PNR is the acronym typically used for paranormal romance. Read on to discover what makes a book PNR, as well as 19 titles you might have never found on your own.
What is Paranormal Romance?
Paranormal Romance contains more than its name implies: within this genre you'll readily find the supernatural as well, which makes sense when we see definitions of the two. If you're already a fan of these genres, skip ahead for the list with brief descriptions of some awesome Indie reads.
So, what's the difference between paranormal and supernatural? Wikipedia describes paranormal romance as a sub-genre of both romance and speculative fiction. PNR, the acronym typically used for paranormal romance, focuses on romantic love and includes elements beyond the range of scientific explanation, blending together themes from the speculative fiction genres of fantasy, science fiction, and horror.
What does PNR mean in the application of books? Shifters and vampires and mermaids and so much more. Shifters, people able to become various animals. Vampires, like Mary Shelley's, Stephanie Myers, and other that are nothing like either of those.
What is Supernatural Romance?
Technically, there is a separate division for supernatural in Amazon and other retailers, but in the Zon, it's considered part of the occult. Wikipedia defines supernatural as anything encompassing things inexplicable by scientific understand of the laws of nature but nevertheless argued by believers to exist. The supernatural is featured in paranormal, occult, and religious contexts, but can also feature as an explanation in more secular contexts.
Again, for practical purposes, supernatural stories would focus on abilities some claim such as magic, miracles, telekinesis, ESP, and other bigger-than-normal abilities like those featured in comics. Additionally within the supernatural genre are angels, ghosts, spirits, legendary creatures, gods, and more. If romance is an integral part of the story, it is a supernatural romance.
So the main difference between PNR and Supernatural Romance, then, is that the focus of the latter is on abilities or beings “believed to exist.” Even though they are separate genres (PNR and supernatural), there's a whole lot of cross-over, as well. Therefore, the following list of books has both.
Monstrana Paranormal Romance series by Lacy Andersen, with vampire, werewolf, and mermaid main characters.
Selkie's Song by Kimberly A. Rogers, first of a series of PNR books, where the main character is a selkie shifter. The other books in the series have a variety of paranormal elements, including dragons, griffons, and other types of shifters.
The Healing Edge trilogy by Anise Eden, a paranormal suspense in which the main character heals others and is called an empathic healer.
An Agent for Love by Amy Proebstel, a trilogy where includes magic, mental powers, and travel at the speed of thought are commonplace.
Lost by Carol Davis, first in a series of STEAMY books, each of which feature shifters.
Red Night by RK Close, the first in a trilogy about a female investigator who accidentally spies on a vampire.
The Temptation of Dragons by Chrys Cymri, where the female main character deals with a parallel world in which mythical creatures are real.
Unearthly Remains by Katherine Gilbert in which a werewolf, a witch, and a vampire investigate a murder.
Dragons Are a Girl's Best Friend by Joynell Shultz, the start of series about a girl learning her abilities as a witch with her pet dragon as sidekick.
The Lovely Deep by Michelle Pennington, where a teen half-mermaid princess is torn between her feelings for a full-human and her mother's expectations.
My Brother's Best Friend/The Summer I Turned into a Girl, by Natasja Eby, a body-switching story.
Death Cheater by C. Thorne, first in series about a girl who can save others from death.
The End of the Dream by RJ Conte, where miracles are the supernatural element.
Zero Foxes Given by Nix Whittaker, first in series about a girl discovering the reality of magic as well as paranormal and supernatural beings.
The Overtaking by Victorine Lieske, which includes supernatural abilities such as telekinesis, telepathy, healing, super speed, and more.
Woe for a Faery by Bokerah Brumley, the start of a series in which various paranormal and supernatural beings are featured. This first is about Woe, a fallen angel making her way as a mortal.
King's Trial by L. Farb, first of a duet in which a male main character strives to save the people from a despotic ruler by learning to shadow walk.
Partnership by Bella Sterces, first in a series about a matchmaking angel who teams up with a mortal teen to help couples commit.
What are your favorite paranormal romances?