A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness is a full on action-packed paranormal romance novel with so much more. The author is a history professor and it’s easy to see why her character Diana Bishop is most comfortable within the walls of Oxford’s Bodleian Library that is until she calls up a lost manuscript and draws supernatural creatures’ attention.
Diana soon finds refuge within the arms of Matthew Clairmont, a fifteen hundred year old vampire geneticist, who lived through the ancient times she has so closely researches. The lush descriptions and bits of history make this a rich, enjoyable read.
For fun, check out Deborah Harkness’s interview on Amazon for non-fiction research resources she used for inspiration http://www.amazon.com/Discovery-Witches-Novel-Deborah-Harkness/dp/0670022411