Romantic Suspense

A
Heartbreaker

When I heard that Julie Garwood was writing a contemporary romantic suspense novel, my first thought was "Oh boy," and a sense of dread at losing one of my favorite authors to the more mainstream/suspense genre. When I finished Heartbreaker, I closed the book, placed it on the table in front of me a ...

B
Carolina Moon

Yes, it's true, it's all true. In Nora Roberts' new book, Carolina Moon, the characters are stereotypes, the action is predictable from start to finish, and the murderer's identity is easy to figure out, especially if you have read a few other of Roberts' suspense novels (hint: wh ...

D+
Carolina Moon

Don't think I didn't hear you gasp when you saw the grade for this book. Intrigued, and perhaps alarmed, you pounced on your mouse and clicked to this review to see just what on earth the reviewer was thinking. Perhaps the reviewer's been living under a rock and doesn't know who Nora Roberts is. Per ...

B-
The Waterfall

The Waterfall is a fun book. It’s well-written, the characters are believable and fairly well fleshed-out, the plot is interesting. But when I closed the book, I just couldn’t muster up much enthusiasm for it. After some thought, I think I’ve figured out my problem with the story: as a suspens ...

B-
The Morning After

I admit, once in a while, like, let’s say, when I’ve had it with my day job, I dive into my little fantasy of having some sexy, mysterious man take me away to a deserted island, where I am surrounded by luxury and don’t have to deal with petty office politics. After reading this book, however ...

B-
Acts of Honor

I had mixed emotions about Acts of Honor. In parts it was good. So good, in fact, that it left me gripping the pages, waiting with baited breath to see what would happen next. In other parts, however, it was convoluted, unrealistic and mired down with too many characters. The good and the bad were o ...

N/A
Soft Focus

Soft Focus is Jayne Ann Krentz's latest foray into the romantic suspense market. It starts with a memorable opening scene that ends with the heroine throwing ice water on the hero in a very posh, private club. Unfortunately for Elizabeth Cabot, something stronger than a marriage license binds her to ...

D-
California Moon

It must be difficult to write a romantic suspense novel. I base this statement on how very few good ones there are out there. California Moon by Catherine Lanigan is not one of the good ones. Shannon Riley is a lonely woman who lives in abnormal isolation and who dedicates her ev ...

D
Ghost Moon

One of the trends in romance is that many long-term, and successful, romance novelists are moving into the realm of romantic suspense. When done well, these can be brilliant books, very exciting, and filled with passion. Alas, when the suspense borders on the grisly and the romance is sorely lacking ...

C-
The Inheritance

This book started out with an interesting premise, but due to a serious lack of sizzle between the hero and heroine, and a few plot problems, it went downhill about halfway through. Isabella Joubert is the daughter of a wealthy businessman who also happens to be the head of an ...