Romantic Suspense

C+
With No Remorse

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One of the best traits of recent romantic suspense is the settings. In which other subgenre do you get romances set in places like Peru and Sierra Leone? With Cindy Gerard’s latest installment of her Black Ops, Inc. series set in both, I was very keen on reading With No Remorse. While I truly enjo ...

B
The Viper's Kiss

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On the list of really crappy things to have happen, looking enough like an infamous assassin that you get hauled out of your job in handcuffs has got to rank right up there. That's exactly the nightmare that unfolds for librarian Maggie Kincaid at the opening of The Viper's Kiss, and the action jus ...

C+
Garden of Secrets

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Ah, high school. Is there ever any getting away from it? Not if you live in a small town like Angel's Bay where almost everyone you went to high school with still lives right next door, keeping you mired in those four years of your life. In some ways it can be good - it means the people you are frie ...

D
Revenge at Bella Terra

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Since I am a big fan of contemporary books, I requested to review the second book in Ms. Dodd’s Scarlet Deception series. Within the first chapter, I ran into concerns, and by the second I knew that this was going to be a problematic book for me. Eli Di Luca is ruined and abo ...

B-
Deadly Little Lies

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I don’t usually trust the longevity of relationships based entirely on the shared experience of a kidnapping, hostage situation, or other high-tension life-or-death situation. Thankfully, Deadly Little Lies manages to balance that with a prior affection; however, it still could have been develope ...

C+
Vanished in the Night

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To me, a good romantic suspense should keep the reader slightly off balance. I love to think I have the story all figured out, only to have the plot twist and make me rearrange my thinking. Eileen Carr's latest, though competently executed, really did not do this for me. While reading, I didn’t ha ...

B-
In Seconds

What would you do if you had to hide? What steps would you be willing to take to stay safe? Could you abandon one life to have a shot at another? What if there were kids involved? These are questions Laurel Hodges has had to ask herself more than once. She has never been pleased with the answer. ...

B
Prey

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One of the problems a beloved author like Howard faces is extremely high expectations. Anyone who has read Cry No More, Open Season, All the Queen's Men, Dream Man - heck, just about anything in her back list - knows she is capable of great things. When I read her books I often find myself comparin ...

D+
Hush

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Ever been to a party that just didn't end? One where you really, really wanted out but didn't feel comfortable being the first to go? The author begins her book with just such a party - and holds us hostage there for a long, long time. Coby Rendell is most assuredly not looking for ...

C
Deep Disclosure

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I was a bit tempted to give Deep Disclosure a D grade, simply for alliterative purposes; this book, the author, and all of the other books in this series are double-Ds. This book doesn’t deserve that grade, however; it lacks true development, but neither is it a truly bad story. ...