Probably the most frequently occurring and wrung out characters in paranormal romance books are vampires. Still, authors try different angles in vampire romance books, which sometimes seem like another invention of a bike, but sometimes pays off.
From soulless beings to charming suave men, from killers to saviors, vampires are reluctant to give up their place under the sun (or the night sky in their case) to other mythical creatures. And I don't think they have to. Not while writers such as J.R. Ward or Kresley Cole are here to tell their stories.
The hottest bad boys with the thirst for blood, the sexy and scary heroes, the sensuous predators in stories with a twist, for fans of vampire romance books:
Amanda Ashley books
Anne Rice Vampire Chronicles series
Charlaine Harris Sookie Stackhouse series
Christine Feehan Dark series
Cynthia Eden books
Emma Holly The Fitz Clare Chronicles series
Jacquelyn Frank Nightwalkers series
Jeaniene Frost Night Huntress series
Jenna Black Guardians of the Night series
Jennifer Armintrout Blood Ties series
J.R. Ward Black Dagger Brotherhood series
Katie MacAlister Dark One series
Kresley Cole Immortals After Dark series
Lara Adrian Midnight Breed series
L.A. Banks Vampire Huntress Legend series
Laurell K Hamilton Anita Blake
, Vampire Hunter series
Lynsay Sands Argeneau Family series
Rachel Caine Morganville Vampires series
Sherrilyn Kenyon Dark-Hunter series
Susan Sizemore Primes series
Susan Squires Companion Vampires series
Vivi Anna Valorian Chronicles series
Myths & Facts
The concept of vampires is probably as old as the human world itself, but the name didn't become mostly known, feared and popularized up until the 18th century after an increased vampire superstition in Europe which led to hysteria, accusations of vampirism and even executions.
The portrait of vampires (creatures of the night) varies from almost corpse like beings to a normal looking humans with an exception of fangs (sometimes retractable) and the main sustenance being blood. Sometimes having magical powers, such as telepathy, telekinesis or the ability to metamorphose into animal form. Having no reflection or shadow (due to the lack of soul). Unable to enter a house without the invitation of the owner.
While in romance literature vampires could be living creatures born that way, it is mostly believed them to be malevolent undead beings created after a human body was bitten by vampire, an animal, or created by witchcraft.
To prevent the dead body from rising, people often buried corpses upside-down or placing objects such as sickles near the grave to appease the demon or prevent it from rising. Other methods include severing the tendons of the knees or placing grain.
Holy water, crucifixes, wild roses and garlic were used to ward off or destroy the creatures. Stake through the heart, decapitation or dismemberment also works as does exposing to the sun, incineration or pouring holy water on the grave. Some say vampires are unable to walk on consecrated ground (churches) or cross the running water.
In modern culture, however, vampires are just a fictitious beings remembered for the share pleasure they give to the readers and film viewers.
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