Romantic Suspense

B+
Present Danger

Susan Andersen has proven to be quite a consistent author for me. To varying degrees, I've enjoyed four of her previous novels. This is one of my favorites, originally published before she changed publishing houses, from Zebra to Avon. There's a lot of sexual tension and a nice feeling of family amo ...

C-
After Twilight

The prologue in After Twilight sets up what is supposed to be the defining moment in Kacy Macgrath's life, the moment that reinforces lessons she learned as a child. She and her husband, Alex, are arguing about their disintegrating marriage and he heads out into a fierce storm. Kacy (or Kirsten as ...

C+
If She Only Knew

This is a difficult book to review, primarily because most of the problems occur in the last quarter of the book, and thus are difficult to explain without revealing too much. In If She Only Knew Ms. Jackson takes what could be a fairly trite plot and turns it into a very interesting puzzle. The pro ...

B-
The Perfect Family

Jessica Clayton is alone in the world. With the exception of her dog Ben and her friend and business partner Sol, Jessica has no true family. Or so she thinks. Her father is long since deceased and her mother left when she was a baby. She is confused when she receives an invitation to a family reuni ...

C+
Voices Carry

When I think of this book, the first word that comes to mind is "meandering." The plot wanders around, the time frame switches without much warning, and the story is told in fits and starts. Sometimes a gradual build-up can heighten the suspense, and this latest effort by Mariah Stewart does do that ...

D
On Thin Ice

Unpolished writing and implausible plot lines combine to make On Thin Ice a mediocre, not-very-suspenseful story when it had the potential to be more. It was particularly disappointing because I had enjoyed the author's earlier The Ripple Effect quite a bit. Ellie Kramer, or El ...

B+
Run For Your Life

Genuine suspense is hard to find in fiction these days, which is why I was so impressed by Andrea Kane's Run For Your Life. It's a well-written, beautifully paced thriller with a surprising outcome. Since the Grisham well seems to have run dry, I think this would make an excellent movie. Victo ...

D
Blind Faith

While I was reading Blind Faith I kept having flashbacks to dumb-but-lovable action TV series like Remington Steele. The plotting in this romantic suspense novel is on about the same goofball level as those shows, but unfortunately without eye candy on the order of Pierce Brosnan and worse, without ...

B-
Out of the Shadows

Kay Hooper concludes her psychic suspense trilogy with a bang. This final installment features the one character who's appeared in both previous titles - FBI agent Noah Bishop. Noah, of course, gets his man, but this time he gets his lady, too. Miranda Knight serves as sheriff in a small Tenne ...

F
Wild Enough For Willa

I've encountered many characters in my time. Some I liked, some I didn't care about, a few I loved. Not since the time I read Harold Robbins have I came across a character I disliked as immediately and thoroughly as Luke McKade, the hero of Wild Enough For Willa. When we meet Luk ...