Romantic Suspense

C
Alone in the Dark

This will probably be my swan song as a reviewer of Karen Rose novels. While I find her characters addictive, sex scenes scintillating and intricate mysteries fascinating, the over-complicated plots and sheer un-believability of the story lines often leave me frustrated. This novel was no exception. ...

B+
Known

Ms. Elliot’s Buried was a 2014 Daphne du Maurier Award Winner. In that novel we were introduced to Chris Jacobs, a young man who held the key to an old secret. A creepy, scary thriller, that book was enough to induce nightmares. This latest might not be quite as frightening but it does an excellen ...

B+
Consumed by Fire

I put off reading Consumed By Fire. It’s difficult to say why; the plotline appealed to me, and I’ve certainly enjoyed Ms. Stuart’s writing enough in the past. I suppose I, like so many other people I’ve talked to lately, just fell into a bit of a reading slump. Luckily, this book proved it ...

C
Once and Always

I’m a big fan of Elizabeth Hoyt’s historical romances, so when I heard she was releasing another contemporary romance I was pretty excited. I try to be optimistic in general life, so I refused to consider that one of my favorite authors could do anything less than excel at her venture into a dif ...

C+
The Perfect Stranger

Even though I read fairly widely across romance, historical romance and romantic suspense remain my first loves. And I’ve been dying to read some rom susp for a while now. With The Perfect Stranger, I at least got the suspense end of that equation. In this 2014 release, Wendy Corsi Staub explores ...

B+
Seduction Game

Pamela Clare was on my autobuy list for a few years and then suddenly there was nothing to buy. I did a little research and found out she was undergoing treatment for breast cancer, and I and the romance community was devastated for her. But she is obviously a survivor as well as a wonderful author ...

B-
Secret Sisters

The last line of Stephen King’s Stand by Me is "I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone?" That’s an important question for the heroines of this novel. Marked by a violent and tragic event in their tweens they are pulled apart when their families ...

C+
I'll Never Let You Go

My first experience with Mary Burton was the excellent Senseless. I absolutely loved that book and based on that bought and devoured her entire backlist and placed her on my auto-buy list. However, her last few novels have seen me losing the love a bit. Her books are still good; the recent volumes ...

B-
In the Waning Light

After hearing Dabney rave about Loreth Anne White, I knew I'd have to give her books a try. Intelligent romantic suspense is something that will make me happy anytime I can find it. With In the Waning Light, White explores the darker side of small-town life, resulting in a often unsettling book. We ...

C+
Before the Storm

It’s really hard to give a less-than-stellar grade to an author you love. Not only are you wrestling with your own disappointment in the story but you feel sort of like a rat betraying a friend when you make that disappointment public. The nice thing about doing so with this book is that I do get ...