7 Fated-Mate Paranormal Romances That Go Beyond Insta-Love


by Kari Cole, author of Hunt the Moon

In worlds full of supernatural beings, sometimes when destiny comes calling, it’s to deliver a character’s fated mate. This is one of my favorite paranormal romance tropes. Whether the characters find their true love through a biological imperative, divine intervention, instinct or reincarnation, you can count on one thing: the journey to a happily-ever-after won’t be easy.


Guardian’s Bond (Ancient Ink series) by Rhenna Morgan

Panther shifter Priest Rahandras wants nothing more than to escape the curse that haunts him…until the mate he’s longed for walks into his life with someone from his past. Kateri Falsen is everything he’s ever wished for and the key to his clan’s survival. But first he has to convince her to trust her instincts and that his love is the real deal.

Pack Enforcer (Cascadia Wolves series) by Lauren Dane

As a former grifter and computer hacker, human Nina Reyes knows trouble when she sees it. Lex Warden, Enforcer for the local werewolf pack, definitely fits the bill. If only she didn’t find everything about him so intoxicating. When her brother gets in too deep with some dangerous wolves, Lex steps in to protect her. Convincing Nina that his feelings for her go way beyond the job is almost as hard for Lex as keeping her safe from his enemies.

Waking the Bear (Shifter Wars series) by Kerry Adrienne

Griff Martin is duty bound to defend his bear clan against an avenging pride of lion shifters, but when he meets human Amy Francis, his need to claim her as his mate takes hold. But bringing her into his world could endanger her. As war looms, Griff must decide between letting Amy go or following his most carnal instincts. To have her would change his life but risk everything he knows and was born to protect.

Scent of Darkness (Darkness Chosen series) by Christina Dodd

Ann Smith loves her dynamic boss, Jasha Wilder, but her daring plan to seduce him goes awry when she encounters a powerful wolf who—before her horrified eyes—changes into the man she adores. She soon discovers she can’t escape her destiny because Jasha is the descendant of a brutal warrior who struck a deal with the devil, and Ann is the woman fated to break the curse that binds his soul.

Fated Mates (True Mates series) by Alicia Montgomery

When private investigator Alynna Chase follows a client’s husband into a bar, she discovers far more than an adulterer. Unbeknownst to her, she’s a full-blooded Lycan, and meeting her true mate brings out the wolf inside for the very first time. With Alex’s help, Alynna learns to navigate her new reality, but someone is trying to kill her and destroy her clan. Alex will do anything to protect her, even risk defying Lycan hierarchy.

A Hunger Like No Other (Immortals After Dark series) by Kresley Cole

Lachlain MacRieve, king of the Lykae, has been imprisoned and tortured for centuries by the vampire horde. The scent of his predestined mate—a woman he has never met—gives him the strength he needs to finally escape, only to find she is part vampire. Shy and sheltered Emmaline Troy is on a mission to uncover the truth about her dead parents. When an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, Lachlain must help Emma find the warrior within.

Archangel’s Blade (Guild Hunter series) by Nalini Singh

Right hand to the archangel of New York, Dmitri is a vampire known for his cruel cunning and lethal sensuality, but there is a deep, dark well of grief and loneliness inside him. When he is forced to work with Honor, a human Hunter recovering from a shocking attack, they connect in ways neither of them can deny. But the past won’t stay buried, and Dmitri and Honor need each other to survive. The nature of their fated pairing is a major plot twist, guaranteed to wrench the heart.


About Hunt the Moon by Kari Cole:

Who’d think to bring silver bullets to a wedding?

When Isabelle “Izzy” Meyers discovers her human foster brother is marrying into the local werewolf pack, she wishes she’d brought an arsenal. Werewolves can’t be trusted. She should know…she is one. After a childhood destroyed by shifter violence, Alpha wolf Luke Wyland is everything she was raised to hate. So then why does being with him feel so intensely right? To protect her family and the man she is growing to love, Izzy must learn to trust in her true nature—or risk losing everything.

Book One in the Mated by Fate series

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