine Frost, but I admit I'm waiting for a shoe to fall somewhere. :) I know it's the right flavor for many, just not for me. So...I really, really appreciate this discussion!

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 9:24:16 PM PST
Lulu says:
Well, for darker but without tragedy, try Lara Adrian's Midnight Breed series. Vampires, good overall story arc, HEA at the end of each book. The most recent book pretty much tied up the story arc and defeated the big villain. Adrian is now advancing the timeline by a couple decades and writing about new characters and I'm guessing our old favorites will make appearances. It's not light and you won't be doing much giggling like you would with the Argeneaus or the dragons in the Dragon Kin series, but it might be what you are looking for. First book is Kiss of Midnight: A Midnight Breed Novel (The Midnight Breed) and it's only .99 for the kindle version right now. (I don't think this first book is the best in the series but I love Lucan and it sets up what is to come.)

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 3:55:05 AM PST
Shannon C. says:
L. Bishop,
I'm so with you on this:
<<I have really liked--even loved--some urban fantasy series until a "big bad thing" happened. >>

Richelle Mead and Chloe Neill both had something really tragic happen in their series several books in that left me wanting to throw the books across the room. I was so upset!! It totally turned me off to their series. Are these the ones you are thinking of or are there other recent books I should avoid with a major surprise tragedy (e.g., death of a lead character, cheating done by the lead H or h, etc.)?

I agree with Lulu there are some good PNRs that are a little dark (eg, lead characters might have tragic backgrounds) but do not have what I consider a majorly bad surprise. Lara Adrian is good, as she mentioned. I was trying to think of some others for you. Have you read these?

World of Lupi series by Eileen Wilks Tempting Danger (The World of the Lupi, Book 1)

Psy-Changelings series & Guild Hunters series by Nalini Singh

Alpha & Omega series by Patricia Briggs (Don't miss the anthology in On the Prowl, which is a prequel to Cry Wolf; it is also available as a standalone ebook)

Tairen Soul series by CL Wilson Lord of the Fading Lands (Tairen Soul)

Elder Races series by Thea Harrison Dragon Bound (A Novel of the Elder Races)

Nightwalkers books by Jacquelyn Frank Jacob: The Nightwalkers

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 9:02:33 AM PST
Lulu says:
Those are all great recommendations from S. All those series are really good, even outstanding, but don't have a major awful surprise that occurs later on once readers have been hooked. (And, I'm going to guess that it was the Cat/Bones issues or the Wellsie situtation in the BDB series that L. Bishop is referring to lol!)

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 9:57:40 AM PST
Eve Langlais Furry United Coalition series

Different kinds of shifters (bunnies, swans, crocs) and super light and lol moments.

Bunny And The Bear (Furry United Coalition) - starts with this one.

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 3:27:35 PM PST
Lulu--Yes, I was talking about Cat and Bones ;). I've read books 3 through 4 so far. Should I stop now?!! :)
I can't think what the BDB series is...?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012 3:59:33 PM PST
S Cook-- actually, I've never read Richelle Mead or Chloe Neill. I am probably a relatively new reader of Urban fantasy. As you asked, here are a couple of Authors/series I have been unhappy with (BTW, I am in no way criticizing the authors--their books are excellent, but the tragic elements are not to my taste):

JA Saare--wonderful writer--very intense. A protagonist that I loved died in book 3.

JL Murry--Nikki Slobodian--Again, excellent author. I loved this series until the end of book three where the male protagonist died.

Like I said, I am not criticizing any of these authors. I respect their skills and their fans. It's just my taste. Thanks for helping me pick my way through the minefield!

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 4:28:34 PM PST
Lulu says:
@L. Bishop, no, don't stop! It gets better. I promise. Everything gets fixed.
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