Romantic Suspense

B-
The Hunting Grounds

I enjoyed Katee Robert’s first foray into romantic suspense, The Devil’s Daughter, earlier this year, even though I felt that the balance between the two elements wasn’t quite right and that the suspense plot worked better than the romance.  I’m afraid I have similar reservations about The ...

C-
Some Kind of Hero

Suzanne Brockmann’s successful Troubleshooters series continues with this nineteenth, heavily flawed installment about a Navy SEAL who falls in love with a romance novelist while searching for his recently-motherless and now missing teenaged daughter. It’s an uneven read with some mind-boggling ...

D+
Wired

Julie Garwood, historical romance legend and by now a longtime romantic suspense writer, reaches the thirteenth volume in her Buchanan-Renard series, Wired, the story of a computer hacker and the FBI agent trying to protect her. Allison Trent is in trouble.  A part-time model, part-time college ...

B
A Grave Calling

Online Romancelandia has more than once observed the proliferation of painfully good, sweet heroines who could not possibly offend even the most delicate of sensibilities. If you are in the camp that has bemoaned this development, Julie Hall of A Grave Calling will definitely stand out for you. I c ...

C-
Crown of Stars

Crown of Stars is the second installment in Sophie Jaff's Nightsong trilogy. I started reading it without prior knowledge of the series – and discovered that was a very bad idea because I didn't understand the story at all. So I picked up the previous book, Love Is Red, read it, and then returned ...

B+
Revenge

I have been eagerly anticipating the release of Revenge since reading Satisfaction, the second book in Lexi Blake’s Lawless series, as this is a series in which subsequent books really do build on the prior stories. By the time I actually got my hands on Revenge I was already familiar with its cha ...

D
Hard Stick

Y’all, I wish I could tell you what I thought of this book, but I’m still not really sure. What I do know is this. It’s not – despite a cover that screams otherwise – a hockey romance, which is a serious bummer. As far as I could work it out, it’s some sort of romantic suspense caper tha ...

C-
Midnight Target

Midnight Target is the eighth and final chapter of Elle Kennedy’s Killer Instincts series. For fans of the series, this book provides some much-anticipated closure for not one but two couples, but for readers unfamiliar with these characters,  Midnight Target may induce whiplash with its constant ...

A-
Come Sundown

I first read a book by Nora Roberts in the summer of 1997. Looking back, it's hard to believe I've been a fan of her work for the past twenty years. Of course, she's written some things I haven't enjoyed, but her standalone romantic suspense titles are by and large, all on my keeper shelf. Her lates ...

B-
Fatal Mistake

Fatal Mistake is a great example of why this particular genre is called romantic suspense, as opposed to suspenseful romance. The plot, packed with tension and procedural detail, takes center stage with a love story and a touch of faith threading their ways around the action. When the story opens ...