Random Thoughts of a Romance Blogger: Things that go Bump in the Night…

Posted November 21, 2017 by Suzanne in Random Thoughts, Under the Covers / 40 Comments

THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT

Welcome to Under the Covers Book Blog 2017 Paranormal Event! We love to do this in November; the nights have started to get darker, the wind a little colder and it becomes easier to imagine all those dark and mysterious creatures lingering in the shadows or basking in the moonlight. Of course, if you are a voracious reader of romance like me, the thought of mysterious creatures watching from the shadows becomes slightly less sinister…authors such as J.R. Ward, Gena Showalter, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jeaniene Frost, Nalini Singh, Kresley Cole  have embedded a dangerous thrill in such imaginations.

If you know that in the dark alleys it’s the Black Dagger Brotherhood fighting off their evil enemies, or that the crazy beautiful and just pure crazy ladies loitering around the bars causing trouble are on Team Veritus it becomes less scary and far more titillating. Even in my pre-romance reading days, I have always had a fascination with magic and the paranormal, from reading classic gothic authors such as Bram Stoker, Wilkie Collins and Mary Shelley to fantasy from JRR Tolkien, George RR Martin, David Eddings, Tad Williams and the like. Which, might explain why I have such a fascination and affection for all creatures that go bump in the night.

I especially love the more modern twists of creatures that people used to find terrifying. By giving them there own humanity they are less caricatures of evil, out to steal your baby and devour your soul; perhaps reflecting the troubles and worries of the time in which they were most prevalent. Now we have vampires, werewolves and everything in between shown as real beings with their own problems, with flaws and talents all of their own. So when I am reading my favourite UF or PNR, where the author has expertly created a world where the paranormal creatures are relatable in some ways and other in others I love it. It’s a little exciting, it’s a little dangerous and it makes you look at the shadows in a whole new way.

That whole new way? It’s kind of a sexy whole new way that gives loving creatures that go bump in the night a whole new meaning. How can I help it when this new(ish) generation of paranormal guys and gals are just so damn sexy? Vampires are “Tall, Dark and Handsome 2.0”, with an edge of broody and danger; shifters are “Sexy Outdoorsy Guy 2.0”, with their rugged looks, big bodies and animal magnetism. Now that these creatures have been given individual personalities and the best body an author can imagine it makes them irresistible, Contemporary Romance Men are going to have to up their game if they are going to compete with my favourite vampires and shifters.

This all means that I am glad we are using this week to celebrate all things that go bump in the night…and maybe find some more PNR/UF heroes and heroines to fall in love with!

 

Who are some of your favourite PNR and UF heroes and heroines?

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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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Pia and Dragos from Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison and the other stories that feature them
Leigh and Lucian from Bite Me If You Can by Lynsay Sands
Lachlain and Emmaline from A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole
Lothaire and Ellei from Lothaire by Kresley Cole
Josephine and Rune from Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole
Cat and Bones from the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost

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What a great post on PNR love that you have shared here. And I agree that Nalini Singh and J.R. Ward are just fabulous authors. I think I have loved all the characters in the Psy Changeling series and can’t get enough of them. She definitely writes one of the best series in pack shifter dynamics.

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Linda Townsend

I love Pia and Dragos and Morgan le Fae, all characters in Thea Harrison’s books.
AND I love C.L. Wilson’s heroes and heroines…. from both her Tairen Soul and her Weathermages series.
AND I can’t forget Amanda Bouchet’s characters in her Kingmaker chronicles.
AND Lisa Kessler’s characters and Katie Reus’… OMG… and so many more!!!!

Nicki S
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I adore Aaron from Kelley Armstrong’s UF Underworld series. He’s not featured nearly enough, IMO. Elena from the same series is probably my favorite heroine so far in UF, because I’ve sadly found most “strong” women coming off more like “mean”. My favorite male in PNR is Wraith, a vampire/incubus in Larissa Ione’s Demonica Series. Of course I have about 30 ties for 2nd place in my favorites….

Milena
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Milena

I love Charley and Reyes from Darynda Jones’ books, and Cat and Griffin from Kingmaker Chronicles.

Sophia Rose
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Sophia Rose

Mercy and Adam from Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series, but also Charles and Anna. Dory and Louis-Cesare from Karen Chance’s Dorina Basarab series. Charley and Reyes from Darynda Jones’ Grim Reaper series. Both Nalini Singh series, JR Ward’s BDB (but I need to try her angels). Lara Adrian, Kresley Cole, Gena Showalter, Mary Calmes, Jeannine Frost…

Timitra
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Timitra

Jericho Barrons, MacKayla Lane, Kit Colbana, Charley Davidson, Reyes Farrow, Rhage, Zsadist, Mary…

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Oh so many…kate/curran, charley/reyes, mercy/ adam, cat/bones, raphael/elena, elena/clay, mackayla/jericho, aisling/drake, cat/griffin and so many others 🙂

Andra
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Andra

Pia and Dragos from Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison and the other stories that feature them
Leigh and Lucian from Bite Me If You Can by Lynsay Sands
Lachlain and Emmaline from A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole
Lothaire and Ellei from Lothaire by Kresley Cole
Josephine and Rune from Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole
Cat and Bones from the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost

Lover Of Romance
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Lover Of Romance

What a great post on PNR love that you have shared here. And I agree that Nalini Singh and J.R. Ward are just fabulous authors. I think I have loved all the characters in the Psy Changeling series and can’t get enough of them. She definitely writes one of the best series in pack shifter dynamics.

Linda Townsend
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Linda Townsend

I love Pia and Dragos and Morgan le Fae, all characters in Thea Harrison’s books.
AND I love C.L. Wilson’s heroes and heroines…. from both her Tairen Soul and her Weathermages series.
AND I can’t forget Amanda Bouchet’s characters in her Kingmaker chronicles.
AND Lisa Kessler’s characters and Katie Reus’… OMG… and so many more!!!!

Nicki S
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Nicki S

I adore Aaron from Kelley Armstrong’s UF Underworld series. He’s not featured nearly enough, IMO. Elena from the same series is probably my favorite heroine so far in UF, because I’ve sadly found most “strong” women coming off more like “mean”. My favorite male in PNR is Wraith, a vampire/incubus in Larissa Ione’s Demonica Series. Of course I have about 30 ties for 2nd place in my favorites….

Milena
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Milena

I love Charley and Reyes from Darynda Jones’ books, and Cat and Griffin from Kingmaker Chronicles.

Sophia Rose
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Sophia Rose

Mercy and Adam from Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series, but also Charles and Anna. Dory and Louis-Cesare from Karen Chance’s Dorina Basarab series. Charley and Reyes from Darynda Jones’ Grim Reaper series. Both Nalini Singh series, JR Ward’s BDB (but I need to try her angels). Lara Adrian, Kresley Cole, Gena Showalter, Mary Calmes, Jeannine Frost…

Timitra
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Timitra

Jericho Barrons, MacKayla Lane, Kit Colbana, Charley Davidson, Reyes Farrow, Rhage, Zsadist, Mary…

Kathy Valentine
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Kathy Valentine

I love so many!!! Jericho and Mac,wrath and beth,bones and cat,Aeron and Olivia,Reyes and Charley!! Etc etc!!!

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Oh so many…kate/curran, charley/reyes, mercy/ adam, cat/bones, raphael/elena, elena/clay, mackayla/jericho, aisling/drake, cat/griffin and so many others 🙂

Bethany
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Bethany

Just give me Joe Arden. Love his VOICE. He has narrated a lot of good books. And needs to win more awards for his wk.

Bethany
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Bethany

So many g8 author’s. Thank you all for our escape from this world for a while

Kathy Valentine
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Kathy Valentine

I love so many!!! Jericho and Mac,wrath and beth,bones and cat,Aeron and Olivia,Reyes and Charley!! Etc etc!!!

Laura Lovejoy-Brunk
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Laura Lovejoy-Brunk

Charley and Reyes, and of the Lords of the Underworld, Kate Daniels and Curran….thats just a few

Bethany
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Bethany

Just give me Joe Arden. Love his VOICE. He has narrated a lot of good books. And needs to win more awards for his wk.

Bethany
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Bethany

So many g8 author’s. Thank you all for our escape from this world for a while

Laura Lovejoy-Brunk
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Laura Lovejoy-Brunk

Charley and Reyes, and of the Lords of the Underworld, Kate Daniels and Curran….thats just a few

Amy R
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Amy R

Reyes Farrow and Charley Davidson, Mercy & Adam, Kate & Curran, Sloan from Thirds series by Charlie Cochet, Jane Jamieson, Dick Cheney

Amy R
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Amy R

Reyes Farrow and Charley Davidson, Mercy & Adam, Kate & Curran, Sloan from Thirds series by Charlie Cochet, Jane Jamieson, Dick Cheney

Bube
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Bube

Acheron,Styxx and Valerius from Dark Hunters and Tabitha Devaraux from Dark Hunters 🙂
Dark Hunter is one of my favorite series,also

Irma
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Irma

Catherine Crawfield from Halfway to the Grave is one of them. Truthfully I still have a lot if PNR and UF stories to read.

Elaine G
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Elaine G

Riley Jensen(Keri Arthur) , Cat (jeaniene Frost), Elena Michaels (Kelley Armstrong) are a few favorites

Bube
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Bube

Acheron,Styxx and Valerius from Dark Hunters and Tabitha Devaraux from Dark Hunters 🙂
Dark Hunter is one of my favorite series,also

Irma
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Irma

Catherine Crawfield from Halfway to the Grave is one of them. Truthfully I still have a lot if PNR and UF stories to read.

Elaine G
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Elaine G

Riley Jensen(Keri Arthur) , Cat (jeaniene Frost), Elena Michaels (Kelley Armstrong) are a few favorites

Betul E.
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Betul E.

Charley Davidson + Reyes, Kate Daniels + Curran, Meg Corbyn + Simon Wolfgard, and Mercy Thompson and Adam Hauptman.

Mess
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Mess

Love PNR. I have not read Eve Langlais yet.

Betul E.
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Betul E.

Charley Davidson + Reyes, Kate Daniels + Curran, Meg Corbyn + Simon Wolfgard, and Mercy Thompson and Adam Hauptman.

Mess
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Mess

Love PNR. I have not read Eve Langlais yet.

lea
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lea

thanks for the chance <3 Darynda Jones’ books <3

lea
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lea

oh, and Mad World series by Christine Zolenzs – it`s amazing

lea
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lea

thanks for the chance <3 Darynda Jones’ books <3

lea
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lea

oh, and Mad World series by Christine Zolenzs – it`s amazing