If you’ve spent any time on the paranormal or urban fantasy book sections of Amazon, you’ve probably noticed that stories about angels and demons are never in short supply. I like to think of angels and demons as universal tropes—in almost every religion and culture, there’s some mythical symbol of “evil” or temptation, and another symbolizing protection and “good.”
Personally, I’m a total sucker for stories where the tropes are flipped or presented in a less predictable black-and-white way (Renegade Guardians, anyone?). I’m an even bigger sucker for a forbidden romance between the two (and you’ll never convince me there wasn’t an element of that in Good Omens). Since we’re still in the month of love, here are nine of the angels and demons who made me fall in love with the trope.
Hell’s Gates by Celia Kyle
Caith Morningstar is one of the most bad-ass heroines in urban fantasy I’ve ever read. The niece of Lucifer himself, Caith is snarky, brave, and in control of the supernatural community in Orlando. I loved every second of this series. She’s a little more vulnerable and “real” in this book than the first, but that only made me fall in love with her more. Add in a lusty forbidden romance with a fallen angel, and you’ve got one hell of a good read.
Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger
A cleaner romance read, Messenger does an amazing job of striking balance between her characters. Audra is uptight and rather serious, where Vane is hilarious and a lot more laid-back. The result is a romance where both characters are better together, and their chemistry seems to sing off the page. The voices between the two POVs are distinct and equally enjoyable, making this a quick and fun read.
Daughter of Death by Lexi C. Foss
If it’s not obvious yet, I love strong female leads in my urban fantasy and romance. Eve does not disappoint. A fallen angel and retired assassin just trying to keep her head down, trouble follows Eve like a little lost puppy. The love interest is another fallen angel she’s had an on/off fling with for centuries, so every part of this series is refreshing and relatable.
Crown of Fire by Linsey Hall
Interestingly enough, there are no graphic sex scenes in this book, but it’s still one of the darkest reads on the list. If you’re looking for a light, humorous fantasy story, I suggest skipping over this one. The story ends on a fierce cliffhanger that leaves you worried for Claire and anxious for more. The Forbidden Fae trilogy is a great steamy read for readers who like romance with a darker edge.
Insidious by Victoria Evers
I’m not usually a huge fan of the whole “fated mates” trope. Which is why I was surprised I enjoyed Insidious as much as I did. Based heavily on angel/demon mythology, this book reminded me of Supernatural and Vampire Diaries rolled into one YA series. Action, romance, hellhounds, and demons…what more do you need?
Reaper by Larissa Ione
Okay, so this is technically book 19 in a long-running series. But even if you haven’t read the other Demonica books, this one will leave you emotionally drained. I highly suggest reading the rest of Larissa Ione’s books, but if you’re looking to start with my favorite, look no further than Reaper.
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
This is probably the least dark (Lightest?) book on the list. Unearthly is a YA paranormal romance with a refreshing twist I refuse to spoil here. Just when I thought I’d read everything in YA, Cynthia Hand shows up with a treat full of surprises and angels hidden in plain view. If you’re burnt out on demons, give this angel romance a shot.
Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
I’ve mentioned this one before, but that’s because of how much I absolutely adored the forbidden romance between Nadya and Malachiasz. I don’t know if you can count Malachiasz as a demon, and the book ends on a cliffhanger that leaves you wondering who the true monsters are. The world-building and twisty plot compliment the slow-burn forbidden love story between Nadya and Malachiasz perfectly. I’m anxiously awaiting the next in the series this April.
Trigger by J.L. Drake
I’ve saved the darkest book on the list for last. If you prefer your love stories light and feel-good, turn back now! If you’re looking for a twisted read, however, J.L. Drake is a master of dark romance. Trigger was raised by the Devil, and he now runs a motorcycle club. He’s a heartless bastard who kills anyone who gets in his way…until he meets Tess. Both have demons they’re fighting to escape, and their love doesn’t come without a fight.
Do you have any favorite angels or demons in fiction? What’s your favorite urban fantasy or Paranormal trope?