Romantic Suspense

B+
Retreat

Jay Crownover’s Retreat kicks off her new Getaway series and delivers what her loyal fans expect - a sexy and heartfelt romance. An action-packed, suspenseful storyline is added halfway through the book, making Retreat feel like two distinctly different stories.  While this offers an unexpected ...

C-
Kill Without Shame

Kill Without Shame is the second book in Alexandra Ivy’s ARES Security series, and while mention is made of a plot thread concerning one of the team who has been receiving threats which I assume was begun in the previous book, that plotline is not really advanced here so this one can be read as a ...

B-
The Fixer

The professional fixer, the shadowy figure who “fixes” problems and simply makes them disappear, is like the undercover spy. They are dark and mysterious figures operating on the outskirts of society. Unlike the spy, however, the fixer is a darker, more dangerous creature, not just an outcast of ...

A-
Off the Rails

Fans of Jill Sorenson’s Caught in the Act have long been awaiting the story of Maria and Ian, a couple who were parted at the end of that book.  I am happy to report that their story, Off the Rails, is finally here and that it does not disappoint. Off the Rails picks up literally days after th ...

B
The Chemist

Stephanie Meyer is one of those authors who arouses mixed feelings on my part. I absolutely despised Twilight - although to be fair, I only read the first seven chapters before deciding there were too many great books to read without wasting my time on teenaged girls helplessly mooning after sparkly ...

A-
When All the Girls Have Gone

Jayne Ann Krentz is the author who turned me into a romance reader in the late 1990s. While I’ve liked many of her recent books, I never expected I would give another a DIK, until I read When All the Girls Have Gone. It’s truly one of my favorites of hers. Charlotte’s Sawyer’s sister is a ...

B+
The Dollmaker

The Dollmaker is book two in Mary Burton's Forgotten Files series, and even though I have not read the previous book (The Shark), I had no problem following the story as this one works perfectly well as a standalone. Dr. Tessa McGowan has just started a new job as a medical examiner when the body ...

C+
Bodyguard

James Patterson's new Bookshots line (a fancy name for novellas) promises 'Under 150 pages; Under $5, Impossible To Put Down' and 'Life Moves Fast, Books Should Too'. They are available currently in two categories – thriller and romance and can be read on any electronic device.  Bodyguard by Jess ...

B-
More Than a Lawman

Hands down, More than a Lawman has the most unusual opening for a romance I’ve read this year: the book opens with the heroine hanging like a slab of meat in a locked freezer. When she looks around the freezer she discovers eight – now dead – individuals hanging there along with her. This unus ...

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Poison Evidence

Poison Evidence is the latest (seventh) book in Rachel Grant’s Evidence series of Romantic Suspense novels, and in it, she looks at the fascinating world of the technology of intelligence gathering and surveillance and how it can be used and adapted by academics seeking to study and enlighten as w ...