Starter Guide: Queer Paranormal Romances


[Note from Frolic: We’re so excited to have author Hailey Turner guest post on the site today. Take it away, Hailey!]

Picking my favorite queer paranormal romances is like asking me to pick which cookie I want from a box containing all the yummy flavors. I don’t want to choose just one!

I love paranormal romance and urban fantasy books in all their many and varied forms. It doesn’t matter if they’re released by traditional publishers or indie authors – if it’s queer and full of supernatural goodness, I want to read it and I’m hoarding the book like a dragon. My only problem is time, and the lack of not owning a TARDIS. Anyone have a Doctor who can help?

What’s great about paranormal romance and urban fantasy is there are so many different ways to tell a story within the genre. You can have an open world where the supernatural is known to the public, or a closed world where humanity is in the dark about what goes bump in the night. You can pick one kind of creature to be your main focus or throw in every myth under the sun for a smorgasbord of plot.

I love all the many roadmaps that authors build to tell their very different stories. There are so many options to choose from, and so many books that keep getting added to my kindle.

I tend not to read paranormal romance and urban fantasy when I’m actually in the midst of writing it myself. It’s a personal preference for me, and it leaves me with very limited moments throughout the year in between writing books where I can read my favorite genre. That’s when I go into hermit mode and no one sees me for days on end outside my day job. At this point, my To Be Read pile is giving Mount Everest a run for its money in terms of height, but I hope to conquer it soon.

Queer paranormal romance and urban fantasy can sometimes be difficult for a reader to find. I know even ten years ago it was hard to find a book where the main protagonists were queer. Luckily, these days there are plenty of authors writing fantastic stories for us readers to devour.  I have a few favorites to share that I’ve read and want to read.

Hell & High Water by Charlie Cochet

Series: THIRDS

Paranormal aspect: Shifters

What do you get when you throw together one kick-ass former detective and a broody jaguar shifter? Lots of sparks, that’s what. Dex Daley and Sloane Brodie were made for each other, they just don’t realize it upon first meeting. Watching them wade through the UST to find love amidst political issues is worth it for the pay off.

If you like found families, military-like agencies, and shifters, then THIRDS is for you. Charlie Cochet brings Dex and Sloane’s love story to life over the course of the series. It’s a different take on shifters from many of the other books out there, which is what drew me to the series in the first place. Charlie’s books are known for their humor and heart, and the THIRDS series has those qualities in spades, along with exciting action.

The Necromancer’s Dance by SJ Himes

Series: The Beacon Hill Sorcerer

Paranormal aspect: Necromancer, vampire

Take one snarky necromancer, pair with a Celtic vampire, and mix with the spooky history of Boston, and you’ve got a recipe for excitement. Angel and Simeon are sigh-worthy, and the trouble they get into over the course of the series will have you asking what happens next?

In SJ Himes’ series, she brings Boston to life along with her characters. Except the vampires, because, you know, vampires. It’s a fun and dark romp through the supernatural world she’s created. Angel and Simeon are wonderful together, even though nothing is ever easy for them.

Captive by Jex Lane

Series: Beautiful Monsters

Paranormal aspect: Vampire, incubus

A bisexual vampire and an incubi general come together in the midst of war, and it breaks them in all the ways that matter. Matthew and Tarrick will never be your typical lovers, but that’s what makes them so good. When you want in-depth world-building, dark themes, and sexy, all-consuming moments, then you want Jex Lane’s Beautiful Monsters series.

This series isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s an ongoing roller coaster of intensity that her fans will tell you is worth every second and every word on page. This is a series you’ll want to clear your weekend for, and then maybe call out sick on Monday from a book hangover.

About the Author:

Hailey Turner is big city girl who spoils her cats rotten and has a demanding day job that she loves, but not as much as she loves writing. She enjoys creating stories with lots of action, gritty relationships and an eventual HEA that satisfies the heart. 

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A Crown of Iron and Silver by Hailey Turner, out now!

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Venturing past the veil, Patrick and Jono risk losing territory, time, and their very lives while searching for answers. Because the Queen of Air and Darkness knows they are coming—and the ruler of the Unseelie Court has an offer for them they can’t possibly refuse.



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