Romantic Suspense

B
Guarding Mr. Fine

Guarding Mr Fine is the third in HelenKay Dimon’s Tough Love romantic suspense series and unlike the first two can be read as a stand-alone title. Several characters from the first two books do make cameo appearances, but that doesn’t really affect this novel. Seth Lang is a modern alpha male ...

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Whiteout

I enjoyed this romance by Elyse Springer. I admire the way she confounds the reader’s expectations in the first part of the book. Whiteout begins with a mystery and a well-used trope when Noah Landers awakens with a head injury, and no idea where he is or who he is. Outside it is snowing heavil ...

A
Dare to Lie

Jen McLaughlin returns to the corrupt, gritty streets of south Boston with Dare to Lie, the enthralling third installment in her The Sons of Steel Row series. Sleep will feel frivolous and take a back seat to this riveting and suspenseful book that somehow weaves together an idealistic love story an ...

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Every Dark Corner

I've been reading Karen Rose's romantic suspense novels for the past ten years or so, and never have I been disappointed. Every Dark Corner, book three in Ms. Rose's Cincinnati series proved no exception. It's important to note that this novel wouldn't be a good place to jump into the series, for no ...

B+
At Close Range

Although At Close Range is the eleventh book in Laura Griffin’s Tracers series, I didn’t feel as though I’d missed out by not having read the previous ten books.  Information about the Tracers themselves and the highly advanced forensic facility at which they work is disseminated quickly and ...

B
The Devil's Daughter

Katee Robert is probably best known for her sexy contemporary romances, several of which have been positively reviewed at AAR.  With The Devil’s Daughter, she’s moved into romantic suspense territory, and has done so with a reasonable degree of success, penning a well-paced and gripping tale th ...

B
The Diamond Secret

Normally I love the January TBR Challenge because I tend to collect category novels like crazy.  At their best, the storytelling is usually streamlined and top notch.  This month was a little tricky for me. Unwilling to settle for a so-so read, I DNF-d a couple of Harlequin Intrigues before uneart ...

C
Seconds to Sunrise

Nico Rosso’s Seconds to Sunrise, the third in his Black Ops: Automatik series, felt very much like a book of two halves.  But I don’t mean in that terms of the pagination; I’m talking about the difference in the successful (or not) treatment of the two plot elements, because one worked well a ...

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 ...

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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 ...