Best Underrated Vampire Romance Books
What is it about vampires that makes us shiver and swoon? Is it their unnatural beauty? Their lonely immortality? Their edge of fear and danger? Yes, yes, and yes! But there's more. Vampires have that indefinable sense of mystery and depth that keep the thinking woman thrilled and enthralled. It's that passion, inscrutability, and unexpected humanity that keep us on our toes (or more often, swept off them).
If you breezed through the Southern Vampire Mysteries, devoured the Twilight Saga, couldn't get enough of the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series, and buried your nose in just about any Anne Rice book you could get your hands on, here are five forgotten vampire romances you may not have heard of (and you'll definitely want to pick up).
Read Secret Vampire and the Night World Series if You Liked Vampire Diaries
Author: L. J. Smith
Appeals To: Secret Vampire is a young adult novel intended for middle school-aged girls, but is suitable for all ages (I'm not ashamed to admit that I read and loved it as an adult). The book and series will appeal to fans of the Twilight Saga, The Vampire Diaries, and the Vampire Academy Series.
Summary: Secret Vampire is the story of a teenage girl, Poppy, who is dying of pancreatic cancer. Her best friend and soul mate James is secretly a vampire, and he transforms Poppy to save her life. But all members of the Night World (vampires, werewolves, witches, and shapeshifters) must follow a policy of strict secrecy toward humans, and James has broken that taboo by revealing his true nature to Poppy. Now he must protect her from other creatures of the night who wish to destroy her and her forbidden knowledge.
Series: Secret Vampire is the first book in the Night World series of teen vampire romances, which currently includes 9 novels total: Secret Vampire, Daughters of Darkness, Spellbinder, Dark Angel, The Chosen, Soulmate, Huntress, Black Dawn, and Witchlight. A 10th and final novel was planned, but has remained unpublished for the past 15 years (though Smith claims she still intends to finish and release it.)
Read Mina if You Liked Anita Blake
Author: Marie Kiraly
Appeals To: Mina will appeal to fans of the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series and lovers of the Fifty Shades trilogy.
Summary: Mina is written from the first person perspective of Mina Harker, the heroine of Bram Stoker's Dracula, and the book picks up where Dracula left off. Dracula is defeated and Mina returns home to her proper Victorian life and sensible marriage to Jonathan Harker, but she finds that that her supernatural experience has left her with strange feelings and dark desires. The story contains adventure and steamy romance, with a few sex scenes, but is not actually erotica.
Series: Mina is not part of a series, but it is intended to be read as a sequel to Dracula, the classic vampire novel of the Victorian Era.
Read My Lord Vampire and the Immortal Rogues Trilogy if You Liked Twilight
Author: Alexandra Ivy
Appeals To: My Lord Vampire will appeal to fans of the Twilight Saga and lovers of historical romance.
Summary: My Lord Vampire takes place in the 16th century. Simone, a savvy and progressive young noblewoman is given a mysterious amulet by an old gypsy woman. Gideon, a devilishly handsome vampire with little patience for humans, must retrieve the amulet to protect his people. To do so, he has to gain Simone's trust while protecting her from other vampires who wish to use the amulet for evil.
Series: My Lord Vampire is the first book in the Immortal Rogues Trilogy, followed by My Lord Eternity, and My Lord Immortality.
Read Hotel Transylvania and the Saint-Germain Cycle if You Liked Anne Rice
Author: Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Suitable For: and the books in the Saint-Germain Cycle are suitable for older teens ages 18 and up (college-age) due to a few vague (and pretty tame) sex scenes, and some fairly graphic occult violence. Hotel Transylvania
Appeals To: Hotel Transylvania will appeal to fans of Anne Rice and lovers of historical romance.
Summary: Hotel Transylvania takes place in 18th century Paris, France. Young and independent noblewoman Madelaine de Montalia has just made her debut in the court of Louis XV, and is fascinated by the mysterious, handsome, and cultured Count Saint-Germain. As their forbidden love grows, Madelaine also faces physical danger from a cult of Satan-worshiping noblemen.
Series: Hotel Transylvania is the first book in the ongoing Saint-Germain Cycle. To date, Yarbro has written 26 novels about the travels and experiences of the immortal vampire, Count Saint-Germain.
Read Lord of the Dead if You Liked Anne Rice
Author: Tom Holland
Appeals To: Lord of the Dead will appeal to fans of Anne Rice and lovers of history and literature. The novel is extraordinarily well-written.
Summary: Lord of the Dead is a fictional account of the life of the English Romantic poet, Lord Byron, as a vampire. Holland is a noted Byron scholar and many of the details of this fictional biography are historically accurate. The story opens during Byron's first trip to Greece, during which he is transformed into a vampire, and follows his adventures thereafter.
Series: Lord of the Dead is not part of a series, but Holland's next novel Slave of My Thirst takes place in the same universe and shares a few peripheral characters in common.
Which vampire romance are you most interested in reading?
© 2013 Christy Kirwan