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I’ve had a semi-obsession with politics in paranormal romances for years and lately I’ve wanted them more and more. Ironically enough, I hate real life politics but give me a shifter fighting to save his species and I’m all over it.  Usually when I’m recommending books, I talk about the main characters. This heroine is great because she did this. And this hero was so hot. Not so with these. I love the main characters but what keeps me coming back is the world building and plots that have been built layer by layer. The ones that stay with me long after I read the last page.

Me and paranormal politics

My feelings on paranormal politics

 

CrossroadsI have a few I’m addicted to. The ones that I’ll stay up all night reading as soon as I get my hands on them. One of those is the Southern Arcana series by Moira Rogers. The werewolf rulers aren’t doing the job of keeping their followers safe. And many of those followers no longer want to follow their archaic rules. It falls on a group of outcasts in New Orleans to organize, make a difference, and change their world for the better. My review for Crossroads, book 2, can be found here.

Another is the Bound by Magick series by Lauren Dane. These are set in the same world as her Cascadia Wolves and de La Vega Cats but with a new set of characters. This series is focused more on the witch Clans and an evil that changes their world forever. Shifters, witches, and vampires are outed in a scared human population and war seems inevitable. Dane takes us from Oregon, to California, to Capitol Hill as the Others fight for their right to simply exist. My review for Chaos Burning, book 2, is here.

Untitled-6One of the things I’ve noticed in the political PNRs that I love is that the politics aren’t usually introduced in book 1. Book 1 is where we learn about the world and where we become emotionally invested in it. This is the courtship phase. I’m being drawn in. I may not be in love yet but I’m seriously in like and I want to see where this can take us. Then book 2 rolls out and BAM. Suddenly this world that I’ve become so invested in is shaken and it’s fate isn’t clear. The story isn’t just about the future of the hero and heroine, it’s about the future of the world and there’s no chance I’m walking away before I know everything. That’s why I linked to the reviews for book 2 in both the Rogers and Dane series. Those were the books that made my mouth drop open, have a “no, she did not go there!” moment and left me totally reeling, wondering where this series was going next. The angst! The drama! The suspense! All the things I love! Wheeee! I have no idea if it’s planned that way and I don’t care. It just works.

Even the Meredith Gentry series by Laurell K. Hamilton did that for me. I’ll be the first to admit that the series jumped the shark many books ago but I will continue to hang on to the possibly bitter end all because of the politics. I HAVE to know what happens.

That goes for all the series with this theme I’m addicted to. I need to know that the worlds I’ve grown to love are safe. Not just the main characters but those that have helped create the world. Will the werewolf princess ever be free to love? Is the witch baker going to be able to stay in business? Is that weird-ass giant tentacle creature that is the last of her kind going to fulfill her dream of being a mother? These are the questions that keep me coming back for more.

Do you have any recommendations for me? I’m all caught up on my current politics in paranormal series and I need more!

 

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