I was asked in a survey who I thought started the urban fantasy/paranormal maybe Romance, and I thought it was Laurell K Hamilton with her Anita Blake Series. Anita Blake was the first kick butt heroine that I ever read. I loved books one to eight. On some days I will even go so far to say that I liked it up until book 11. Even though I stopped reading them at book 11, I think I still purchased a few more before I stopped. I am a very loyal reader and one forever hoping. Jean-Claude was a most delicious hero and Richard gave him a run for the money. I would say that is my first and foremost favorite Urban fantasy.