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You could try Sunshine by Robin McKinley. . . McKinley creates a world where being undead isn't sexy at all (because really, would being pasty and clammy really be a turn-on?) and her heroine already has a steady boyfriend when she meets the main vampire.
What about Nancy A. Collins? Sunglasses After Dark is great. And Stephen Dedman's two, The Art of Arrow Cutting and Shadowsbite. Andrew Fox is not like anyone else.
I second McKinley's Sunshine. Wonderful book.
Fred Saberhagen's series revisioning Dracula is an oldy but goody. I'm particular fond of the "Holmes-Dracula File" and "An Old Friend of the Family"
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I third Sunshine :) great vampire book where the focus is not on sex or romance..
White Wolfs World of Darkness Vampire the Masquerade clan novels.
I agree Sunshine is really good. But youcould also check out Jocelynn Drake's Dark Days sereis ( Nightwalker book1, and Dayhunter book). There is also a third book coming out in the next month or two.
read the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series it's not centered on romance. i mean yeah it has sex in it, but the story is more a thriller, mystery stuff.
Also mary janice davidson's Betsy the vampire queen series. it too has sex but it's a thriller and it reads like a journal. plus it's funny.
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I just read The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro (director of Pan's Labarynth, Hellboy, Devil's Backbone etc.) and Chuck Hogan. It was incredibly good and the vamps are definitely not dreamy Edward-types -- there's nothing remotely un-repulsive about them actually, which is how I like my vampires. It was a really scary book, and once it got going it was impossible for me to put down. I'm looking forward to the rest of the trilogy.
I'm sorry. But I have to say that MaryJanice Davidson's Betsy books are comedy romance. Terrible as a thriller. If you are looking for non romance vampires, skip MJD. Run away fast.
The Blood series by Tanya Huff is a good thriller. It is about a detective who loses her night vision and teams up with a vampire to help her solve some cases. There is a romantic triangle within the story but it doesn't get too mushy or dilute the story line. there are 5 books in the series. Plus it is set in Canada which is a fun change of pace.
I would also highly recommend the Dresden Files where there is a recurring vampire character. Several books deal with vampires exclusively and the vampire character appears on a regular basis throughout the books after the second installment.
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Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake Vamprie Hunter series has romance/sex, especially around half way through the series, but also has a good splash of horror and mystery.
Do you mean no romance at all or just not a romance novel? Most fantasy / paranormal books have some amount of romance. Sunshine is the only completely non-romantic vampire book that I can think of unless you want to include Bram Stoker's Dracula. You might have more luck in the horror section.
Just thought of another:
It's actually a collection of short stories, in chronological order and featuring the same two main characters: a female Detective Crown Investigator (in a world with magic and whatnot, and where the U.S. never broke away from England -- her job is as a "forensic sorceror," tracking down magical criminals) and a vampire P.I. They work closely together and there's some sexual tension, but there isn't even a romance subplot. There's a novella-length sequel titled Seven for a Secret.
This is what the back cover says:
Abigail Irene Garrett drinks too much. She makes scandalous liaisons with inappropriate men, and if in her youth she was a famous beauty, now she is both formidable--and notorious. She is a forensic sorceress, and a dedicated officer of a Crown that does not deserve her loyalty. She has nothing, but obligations.
Sebastien de Ulloa is the oldest creature he has ever known. He was no longer young at the Christian millennium, and that was nine hundred years ago. He has forgotten his birth-name, his birth-place, and even the year in which he was born, if he ever knew it. But he still remembers the woman who made him immortal. He has everything, but a reason to live.
In a world where the sun never set on the British Empire, where Holland finally ceded New Amsterdam to the English only during the Napoleonic wars, and where the expansion of the American colonies was halted by the war magic of the Iroquois, they are exiles in the new world--and its only hope for justice.
E. E. Knight has a series that the creatures are a type of vampire.
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro has a series that I would classify as a historical fantasy. It has romance but there is a lot of information about the time period for each novel.
Patricia Brigg's Mercy series has a vampire character.
Barb Hendee has a series about a Dhamphir that hunts vampires.
Afterage by Yvonne Navarro
Anything by David Wellington (13 Bullets, 99 Coffins, Vampire Zero, etc.)
Blood Memories series by Barb Hendee
Bottomfeeder by B.H. Fingerman
Desmodus by Steven Walker
Dracul: The Return by James Wardlaw
Eternal Vigilance series by Gabriel Faust
Fevre Dream by George RR Martin
Fiend by Jemiah Jefferson
Hollywood Vampires by Matt Jones
I am Legend by Richard Matheson
Joe Pitt series by Charlie Huston
Let Me In by John Lindqvist
Live Girls by Ray Garten
Lord of the Dead/Slave to my Thirst by Tom Holland
Necroscope by Brian Lumley
Pretty When She Dies by Rhiannon Frater
Raven by S.A. Swiniarski
Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
Tap Tap by David Martin
The Night Inside by Nancy Baker
The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan
The Vampire Tapestry by Suzy Charnas
The Vampire Within series by Drew Silver
The World on Blood by Jonathan Nasaw
They Thirst by Robert McCammon
Those Who Hunt the Night by Barbara Hambly
Vamped by David Sosnowski
Vampire Winter & Darkness on the Ice by Lois Tilton
Vampire Memories by Barb Hendee
Vampires by John Steakley
Vrolok by Nolene Dougan