Do you remember the first paranormal romance novel you read? Not a novel with paranormal elements and some romance, but a true paranormal romance novel like those we know and love today?
Wikipeida‘s paranormal romance page lists Jayne Ann Krentz‘s Sweet Starfire as the first futuristic romance novel to be marketed by a mainstream romance publisher. The heroine in it, Cidra, has telepathic skills or should have. She is lacking the skills of her people and is on a mission to gain them for herself. To do so, she recruits hero Teague Severance, a “delivery man,” to take her to the “rough outback of the Stanza Nine system.”
I don’t specifically remember if I read Sweet Starfire, but I suspect I did. I certainly read a ton of other books by Krentz and by her pen name, Castle. I might have to try it again to see…
My favorite SciFi romance/early paranormal romance has to be Keeper of the Heart by Johanna Lindsey, and the other books in the Ly-san-ter series. It (and the other books in the series) is, in my opinion, the best example of an alpha male romance you will ever read. Also for the time, insanely sexy. It mashed up the best of what historical romance novels of the time had to offer (the heroes and setting) and put them in an exciting no-limits world. I still have my yellowed paperback.
Today, we probably wouldn’t classify Sweet Starfire or Keeper of the Heart as paranormals, but back in the 80’s futuristic romances were a new somewhat risky genre and definitely lead to the boom of paranormal stories that followed, including vampires and werewolves.
The next hot thing in the evolution to today’s paranormal romance was time travel. If you haven’t read it, you have to try a true classic in time travel romance, Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux. My friend, Eve Silver lists it as her first paranormal romance love and I have to agree with her. It’s one of my all time favorites too.
Author Lexi Post recommends another telepathy story as her favorite first in the to-become paranormal romance genre, Uncertain Magic by Laura Kinsale. It features a dark hero known as the “Devil Earl” and a mind-reading heiress, Roderica Delamore who has resigned herself to a life without romance. Unfortunately, for Roderica the “Devil Earl” eludes her magic, at least so far as reading his mind goes…
And finally, a vampire… Michele Hauf, vampire lover extraordinaire, lists Amada Ashley‘s Embrace the Night as her first love. Embrace the Night came a good decade later from the other books I’ve listed here, but it is still a classic. “Cursed by the darkness, he searches through the ages for the redeeming light, the one who can save him.” You can’t get more classic for a vampire romance than that.
So what about you? What was your first paranormal romance love? And have you read any of the classics listed here?
If not, good news, they are all available as ebooks. Check them out!
Make sure to leave your personal loves in the comments! I’m going to pick one lucky commenter and gift her/him with a $10 gift card to Amazon. Contest ends February 28, 2017 at midnight.