There has been a massive vampire vs. werewolf debate for years, regardless of what side you’re on, both genres are packed with fun and adventure. That said, this guide will focus entirely on werewolf novels.
Looking for something to sink your teeth into and start howling at the moon? Then you’re in the right place, this article is sure to satisfy your werewolf desires.
However, this isn’t your plain, old, and typical werewolf romance book guide, no, I have roamed great and far to provide you with not only my favorite titles of all time but some of the most popular titles in the paranormal romance world.
Whether you’re new to the trope and simply read one to get into it or even read them all – you won’t be disappointed. For all those new and old werewolf fans, this is the list for you.
Even though paranormal romance may not be for everyone, when it comes to werewolf romances, there is something about them that makes you want to pick them up and get stuck into the plot and characters.
With this in mind, this guide will explore everything werewolf romance books with 17 handpicked novels that are sure to leave you wanting more.
Let’s get started.
This novel follows the story of Thea Quinn, a young girl with no idea what she is. The only thing she knows is that these abilities have been a plague placed on her since childhood.
Thea finally escapes the clutches of a megalomaniac after suffering for years, and thus, has been running ever since – trying to get as far as possible.
On the other hand, we have Conall MacLennan, the Alpha, and Chief of Clan MacLennan, the last remaining werewolf pack to survive in Scotland, who can’t just watch his sister fall into demise from a disease.
Instead, when provided with the opportunity, Conall decides to save his sister and uses his special tracking abilities, and provides her with a cure: the dangerous murderer, Thea Quinn.
However, what Conall doesn’t know is there’s someone else tracking Thea, too. And what started as an attempt to capture Thea, turned into something that has left them both relying on each other for survival.
Now, Conall finds himself in a situation he never thought possible: choosing between his sister and Thea.
If you love books set in contemporary and modern settings, then you’ll love this werewolf romance book set in the heart of Scotland and other Eastern European countries, too.
Likewise, if you were to remove the paranormal elements in the book, you would be left with an incredible contemporary novel packed with tons of suspense and thrill.
On the one hand, you have the great and powerful alpha Chief, Collan, who you’d want to swoop in and save you anytime, and on the other, you have Thea, a strong heroine with a backstory you’ll find yourself immersed in.
Taryn Warner is a female wolf shifter who is determined to resist the charms of the dangerous male wolf shifter, Trey Coleman, otherwise known as the alpha male.
However, despite her efforts, Taryn finds herself magnetized to Trey’s arctic-blue eyes and forceful demeanor which leaves her entering a troubled agreement with the alpha.
The agreement is this: the two wolf shifters have to convince their packs that they have chosen each other for mates.
If they succeed, Trey will gain powerful political allies, while Taryn won’t have to enter an abominable arranged mating.
If you love werewolf novels that feature strong heroines, with sarcastic and sassy alpha males, then you’re sure to enjoy this werewolf romance book, even if you’re new to the genre.
Even though Trey could be considered the typical alpha werewolf, Taryn, despite her latency, held her own throughout the novel. You simply won’t be able to get enough of the pair.
Likewise, the novel itself could be considered more contemporary as opposed to paranormal and fantasy werewolf romance.
Moreover, you don’t have to worry about finishing this series any time soon. With 8 books, you’re sure to be kept entertained.
- Strong female heroine
- Immature characters
As the world’s only female werewolf, Elena Michaels has a lot of her shoulders.
However, no longer satisfied living in hiding and hunting down rogue werewolves, she decides to leave the pack and live in the world as a human.
However, she is left returning when the Pack leader summons her looking for her help in fighting against an uprising. The only thing that makes her agree is that she owes him.
Once she has paid off her debts, she can go back to her life as a human and leave the pack for good. This is what she wants. What she needs. Right?
This is a great book if you’re looking to focus on one single female werewolf that is not only hardcore but relatable, too.
Likewise, it is also one of the more popular werewolf romance books, too, packed with urban fantasy and tons of action which will leave you hooked.
In fact, this novel is so good that it even has its very own TV series, too – where you can see your favorite characters come to life.
- Likable characters
- Unique plot
- Some readers didn’t like the main character’s personality.
In Love’s Hollow, NY, magic isn’t a thing of fairy tales. When the main character finds herself face to face with an evil witch, the only place that can help her and find a cure is this small town.
However, what she didn’t imagine finding here were such handsome men. In a local bar, she catches the eye of no other than two shape shifting werewolves.
She finds herself in a situation where both men want to make her their mate. Although, little do they know about her curse.
And the cure for this curse comes at a cost. One which is so expensive that she has no other option but to auction herself off to the werewolves.
Wanted by the Werewolves consists of a collection of four reverse harem and urban fantasy paranormal romances where virgins and werewolves are interconnected.
Each book in the series can be read as a standalone, however, they are connected by including the same worlds and characters.
If you’re in the book for something hot and quick, then these fun stories are the ones for you, perfect if you’re not only looking for one werewolf but multiple.
- Interesting characters
- Compelling plot
- Some readers couldn’t finish the novel.
Upon losing their mother, our main character finds themselves inheriting a lot more than a few hand-me-downs and pack secrets.
Now faced with $410,000 debt, their mother’s true surname, and where she is born, Andie spontaneously decides to move to her home country and find out more about his mother.
However, he is soon to find out that the truth costs a lot more than he ever anticipated. Upon driving into a small town known as Deception Valley, he realizes not everything is as it seems.
Placing mounting financial strain, supernaturals, and thongs aside, he knows that his mother’s past is located somewhere in this valley, and he is determined to dig up the truth or otherwise he will have to find a way to live with her lies.
This novel is packed with mating bonds and wolves set out against humans – what’s there not to love?!
This is the first book in the trilogy, therefore, you should expect a cliffhanger. That said, uncovering the truth can’t be obtained without the next books – you’re sure to feel rewarded.
- Strong heroines
- Likable characters
- Good world-building
- The characterization isn’t strong.
Savannah was just like any other girl, waiting tables in a small-town bar as a living before she found herself backing her car over a werewolf.
Now she finds herself in a tricky situation where she has a cult of rogue werewolves after her. The only person who can protect her from them is Jaxson Laurent – otherwise known as the Chicago Alpha.
This shouldn’t be hard for Jaxson since he can’t keep his eyes off Savannah and suspects her to be special, however, there is a catch – he is the sworn enemy of her family.
What you’re left with as a pair is an insatiable urge for each other, where every time they get close, they feel as if their souls are going to be ripped apart, however, the spark between them can’t be ignored, either.
However, living in such a dangerous world means Savannah needs to master her magic, and fast! Otherwise, she may not be able to live to the next full moon.
If you’re a fan of the enemies-to-lovers trope, then you’re sure to enjoy everything this novel has to offer.
Add elements of a slow-burn, steamy romance between the alpha hero and feisty heroine and I simply can’t get enough of it.
Packed with magic, incredible worlds, and mystery, this is a book you’re sure to want to check out.
- Multilayered plot and multidimensional characters
- Not too steamy
- Needs a better balance between dark and light elements.
Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to learn that the mate he has waited millennia for turns out to be a vampire, or partly so.
This fuels him with even more rage after enduring years of torque inside the vampire horde.
This is when Emmaline comes in, sheltered and somewhat shy, she sets out on a mission to discover the truth about her parents.
However, this is cut short when the powerful Lykae claims her as his mate, forcing her back into a world she never wanted in his ancestral Scottish castle.
Once dropped off at the castle, her fears of the Lykae don’t disappear instantly. With their notorious dark desires, she feels as if she is in the worst place possible.
However, she soon finds that their dark desires begin to slowly make their way into her own life where she is left looking to date her own dark cravings she has come to develop.
Even though this novel contains a combination of werewolf and vampire paranormal romance, it is so popular that it had to make the list.
Plus, with the addition of an attractive Scotsman werewolf, what is there more to love about this book?!
- Interesting plot
- Good world-building
- Some readers found the writing style to be annoying.
Trying to create a new life for themselves, Skye Markham and her mother fled the dangerous pack they belonged to and now live in the sanctuary of Blackwater.
Here, Remy Holt has spent years trying to protect his pack and now with the introduction of Skye, he will do anything he can to keep her from harm’s way.
However, as their worlds become intertwined, the world around them begins to implode.
A depleting population, pack fights, and missing shifters are making the life they have created around them slowly crumble to the ground.
Skye thought she had finally found somewhere to live peacefully, however, she came to realize that such a thing might not exist.
When it comes to werewolf romance books, they are never short of great mystery, and this novel bears no exemption to the rule.
The best part? You don’t have to worry about any cliffhangers!
If you’re a fan of romance and young adult novels, those of which include a strong female lead heroine, then you’re sure to enjoy reading Sanctum.
- Quickly hooked
- Good characters
- Some readers found the book to drag.
Before that fearful night, Anna never believed in werewolves. However, when she comes face to face with one after surviving an attack, this all changes – including herself.
Now having to learn the ropes of being a werewolf, Anna finds herself at the bottom of the pack.
After three years of being here, she has learned to never trust dominant males and to simply keep her head down.
However, this was before Charles Cornick, the enforcer, and son, of the Northern American werewolves, came into her world.
Not only does Charles insist that Anna is his mate, but that she is a rare and extremely valuable Omega, too.
Thanks to a combination of calming presence and inner strength, these traits prove to be invaluable when Charles and she go on the hunt for a rogue werewolf – one which threatens the entire pack as a result of its dark magic.
When it comes to werewolf romance books, it is not hard to understand why this novel is one of the most popular in the genre.
Does it contain all the mystery that will keep you on your toes with a dominant werewolf enforcer that mates with a rare Omega wolf – that’s there not to love?!
One tip: make sure to read the prequel ‘Alpha & Omega’ before reading this novel as it outlines the story of when Charles and Anna first met.
- Good writing
- Interesting plot
- Some readers found the main characters to lack connection.
Willow is a shifter on the wrong side of the tracks. Having recently been rejected by her abusive fated mate, she doesn’t have a lot of options available in the city.
This leaves her to make a deal with no other than Maxim Thorn, the ruthless Alpha, and notorious mob king.
Willow makes a deal that can cost her everything, however, she doesn’t have a lot of options to choose from.
Here, Maxim wants revenge on her pack since they positioned and killed his father. Although, the only person with the key to doing so is Willow.
Therefore, a deal is conjured. In exchange for one month of protection from both her estranged ex and his pack, Willow will give Maxim what he wants – herself.
Unlike some of the other werewolf books featured on this list, it contains much more than your typical werewolf romance.
Here, you have rejected mates, dark mafia, and much more – bringing a varied and diverse novel.
Plus, you won’t be able to get enough of this ruthless alpha male, not only does Maxim portray everything Alpha hotness but he is the mob king, too – a double whammy.
Since the book itself is part of a quartet, it does end with a cliffhanger, unfortunately. However, don’t let this get you down, it simply means you have more to enjoy!
- Good plot
- Tons of action
- Some readers didn’t like the ending.
Recently widowed, Daisy Ellis Craigmore is ready to take her new life by the reins and embrace her freedom, however, a string of unexplained crimes brings danger to her door – forcing her to turn to one of the most unlikely saviors out there.
This is when Ian Rnaulf, the Marquis of Nethrup, comes in. Ian has spent most of his life hiding his secret primal nature from London society, however, there is a new danger that is threatening to explore his secret.
Ian finds himself in a situation where he has to finally step out of the shadows and protect the fearless and beautiful Daisy who has ignited something in him that has been burnt out for decades.
With a shared interest in uncovering who this masked villain is, the two characters find themselves being more drawn to each other than they ever realized.
As such, Daisy finds herself in a position where she has no choice but to reveal the secrets that have been tainting her past.
Likewise, Ian has to come to terms with the undeniable truth: that the only way to save his soul is to lose his heart to Daisy.
This novel combines historical romances with werewolf romance to provide you with something like no other.
If you have enjoyed some of Callihan’s other, new contemporary romance books, then this is one you need to add to your ‘to be read’ pile.
- Rushed ending
It doesn’t bother Robyn Maxwell when her brother cancels their backcountry ski trip, in fact, she takes this in stride.
However, there is one thing about Robyn that others would see as a weakness: she is deaf. Despite this, her survival skills couldn’t be stronger.
As such, for as long as she can remember, she can be craving the opportunity to explore and escape into the Yukon wilderness.
However, upon bumping into a man at a cabin, she starts to realize that he craves something else and starts asking questions all about mates, wolves, and packs.
Keil Lynus, a wilderness guide, wanted nothing more than a quiet and peaceful retreat. However, before he knows it, he finds himself challenging the Alpha of the Alaskan pack for his role.
In addition to this, the last thing he expected to happen was to meet his destined mate, either. What’s more, she has no idea of her wolf genes.
As a result, Keil finds himself in over his head – having to deal with an accident-prone younger brother, an impending duel, and a deaf mate with a major attitude.
Suddenly, both Keil’s week – and bed – are full.
If you’re looking for something with a ton of diversity, then you’re going to love this novel. Here, you’ll find a strong, powerful deaf heroine with First Nation and Native American characters, too.
Likewise, there is a ton of banter in this book, too. It has its fair share of sarcasm and is sure to leave you crying with laughter at some scenes.
Plus, you couldn’t get a better title for this novel given both the storyline and characters – it is attention to detail like this that can make or break a book – you can tell it is going to be great!
- Disability representation
- Strong heroine
- Some readers thought the action sequences were too small.
Stolen as a young girl for her psychic powers that are now being harnessed by a madman, Memory lives in an isolated and caged existence until she meets a werewolf.
Her bad-tempered rescuer labels her as an empath, however, Memory knows that her ‘gift’ is nothing special. Instead, it is a darkness that will haunt her forever.
On the other hand, we have Alexei, who likes to keep his packmates near at all times. Although, this is until he meets Memory which awakens something in him that has been closed for years.
Now, Alexei is forced to make a decision. He can either risk everything he has worked on and created or lose Memory to a darkness that is slowly devouring her.
This book makes it to the list thanks to plenty of romance and anticipation between the two main characters – leaving you wanting more.
A great thing about this book and Memory is that she isn’t afraid to stand up to the big bad werewolf and prove herself despite her terrible past.
Singh is an author known for creating incredible worlds that will have you devouring them as soon as possible.
- Multi Layered narrative
- Interesting characters
- According to certain readers, some parts needed more development.
Three decades agoes, there was a great fight between the Centrals and the Redwoods. For the side of good, the Talon Pack risked everything.
However, that was before tragedy struck which saw Gideon Brentwood having to step up and become the Alpha of the Talons.
Despite this, the stability of the pack has been threatened. Therefore, Gideon is forced to do one thing: take a mate.
Although, the only thing between him doing this is the fact that the woman he wants is someone he shouldn’t.
Anne Ryan is among the best writers in the genre. In fact, you probably have a few books of hers already sitting on your bookshelf or to be read pile.
This book in particular is the second book in her series looking at werewolf romances and the children of the first book’s couple. That said, it can be read as a standalone, too.
If you’re a fan of werewolf romances, then you’re going to love this series. With 10 books in the series, you won’t be left short that’s for sure.
- Good start
- Interesting plot
- Some readers didn’t like the ending.
When Lucan, a wolf forced into creating bartering deals for the notorious Prison Colony, meets Rio, the second in command for the famous and dark Caldwell supplier, Mozart.
After a deal doesn’t go down as expected, a stunning wolf with golden, piercing eyes swoops in to save Rio from a fateful situation.
As truths begin to unfurl, Rio doesn’t know who to trust and what information to believe.
However, her life is on the line so she needs to make decisions, and fast – as she is battling with the head and heart.
This is the second book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series that is set in the glymera’s prison camp.
If you’re looking for something that is both dark and hot, then you can’t go wrong with this compelling and unique novel – you won’t be disappointed!
- Great writing
- Engaging plot
- Some readers didn’t like the ending and thought it was too rushed.
Below, I have outlined everything you need to know about werewolf romance books – to help you make an informed decision when it comes to choosing the best book for you.
Why I Love Werewolf Romance Books
When it comes to paranormal romance books, werewolf romances are my favorite, there are several reasons for this.
Some of these include:
In addition to having mated werewolves, you’ll also find a ton of incredible secondary characters, too. Often, these are a part of the pack itself.
Since these books contain plenty of side characters, there are usually spin-offs in the series that are fully dedicated to particular find characters and their stories.
Here, you can sink your teeth into the stories surrounding your favorite characters while reading about the same worlds and themes.
There is nothing purer than the concept of love and unconditional love at that. In werewolf novels, there is the idea of mates – whereby you’re fated – or destined – to have one true mate for the rest of your life.
Once the particular characters have met or are near their proposed mate, there is a bond and an attraction that is created like no other. This result is the combining of both wolf scents.
Mated werewolves often have the ability to locate their other half based on scent alone. As well as the ability to talk telepathically in some cases – which is pretty much the coolest thing ever.
Therefore, if you love werewolf novels that feature mates, then you’re sure to find a ton of books in this list that will meet your demands.
There is nothing better than transporting yourself to another world that is nothing like our own. As such, with the help of these werewolf romance books, you’re sure to stick around for a while.
Hopefully, this guide has provided you with some inspiration for the best werewolf romance novels.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Does Werewolf Romance Contain?
The Best Shapeshifters
When it comes to paranormal romance books, there is usually one or more characters that are able to shapeshift.
However, when it comes to werewolves, there is just something so much better about men transforming into wolves.
Besides this, these can include fairies, vampires, warlocks, witches, and many more characters.
In paranormal romances, there is usually an element of suspense in the plot.
Whether this includes threats from the human world or pack politics – there is usually an element that will have you sitting on the edge of your bed.
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