Lesbian urban fantasy recommendations (werewolves & vampires)
I’ve been asked a couple of times to recommend some lesbian themed fantasy books – ranging from traditional fantasy to urban fantasy.
Below is a list of books/series which I would recommend for the genres.
Werewolves & Vampires
Midnight Hunters series (3 books to date) – L.L Raand
Radclyffe writing under a pen name has published 3 books so far in the midnight hunters series. Written very much in Radclyffe’s style, so if you like her other works, you will probably like these. The characters are aggressive (as some would expect from werewolves) and this does translate into the sex scenes which are quite heated. The stories primarily center on a specific pack of weres, but the romantic story changes focus in each book, with one particularly focusing on a human/vampire relationship.
Kassandra Lyall series (3 books to date) - Winter Pennington
Pennington’s stories are seated in a deep understanding of gothic themes and paganism. The characters are well developed, smart and very likeable, and the plot (while straightforward) is entertaining enough to enjoy the series. first book reviewed.
Everafter series (3 books to date) - Nell Stark & Trinity Tam
The central characters are deeply intertwined, with very passionate love scenes. first book reviewed.
Garoul Series (3 books to date) - Gill McKnight
While the series is not meant to be a comedy, McKnight has a very dry sense of humour and I did find myself laughing quite a bit whilst reading the first two books in this series. Very entertaining to read with a decent plot.
Darkness Embraced – Winter Pennington
Another book by Pennington, exploring themes of submission, and focusing entirely on vampires.
Better off Red – Rebekah Weatherspoon
Weatherspoon is the newest author in my list, and while initially I was put off by the series name (Vampire Sorority Sisters – urgh) the book is well written and very entertaining to read. I have to say though, her pace is somewhat off; the story seems to happen almost over 3 months, but it feels more like 2 weeks to me. Still, I enjoyed it nonetheless.
Balance of Forces: Toujours Ici – Ali Vali
Ali Vali has a very particular style in which she writes, which makes all her central characters across her books seem alike. I could rename Kendal to Cain and it wouldn’t feel out of place. Luckily that is the only criticism about the book I can make. Vali writes excellent tales which always keeps me coming back for more, and this is no difference.
I will follow this up with a section on shapeshifters, fae, and general fantasy next week!