Romantic Suspense

A-
Monster in the Closet

In Monster In the Closet, Karen Rose returns to her best-selling Baltimore series with a twisty tale of love and murder. Since I haven't read a Karen Rose novel I didn't love, I was super excited to dive into this one, and I'm pleased to let you know she's written another winner. If you've read t ...

B-
Break the Night

Back when I was in high school and college, I loved Silhouette's Shadows line and Break the Night by Anne Stuart was a particular favorite of mine. I recently reread the book to see how it holds up. The suspense is still compelling and I still enjoyed the story, though there were some issues with th ...

C
The Other Girl

The Other Girl is a tale of small towns, secrets and the things we do to protect the ones we love. While far from perfect, the book does a good job of capturing the intense relationships parents have with their children and the lengths they will go to in order to keep them safe. The Boy Who Cried ...

B
Barrel Proof

Note:  Because this is the final book in a trilogy with an overarching storyline, there will be spoilers for the other books in this review. Barrel Proof, the third and final instalment in Layla Reyne's Agents Irish and Whiskey trilogy of romantic suspense novels, picks up pretty much where Cas ...

B+
Seeing Red

Of the many books Sandra Brown has written, over thirty of them are romantic suspense novels. Seeing Red will, by my count, be her thirty-second such story. Having read roughly two-thirds of those books I can tell you that this a classic Brown tale, full of her trademark action mixed with romance mi ...

C+
Dirty Deeds

Dirty Deeds is the first book in HelenKay Dimon’s new Dirty series (which is a kind of sequel to her earlier Tough Love series).  The books are vaguely connected by the CIA and Black ops agents involved in each story, but they can all be read as stand alone novels. The men in this series take on ...

B-
No Good Deed

I enjoy romantic suspense, and this creepy tale immediately caught my attention because of its setting. The action in Suzanne Matthews' No Good Deed unfolds in Canada during a freak snowstorm, and the author makes good use of her setting and the nightmarish weather to keep readers wondering if the ...

B-
The Hunting Grounds

I enjoyed Katee Robert’s first foray into romantic suspense, The Devil’s Daughter, earlier this year, even though I felt that the balance between the two elements wasn’t quite right and that the suspense plot worked better than the romance.  I’m afraid I have similar reservations about The ...

B
Under the Knife

I have been on a Tess Gerritsen glom lately, so even though this book isn’t part of a series, I decided to just continue trucking right along through her backlist. Most readers now would think of Rizzoli & Isles thrillers when they think of Gerritsen. However, she got her start in romantic s ...

C-
Some Kind of Hero

Suzanne Brockmann’s successful Troubleshooters series continues with this nineteenth, heavily flawed installment about a Navy SEAL who falls in love with a romance novelist while searching for his recently-motherless and now missing teenaged daughter. It’s an uneven read with some mind-boggling ...