At long last, autumn is finally here. Perfect for sweater weather and curling up with a good book, the next few months signal the start of NaNoWriMo, Thanksgiving, and Halloween: the year’s spookiest holiday, and a major source of inspiration for paranormal romance novels.
If you want to get in the festive season, or read a story that takes place in September, October, or November, here’s a list of supernatural books set in the fall. Best of all, they contain paranormal romance tropes ranging from forbidden lovers to reverse harems.
1. Protected by Anna Applegate
Heat Level: Sweet
Love Interest: Vampire
If you’re looking for a paranormal romance series that reads like an aged-up Twilight—featuring a college student and a hockey player who is secretly a vampire—then this book is the one for you.
The first novel in the Ariya Adams Trilogy, Protected starts off during the crisp, cool days of September. It follows the soft-spoken Ariya, our protagonist and titular character, as she returns to college to finish out her senior year.
When Ariya’s roommate introduces her to the new guy in town—the blue-eyed, enigmatic hockey player James Rymer—Ariya’s carefully constructed walls around her heart begin to crumble. Soon afterward, a conspiracy arises, and Ariya finds herself in the center of it all. Her boring, everyday routine shatters.
This book is simple, sweet, and very soothing to read. The only downside? While it has a happy ending, it’s the first book in a trilogy. Its conclusion is too open-ended for it to be read as a standalone novel.
2. Kiss of the Damned by Elena Lawson
Heat Level: Sweet/Sensual
Love Interest: Demon
If you were to describe “apocalyptic landscape” as a season, which one would you pick?
If you answered “fall,” then check out the Kiss of the Damned book; a brand new novel by Elena Lawson with major autumn vibes. It’s the first installment in the Fallen Cities: Elisium Series.
The setup: Fifty years before the start of the novel, the gates to heaven and hell were opened. Demons, devils, angels, and Nephilim began to walk freely through our world. In response, these supernatural beings were corralled behind a barrier called The Hinge. The aim was to keep the rest of humanity safe from their clutches.
When Paige—a traumatized young woman who has spent her life in captivity—finds herself freed from her captor, she thinks her bad luck is finally ending. Unfortunately, a run-in with corrupt cops has her rounded up and thrown into jail, then this very same Hinge shortly after that. When she is saved by a demon lord during the incident, Paige strikes a bargain: if she helps him solve a mystery, he’ll help her escape her current hellhole in forty days.
Kiss of the Damned is fast-paced and visceral, with sensual love interests and secrets around every corner.
Content Warning: This book delves into darker topics like child abuse. However, none of that abuse happens on-page. The book also makes a specific effort to point out that no sexual abuse occurred during these past events.
3. Wicked Wings by Elizabeth Briggs
Heat level: Hot
Love Interest(s): Angels, Fallen Angels, Demons
Never have I read a book with such a ridiculous premise, and I mean that in a good way. The first novel in the Seraphim Academy Series, Wicked Wings is the romance novel equivalent of throwing a tropes at a dartboard.
Essentially, it’s a reverse-harem college drama where a half-angel, half-succubus student seduces her way through the school’s population. Simultaneously, she tries to solve the mystery of her brother’s disappearance, while also maintaining a collection of sexually available himbo archangels who play football and drink beer.
Yes, that’s the plot.
Hot, quickly paced, and surprisingly funny, Wicked Wings is a nice, quick read.
Content Warning: There is a subplot where the main character tracks down and punishes a child predator, but nothing graphic happens on-page. Most of the subplot is simply mentioned in passing.
4. Shadow Kissed by Sarah Piper
Heat Level: Sensual
Love Interest(s): Vampires, Demons, Shifters
I was a bit apprehensive about reading this book because it started off with a bang, and not the kind of bang I like in my novels (see content warning). However, the novel quickly turned around. Before I knew it, I was racing through the pages, desperate to find out what happened next.
Looking for a more detailed Shadow Kissed summary? Beginning in the rainy autumn days of October, the novel follows Gray, an ex-witch and current blood runner for vampires. Now a smuggler of supernatural contraband, Gray completely swore off magic seven years ago when a traumatic event left her for dead. The depression and anxiety from that incident affect her to this day.
When an attack during one of her smuggling runs reawakens her magic, Gray’s life is thrown into chaos. Frantic to avoid the attention that caused her first accident, she tries to hide the fact that she’s a necromancer; both from the local authorities, who will kill her, and the drop-dead gorgeous supernatural creatures who have taken care of her for the past seven years. If she doesn’t, both her and her beloved “pack” will be put at risk.
A reverse harem romance with well-developed characters and a strong emotional core, Shadow Kissed is the first book in The Witch’s Rebels series.
Content Warning: At the beginning of the book there is an attempted sexual assault involving Gray and another female character. While this assault is quickly foiled and nothing comes of it, the event does play out on the page.
5. Mating the Huntress by Talia Hibbert
Heat Level: Sensual
Love Interest: Werewolf
Last, but definitely not least, we have to recommend Talia Hibbert’s Mating the Huntress: a novella about a barista who wants to become a werewolf hunter.
Honestly? I’ve never loved a Coffee Shop AU trope as much as I’ve loved this book. This novella was recommended to me more times than I can count. The second I opened it, I was hooked.
Beautifully paced, incredibly funny, and achingly sensual—with perfect dialogue and lightning chemistry between the leads—Mating the Huntress follows Chastity, a barista working at a coffee shop. Forbidden to hunt werewolves due to a prophecy, Chastity is stuck in her boring life as a service worker, desperate to prove herself but lacking options. When a green-eyed werewolf with a winning smile asks her out on a date, Chastity sees her chance to strike. If she can kill the werewolf, she can prove her mettle and become a huntress.
Little does she realize that the werewolf is soft, sensitive, and madly in love with her—or that they’re fated to be lovers.
Mating the Huntress is one of the best paranormal romance books I’ve read all year. I would absolutely recommend it to anyone in a heartbeat.
Find Your True (Book) Love on Halloween
With this list of incredibly on-brand, season-approved recommendations, you can dive right in and get acquainted with your autumn reads, paranormal romance style.
Not ready to let go of the warm weather just yet? Then check out paranormal romance novels set in the summer, instead.