Book Recs: 10 Lesser-Known M/M Urban Fantasy Series


I love paranormal and urban fantasy! I could give tons of recommendations, depending on how loosely you define “urban fantasy.” For this, I tried to stick to what most people probably think of—our world (though maybe with known existence of magic), modern times, not too slow or rural, at least some action/battles—though I did slip a few in that don’t fit the criteria perfectly. I could give even more recs if I included standalones and series that have different characters in each book. But that just means more for future posts!

These are not all focused on romance, but romance is an important element of most of them. Also, when use the word “sweet” I don’t mean “no sex” (I know some people use it that way). I just mean the emotions are sweet.

Last note, I only included one vampire book, since I already have multiple rec posts devoted to those! You can find those here: Lesser-Known M/M Vampire Books // Lesser-Known M/M Vampire Book (2)

Anyway, enjoy this list of m/m urban fantasy books! I genuinely recommend all these!

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Incubus by Amanda MeuwissenSoul Breaker by Clara CoulsonWhite Trash Warlock by David R. SlaytonThose Words I Dread by Tess BarnettReal Vampires Don't Sparkle by Amy Fecteau

Incubus (The Incubus Saga) by Amanda Meuwissen

Starting off the list with one of my absolute favorites! I truly adore this series. It has a beautiful romance (with an incubus) that has ruined me for all future real life romance, a sweet brother relationship, nice friendships, super lovable characters, and a main character who grows a lot over the series, as well as plenty of supernatural action! It’s a series that always makes me want to cry—not out of sadness, just because it’s so touching and makes me feel so much emotion.
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Soul Breaker (City of Crows Series) by Clara Coulson

This is quintessential urban fantasy, and done well! Lots of action and fighting and supernatural disasters, plus a main character who is funny, kind, likeable, and badass but also relatably terrified. Of all the books on this list, this one has the least romance. It’s sort of a background thing, but it’s still mlm rep! The series is still ongoing as of August 2022.
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White Trash Warlock (Adam Binder Series) by David R. Slayton

This one has interesting magic, a sweet romance, and a complex sibling relationship that is damaged but being worked on. I’ve gotten even more into this series with the second book as the relationships have started feeling even more nuanced and genuine. The series is still ongoing as of August 2022, but what I believe is the final book is set to release this year.
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Those Words I Dread (Tales of the Tuath De Series) by Tess Barnett

This is a fun series that about two couples: a grumpypants human + a flirty fae and an oblivious hunter + a sweetheart witch. There’s cute romance, there’s enemies to allies, there’s supernatural battles, there’s a trip to the fae realm. It starts a bit silly but grows deeper over the series while still maintaining a nice balance of tension and sweetness.
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Real Vampires Don’t Sparkle (Real Vampires Don’t Sparkle Series) by Amy Fecteau

This is the one vampire series I’ve included because it’s also one of my all-time favorite series ever. It has such a great mix of humor and darkness—and it does get dark. These characters go through some shit. It also has a great slow-burn romance, battles, and great characters I love and feel oddly proud of.
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Strangers in the Night by E.M. Jeanmougin & Jay WrightInheritance by Lissa KaseyThe Glamour Thieves by Don AllmonJack of Thorns by A.K. FaulknerA Ferry of Bones & Gold by Hailey Turner

Strangers in the Night (The Hunter and the Spider Series) by E.M. Jeanmougin & Jay Wright

This is another one of my favorites, with such wonderful, complex characters who feel so real, including a flirty, charming, obnoxious, sarcastic, quick-tempered were-spider with a secret soft side. That’s right, a were-spider! Also a slow-burn romance, angst, a really sweet platonic (so far, at least) relationship between side characters, bits of humor, and interesting and often action-filled plots. The series is still ongoing as of August 2022.
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Inheritance (Pillars of Magic: Dominion Series) by Lissa Kasey

This series tackles the heavy of topics of mental illness and trauma without romanticizing them, while also having plenty of action and mystery and witches who can shift into animals and vampires and romance and friendship and just great stories. I’ve grown to care for these characters and felt more emotion as the series has gone on. The series is still ongoing as of August 2022, though I believe has moved into the Pillars of Magic: Dark Awakening series.
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The Glamour Thieves (Blue Unicorn Series) by Don Allmon

This is the least UF on the list, because it’s technically cyberpunk. But it feels like a sort of urban fantasy / cyberpunk combo, since the main characters are an orc and an elf and there’s a lot of supernatural mixed with the futuristic technology. This is a rough and gritty kind of story with rough and gritty kind of characters, but they still had emotions, and I felt for them. I also loved their sort of fraught, sexually charged, ultimately sweet romance.
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Jack of Thorns (Inheritance Series) by A.K. Faulkner

This series has action and magic and telekinesis and gods and all the things you’d expect from urban fantasy, but it also deals with drug addiction, alcoholism, and trauma. Luckily the main characters have each other to help them through it all, and they’re continually growing, both as people and as a couple. The series is still ongoing as of August 2022.
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A Ferry of Bones & Gold (Soulbound Series) by Hailey Turner

Another series that is very much what you’d expect from UF, with tons of supernaturals, from shifters to magic users to vampires to gods, but it may be the most action-packed series on the list. In addition to all the magical battles, there’s complex world-building, a flawed but lovable main character, a sweet and sexy shifter love interest, a terrible/amazing vampire+succubus side character couple, and a cute found family.
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  1. Greg

    I love rec posts and it seems like we see less of them these days (or at least I do). And when’s the last time I read a good urban fantasy? Gah. I need the recs lol. Strangers in the Night looks fun (it has that sort of almost cyberpunk-y, or noir, or whatever) cover that tend to catch my eye. A were- spider though? Gah I hate spiders. The Glamour Thieves- there’s my cyberpunk! CB mixed with UF- I could maybe get into that…

    Thorns has a great cover too. Awesome list!