Romantic Suspense

D
One Dark Night

I rarely ever read the love scenes in romance novels. In fact, I usually skim them and resume reading where the story picks up. Why? I read romance novels for the romance, the events that bring two characters together, the ups and downs of their relationships, and - of course - the HEA. The "money s ...

B+
Mortal Sin

Mortal Sin is one of the best books I've read in 2004. However, I know as I write this that not everyone will like it as much as I did. Containing a myriad of hot-button issues such as the state of the Catholic church, a priest hero undergoing a crisis of self, teen runaways, porn shops, a heroine w ...

B+
Fade to Red

Fade To Red begins in the head of a woman who is about to be killed. I was immediately drawn into the book and read it in over the course of two nights. The book has a gripping story, a wounded heroine, a tortured hero and lots of suspense - it's a wonder my fingernails are intact. Lindsey M ...

B-
Mimosa Grove

Mimosa Grove was a pleasant surprise from an author I'd almost given up on. While it does have some rough spots, the latest from Dinah McCall (aka Sharon Sala) is a mostly successful reading experience. Laurel Scanlon is the daughter of a federal prosecutor. She never fit in with her father's ...

C-
Dead on the Dance Floor

Dead on the Dance Floor is a romantic suspense novel set among the world of ballroom dancing. The setting is really the only thing that stands out about the book. Otherwise, it features tepid suspense, an uninvolving mystery and a weak romance. Mostly it's one thing a suspense tale should never be: ...

C
The Midnight Hour

The Midnight Hour is a perfectly acceptable variation on several familiar plots, and not much more. It's a book I might recommend to readers who enjoy these storylines, because they'll probably like it just fine. Readers who don't are unlikely to be converted by the author's competent, but unremarka ...

C-
Party Crashers

If I don't always have to like a heroine, I do have to respect her intelligence and her honesty. Sadly, the heroine of Stephanie Bond's latest is sadly lacking in both. Frankly, this woman frolics in TSTL-land for a number of reasons. Within days of starting a new job she despera ...

B+
The Seductive Impostor

Everything here - everything - is completely over the top. Tall, gorgeous billionaire hero with a flamboyant occupation. A plot involving the theft and smuggling of art and jewelry valued in the millions. And a heroine, nice though she may be, who keeps secrets from the hero w-a-a-a-y too long and ...

C+
You've Got a Hold On Me

Local gangsters, murder, and a lot of suspicious activity create a fast-paced yet underwhelming read in You've Got a Hold On Me. While the hero is undoubtedly a good guy, the heroine continually suspects the worst of him, and speaking of the heroine, she needed to lose some of that baggage she'd bee ...

C
Into the Fire

Readers of romantic suspense often complain that books tend to have either a believable romance or a good suspense plot, but not both. Though it has its flaws (especially in the second half), Jessica Hall's latest thriller offers some of both. While the mystery plot is stronger than the romance he ...