The lust, angst, and violence quotient in Kelley Armstrong's stories of werewolves and witches is perfectly balanced between Annette Curtis Klause'sBlood and Chocolate and Laurell K. Hamilton'sAnita Blake series. Armstrong's books are more satisfyingly grown-up than Blood and Chocolate, although they sometimes lack Klause's tightly controlled pace, and they are far, far less whiny, gory, and sexually explicit than the Anita Blake books, although they lack Hamilton's extraordinary eye for detail. While this series may not be groundbreaking, if you're a Klause, Hamilton, or Charlaine Harris fan looking for even more supernatural romantic horror, Armstrong's books are smart, sexy, and twisted like a pretzel.
Availability: Everywhere. Ms. Armstrong has also written some novellas (prequels to "Bitten") that are available as free e-texts on her homepage. To check them out, click here.