Romantic Suspense

B-
First You Run

First You Run is the latest in Roxanne St. Claire's Bullet Catcher series, and the first that I've read. Though the book is an overall enjoyable tale of romantic suspense, it doesn't rank as one of my favorites by the author. The prologue really hooked me. Thirty years ago, Eileen S ...

B+
Unlawful Contact

Unlawful Contact is part of a series, but it stands alone as a complete story. The plot is a complex, fast moving one that, in the hands of an unskilled writer, could have been totally unbelievable, but Pamela Clare sets up the situation and characters so well that it all makes perfect sense. Sop ...

D-
Guns Will Keep Us Together

This is the first romance I've read told completely from the hero's POV (and the terms "romance" and "hero" really don't fit here). For first person POV to work, I have to like the character. In this case, not only did I not like the hero, I hated him. He's an immature and immoral womanizer. ...

D+
Alibi in High Heels

I love mysteries, so imagine my excitement at reading a mystery set in Paris during Fashion Week. As a travel and Project Runway fan, could it get any better? I hope so, because Gemma Halliday's Alibi in High Heels is almost enough to turn me off from both the TV show and any thoughts of returning t ...

B
Pursuit

It’s no big secret that Elizabeth Jennings is Lisa Marie Rice. Pursuit is her first book under this pen name and it’s a good one – a very good one. As good as it is, though, it falls short when it comes to the book's hero, Matt Sanders. Robert Haine is the CEO of Court Industries, a sma ...

A-
Montana Sky

While some of Roberts’ newest releases have rubbed me the wrong way, I have quite a few of her books sitting on my keeper shelf. One of those is Montana Sky, a terrific romantic suspense thriller set on a picturesque cattle ranch in Big Sky country. With three romantic interests, a chilling myst ...

D
News Blues

One of the most painful things for me as a reader is when an author just fails to make a plot work. In News Blues, Marianne Mancusi went with a somewhat unconventional hero, but failed to make him likable. Maddy Madison is a young producer for a San Diego TV station. She wants ...

B-
Thigh High

Christina Dodd’s latest contemporary suspense, Thigh High, takes place in post-Katrina New Orleans during Mardi Gras, so as a reader, I felt immediately drawn into the story. How would the city be portrayed? Its citizens? The Mardi Gras celebrations? Would Dodd address any of the political issues ...

B+
Catch a Shadow

I often bemoan the fact that a book either doesn't pull together a suspense plot or that it lacks something in the romance department when reading romantic suspense. Catch a Shadow is one of those rare books managing to balance the two elements. The romance moves a tad too quickly to be entirely b ...

B
Extreme Danger

Shannon McKenna’s books rate as guilty pleasures. Her heroes are barely civilized sex machines, her heroines are nice enough but hardly memorable, and she can write some very nasty torture scenes. Also, her prose is deeply, darkly purple. And yet, I love her books and buy them in trade paperback. ...