Romantic Suspense

B-
Ice Blue

Oddly enough, although I thought Ice Blue suffered from a number of problems, I enjoyed it nonetheless. The third in Anne Stuart's Ice series, it's not as good as the first book, Black Ice, but much better than the second, Cold As Ice. It's kind of a mess, but an agreeable one. When Summer Hawtho ...

C-
All Jacked Up

To put it bluntly, it's very tough for a book featuring all action and dialogue to hold my attention. Right off the bat on page one of All Jacked Up, Library of Congress librarian Aubrey Sullivan is plummeted into a shoot-out and an abduction (in the middle of said Library of Congres ...

B+
Dead Giveaway

In Dead Giveaway, Brenda Novak pulls off a romantic suspense novel that keeps the reader on the edge of her chair while providing characterizations that make one care about the fate of her protagonists. After a messy divorce and a long career as a cold-case detective in Chicago, Al ...

C+
No Safe Place

No Safe Place has several good things going for it. First and foremost, the hero and heroine are smart and sexy and share a great relationship. Next, the post-Katrina setting in New Orleans is very atmospheric - I could almost feel the humidity. However, the plot which began well, ended up as mu ...

A-
Arousing Suspicions

I don’t do romantic suspense. Something about the short time period and traumatic events that lead to the hero and heroine declaring their love is too much for me. I’m an epic kind of gal. But then Marianne Stillings waltzes on to the scene with a wonderful mix of humor, suspense, and sexiness t ...

D
Speak No Evil

For a book to work for me, I have to be able to connect with either the characters or the plot. Ideally, both will click, but I need at least one or the other. Plowing through Speak No Evil, it was obvious that neither of those connections was there for me. A less than suspenseful thriller wi ...

B
Sexy/Dangerous

The promise of a truly strong heroine was all I needed to pick up Beverly Jenkins's Sexy/Dangerous. Max Blake more than lived up to her billing in one of the more solidly enjoyable 2006 romances I've read. <!-- var browName = navigator.appName; var SiteID = 1; var ZoneID = 4; var browDateTime ...

B+
Under the Wire

Knowing Under the Wire was in the mail for review, I quickly purchased To the Brink, an earlier book in the series to acquaint myself with The Bodyguards. Always a doubter when it comes to romantic suspense, I cautiously began reading the book and was thrilled to realize I loved every minute, which ...

F
Shadow Dance

Julie Garwood is one of romance’s superstars and has legions of devoted fans. While I have read romances for years, she is one of the genre’s writers who has pretty much sailed underneath my radar. I haven’t read any of her historical romances, but I have read a couple of her contemporary no ...

D+
Behind Closed Doors

After I finished Behind Closed Doors, I waited awhile before sitting down to write the review because I found it difficult to separate my religious objections to the book from the story itself. In the end, I’m not really sure I did. Ms. Collins’ stock in trade is writing borderline-lurid romanti ...