Romantic Suspense

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 ...

B-
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 ...

A-
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 ...

B-
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 ...

B-
Trust No One

In Trust No One Ms. Krentz once more leaves the Arcane Society behind and delves into the realm of romantic suspense. Combining past and present, small towns and big cities, she delivers an interesting if not intense tale of romance and suspense. When her boss is unexpectedly AWOL, Gr ...

D+
Private Affair

Sometimes when I review a book, I can grade it easily because it's consistently a B or an A or an F or whatever throughout. Not so with Private Affair. This romantic suspense novel starts off strong, but pretty much implodes toward the end, leaving readers with a story that starts off well and ends ...

B+
Beyond Limits

It’s been years since I’ve read a military romance mixed with romantic suspense that kept me glued to the edge of my seat. This novel, with its SEAL hero, FBI heroine and non-stop action did exactly that. We first met Navy SEAL Derek Vaughn and FBI Agent Elizabeth (Liz) LeBlanc ...