Romantic Suspense

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The Collector

Nora Roberts has quite a knack for making her characters sound like real people. I almost always enjoy her books, because the dialogues in them are so realistic—I can easily imagine some of my friends acting and speaking exactly as her characters do. No matter how unusual a plot might be, if the s ...

C+
Close Pursuit

Have you ever read a book that works in one category but not another? That was my primary issue with Close Pursuit. Cindy Dees' latest suspense novel requires a certain suspension of disbelief, but works quite well as a thriller. Well enough that I often pictured it as an action movie as I read. How ...

B-
Shroud of Fog

Fog lends a certain chilling ambience to a day and that in turns lends a delightfully chilling atmosphere to a mystery. That sense of distorted, shortened vision can lead one to expect all kinds of dangers to lie just around the corner and in this small town suspense story that proves to be true. ...

A
Off the Edge

Romantic suspense is one of the most "difficult to do well" sub genres in romance. If the romance works the suspense is often weak. If the suspense is fabulous, the romance is often unbelievable. But those of us who like romantic suspense got lucky in 2013. Carolyn Crane published two books in he ...

B+
Watch Your Back

When a book is the length that many of Karen Rose’s novels are, the writing has to be spectacular to keep the work from getting bogged down by sheer longitude. It works better in some novels than in others and I am happy to report that this is one of the ones where it really works. ...

B+
River Road

Trust Me by this author is one of my favorite books of all time. In that novel the author’s mix of zany characters, dangerous mystery and sweet romance is darn near perfect. In this newest novel by the author she leaves the paranormal behind to once more return to straight mystery. I absolutely lo ...

B
Nowhere Safe

I wonder, sometimes, why certain things are listed as romance. Take romantic suspense for example - there are many where the romance is a major factor in the story, and where, without that romance element, there would be no story. But then we have thrillers with a female lead, who happens to have a ...

B
Cold Snap

This Christmas-themed book is a collection of three interrelated stories centered on Allison Brennan’s Kincaid family and their quest to get home for Christmas. While there are three separate stories to this novel, I would hesitate to call it an anthology and more of a novel in three parts. The ti ...

B+
Badlands

Anthony Brandt said “Other things may change us, but we start and end with family.” It’s true that family can have the most profound effect on our lives. In this novel, family is a tie that binds, in both good ways and bad. Penny Sandoval has a complicated family life. On the o ...

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Wake to Darkness

It’s rare that I angst over the grade I am going to give a book. Normally I know by the time I am done what the letter will be, and the variation between a plus or minus can (and often does) work itself out as I write the review. But this book had me stumped enough to keep me from putting fingers ...