After Dark with…Vampires

Posted November 25, 2015 by Suzanne in Reading on the Dark Side, Under the Covers / 11 Comments

In our November After Dark posts we like to talk about one of our favourite genres; Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy. What these two genres have in common is that they tend to feature all the sexy creatures that go bump (and like to hump) in the night. Is there anything as sexy as a vampire who can’t wait to get his fangs in to you? Or a shifter desperate to chase you down? Or even a fae waiting to seduce you? Apparently not, as we girls at Under the Covers lap this up. Whether the shifter is out to love you up and wear you down with orgasms, like a classic PNR, or if the evil vampire wants to drain you dry like you may find in a UF, either way we can’t get enough of our creature features.

Today, we are looking at vampires, the books we loved, the books we loathed and trying to pinpoint what exactly it is about vampires that we can’t get enough of. Vampires are one of the most popular beasties to crop up, and not only in romance, we love the thought of these denizens of the night; they are dark, they are broody, they look fantastic in black leather and more importantly they need your love to see them through a weary eternity.

Of course the most famous depiction of a vampire is Bram Stoker’s Dracula, whose main character is based on the historical figure Vlad the Impaler who has his own tragic history. However, vampires have moved on a little since the 18th century. No longer are they living in dreary castle wearing red lined cloaks and morphing into bats, think less Bram Stoker’s Dracula and more Joss Whedon’s Angel. They have traded their cloaks in for black leather and their castle and coffin for decadent beds and fancy apartments with indoor plumbing. These are the vampires we know and lust after, PNR has changed vampires from the monster under your bed, to a monster in bed and I love every sexy bite.

I am making sweeping generalisations here of course (but it’s my post and I can generalise if I want to!) I can think of a few books, UF mainly, where the vampires are still stuck in their castles, although they do have indoor plumbing, and are still the big bad that you don’t want to be meeting in a dark alley. That’s the beauty about vampires, all you have to have is the fangs and the blood drinking. They are versatile, they can be the gorgeous hero who likes to take a sexy sip or they can be the evil villain who wants to drain your blood and keep humans in farms. And sometimes this can all be in the same book.

Here are my top three book/series where vampires are the heroes/heroines:

Here are my top three favourite books/series where the vampires are the bad guys:

What do you think? Do you love a book with a vampire in it?
What are your favourites?

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Love Jeaniene Frost and JC Daniels. Have some of the other listed on my TBR pile and wishlist.

Sophia Rose
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Sophia Rose

Oh yes, definitely agree with your assessment and your lists (save JC Daniels since I still need to read those). So glad to see Dory on your list. 🙂

Monique D
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Monique D

Fantastic article! Love your bio! And off to check out Karen Chance!

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Great choices!

Timitra
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Timitra

I haven’t read one in years but I used to love Christine Feehan’s Carpathians

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I’m the same, I used to love the Carpathian series it’s been ages since I read any Christine Feehan though!

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Christine Feehan’s Carpathians
Keri Arthur Riley Jenson Guardian Series
the true blood series
too many to name

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Nice choices, although I haven’t read the Keri Arthur books (yet!)

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Maria D.

I am a fan of books with vampires and like you I am split between having them as the villains and as the heroes –
these are great choices and all books and series I have enjoyed!

Melanie Simmons @mlsimmons
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I love seeing that you have J.C. Daniels on so many of these lists. I feel that series is underrated by so many. I would add Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series to good vampires. I’m loving these lists too.

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I’d add Tina Folsom’s Scansguard Vampires series, DB Reynolds’ Vampires in America, Lynsay Sands’ Argeneau Vampires for “good guys”. It’s been too long since I’ve read about the “evil” vampires; will definitely be checking out those mentioned here. Thanks for a fun article, and great suggestions.