Romantic Suspense

B+
Inside

Remember Prison Break? I miss those weekly doses of Michael Wentworth and the gang setting out to right wrongs and take names. This series - which is all about what happens when you get stuck in a tough environment like prison - was inspired by that show and brought back many fond memories to this f ...

B-
Snapped

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I often wonder what drives a person beyond the line of what we as a species consider acceptable. What turns one person in a tough situation into a hero, another into a coward, and yet another into a villain? Is there a point where we all snap - where all that is left is a creature who will do anythi ...

B
Secrets of Bella Terra

Christina Dodd gets plenty right in her latest romantic suspense novel. Her hero is a bona fide hottie, the mystery underlying her tale is interesting, and her setting, Northern California's wine country, is so well-rendered I long to take my next vacation there. 80% of this book is really good. The ...

B+
Cold Touch

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Psychic agents who investigate crimes and give the police tip-offs? Sure, why not. A serial killer who comes back to haunt our heroine? Read that before. The straight-shootin’, non-believin’, good ol’ Savannah police detective who falls in love with the psychic nutjob heroine? Dime a doze ...

C
Justice

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One of my favorite romantic suspense novels of all time is Robards' Hunter's Moon. It is one of only a handful of books I have multiple copies of. Will and Molly's story was, for me, the perfect mix of romance and mystery. Unfortunately, I can not say the same for Ms. Robard's latest. ...

B-
Darkness at Dawn

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It’s not always easy to evaluate a work on its own merits, rather than as a part of an author’s body of work. My initial reaction to Ms. Jennings’ latest book was very positive. But then I put the book down, and the wheels turned, the echoes came back, and one refrain started repeating itsel ...

C-
Cover Me

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The length of time it takes me to read a book definitely is an indicator of my grade. Pick it up and read straight through falls in the B range. Pick it up, put it down and not finish it until weeks later is the C or D range. Cover Me took over six weeks for me to finish. The pacing and the writ ...

B
Sizzle and Burn

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A year or two ago, a professor of mine lectured on the very possibility that is the center of Sizzle and Burn: That a well-placed bomb in the Azores could create a tsunami that would devastate the East Coast of the United States. This is one example of Mia Austin’s theory ...

C
The Ideal Man

The difference in price between mass market paperbacks and hard covers is rather remarkable. Given that I rarely buy books new, even at $7.99, the idea of paying full price for a hardcover makes me wince. Julie Garwood’s newest contemporary romantic suspense, The Ideal Man, is a hardcover release, ...

B-
Face of Danger

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First impressions matter. Fortunately they don't always presage what's to come. My initial impression of Face of Danger was one of annoyed incredulity. The heroine, Vivi Angelino, said to "have some of the best investigative instincts around," agrees to a contractual agreement even the most gullible ...