Romantic Suspense

C
Scent of a Killer

Scent of a Killer starts out as a decent romantic suspense novel, fast-paced and quite readable. But it gradually becomes as wobbly as a house of cards. Since it's built on a very unstable foundation of far-fetched elements and suspect choices, it doesn't hold up well under scrutiny. ...

B
Flirting with Disaster

Flirting With Disaster may be that rare case of too much of a good thing. It's sharply written and features uncommonly well-drawn characters for a romantic adventure story. Everything that's good about it is so good it's difficult to explain why I couldn't embrace it even more wholeheartedly. Ultima ...

D-
Kiss Them Goodbye

Stella Cameron revisits the small town of Toussaint, Louisiana in her latest, a place so crime-ridden one can't help but wonder why the residents bother to stick around. As I read this tale, I tried my hardest to find more than the most minute redeeming qualities, but the task was beyond me. ...

B-
Sense of Evil

I'm hooked on Kay Hooper's psychic series. The concept is such an interesting one, and it's a twist on romantic suspense that sets her apart from most other suspense authors. Her latest entry, this time in hardback, is another consistent entry in the series. A serial killer is after women in t ...

D
Out of the Dark

Sharon Sala is certainly no stranger to difficult topics. Her past novels have handled subjects such as miscarriage, disfigurement, and child abuse. This novel, with its gut-wrenching portrayal of child prostitution, certainly has one of the grimmest themes I have encountered in romance. But, while ...

B-
Beachcomber

Beachcomber is the most genuinely suspenseful romantic suspense novel that I've read in quite a while. A smart and genuine heroine balances a not-as-likable hero - add a downright creepy villain and you have a good read. That said, after finishing Robards' latest, I've officially overdosed on romant ...

A
Remember When

I'd recommend buying this volume based on the first story alone. Nora Roberts aptly demonstrates why she is at the top of the bestseller lists. I loved Laine and Max, and I was sorry to see their story end even though I knew Eve and Roarke were next in line. Laine Tavish has a successful antique ...

B-
The Kissing Blades

The Kissing Blades moved along so quickly that it ended before I was ready for it to be over. Another 25 pages for more character development and Jessica Hall's latest would've landed on my keeper shelf. As enjoyable as it was, though, the main characters get the short end of the stick in a story ...

C
Dancing in the Dark

Dancing in the Dark is your basic "C" book. There's nothing truly objectionable here, but nothing truly stellar either. If you read romantic suspense, you've doubtless read similar books before. It's been two years since Sara Martin's husband and son died in an auto accident, ...

C-
Don't Look Now

A person can't help but be intrigued by a book which opens with the line, "I didn't kill Harvey Kredd; somebody beat me to it." From there we learn how Claire Westbrook's distinctly unpleasant boss met his end. Actually, the reader also learns quite a bit about Claire as she proceeds to give a brief ...