The list author says: "As someone who shudders at the idea of reading Twilight, I'm an unlikely candidate to be swept into the urban fantasy/paranormal romance genre, yet True Blood's combination of mouth-watering men, compelling storylines, wit and social commentary dragged me in and I soon found myself staying up all night to finish Sookie Stackhouse novels. I suppose I shouldn't be too surprised since Buffy and Angel won me over as well with its self-depreciating humor and genre-defying originality.
Through trial and error, I've discovered a few series which stand up to the scrutiny of an adult reader whose bookshelf includes War & Peace, Nietsche, and Dostoevsky. There's so much vampire fiction out there, and it's hard to discern the wheat from the chaff when looking for a new series. If I can save even one person the trouble of reading bad fiction, I'll be delighted."
"This is the first book of the Mercy Thompson series. Mercy is my favorite urban fantasy protagonist. Don't let the covers fool you-Mercy isn't a sex symbol, damsel in distress-she's a tomboy with dirt under her fingernails who saves the man in distress. I was hesitant to read a book about werewolves, but this is a real winner."
"For all those romantics out there who believe romance doesn't end when you find someone, this is a fantastic series. Seeing a couple fight the world together (with the help of their friends), rather than a female protagonist being wooed by every supernatural creature out there is very refreshing. This book shows how the couple gets together. Bones is my favorite urban fantasy love interest!"
"The third book of the Night Huntress series. My only critique of this series is I end up feeling like I'm just watching the action rather than being able to be actively involved in guessing at the mysteries. But, that's a small problem in an overall wonderful series. It's worth noting that this series also has my favorite urban fantasy supporting character of all time: Vlad!"