Romantic Suspense

C+
Through the Night

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Romance novels have a tendency to confuse sexual chemistry with love. Through the Night barely manages to avoid this, but still goes overboard with the attraction between the two protagonists. It is a bit ridiculous at times, but still a decent book overall, even if somewhat unremarkable. ...

B+
Before She Dies

Our little town has a street carnival that comes once a year. It's very typical of carnivals in general, but it does have one unique feature - every year it is accompanied by a bevy of hot air balloons. Watching those beautiful ships fly across our skies and land in a field very near our home is one ...

C-
The Professor

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Sometimes I’m in complete sync with the RITA nominations while other times I’m left scratching my head. This 2008 Golden Heart Award finalist for Novel with Strong Romantic Elements left me puzzled. The “romantic elements” and the heroine are the weakest and most flawed parts of this book. ...

B
The Witness

I didn't much care for the movie Country Strong starring Gwyneth Paltrow. But there is a song in that film that describes this book exactly, Timing is Everything by Garrett Hedlund. Here are the lyrics I am thinking of: You know I’ve had close calls When it could have been me I was young when ...

A-
Dream Shadows

As a voracious reader, I go through books like mad but do not often find a book that so engages me from beginning to end that I cannot put it down. This book though, with its theme of the human mind being so powerful that it can overcome critical illness and distance, did just that. Not only does it ...

B-
Locked and Loaded

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What mixed feelings I have. There’s elation that an author is willing to take such risks with her plot. Disappointment, that a couple with so much potential gets such short shrift. Sorrow, to know that Alexis Grant was a pseudonym of the late L.A. Banks and, therefore, the Delta Force series is ...

B
Hide From Evil

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When I read Jane's review of the first book in this series, Beg for Mercy, I immediately went out and bought it. Good romantic suspense is becoming an endangered species and I was excited to find someone new writing in the genre. With the holidays and my own review books to do I wasn't able to actu ...

C-
Caskets and Corruption

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Okay, so I'm suffering through a major bronchial infection, doped up on five different meds including a narcotic cough suppressant. My world is a pretty hazy place right now. Could this be the reason that I found Caskets and Corruption inoffensive, and maybe even somewhat appealing? What a strange b ...

B-
Sleepwalker

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Too often it seems when a book is labeled “romantic suspense” the story is either light on one or the other. If the romance is developed fully, frequently the suspense is lacking. Or, the romance suffers as a consequence of the suspense plot. Sleepwalker fell into the latter category for me. M ...

C
Run From Fear

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The first two books in this series were top reads for me. I devoured them rapidly. They reignited my love of romantic suspense. They reminded me how exciting and sexy this genre can be. While I had really looked forward to the hero in this book getting his own story, I will admit that I wondered if ...