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Last Updated on April 12, 2022 by Jella Erhard

15 Best Vampire Romance Books for Adults

Since we’re huge fans of vampire books we decided to put together a list with the sexiest, darkest and best vampire romance books for adults.

You’ll find here all kinds of genres from classic vampire books and funny vampire romance novels to bestsellers and the hottest romantic vampire book series that made our hearts beat faster.

These stunning vampire romance books also have great stories and some entertaining characters that are easy to relate to even when they’re true children of the night.

We also added a few truly funny romantic vampire books that will cheer you up and even make you laugh out loud while also serving a good amount of supernatural.

So, if you want to read something eerie and sexy then you should pick up one of these spooky books about vampires next time.

We’ve got stories with hot vampire guys, kick-ass heroines, and normal humans who get into all sorts of exciting and paranormal, magical, and sensual troubles.

Are you ready? Let’s get our vampire kink on!

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15| Crave (Crave #1) by Tracy Wolff | 2020

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In case you were a big fan of the Twilight saga you may gladly find this to be the perfect new addition to your collection of romantic vampire books.

Since its release in April 2020, a large crowd was perfectly served, who craved the good “old” YA vampire love story with an ordinary (looking) girl and a withdrawn, but utterly handsome vampire boy.

Grace moves to Alaska from California after her parents’ tragic death and with that major change, an even bigger surprise comes that turns her world upside down.

Tracy Wolff has a really enjoyable style of writing and even if the story sounds a little familiar, she managed to bring something new to feed our hunger for great vampire novels with romance and action.

Crave by Tracy Wolff is the best YA vampire romance book we have seen in 2020 so far and is a great pick for those who enjoyed the Twilight series.

14| Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1) by Charlaine Harris | 2001

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Most vampire romance fans definitely heard about the True Blood TV series, which was developed based on Charlaine Harris’ Stackhouse series.

Well, good news, these vampire romance books are just as great, if not more mysterious, diverting, and funny. Take a quick journey to the small town of Bon Temps in Louisiana, where Sookie Stackhouse lives her quiet life as a waitress.

She seems just as ordinary as the girl next door, however, she has extraordinary abilities that make her feel a misfit. In Harris’ world vampires are out in the open and upon meeting the dashing and distant vampire Bill Compton, Sookie is drawn to him.

There are terrible things going on in the small town, not knowing who the real monster is. Sookie gives Bill the benefit of the doubt, but not everyone thinks as positively about the undead creature as her.

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris is a superbly original piece, first of the Sookie Stackhouse series, which are among the best vampire romance books for adults and YA readers.

13| Night Pleasures (Dark-Hunter #1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon | 2002

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Life as an immortal isn’t easy, even if we are convinced it must be. Well, Kyrian of Thrace is sort of enjoying his life alone.

He is kind of an outcast who’s hunting all sorts of dark beings that threaten humans and the precious balance between the two worlds. Kyirian is set to spend eternity alone, as an unknown hero, but everything changes when he finds himself cuffed to a rather attractive lady.

Amanda Devereaux is the complete opposite of the dark hunter, she is living a quiet life as an accountant.

The only thing in common with Kyrian, is that initially, she isn’t happy about the unlikely situation either, but shortly grows fond of the mysterious stranger.

If you enjoy romantic vampire books, Night Pleasures will certainly make a good free time activity for you.

Night Pleasures (First of the Dark-Hunter series.) by Sherrilyn Kenyon is definitely among the best vampire romance books charged with sexual tension with a bit of fun awkwardness.

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12| Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, #1) by Chloe Neill | 2009

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If your life turns upside down following a deadly attack, the best way it can happen is how it did to 28-year old Merit.

After being attacked by a rogue vampire, her life is saved by an irresistibly handsome nightcrawler, Ethan.

Life is no longer the same, after being turned to keep her alive, Merit can no longer attend university and has to find a way to survive in the darkness. But don’t worry about her because she quite quickly finds her strength, chopping others into pieces by a katana.

Naturally, life wouldn’t be complete without a second handsome vampire, who becomes obsessed with Merit, to complete the triangle. Have to add, the author is pretty obsessed with Buffy, but who isn’t, right?

In general Chloe Neill has an enjoyable style of writing and a fun sense humor, making Chicagoland Vampires series a pretty great read for all, who love vampire novels filled with romance.

11| Angels’ Blood (Guild Hunter, #1) by Nalini Singh | 2009

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For those who are looking for a fresh breath of air in the urban fantasy scene, Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series is a pretty good choice.

We get the usual vampires and a kick-ass hunter, but with some additions that make our hero Elena Deveraux stand out a little from the crowd.

She is good at what she does, and that gives confidence in finishing all the jobs she has been hired to do.

Her next assignment, however, seems to be much more demanding than what she is used to. This time she has to go after an angel; Archangel Raphael. Can she grow up to the task, or will it be her last job?

You are heading into a superbly built world, where you can forget about all what you thought life was.

Angels’ Blood (First of the Guild Hunter series.) by Nalini Singh is certainly one of the best vampire romance books with a unique story you can pick up for a fun yet, heated time.

10| Kiss of Midnight (Midnight Breed, #1) by Lara Adrian | 2007

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It started as a regular day for Gabrielle, and it all seemed just like every other day. Partying at night, she meets a dashing man, whom she cannot resist.

Gabrielle has to learn pretty soon; things are not what they look like. When witnessing a bloody murder outside the club, and the man of her desires turns out to be a Breed hunter, who protects both vampires and humans from rogue undead to keep the order.

Lucan is not a violent person, but when it comes to protecting those who deserve it, he knows no impossible. As things escalate swiftly, he has to make a decision that will forever change Gabrielle’s life.

Kiss of Midnight (First of the Midnight Breed series.) by Lara Adrian is a pretty entertaining paranormal story for readers who cannot have enough of vampire romance novels.

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9| How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire (Love at Stake, #1) by Kerrelyn Sparks | 2005

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Not everything is perfect even if one seems to have it all together. Roman is the perfect man, has it all, money, looks, and eternal life.

There is only one thing missing; one of his fangs fell out when trying to aid his hunger. Time is of the essence, his healing abilities will close the wound so he has only a day to find someone who can operate the tooth back.

Roman comes across a bit of an under-performer, Shanna, who is afraid of blood. Maybe being a dentist wasn’t the best profession for her, still, the handsome vampire doesn’t have much of a choice.

Shanna is being chased by criminals and her best option to stay alive is no one else than the charming, rich vampire.

How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire (First of the Love at Stake series.) by Kerrelyn Sparks is an excitingly amusing piece with something new in the genre. It is for sure among the must-read romance books about vampires.

8| Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #1) by Laurell K. Hamilton | 1993

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The Anita Blake series is simply captivating. Each and every book is just delightful and well written. The world-building is quite exciting, but what we love the most is Anita Blake herself, who is witty and strong, despite not looking the part.

She is short but certainly strong and all dark creatures of the night fear her. If they don’t, then it is a big mistake. Everything goes as planned until Anita meets the ruthless, the terrible, and a little too handsome master vampire, Jean-Claude.

She is attracted to her but with the habit of hunting down all bloodsuckers, this romance may not end well. Not just yet.

Guilty Pleasures ( First of the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series.) by Laurell K. Hamilton is a fun, quite unique romance book about vampires, that has some surprises for its readers.

7| Dark Prince (Dark, #1) by Christine Feehan | 1999

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Dark Prince is definitely standing out of all vampire romance books as it has a quite interesting, new story to what the vampires are.

There is a race called the Carpathians, who have to mate with either a human female or of their own species. If they do not find their other half, things get pretty dark.

Leader of this vanishing race Prince Mikhail Dubrinsky is about to give up on saving his people and yield to the pressure. He knows, soon he is going to be left alone and nothing can save them from their doom.

Only until his mind connects with a special being; Raven, a psychic. They instantaneously click and get very close to each other.

Dark Prince (First of the Dark series.) by Christine Feehan is deservedly praised by all vampire and urban fantasy lovers as it is without a doubt among the best vampire romance books with a one of a kind story.

6| A Quick Bite (Argeneau #1) by Lynsay Sands | 2005

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We loved Lynsay Sands’ Argeneau series for many reasons, but the first and most important is the fact that finally, it’s not about a weakling woman being saved by the hot vampire guy.

There is a hot man, of course, but the blood-sucking is done by an irresistible female vampire, Lissianna. She has been looking for the perfect match for centuries.

It took a while, but better later than never. She has found a really good specimen, Dr. Hewitt, who actually seems to be more open to the whole vampire seduction thing than Lissianna would have ever hoped.

The story is pretty well written, and quite entertaining throughout.

A Quick Bite (First of the Argeneau series.) by Lynsay Sands is a great read for adults, who just cannot have enough of vampire love stories, but looking for a female vampire lead for a change.

5| Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1) by Jeaniene Frost | 2007

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Sometimes revenge as motivation can kick off an adventure that ends with an unlikely relationship.

Half vampire heroine Catherine Crawfield sets out to the darker end of the world to chase down her parasite father and make him pay for all he has done to her mother.

It all sounds great but her plan quickly has to change when vampire bounty hunter Bones captures her. She manages to make a deal with him and they begin training together.

Time passes and Catherine begins to pounder; maybe not all vampires are so terrible. She actually grows pretty fond of him and starts a new life as a hunter herself.

The book is an absolute delight, it is exciting, fun, and full of surprises.

Halfway to the Grave (First of the Night Huntress book series) by Jeaniene Frost is more than just one of the best romantic vampire books. It teaches a lesson about how important it is to learn more about others before judging them.

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4| A Hunger Like No Other (Immortals After Dark, #2) by Kresley Cole | 2006

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Prepare for something unusual indeed, it is not a hunger like any other. When you are a werewolf, life is no piece of cake, especially when it comes to mating.

The leader of the Lykae Clan, Lachlain has survived many years of torture by vampires, and now, when he finally gets to meet with his soul mate, turns out to be a part-vampire.

After initial struggles with lust, he cannot resist and Emmaline finds a way to his heart to finally become one as they were intended to.

Their love and craving for each other cannot easily be fulfilled as there are dark forces that come between them. It is a time of even more difficult battles to fight, will they eventually be together?

A Hunger Like No Other is the second book of the Immortals After Dark series and is one of the most outstanding and steamy vampire love stories, which will keep you on the edge of your seat hoping the two protagonists can finally be together.

3| Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1) by J.R. Ward | 2005

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J.R. Ward invites us to a world, where there is only one purebred vampire left on earth. His name is Wrath, the head of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

Wrath has an agenda; to avenge his parent’s death, he is after the slayers, but making them pay doesn’t come easy. When his best fighter is killed, Wrath saves his half breed daughter. Away from danger, unable to resist each other, the two get very close.

Beth doesn’t know yet about her destiny that may change the whole world in the darkness.

The story itself is not necessarily something completely new, you may have come across a similar fantasy fiction books with vampires, but still, it is very much entertaining read with great characters.

Dark Lover (first in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series) by J.R. Ward is a lusty, fun book which full of action and hot scenes. If you enjoy romantic vampire books, then this is going to make your next evening in.

2| Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1) by Anne Rice | 1976

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It is certainly not the first time and definitely won’t be the last Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles gets acknowledgment as one of the best romance books about vampires.

The first book swept the world in 1976, then the movie in 1994, because both were just stunning. This gothic horror brought vampires back into the spotlight after nearly half a century.

Anne Rice is a very thorough writer, she keeps an eye on all details and doesn’t leave anything without explanation. That makes her series so remarkable; it is complex, yet not boring for a moment.

The characters are all fascinatingly alive and the story is truly exciting cover to cover. The romance part is also perfectly inserted, it is not a dripping kind of love story, but is very emotional and captivating.

Interview with the Vampire (First book of The Vampire Chronicles series.) by Anne Rice is definitely the best gothic horror story with romance written in the 20th century.

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1| Dracula by Bram Stoker | 1897

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Here is another one of a kind classic, that has significantly changed the world of vampire stories. Bram Stoker’s Dracula was a genre maker, at its release at the end of the 19th century, there were very few gothic horrors with vampires.

When the fresh-out English solicitor Jonathan Harker is asked by his employer to meet a client in Transylvania, things look normal, but upon his arrival to the area, everything seems to take a terrible turn.

The count is a pretty odd person, despite his kind hospitality, he soon has to realize that he is indeed a prisoner. After escaping the real horrors begin.

Dracula flees to another country and Van Helsing the famous vampire hunter joins to hunt the feared count down.

During all Harker meets Mina, whom he falls desperately in love with. He is not alone with those feelings, can he win her heart and stay alive?

Dracula by Bram Stoker is without doubt the most remarkable romance vampire novel we have read. Especially since Stoker was among the first ones to write such a romantic gothic horror novel.

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