Romantic Suspense

B+
Fade to Black

Lately I’ve been very hesitant to pick up a romantic suspense novel because the last several I’ve read have been pretty bad. Usually it’s due to a TSTL Damsel in Distress heroine paired with a macho alpha male and a poorly written suspense plot. I was so pleasantly surprised, then, to discover ...

B+
Rescue Me

I found Rescue Me, to be a gripping romantic suspense, with a strong emphasis on the relationship between the hero and heroine. Although Devon Winters grew up among the privileged of Washington, D.C., she had a horrible childhood with an almost unbelievably cruel mother. One constant in her young ...

D
The Outcast

I live in Washington, D.C. I do not find badly plotted romantic suspense novels featuring a bioterrorism attack by Al-Queda on my city to be amusing. Or suspenseful. Or the stuff on which badly plotted romantic suspense novels should be based. Ever. This novel is touted as th ...

B
Ice

Every once in a while, I’ll encounter a book that has elements I normally avoid but, for one reason or another, it’s one I can’t put down. This is exactly how I felt about Ice. If you allow yourself to actually think in depth about what’s going on, it’s gruesome and traumatic. However, if ...

B-
Black Hills

If Nora Roberts were beginning her career today, a book like Black Hills wouldn’t be anywhere near enough to move her out of the pack. Still, for fans and those looking for a reliable read, there are pleasures to be found here. The book begins with 11 year-old Cooper Sullivan’s “sentence ...

D
Everywhere She Turns

Everywhere She Turns is a complex mystery featuring a young woman who goes back to her hometown to investigate her sister's death. However, this book was muddled and the hero and heroine never, not once, came alive for me. CJ Patterson and her sister Shelley grew up in Huntsville, ...

B-
Wild Heat

You don’t have to look much farther than a calendar shop to realize that women think firefighters are sexy. Bella Andre fully understands the attraction to firefighters in Wild Heat and creates a truly delicious hero, but missteps in a few other areas. Arson investigator Maya Jackson has been s ...

C-
Kept

Kept is part of The Gemini Men series which is about brothers who run a security/bodyguard firm. While this is a story I usually love, I can’t say I liked this book much. I found the characters unpleasant and the plot kicked in too late to engage me. Derek Taggert and his bro ...

A
Dangerous Lies

Holy golly Moses. I've never put a publishing company on my auto buy list, but if this is what Medallion is putting out, considering the other recent stellar reviews here at AAR, I might just have to change my mind. Because this was, hands down, the best romantic suspense I've read since Angels Fall ...

C+
Take Me Two Times

Take Me Two Times is the second installment in Karen Kendall’s ARTemis series, about a group of art repossession agents. It was enjoyable enough to make me want to read the first book, but the problems I encountered left me unable to heartily recommend it. Gwen Davies is a forme ...