Romantic Suspense

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A Necessary Sin

I have a weakness for books dealing with revenge. A Necessary Sin received quite a bit of positive buzz, and so, due in large part to its revenge-driven plot, I decided to give it a try. It's a choice I don't regret. Stella Lawrence is only seven years old when her life is turned upside-down. Her ...

C
Perfect Touch

I’m a longtime fan of Elizabeth Lowell’s romantic suspense titles. The Donovan and St. Kilda series are among my favorites, combining suspense and romance with memorable characters. Unfortunately Perfect Touch did not work for me. Art dealer Sara Medina is known for conne ...

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At Wolf Ranch

Romantic suspense is hit or miss with me - I’ll be the first to admit I tend to judge it pretty harshly. Mystery-focused? Well, where’s the romance? Where’s the relationship? And if it's romance-focused? There’s not enough suspense or plot to keep things moving. I’m sometimes hard to pleas ...

C+
Running Blind

This latest book by Cindy Gerard is the third in her One-Eyed Jacks series. I love romantic suspense and they seem to be thin on the ground so I always jump when a new one comes out. But the main reason I love romantic suspense is for the romance portion of the book, and this book was a little too ...

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Minutes to Kill

Minutes to Kill is the second book in Melinda Leigh’s Scarlet Falls series. In this thriller, attorney Hannah Barrett comes between a hooker and her pimp when she is leaving a work related party at a ritzy Vegas club. Hannah, daughter to a former U.S. Army Ranger colonel, knows how to handle herse ...

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Behind the Mask

I anticipated the newest release in Carolyn Crane's The Associates series with both trepidation and glee. How could the new book possibly live up to the previous three books? I'm pleased to say it does and then some. We've been introduced to heroine Zelda, one of the mysterio ...

B+
Remember Me This Way

Remember Me This Way by Sabine Durant is the story of Lizzie and Zach, a couple who meet through an online dating site. At first, everything is bliss. Then come the rough times, with the roughest time of all being the car accident in which Zach dies. Lizzie grieves hard for a year and then slowly st ...

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The First Wife

I first started reading romantic suspense in my junior high years, falling in love with the genre through authors such as Phyllis Whitney and Mary Stewart. Something about this book really reminded me of those stories of long ago. The prologue takes place in the middle of our narrati ...

D+
Darker Than Desire

I’ve reviewed 380 books for AAR over the last five years. 28 of those reviews are C-, only 19 books have a lower grade than that. Which means that I tend to like what I read – or at the very least find it acceptably average. This book was a meandering mess that was painful to read and I will now ...

C+
Closer Than You Think

While I was reading this book the word that kept coming to mind was “too”. The book was too long. The killer too evil. The body count too high. The good characters too perfect. The romance took place too fast. Beneath all the excess was a story that is riveting but you have to shovel through a l ...