Romantic Suspense

B-
Defender

I’m always eager to read romances in unusual settings, so Catherine Mann’s latest military romance, Defender, set entirely in Turkey, appealed to me. While I found most of the characters interesting, there are too many separate threads to give it a hearty recommendation. Captain Jimmy Gage is ...

D
Maverick

Sex alone does not make for a solid romance and, unfortunately, good sexual tension will only take you so far. Bad sexual tension takes me nowhere whatsoever. Maverick features a couple who have great sex, but there is no possible way I can picture a happily ever after for them, something I find n ...

C-
The Spy Who Wants Me

The Spy Who Wants Me is the third release in The Goddard Project series featuring covert operatives for a secret government agency. I didn’t read book two, but I remember the first book, Satisfaction Guaranteed, being a much more enjoyable read than this latest installment. Elle ...

C-
Suspect Lover

When I read the cover blurb for Suspect Lover, it sounded like a fascinating premise. Heroine marries hero after a whirlwind courtship. Things look idyllic - until hero's business partner dies and hero is the key suspect. The question then becomes, how well did our heroine know her husband anyway? ...

B+
Kill For Me

I enjoy romantic suspense, though I find my tastes generally run more to psychological suspense, gothics, and the occasional police procedural. While I read serial killer books or those with e-e-e-v-i-l big plots hatched by villains who almost seem superhuman, they often leave me cold. However, as I ...

B-
Dangerous Prey

In December, I caught a rare glimpse of a falcon in my neighborhood. The bird was perched on rooftop of a building just across the street from the parking garage. As the rooftop and the level on which I was parked were the same, I got a really good look at one of these magnificent birds. The reaso ...

B-
Shattered

Shattered is another in JoAnn Ross’s High Risk series featuring members of the Navy SEALS and Special Forces. It features great characters and a hero and heroine with some of the best chemistry since Brad and Angelina, but the story has some pacing problems. Shane Garrett r ...

B-
Seeing Red

When it comes to romantic suspense, I like to be surprised – but not so surprised that I feel stupid for missing something, or thinking that a particular revelation doesn’t make sense with the story. The ending of Susan Crandall’s Seeing Red certainly wasn’t what I was expecting, and I like ...

D
Cold Pursuit

There’s always a mixture of excitement and fear when I try a new-to-me author – will I discover a treasure or not? Sadly, Cold Pursuit is a "not." It wasn’t bad in the beginning and had a plot that I generally enjoy – the main characters were completely in love with each other as teenagers, ...

B-
Fire and Ice

Unlike most Julie Garwood readers I've encountered, I am more familiar with her contemporary romantic suspense books than I am with her historicals. From my understanding, her RS books are not quite as well received – but as someone who has never read one of her historicals, I found Fire and Ice p ...